Matthews Studio Equipment Gobo Plate

Matthews Studio Equipment has announced its new Gobo plate. The Gobo Plate is a versatile mounting adapter that provides a quick, convenient and inexpensive way to attach various gripping equipment, on set and on location.

From camera equipment as well as mounts, heads and accessories to building materials like wood, plastic and metal, Gobo Plate solves a wide range of mounting needs. The Gobo plate is designed to interface with any standard 2.5 inch grip head. It offers 25 thoughtfully spaced holes for bolting onto spindles, ball joints and other camera accessories as well as circular cutouts.

The plate can be screwed or nailed to wood, apple crates, hanging beams, fixed walls or more. Mounted on risers and cart legs, it can add efficiency and versatility to any setup.

Gobo Plate was invented when professional photographer Mike Bradley sometimes needed an overhead beam in his studio. He didn’t want to invest in a truss, so he struggled to get a 2×4 up on supports and used a host of grab gear to secure it. But he needed crew for the installation and even then he never thought it was safe. He solved the dilemma by designing a metal plate that would bolt or screw to the 2×4 and connect directly to a C-Stand.

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Gobo Plate is machined from a single sheet of steel approximately 1/8″ thick. It measures 3″/76.2mm by 7″/177.8mm and weighs 8.15 oz/0 .23 lb. A center cutout allows for a 5/8″ rod or cotter pin while a variety of medium holes allow for a 3/8″ bolt. ‘fit standard diameters of nails and screws.At each end, T-slots with v-centering ensure quick mounting of the head.There are also corner safety carabiner lanyard mounts to protect a head from gripping.

Price and availability

The Gobo Plate sells for $29. It is now available for purchase.