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Matthews introduces Gatorbuddy

Feb 13, 2023

Matthews Studio Equipment brings another smarter support solution to photography and video shoots. New Gatorbuddy is a professional tool that helps shooters work with bounce and fill cards that can increase productivity on the job.

Compact, sturdy and mobile, Gatorbuddy is useful for a variety of tasks. Featuring a steel base and four Tente caster wheels, it can glide around the studio, then easily lock safely in place to facilitate lighting adjustments. With dolly-like ease, it can help move panels and V-Flats smoothly in and out to swap backgrounds. Plus, it can help create instant walls and dividers or easily be equipped with a laptop or monitor for use as a work/media station.

The design features a sturdy wheeled base with a low centre of gravity for maximum stability. Eight inserts offer positioning of the three screw-in aluminium Baby Risers while a slider knob accommodates width and angle adjustment of various size panels. Additionally, it is easy to add a Junior Wall Plate for supporting a C+ Riser or a V-Flat holder that easily modifies for varying angles.

Gatorbuddy is compatible with professional grip equipment thanks to 5/8″ Baby Pins on each aluminium Baby Riser along with multiple tapped 3/8″-16 receivers. So it is easy to add baby pins, clamps, grip heads, and more. Finished in matte black, the system measures 39″ x 18″ x .82″ /99 x 45.7 x 2.1 cm and weighs 26.4 lbs./12 kg. It supports loads up to 50 lbs./22.6 kg.

Gatorbuddy was conceived by working photographer Carlo Hindian out of necessity when he needed a better way to handle gatorboard, a mainstay on still photo and video sets. After testing in real-world scenarios by videographers and photographers, who unanimously saw its multifold benefits, Hindian partnered with Matthews Studio Equipment to manufacture and market Gatorbuddy.

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