Matteboxes and Filters
A mattebox keeps flares off your lens, and has trays to hold filters. Flares are caused when the sun or artificial lights shine onto your lens. They’re pretty, but you may not want them covering the face of the governor giving a press conference. Sunshades usually come with the camcorder, but you have to buy the mattebox as an aftermarket accessory.
Most of the sunshades that come with camcorders do not provide for filters. That leaves you with several choices.
The simplest are round, screw-in filters. They come in as many sizes as there are thread diameters for cameras. This doubtlessly provides eternal employment for the manufacturers of filters, because whenever you use a different camera or lens, you need a different ...