Matthews Claw for Astera & T12 Tube Lights

The Matthews Claw is a nice rigging solution for mounting the Astera Hyperion, Titan, and Helios, as well as T12 tube lights to standard grip equipment.

Screenshot 2021 09 22 at 4 48 45 PM

The Claw has been designed to offer intuitive operation and a solid hold while protecting the tube from slippage, over-squeeze, and scratching.
It is made of lightweight aluminum and weighs in at 7.5 oz / 212.6 g. The operation is similar to that of a Matthellini Clamp, but in this case, the Claw is purpose-built for tubular lighting fixtures.

Screenshot 2021 09 22 at 4 48 53 PM

The Claw offers compatibility with any common rigging solution that has a baby receiver. Integral to The Claw is a Matthews 5” long, industry-standard 5/8” Baby Pin.

Screenshot 2021 09 22 at 4 48 59 PM

It has been designed with the mounting pin in line with the fixture, to facilitate low-profile and simple mounting to a 5/8” grip head or Baby receiver. The ¼”-20 threaded receiver allows the pin to be extended using a MicroRod or similar hardware.

Screenshot 2021 09 22 at 4 49 05 PM

The Claw’s threaded pin can be activated by rotating its winged handle. Clockwise tightening engages the jaw’s four fingers, clamping them more than 180-degrees around the fixture for a sure hold. The handle is specially sized to eliminate over-cranking.

For added protection, each Claw finger is padded with textured rubber to avoid surface damage and slippage. Within the jaw, a series of magnets work to keep the Claw fingers in the open position ready to receive a tube.

The Claw comes with a black anodized finish and features an attachment insert for a safety strap.

Price & Availability

The Claw will begin shipping in October 2021 for $89 USD. In the coming months, Matthews will also offer the Veeboxx portable soft box enclosure to integrate with The Claw.

Subscribe to our newsletter