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Matthews Introduces Gatorbuddy, Its Multi-Purpose Grip Tool


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.

Gaborbuddy Stored (image via Matthews Studio Equipment)

The design features a sturdy wheeled base with a low center of gravity for maximum stability. Eight inserts offer positioning of the three screw-in aluminum 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 with light / MSE

Gatorbuddy is compatible with professional grip equipment thanks to 5/8″ Baby Pins on each aluminum 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.

Gatorbuddy is available today from Matthews dealers worldwide, and you can see it in action at

For more information on Matthews’ full line of studio grip gear, please visit

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