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Mar 14, 2018 14:29 |  #1

I've been debating on getting a Kupo 40" turtle base kit ($185) for a while, however ran across this Neewer 2-pack that comes in around $122 a stand w/ heads and arms - https://www.amazon.com​/dp/B06Y5KTYL4 (external link). Two stands at that price would really make my product photography less cumbersome. I'm all about value, but don't want to throw money at junk either. Anyone have these stands and care to comment on them?


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Mar 14, 2018 14:50 |  #2

sporadic wrote in post #18585563 (external link)
I've been debating on getting a Kupo 40" turtle base kit ($185) for a while, however ran across this Neewer 2-pack that comes in around $122 a stand w/ heads and arms - https://www.amazon.com​/dp/B06Y5KTYL4 (external link). Two stands at that price would really make my product photography less cumbersome. I'm all about value, but don't want to throw money at junk either. Anyone have these stands and care to comment on them?

They may be OK (I have Kupo & MSE kit), but here's a few things to check:

The Extension Arms look as if they are hollow (judging by the rivets at the terminations) - Kupo & MSE Arms are solid and have a slightly grainy surface to promote grip.

On the Circular jaws of the Grip-heads, the hemi-cylindrical cutouts (that grip the Arms) are smooth - those on Kupo & MSE are 'V' shaped and ridged which greatly increases the gripping pressure. Kupo have over-sized handles on their Grip-heads, which I like.

(Also, are you sure you don't want a stand with castors?)




  
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Mar 14, 2018 14:57 |  #3

OceanRipple* wrote in post #18585583 (external link)
They may be OK (I have Kupo & MSE kit), but here's a few things to check:

The Extension Arms look as if they are hollow (judging by the rivets at the terminations) - Kupo & MSE Arms are solid and have a slightly grainy surface to promote grip.

On the Circular jaws of the Grip-heads, the hemi-cylindrical cutouts (that grip the Arms) are smooth - those on Kupo & MSE are 'V' shaped and ridged which greatly increases the gripping pressure. Kupo have over-sized handles on their Grip-heads, which I like.

(Also, are you sure you don't want a stand with castors?)

Things like that are what I was looking for, thanks! I also read that the turtle base is non-standard so that other center columns won't fit - it's undersized at 1.095" where most are 1.125" (1-1/8"). I don't have a lot of room and need something I can easily collapse and put away. Roller stands would be nice, but won't work in my situation.


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Mar 14, 2018 16:53 |  #4

sporadic wrote in post #18585589 (external link)
Things like that are what I was looking for, thanks! I also read that the turtle base is non-standard so that other center columns won't fit - it's undersized at 1.095" where most are 1.125" (1-1/8"). I don't have a lot of room and need something I can easily collapse and put away. Roller stands would be nice, but won't work in my situation.

I'm glad you spotted the non-standard bottom-of-the-center-column fitting - that alone is a deal breaker for me, as even if not relevant now, an optional (junior fitting) 'roller base' might be desirable down the road.




  
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Mar 14, 2018 18:28 |  #5

sporadic wrote in post #18585563 (external link)
I've been debating on getting a Kupo 40" turtle base kit ($185) for a while, however ran across this Neewer 2-pack that comes in around $122 a stand w/ heads and arms - https://www.amazon.com​/dp/B06Y5KTYL4 (external link). Two stands at that price would really make my product photography less cumbersome. I'm all about value, but don't want to throw money at junk either. Anyone have these stands and care to comment on them?

If they're the ones I'm thinking of then (they look much like stuff from Interfit/Calumet) I'd recommend against them, they are inferior and have slightly different sizings so when you start mixing columns/pins etc some might not fit whereas most other brands usually play well together.

If your needs are modest they'll do the job but if that's the case it may not be worth the added expense of a C stand system in the first place.

Edit: Perhaps I should read the responses before writing one... :oops:




  
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Mar 16, 2018 13:30 |  #6

I have two of these. Work well for me. https://www.amazon.com …age_o04_s00?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)


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Apr 10, 2018 12:34 |  #7

The newer Kups have a flat surface on the arm, which is a big benefit. If you tighten a screw into the flat surface, it doesn't tend to rotate as easily and hence requires less aggressive tightening for some uses.

Kupo also has a decent set of wheels which can replace the turtle base.


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