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Thread started 29 May 2012 (Tuesday) 14:31
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Which starter backdrop /studio kit?

 
klaxian
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Even though I mostly shoot on location, I'm looking to set up a small studio in my home. I'd like a background stand kit and one or more light stands to hold the lights I already have. I will probably go with muslin backdrops to save space. Any ideas on an inexpensive but quality setup?

I found a StudioHut kit for $109. I realize StudioHut is far from top of the line, but do you think it would be sufficient or would it be a hassle? What should I watch out for? Any other recommendations? Thanks!

May 29, 2012 14:31

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I just ordered a cowboystudio backdrop kit that is probably about the same price/quality point as the kit you ordered. From what ive read theyre great if youre going to set it up and leave it. dont take it up and down all the time, dont take it out on location, etc..

May 30, 2012 15:58

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klaxian
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Thanks. I haven't ordered anything yet, but I'm considering it. I will just be setting it up here and leaving it - no traveling.

May 30, 2012 16:00

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I have had a Cowboy studio 10ft backdrop kit for almost 2 yrs now. No issues. Wishing I didn't get the 10'x20' muslins though. Those suckers are just too damn big LOL!

May 30, 2012 16:29

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Really? Actually I was just trying to decide which size muslin to get. Do you think 9x15ft. is a better choice?

May 30, 2012 16:30

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I ordered the 10*20s, lol. Plan to leave them doubled 10*10 most of the time

May 30, 2012 19:45

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Eldorf_Dragonsbane
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A 10x20 should give you the 8-9feet (depending on backdrop height) from the ceiling to the floor along with an additional say 10-12feet to lay out on the floor, you can also drape the muslin so that it acts as a seamless background if needed. If you only need say 5feet on the floor you can easily fold/roll the muslin up to just before you get the fold/roll into the shot.


As mentioned if you get the Studiohut or even a cowboy studios backdrop stand/kit you will most likely be leaving it up in one location. for a portable backdrop stand/kit you might be able to get away with 2 lightstands and a 10ft section of EMT Conduit piping (the steal pips you see them running electrical wires through in some buildings). The EMT conduit pipe will need a hole drilled into the ends to fit the Lightstand Studs (or you can devise your own mounting method), and a muslin sheet.

May 30, 2012 20:04

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BrickR wrote in post #14507629external link
I have had a Cowboy studio 10ft backdrop kit for almost 2 yrs now. No issues. Wishing I didn't get the 10'x20' muslins though. Those suckers are just too damn big LOL!

Good to know...As I have one 10' x 20' Muslin on the way to me......LOL

May 30, 2012 20:46

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Well just ordered my cowboy studio set with the 9x15 muslims.

Dec 14, 2012 18:51

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http://www.amazon.com ...&sr=1-14&keywords=ravelliexternal link

This is what I picked up... its decent, it came with two stands the cross bar, a black and a white 10x20 muslin and a set of clips...

Its good enough...

Dec 14, 2012 22:27

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cisobe wrote in post #15368396external link
http://www.amazon.com ...&sr=1-14&keywords=ravelliexternal link

This is what I picked up... its decent, it came with two stands the cross bar, a black and a white 10x20 muslin and a set of clips...

Its good enough...

This looks like a nice one. Let me know how you like it. When I get the CS in tuesday I will do a review on it and put it up a week later.

Dec 16, 2012 15:46

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It is a decent cheap kit... the muslin isn't too thick, but i can't complain...

The stands are pretty sturdy, but aren't air cushioned, but what can you really expect for a whole set that cost $150... The cross bar comes in 4 pieces, and was strong enough to support the muslin, and looks like it could handle a seamless paper roll easily... it comes in a thin canvas bag that is convenient, but i'm not sure how long it will last packing and upacking the stands... I give it 2 thumbs up for the cost...

Dec 19, 2012 01:42

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I got one off of ebay not too long ago, can't remember the brand. The BG that it came with is really thin and small 10x8 I think. I can't get a whole person shot without seeing the edges of the BG. I ordered some 10x20's Problem solved. Using a 50 or an 80 I can't see the edges now, and I can get some seamless shots in.

Dec 19, 2012 08:45

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I'm looking into getting one as well.

Dec 19, 2012 14:09

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just opened the Cowboy studio kit. I like the 9x15 muslims. Perfect size for what I need. The Stands are compact and well inexpensive but I think they will hold well for a while. I will be using sandbags with then. The cross bar and stands are a very tight fit that I have to force to connect and put on the bolt. For 100$ its nice set.

This weekend I will put up photos and full review of it

Dec 28, 2012 11:27

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