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drisley
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May 10, 2016 16:38 |  #1

I have a few light stands but was looking for an affordable boom arm, probably just to be used with a flash and small modifier. Any suggestions?


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May 10, 2016 16:47 |  #2

Adorama's boom is $80, very solid, can hold my Rovelight 600ws strobe.

Cheetah uses the same one, rebranded for $120. I have the Cheetah because I didn't know at the time.

Here's my cheetah boom stand with a 6lb Rovelight & 47" brolly box 6 feet in the air, off center with counter weight, and I use 9" stakes & bungees to latch the base in the soil, I use this in the wind.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/G56D​5a] (external link)20160508_192602 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

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May 11, 2016 16:15 |  #3

I would recommend a boom grip like the one in the pic above. The ones that have two identical knobs/grips clamped together are less expensive but more of a hassle to adjust because you end up loosening the grip on the boom to adjust the tilt and it. I find adjusting those kinds more of a hassle and time consuming. My .02


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May 11, 2016 16:49 |  #4

Thanks guys!


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May 13, 2016 08:59 |  #5

drisley wrote in post #18003919 (external link)
Thanks guys!

you can get a grip arm for thirty american dollars

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...77562%2C&is=REG&A=d​etails (external link)

if you are only using a speedlight and small modifier it would be more than enough from a strength point of view. I use them regularly with a CL-360 and 24-43 inch modifiers.


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May 20, 2016 00:16 |  #6

MalVeauX wrote in post #18002762 (external link)
Adorama's boom is $80, very solid, can hold my Rovelight 600ws strobe.

Cheetah uses the same one, rebranded for $120. I have the Cheetah because I didn't know at the time.

Here's my cheetah boom stand with a 6lb Rovelight & 47" brolly box 6 feet in the air, off center with counter weight, and I use 9" stakes & bungees to latch the base in the soil, I use this in the wind.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/G56D​5a] (external link)20160508_192602 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

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Same question. This? http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...17_Complete_Boom_Ar​m.html (external link)


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May 20, 2016 01:59 |  #7

Thanks guys! Great information!


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May 20, 2016 08:23 as a reply to mpstan's post |  #8

Hi,
For that capacity & price, I'd consider:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ..._basb_boom_arm_stee​l.html (external link)
. . I much prefer the top mounted style of Grip/Tilt unit, YVMV of course.
Note that they recommend a chunky stand with a full Baby pin top.




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May 22, 2016 17:50 |  #9

Heya,

Nope, not the same. The mechanism on the boom is very different and is meant to attach to a separate stand. Also, changing the angle of the arm is a chore on that style boom (at least to me).

I too would recommend looking at the one Oceanripple just posted as a separate arm with the grip & tilt means. Far better mechanism.

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May 23, 2016 01:16 |  #10

MalVeauX wrote in post #18015431 (external link)
Heya,

Nope, not the same. The mechanism on the boom is very different and is meant to attach to a separate stand. Also, changing the angle of the arm is a chore on that style boom (at least to me).

I too would recommend looking at the one Oceanripple just posted as a separate arm with the grip & tilt means. Far better mechanism.

Very best,

Thanks Martin


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Jul 24, 2016 10:54 |  #11

Does anyone have an opinion on this Kupo boom arm? Looks to be $20 more than the B&H Impact arm, including nice grip, and is 1 lb. heavier. It looks like it would work with my PCB heavy duty stand, 47 Octa and Rovelight......

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...1612_Stell_Baby_Boo​m.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...2_1_2_Grip_Head_Wit​h.html (external link)

Thoughts? Thanks


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Jul 24, 2016 11:16 |  #12

mpstan wrote in post #18076145 (external link)
Does anyone have an opinion on this Kupo boom arm? Looks to be $20 more than the B&H Impact arm, including nice grip, and is 1 lb. heavier. It looks like it would work with my PCB heavy duty stand, 47 Octa and Rovelight......

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...1612_Stell_Baby_Boo​m.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...2_1_2_Grip_Head_Wit​h.html (external link)

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Hi, I use Kupo's Steel Baby boom for my Jinbei/Rovelight HD600v - it is strong enough. I would only recommend using it on a stand rated for the 'all-up' weight. Nearly all aluminium/aluminum stands will not have a sufficiently high rated capacity. The stand would inevitably be topped off with a full length, welded-in Baby Pin 5/8 fitting - not just the more usual 5/8 stud/spigot. Even though the boom should be correctly balanced in use, there will be moments during adjustment when significant bending forces are applied at the top fitting//Grip-head level. I fully realize that many people use lighter capacity kit and have not seen reports of trouble. A leveling leg option is essential outside with a boom, IMO. Cheers




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Jul 24, 2016 13:54 |  #13

Heya,

Just another example of the Cheetah Boom Stand holding a Rovelight 600B + 47" Octa Brollybox. Counter weights are just water bottles in the bag and I always use bungees & stakes outdoors in the wind.

IMAGE: https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7630/27568386083_9e73e3d828_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/J18b​Hr] (external link)IMG_3929 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

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Jul 24, 2016 17:14 |  #14

MalVeauX wrote in post #18076341 (external link)
Heya,

Just another example of the Cheetah Boom Stand holding a Rovelight 600B + 47" Octa Brollybox. Counter weights are just water bottles in the bag and I always use bungees & stakes outdoors in the wind.

QUOTED IMAGE
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/J18b​Hr] (external link)IMG_3929 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

Very best,


That sure looks a lot like the one B and H sells under the Impact line.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ..._basb_boom_arm_stee​l.html (external link)

I will either get that one or the Kupo, which appears perhaps slightly more robust. I just need to figure out if the spigot on my PCB Heavy Duty Stand will adapt well. Thanks very much Martin and OceanRipple


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Jul 26, 2016 10:01 |  #15

MalVeauX wrote in post #18002762 (external link)
Adorama's boom is $80, very solid, can hold my Rovelight 600ws strobe.

Cheetah uses the same one, rebranded for $120. I have the Cheetah because I didn't know at the time.

Here's my cheetah boom stand with a 6lb Rovelight & 47" brolly box 6 feet in the air, off center with counter weight, and I use 9" stakes & bungees to latch the base in the soil, I use this in the wind.

QUOTED IMAGE
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/G56D​5a] (external link)20160508_192602 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

Very best,

Yeah, booms seem to come in three categories: Scary, expensive, and that one.

It's a knockoff of a Manfrotto design, but it's still okay as far as I can see.

Do not use that cheap, common double-knuckle design. That design is a liability settlement waiting to happen.




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