pworm14 wrote in post #9988367
After borrowing stands from a friend for the gazillionth time I went ahead and ordered a pair of the Bowens (will arrive Monday) with the Manfrotto 026 umbrella clamps. I'll let you know how they are. Although I couldn't find a footprint size I liked that they have metal, not plastic, clamps and that they are matt black instead of gloss. I also wanted 10 footers.
Those Giottos LC244 that ocabj linked to look real nice. Great price too.
I received my Bowens lightstands today and thought I’d report back with my first impressions.
These are definitely some nice stands. For basic speedlite duty they will be more that sturdy enough and should be able to handle a medium to largish softbox with ease. Construction/finish quality is superb. Sections slide with a very precision feel and the aluminum, not plastic, section clamps hold secure without having to over-tighten. The legs unfold very easily unlike some of the other stands that I have looked at which seemed to stick and were kind of a pain.
I had mentioned that I couldn’t find a footprint spec so, with the legs fully extended, I measured from the end of one of the legs to the center of the post and came up with 22” for a 44” diameter. I don’t know if that’s how they are officially measured for spec’s, but it should give you an idea of the actual footprint.
Overall I am very pleased with the purchase and can already tell that these will be a serious improvement over the rickety ebay stands that I had borrowed from my buddy.
Oh. The Manfrotto 026 umbrella swivel/clamps are the bomb.