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DarthSparky
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Apr 12, 2010 16:16 |  #1

Can anyone recommend good value for money lighting stands?

They'll be holding 580 EX II speedlites, attached to pocket wizard FlexTT5s. Not sure yet what bracket i'll use - perhaps a Lovegrove bracket mk4 (any other recommendations?).

Ideally a stand will be strong enough to support 2 speedlites attached to flex TT5s.

I'm thinking Manfrotto 5001B Nano, Lastolite 4 section lightweight, or Bowens compact light stand. Any thoughts? Strong enough? Any other options.

Thanks in advance everyone.


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Apr 12, 2010 17:07 |  #2

Indoor or outdoor? What kind of modifiers?


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Apr 12, 2010 17:13 |  #3

Man I saw those nanos at my first strobist meet. They look nice and may function well but in the small wind they were the first ones on the ground. My el cheapo stand was standing without any problems.


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Apr 13, 2010 00:51 |  #4

Outdoor mainly, and to be bare / gels. I may occassionally use a softbox


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Apr 13, 2010 01:03 |  #5

I've got a Giottos LC244. It's got a very wide footprint, which I think would be stable outdoors.

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Apr 13, 2010 15:54 |  #6

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.



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Apr 13, 2010 16:57 |  #7

I just got one of theseexternal link from ebay and whilst it's not massively tall (2.2m) it's constructed very well. I can vouch for quick delivery (2 working days via UPS) and the guy is absolutely genuine. I found him via Flickr where he's very active.


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Apr 14, 2010 10:03 |  #8

Thanks for the help guys. Much appreciated.


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Apr 19, 2010 23:43 |  #9

pworm14 wrote in post #9988367external link
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.



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bobbyz
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Apr 20, 2010 08:35 |  #10

pworm14 wrote in post #10028286external link
I received my Bowens lightstands today and thought I’d report back with my first impressions.

Thanks for the update.

Would be nice to know the model number or link to B&H for other folks on the forum.


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Apr 20, 2010 09:12 |  #11

^^^ Good point Bobby. The stands are Bowens 6610's.

Here's a link to them at B&H.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ..._Compact_Light_Stan​d.htmlexternal link



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bobbyz
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Apr 20, 2010 11:06 |  #12

pworm14 wrote in post #10030047external link
^^^ Good point Bobby. The stands are Bowens 6610's.

Here's a link to them at B&H.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ..._Compact_Light_Stan​d.htmlexternal link

Thanks.


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