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Nov 12, 2012 21:30 |  #1

I want to buy a C-Stand or two. I had the pleasure of assisting a friend who owns one (Matthews). I borrowed it and fell in love. I'm looking on BHphoto and I see a few brands. They all have pretty solid 4.5 to 5/5 reviews. Does it really matter which brand I go with?... honestly?! Enlighten me POTN.


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Nov 12, 2012 21:43 |  #2

I've used C stands in a variety of studio situations over the years. I think they are more or less the same.
A friend had a C stand from Cheetahstand that was nice, easy to break down into base and upright and not egregiously heavy. It seems that its a bit less costly than the others as well.

Maybe worth a try. I wish I'd had a C stand Saturday night, wind blew my speedlite over twice. Now it won't swivel.


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Nov 12, 2012 22:04 |  #3

Well, I just read a review on this IMPACT C-Stand and he raved about it. I think I might pull the trigger on this bad boy unless any of you have a solid reason to persuade my decision.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ster_Century_C_​Stand.html (external link)


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Nov 12, 2012 22:52 |  #4

I don't know, you can do the comparison.
They may be made in the same factory and just shipped to different destinations. :-)

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Nov 13, 2012 00:28 |  #5

I have matthews and avenger and both rock.

Get at least one C-stand with wheels. Trust me on that.


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Nov 13, 2012 00:36 |  #6

avengers and matthews...bullet proof... ask the people making movies in Hollywood.


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Nov 13, 2012 00:45 |  #7

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avengers and matthews...bullet proof... ask the people making movies in Hollywood.

Thanks Phil. Can you do me a favour though and take a look at the images for the one I linked above and give me your honest opinion? I agree with buying quality equipment which is why I bought my Elinchrom ranger. I certainly don't want to risk breaking it by cheesing out on grip equipment, but this impact c-stand looks undeniably well made. I just want a few more opinions. Thanks!


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Nov 13, 2012 01:58 |  #8

Matthews, Modern, and Avenger are the three most commonly used. Avengers are very heavy and have a few extra features like rubber on the knobs. Matthews are pretty light but will last longer than you will. Modern will also last as long as you but will degrade in appearance and look like trash after the first day (I don't know how that happens).

Personally, I have Avengers because I can get them on Amazon Prime next day. I always seem to need another C stand immediately. When working on set with rental gear it's always Matthews or Modern.

PS Make sure you know how to safely use the c stand. There are several good youtube videos. It's very easy to create a disaster with an improperly set cstand (ask me how I know). And you 100% need a sand bag for every stand you buy. Don't skip that step (trust me).


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Nov 13, 2012 02:07 |  #9

The one you linked is fine, it has the quick-locking base which i found to be very interesting!

Definitely remember to sandbag them, people put them down and feel a sturdy a base and completely forget to sandbag.


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Nov 13, 2012 05:29 |  #10

I have Avengers all with wheels. I have one A2033 with wheels from ebay and two A5033 stands. All with heads and 40" arms. They are heavy but I like that. GL




  
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Nov 13, 2012 07:52 |  #11

Aressem wrote in post #15239076 (external link)
Well, I just read a review on this IMPACT C-Stand and he raved about it. I think I might pull the trigger on this bad boy unless any of you have a solid reason to persuade my decision.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ster_Century_C_​Stand.html (external link)

I have one of those. It's fine, very heavy and sturdy. The spring loaded legs system is faster to work with than some others and will make a difference in you have to set up a bunch of them. The grip heads tend to stick for the first few weeks of use so if you get one be sure to have a long screwdriver with you to pry it free.

I shoot primarily on location so I prefer the Matthews sliding leg system.


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Nov 13, 2012 08:31 |  #12

The Impact C-Stand you linked is made by Kupo, and they make quality grip gear. I would buy the one you linked, which comes with 2 heads and a grip arm.


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Nov 13, 2012 10:27 |  #13

Thomas Campbell wrote in post #15239415 (external link)
I have matthews and avenger and both rock.

Get at least one C-stand with wheels. Trust me on that.

never heard one with wheels. Link please?


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Nov 13, 2012 10:28 |  #14

get Mathews or avenger.


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Nov 13, 2012 12:21 |  #15

bobbyz wrote in post #15240565 (external link)
get Mathews or avenger.

I generally agree with this statement, but not in this case.


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