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Use Regular Lightstands for Background Support ?

 
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Mar 01, 2013 10:24 |  #1

So I have 2 extra Heavy Duty Air Cushioned Lightstands that I'd like to use for a Background Support. If I get a crossbar does anyone know if I can get the thin tips to replace on the top of the lightstands ?

I've looked on B&H and can't seem to find anything or what they are even called.

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Mar 01, 2013 11:12 |  #2

I use two c-stands as my background stands. I'll have to double check when I get home but I'm pretty sure I'm using the following to keep the crossbar in place. I'll confirm when I get home a little later.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …16_Broncolor_Ad​apter.html (external link)


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Mar 01, 2013 11:27 |  #3

Go to your local hardware. You can buy a nut that will screw onto the threads on top of the lightstand that give you a thin extension that will fit the crossbar. Its essentially what they use to connect two threaded rods for tightening spans. I'll try to grab a quick shot at lunch.




  
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Mar 01, 2013 11:59 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #4

I have an older version of this:

http://www.skaeser.com …ckdrop%2C-backdrop/Detail (external link)

No mod required to the light stands. Mine seems plenty sturdy. And you can't beat $25.


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Mar 01, 2013 22:11 as a reply to  @ BTNorris's post |  #5

I use lightstands for my background support but, I use a pair of double superclamps to hold the crossbar. I picked up a pack of 8 retail display 035 superclamps on ebay and assembled four of them into doubles with 5x20mm socket head cap screws. I think I paid about $80 for the 8 clamps and the setup is really versatile. But...the clamps are not black.

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Mar 01, 2013 22:13 |  #6

Manfrotto's background support kit actually uses two of their light stands. I have it and it works fine for a muslin although its designed for paper rolls. I use some cheap Home Depot spring clamps to clamp the fabric to the stands. I have two more of the same stand for lights and they all click together for easy transport.




  
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Mar 01, 2013 22:22 as a reply to  @ mike_d's post |  #7

I do it all the time. I use a spring clamp (A-Clamp) on top of the lightstand and it supports a cross-bar.

No need for anything special,imo.


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Mar 01, 2013 23:26 |  #8

These work:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …r_Set_for_Backg​round.html (external link)


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Mar 02, 2013 07:40 |  #9

I use superclamps and 5 foot sections of antenna pole for the cross bar. Easily holds paper or muslin and can be extended with another section of pole for 12 foot paper or wider muslin.

It also can serve as a clothes rack in the studio for models extra clothes. I never fell in love with the standard background supports, the cross bar is a bit flimsy IMO.


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Mar 02, 2013 15:12 |  #10

I think I'm going to go with this, looks like it fits light stand ends.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …le_Background_H​older.html (external link)


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Mar 02, 2013 16:19 as a reply to  @ alexxn's post |  #11

Will a paper core fit over those ends?


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