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impact or manfrotto light stands?

 
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May 01, 2013 03:21 |  #1

im looking for a light stand yo use with speedlights at the moment and soon a profoto d1.
i was looking between manfrotto and impact light stands.

here are the two models i was tossing up between!

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ned_Heavy_Duty_​Light.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …AC_Alu_Air_Cush​ioned.html (external link)

which one would be better for monolights?


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May 01, 2013 04:45 |  #2

What's a toss-up between those two stands? They aren't even the same height.

What do you intend to use the stand(s) for? What sort of "studio" do you intend to use? What type(s) and size(s) of light modifier(s) do you intend to use?


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May 01, 2013 06:27 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #3

yes i know they aren't the same height but both heights i can work with so im not concerned about that at the moment. Im more concerned about which one will hold up more for outdoor on location shoots. The main light modifiers would be umbrellas and beauty dishes of various sizes depending on what im going for on that particular shoot.

I am basically just wanting to know which one will hold up overall better in the long run!


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May 01, 2013 06:53 |  #4

I have both the Manfrotto and the Impact air-cushioned stands and they're both comparable in build for the aluminum ones. If you want something that'll stand up to abuse for outdoor use, get a chrome steel stand. They are a bit heavier, though, than the aluminum stands.


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May 01, 2013 07:21 |  #5

nathan549 wrote in post #15885988 (external link)
yes i know they aren't the same height but both heights i can work with so im not concerned about that at the moment. Im more concerned about which one will hold up more for outdoor on location shoots. The main light modifiers would be umbrellas and beauty dishes of various sizes depending on what im going for on that particular shoot.

I am basically just wanting to know which one will hold up overall better in the long run!

If you want to use light stands outdoors, I'd recommend HEAVY DUTY stands that can tolerate 30 or 40 pounds of sandbags on the bottom to keep them upright. Mother Nature has a strong affinity to blowing light stands over and, unless you do something about that, you will find your equipment being broken over time.

I also suggest that most of your stands be 10-ft or larger. The reason is simple. They will be sturdier than the short ones. I use one very short stand for lighting backgrounds, but all the rest of mine are 10-ft or 13-ft heavy duty aluminum stands.

I agree with the comment above about steel stands if outdoor work is the primary purpose for the stands.


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May 01, 2013 07:35 |  #6

C stands are best for outdoor work with lots of sand bags.
I have and use lots of Calumet stands, essentially the same as Manfrotto but less expensive.

Key is large base diameter, which equates to taller stand.

Also, if the wind is much over 3 or 4 Mph, larger modifiers are going to be problematic.


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