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Nov 30, 2013 01:57 |  #1

I need some heavy duty light stands for my Broncolor heads. It will be mainly for outdoor use so it needs to be heavy duty.

Any suggestions on what to get? (price doesn't matter)


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Nov 30, 2013 09:57 |  #2

IMHO, Avenger and Matthews make the best followed by Bogen/Manfrotto.....


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Nov 30, 2013 10:14 |  #3

The Loft Studios wrote in post #16490248 (external link)
IMHO, Avenger and Matthews make the best followed by Bogen/Manfrotto.....

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Nov 30, 2013 15:59 |  #4

I own both Mathews and Impact turtle base c-stands. Great for travel and on location work but not so great for hiking with. I think i paid something like $140 a piece.


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Nov 30, 2013 16:45 |  #5

Matthews C Stand. The stand of Hollywood. They are indestructible.


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Nov 30, 2013 17:36 |  #6

I've just bought 2 Matthews Hollywood Beefy Baby light stands and am totally delighted with them. I wanted something strong and sturdy and these very much fit the bill. They have a 'levelling leg' which can be adjusted for uneven terrain, so that should suit you for outdoor use.

No doubt they're huge overkill for my needs as a keen hobbyist with no studio space, but I have zero regrets and expect them to last a lifetime.


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Nov 30, 2013 21:02 |  #7

So should i be looking at C-stands from avenger and matthews or just normal A stands?
Which is better for outdoor use?


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Nov 30, 2013 22:20 |  #8

I haven't used C-stands so others will be better placed to advise you on their pros and cons with respect to A-stands. But having recently tried to research the same question myself here are a few viewpoints I came across - I'm not endorsing any of them necessarily as I don't know for sure; others might like to weigh in:

  • It seems C-stands are a bit more unwieldy to transport because of the shape of their legs. Some come with detachable legs but I don't know how much hassle is involved in removing and re-attaching the legs;
  • Some people say C-stands are easier to weigh down with sandbags. I haven't tried sandbagging my A stands yet (they only arrived on Friday) but it looks as if you could put sandbags around the middle support struts without any problem. I've also heard that 'boa' weights, which are shaped differently to normal sandbags, can wrap around things and may be better for A-stands;
  • There appears to be a purist view that only light stands are meant for lights while C-stands are for things like flags and scrims. I wasn't too troubled by this as the heaviest things I'm likely to put on my lightstands are speedlites + umbrellas/other modifiers and it seems C-stands are more than adequate for that, but since you're using heavier lights it might be relevant;
  • C-stands can readily be placed close together as well as under furniture etc because of the shape and the varied heights of their legs.


I made the call that A-stands were better for my needs, mainly because of the first point above - I can easily fit them into my (very small) car without the legs being a nuisance. At some point down the track I might consider buying a C-stand as well.

Best of luck with your choice!

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Nov 30, 2013 22:32 |  #9

bpalermini wrote in post #16491053 (external link)
Matthews C Stand. The stand of Hollywood. They are indestructible.

Thank you, Sir. I am looking at upgrading to C Stands. I was familiar with Avenger. Now I'll seriously consider the Matthews line.


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Nov 30, 2013 23:50 |  #10

Worth taking a look at: Kupo (external link)
Saw these in use by Joe Brady.




  
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Dec 01, 2013 00:16 |  #11

nathan549 wrote in post #16491540 (external link)
So should i be looking at C-stands from avenger and matthews or just normal A stands?
Which is better for outdoor use?

If you're going to be using them primarely for outdoor use then, I would go with the standard tripod light stand. The Avenger line has several that are called "CS" with mean that they are made of steel instead of aluminum (which is still not bad) but weighs much more, so they are better at being more sturdy outdoors. Also, the "CS" version come with what's called a "Lazy Leg" or "Leveling Leg", which extends for uneven ground..... These stands aren't cheap, but you said money is no concern, and besides, I promise you that this will be the first and last set of light stands that you'll ever own!


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