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Lightstands: Avenger or Manfrotto?

 
nathan549
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Dec 08, 2013 02:49 |  #1

I'm looking at the Avenger A0030B and the Manfrotto 1005BAC.
Il be mostly using the stands for outdoor use using Broncolor flash heads.
Though cause I'm here in Australia Avenger stands are hard to get and is priced the same as two manfrotto 1005bac stands. I just want your opinion with which will be the better option and will likely last longer.

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Canon 60D - 24-70mm 2.8 L II - 70-200mm 2.8 L IS II - Speedlight 600 ex-rt - Broncolor Move 1200L pack + A2L pack + MobiLED flash head

  
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Dec 08, 2013 03:17 |  #2

I always like to read the B&H reviews on products to see if they have any substantial issue. I found this review of the Manfrotto 1005BAC interesting:

I am a professional photographer shooting for weddings and commercial assignments. Manfrotto is always an excellent bet, except for here it seems. There is a tiny clip attached to the stand by two really weak pins. Turning that clip/lever is supposed to allow you to tighten/loosen the legs. The pins holding the clip on snapped the third time I used it (I had to find a pair of pliers to get it down and back home). The second stand I bought, the pins have yet to snap, however, the pins are attached to a screw/nut system, so that instead of tightening or loosening the legs, it simply turns the whole screw around in the hole. It's clearly a new design they were trying that has failed. Go with a stand that has the traditional knobs to tighten or loosen the legs.

That would steer me toward the Avengers. Plus the Avenger has the leveling leg for uneven terrain.




  
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Dec 08, 2013 06:59 |  #3

frugivore wrote in post #16510331 (external link)
I always like to read the B&H reviews on products to see if they have any substantial issue. I found this review of the Manfrotto 1005BAC interesting:

That would steer me toward the Avengers. Plus the Avenger has the leveling leg for uneven terrain.

oh wow, thanks for quoting that.
Thats really making me second guess the manfrotto now!
I guess the avenger will be worth it after all!

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Dec 08, 2013 14:38 |  #4

Dear NATHAN549,

Good to be discerning, but don’t over think or worry about your potential selection. Either are a fine enduring choice!

Basically AVENGER = MANFROTTO products in so many of either’s product line. Marketing channels
Both are durable, stable & great quality products which will likely outlive you!!

Really comes down to how much you value the convenient leveling leg feature on the Avenger (marginal benefit vs marginal cost), preferred folded length and how much weight you want to pack; which only you can answer.

It appears a lot of photography stuff is about the marketing, (like other industries, such a marine/yachting stuff, etc.).
i.e. Single manufacturer with multiple marketing/distribution channels & multiple geographical markets.

Just an FYI - the referenced clip/lever to tighten/loosen the legs on my four MANFROTTO 1005BAC’s have never been a problem after many years of extensive use (including supporting 4 Profoto D1Air-500 monolights with various Profoto light modifiers). In fact that clip/lever enables very fast setup/take down when dealing with dynamic situations.

Good luck with your selection.

Mary

P.S. I own a lot (sshhh… too many to admit to) of AVENGER, MANFROTTO & MATTHEWS(MSE) supports and vast variety of each “brands” hardware, ANY & ALL of which you can count on; are great and will withstand many many many years of use both in & out of studio including harsh environments and applications.


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