twohoots wrote in post #18643611
Question - I am going to be purchasing a boom arm to use with the AD600 + a 3ft octa. I'll also be getting a baby drop pin, now I'm wondering how I would secure it all with a safety cable. Does anyone have any suggestions? The best I've come up with is using the extension head which has a handle, which would work, but I would prefer a solution that doesn't require using that.
I find myself using the extension head virtually all the time, and if on a boom, then definitely all the time.
I do something a lot of people don't do: I actually balance the boom. To approach the maximum your stand can handle and to reduce flex and tipping, you have to balance the boom.
My stands are rated for 28 pounds. Generally, considering the extension on the light end of the boom is at least three times more than on the counterweight side of the boom, I usually need ten pounds of counterweight. When the boom is extended further, I may need up to 20 pounds counterweight. Of course the boom itself is a few points and so is the modifier. Putting the whole AD600 body on there with all that would leave me very little room for error.
There is also the fact that I've got to raise and lower the doggoned thing. No point making it five pounds heavier than it needs to be.
So I always use the extension head on a boom.