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Mar 17, 2017 01:42 |  #1

What is a good light stand? One that is sturdy and won't constantly fall down. One that can be used in many ways as possible. One that is tall enough, but can also be broken down to fit into a suitcase if need be? I have a Paul buff Einstein with a chimera 36"x48x soft box that I will be applying to this light stand but I want the ability to put it into my luggage to travel with. Any ideas, or are cheap light stands not much different from the more expensive ones?




  
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Mar 17, 2017 07:09 |  #2

Prime Visual Productions wrote in post #18303071 (external link)
What is a good light stand? One that is sturdy and won't constantly fall down. One that can be used in many ways as possible. One that is tall enough, but can also be broken down to fit into a suitcase if need be? I have a Paul buff Einstein with a chimera 36"x48x soft box that I will be applying to this light stand but I want the ability to put it into my luggage to travel with. Any ideas, or are cheap light stands not much different from the more expensive ones?

Hi, It would help if you narrowed things down a little more . .

Define "tall enough". At some stage you are likely to want a stand that reaches 9 ft+ - is that now?
Is the "suitcase" limitation real? If so, we need an exact stand 'minimum length' to work with - if possible.
And that Einstein & S'box are not going on a boom - or are they?




  
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Mar 17, 2017 09:21 as a reply to  @ OceanRipple*'s post |  #3

boom is not necessary, but as always I like to purchase once, so if I can get a light stand with boom in case I ever have a use for it, that would be ideal. definitely not a necessity though. I figure about 8-9' should be more than sufficient went put up properly. Suitcase is probably around 40" in height. in it, I will probably put the light stand, the einstein light(in its original box) and the lightbox. its a large enough suitcase tha just about maximum size to check in as luggage.




  
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Mar 17, 2017 11:24 |  #4

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boom is not necessary, but as always I like to purchase once, so if I can get a light stand with boom in case I ever have a use for it, that would be ideal. definitely not a necessity though. I figure about 8-9' should be more than sufficient went put up properly. Suitcase is probably around 40" in height. in it, I will probably put the light stand, the einstein light(in its original box) and the lightbox. its a large enough suitcase tha just about maximum size to check in as luggage.

The Einstein is 4lb 5oz - so, consider Manfrotto's 1052BAC
https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …AC_Alu_Air_Cush​ioned.html (external link)
- it's a good basic stand. They stack, if you end up with several. You could boom a Speedlite from it (with suitable extra kit), but IMO, not your light. A sandbag slung from the center column immediately above the apex of the tripod base would add stability. The 3.6 ft footprint D is a minimum - bigger would be better, IMO. Would it fit with your priorities?




  
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Mar 17, 2017 12:24 |  #5

Or, an economic light stand that converts into a boom stand:

https://www.cheetahsta​nd.com/Cheetah-Boom-p/cboom.htm (external link)

I think there's a Manfrotto version, as well, but probably more expensive.



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Mar 17, 2017 12:29 |  #6

Prime Visual Productions wrote in post #18303071 (external link)
Any ideas, or are cheap light stands not much different from the more expensive ones?

One thing I learned after having purchased and used both cheap and expensive light stands over the years:

By the time I finally came to my senses to purchase expensive light stands, I paid a lot more than those who were smart enough to purchase expensive ones from the get go. It's what's called beginner's tax or something like that. ;-)a



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Mar 17, 2017 12:47 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #7

That Cheetah stand has a nice footprint, at 47" diameter. I've only found one product that has a larger footprint, the Impact.


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Mar 17, 2017 14:51 |  #8

For a recent out of the country shoot where I wanted to travel light, I got one from Cowboy Studio that is 7ft and folds to 20 inches which fits in my carry on luggage. For weights I just used 6 locally available bottled waters, slipped 2 of them into each ziplock bags and hung over each of the 3 extended legs. I used card stock and some gaffer tape to construct a hood to conceal the bare bulb of my DigiBee, which I bounced off a white ceiling. Worked like a champ. Here's a snap of it way over on the right and a test shot.


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Mar 17, 2017 15:05 |  #9

Mathews reverse stand 7'

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Mar 17, 2017 17:10 |  #10

Prime Visual Productions wrote in post #18303071 (external link)
What is a good light stand? One that is sturdy and won't constantly fall down. One that can be used in many ways as possible. One that is tall enough, but can also be broken down to fit into a suitcase if need be? I have a Paul buff Einstein with a chimera 36"x48x soft box that I will be applying to this light stand but I want the ability to put it into my luggage to travel with. Any ideas, or are cheap light stands not much different from the more expensive ones?


Light stands do not break down so you will need the find the largest available to fit in your suitcase.


Any ideas, or are cheap light stands not much different from the more expensive ones? Yes the cheap one fall apart and break.


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Mar 17, 2017 20:59 |  #11

The best stand for stability would be a c-stand.


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Mar 17, 2017 21:42 |  #12

http://www.cowboystudi​o.com …p/5%20section%2​0stand.htm (external link)

This is the model I referenced above. For $32.00 it serves it's purpose well.




  
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Mar 17, 2017 23:18 |  #13

Cowboy Studio stands are so light that even a light breeze would probably knock them down. Interesting –and quite telling– that the stand's weight is not included in their specifications. You'll need a couple of sandbags, and even then it'd make me nervous to mount a monolight on them.


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Mar 17, 2017 23:22 |  #14

I got the Kupo Universal stand. Very sturdy and relatively cheap! Only a few bucks more than the Adorama (Flashpoint) and B&H (Impact) brand names but much better in my opinion.




  
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Mar 18, 2017 00:20 |  #15

Cheap stands bend, wobble, break. Hollow stands with riveted on spuds are not what I would recommend for booming a proper light.
The matthews reverse stand would be fine without a boom.

With a boom I'd look at the steel light stands from Mattthews, Kupo, Avenger, etc. Look at the Baby Boom arm from Avenger. That will give you a rock solid boom set-up, but it won't be too mobile. If you're working with a tight space (like I do) you can use a C-stand instead.


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