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Backdrop hanging system

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Apr 14, 2018 09:45 |  #1

Not lighting but looking for recommendations on a 107” 4 roller backdrop hanging system. Can be manual and wall or ceiling mount. I’ve found some for the $1k range but was wondering if you knew of other alternatives.

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Apr 15, 2018 12:53 |  #2

I have used a set of Auto Poles for 18 years and they have never failed. They use little room, support my 12' seamless rolls and portable. (external link) (external link)

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Apr 15, 2018 17:53 |  #3

+1 for the Varipoles/Autoploles.

I have 2 sets of 3 roll brackets and pulleys. I set is permanently installed to cinder block wall in my studio, the others set travels to location shoots, using Superclamps to mount the brackets to the poles.

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Post edited 3 months ago by bobbyz.
Apr 19, 2018 00:44 |  #4

I bought the three roll wall mount system to use with auto poles. Only issue as reported by others is that metal rods which go inside the seamless rolls are a bit smaller so roll slip. I put some gaffers tape on those metal support rods and then put the paper roll. Make sure metal chains. It was like $500 max from what I remember.

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Apr 21, 2018 19:16 |  #5

For a permanent studio setup, I've used the Impact version of the Manfrotto chain and pulley:

https://www.bhphotovid​ …ve_with_silver_​metal.html (external link)

It can be adapted to canvas or muslin by using 3-inch PVC pipes with reducers at the ends.

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