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DIY Multi-Purpose Lightstand

 
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Apr 21, 2009 12:42 |  #1

Someone asked me about this in another post a while ago, and I just got around to taking some photos of it.

I made this because, hey, DIY is in my blood, I can't help it. :D

The Docking Station (All Made of PVC + Caster Wheels):

I call it "docking station" because... see the below images for a couple examples of what gets to dock...

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3516/3463280482_81449f2d99_o.jpg

Its Sexy Legs:

Who needs sand bags to hold it down when the legs are muscled with pebbles for stability? ;) The lockable caster wheels make it mobile for a lazy person like me... :)
IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3583/3462466091_f01f1c47f4_o.jpg

The Arms:

The four arms are for easier pulling/pushing the station with a bunch of "No-Slip Grips" on for better grabbing, as well as holding down things like PWIIs or external battery packs, etc.

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/3463280538_8ef5027775_o.jpg

The Whole View:

This is just one of the many uses of the docking station for lighting. Here's shown my 580EX with another DIY of mine, straw grid snoot...

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3496/3462466013_6b8ca8f9b0_o.jpg

580EX + DIY Straw Grid Snoot + Impact Swivel + PWII + "No-Slip Grips":

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3542/3462466027_317da3b964_o.jpg


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Apr 21, 2009 12:42 |  #2

PWII Held by "No-Slip Grips":

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3522/3462466061_f8a4c59547_o.jpg

The Tube to Impact Swivel Connection:

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3551/3462466079_1ca608a64b_o.jpg

Another Example of What Docks on the Station:

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3397/3421281663_b69eff1b92_o.jpg

This Portable Thingy: The Flash "Speed(lite) Gun":

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3558/3426609899_eb4d271d57_o.jpg

Given the photos of this multi-purpose lightstand, you can easily imagine its strengths and weaknesses, as well as its "other" uses....


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Apr 21, 2009 12:44 |  #3

Whoah. First ever custom light stand I've seen. Fantastic work! May even give this a go myself when I get time...


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Apr 21, 2009 12:53 |  #4

Jim G wrote in post #7775161 (external link)
Whoah. First ever custom light stand I've seen. Fantastic work! May even give this a go myself when I get time...

Yea, you gonna need some time.... ;)

Seriously, though, it doesn't take too long especially if you've messed around with PVC tubes before...



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Apr 21, 2009 13:27 |  #5

very nice. now I have to try some ....


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Apr 21, 2009 13:29 |  #6

It looks top-heavy. Is it? Does the wheels 'trip' over small cracks, debris, gaps, etc.?


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Apr 21, 2009 13:52 |  #7

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It looks top-heavy. Is it? Does the wheels 'trip' over small cracks, debris, gaps, etc.?

It's not top-heavy at all as shown with just the flash and a few other gadgets. It would be top-heavy if you place something really large and weighty. But, as I stated in the "Sexy Legs" section, the inner tubes of the legs are all filled with small pebbles, so it's bottom-solid. I can easily use an umbrella atop, and that'd be considered "nothing" given the "rock-solid" foundation.

Any wheels would trip over cracks and gaps and so on, but the pebble filled foundation as well as the "arms" allow for greater mobility in comparison to lighter foundation. One thing for sure is that the mobility is better than those commercially sold lightstand on wheels as they're not weighed down. Also, my DIY is meant for smooth surfaces whether indoors or outdoors, as would any similar units with wheels.



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Apr 21, 2009 14:01 |  #8

By the way, the reason why I made the legs rather compact is because I can't stand the ordinary lightstands with legs that spread out too much. If you squeeze the legs in a little with these commercial units, then they'd be more prone to tipping over due to their light foundation. I wanted a compact set of legs with heavy foundation, and I think I've accomplished that. To my satisfaction, at least. :D

This is one of the main reasons for going DIY rather than simply pressing the "order" button. Another reason for going DIY -- although you can probably get a cheap lightstand for about the same expense -- was to customize the unit to my liking and for my specific needs. Because of this, I'm actually using this DIY almost exclusively over my Impact lightstand.



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Apr 21, 2009 14:15 |  #9

Impressive. I wish I were that skilled as a DIY'er.


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Apr 21, 2009 14:20 as a reply to  @ BluewookieJim's post |  #10

Very creative but it looks like it should have a mailbox or bird feeder on top instead of a flash :)

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Apr 21, 2009 14:25 |  #11

SYS wrote in post #7775648 (external link)
By the way, the reason why I made the legs rather compact is because I can't stand the ordinary lightstands with legs that spread out too much. If you squeeze the legs in a little with these commercial units, then they'd be more prone to tipping over due to their light foundation. I wanted a compact set of legs with heavy foundation, and I think I've accomplished that. To my satisfaction, at least. :D

This is one of the main reasons for going DIY rather than simply pressing the "order" button. Another reason for going DIY -- although you can probably get a cheap lightstand for about the same expense -- was to customize the unit to my liking and for my specific needs. Because of this, I'm actually using this DIY almost exclusively over my Impact lightstand.

Thank you for answering my question. You've clarified my concerns. I wholeheartedly agree that the feet on these light stands are way too long. I find myself stepping on them or tripping over them 9 times out of 10! Granted that it's part of the design where balance is a priority, I'm pretty sure there's a way to engineer something so that the core balance in the middle will help shorter legs be just as stable if not more stable.

Kudos on the DIY. Because of you, others will experiment and take it to the next level. Once again, thanks for answering my questions. It wasn't meant to shut down your DIY or anything. I thought they were valid.


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Apr 21, 2009 15:25 |  #12

Thanks for the pics. Looks like an even more interesting unit, and now, my 'design' questions have been answered. ;) Nice lookin' unit, too. How much does the 'base' weigh, with the pebbles, and secondly, do the wheels 'lock' so that the umbrella/stand combo don't go rolling off somewhere on their own?


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Apr 21, 2009 17:17 |  #13

Nice job! Care to put up a tutorial or maybe a diagram of parts?


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Apr 21, 2009 17:28 |  #14

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How much does the 'base' weigh, with the pebbles, and secondly, do the wheels 'lock' so that the umbrella/stand combo don't go rolling off somewhere on their own?

The "docking station" weighs approximately 10LBS, but it can get heavier simply by placing more pebbles or sand down the main tube.

Yes, the wheels are lockable with a simple toe step as you can see in the "Sexy Legs" photo. :)



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Apr 21, 2009 17:31 |  #15

Looks great. well done.



  
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