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May 01, 2010 16:03 |  #1

Here's a short review of the boom kit from Lumopro LP682, sold by Midwest Photo Exchange under the reference LUM5120 (external link).

First impression, it's an heavy weight good quality kit.
It's composed of
a tripod stand with (removable) casters that can extend up from 4 to 7 ft,
an 8ft boom arm in two sections, with a head that allow to mount stud two ways,
a 5 kg counterweight,
a mounting head.


After some use here are my comments:
the 5 kg counterweight is not heavy enough if you mount a strobe head at the end of the arm. I had to add some additional weight to counterbalance it properly.
The mounting head is too tight around the boom arm and make slide adjustments not smooth (but it will probably get better after some worn out).


Conclusion:
great quality at a really affordable price ($124.99).


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May 01, 2010 16:04 |  #2

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May 01, 2010 16:05 |  #3

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May 01, 2010 16:06 |  #4

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May 01, 2010 16:59 |  #5

Looks like a decent alternative to expensive non-heavy duty boom kits. Does it bow when a studio strobe with a small to medium modifier is attached?


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May 01, 2010 17:05 |  #6

is that thumb screw in the last image plastic, or metal? for that matter, is all the hardware metal or plastic?


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May 01, 2010 17:12 |  #7

seanzky wrote in post #10103051 (external link)
Does it bow when a studio strobe with a small to medium modifier is attached?

No the boom is really sturdy and won't move. It's a 35mm diameter. You can probably hang 30 kg and it won't bow (but then the CG would be too offset from the tripod and without a proper counterweight the head will probably slip a bit).


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May 01, 2010 17:15 |  #8

hawk911 wrote in post #10103074 (external link)
is that thumb screw in the last image plastic, or metal? for that matter, is all the hardware metal or plastic?

The thumb screw is covered with plastic, but it doesn't feel like a cheap one. I could probably use a pair of pliers without marking it.I'm not sure how is the metal frame under it, but I don't see it breaking anytime soon.


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May 01, 2010 17:23 |  #9

I forgot to mention, the total weight of the tripod + boom is over 12kg and that's without the 5kg counterweight.


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May 01, 2010 18:52 |  #10

photopat wrote in post #10103121 (external link)
The thumb screw is covered with plastic, but it doesn't feel like a cheap one. I could probably use a pair of pliers without marking it.I'm not sure how is the metal frame under it, but I don't see it breaking anytime soon.

I think this is the case with all the LumoPro stands. I own a few of them and I can say that their collar, screws, and knobs are very tough. Compared to an Impact I've owned before, it's much, much sturdier.


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May 01, 2010 19:05 |  #11

Looks interesting. Wondering if it would be sufficient for a 24" Ezybox or QBox and a speedlight?


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May 01, 2010 19:10 |  #12

BluewookieJim wrote in post #10103574 (external link)
Looks interesting. Wondering if it would be sufficient for a 24" Ezybox or QBox and a speedlight?

I have a white lightning Ultra 1200 on it with a 48' softbox. For a speedlight you can go with a lighter arm than this heavy duty boom.


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May 01, 2010 19:51 |  #13

Alright, hang one of your whit lightnings and a soft box or beauty dish on it and take a picture with it extended 5 or 6 feet




  
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May 01, 2010 20:54 |  #14

DerekW wrote in post #10103774 (external link)
Alright, hang one of your whit lightnings and a soft box or beauty dish on it and take a picture with it extended 5 or 6 feet

Would that satisfy Your Highness?

PS: sorry, the picture was made with just a speedlight on the hotshoe. It's a hard light, not really nice for this forum, but at this advanced hour I didn't want to pull out all the equipment again.. my home studio is a shared space ;:)


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May 02, 2010 01:05 as a reply to  @ photopat's post |  #15

What type of bracket is that holding up your BGs in the above photo?


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