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Good quality light stand recom?

Discussion in 'Studio Equipment and Lighting' started by Red Bicycle, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Red Bicycle

    Red Bicycle

    103
    May 13, 2008
    Australia
    Hi

    I would like a portable quality light stand for a 30" softbox. I am looking for a minimum of 2.5m of height, good stability for outside/windy environments and possibly even the ability to use it for overhead lighting (some sort of boom feature?). Price up to say $US250. All suggestions gratefully received!

    If you also have a suggestion for a swivel mount 3/8" or 1/4" that would be helpful.

    Kind Regards

    Michael
     
  2. You want a C-Stand with a 40" arm and grip head. If you need a larger boom I recommend the Avender D600. For the stand the avenger http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...030DCBKIT_AVA2030DCB_Turtle_Base_Century.html is as solid as it gets.

    I also have these for studio use http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/104601-REG/Avenger_A5033_A5033_Folding_Base_Wheeled.html The wheels make life a lot easier. If you want a more traditional stand this is perfect http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/184625-REG/Avenger_A470_A470_Baby_Combi_Boom_Steel.html
     
  3. Red Bicycle

    Red Bicycle

    103
    May 13, 2008
    Australia
    Thanks Hecky

    Is a grip head a rotating head that will allow overhead lighting? the Avenger baby-combi looks about right.

    Regards

    Michael
     
  4. fjgindy

    fjgindy

    531
    Jan 21, 2007
    Indianapolis
  5. A grip head and arm is typically used for holding things like scrims and gobos but the arm is very heavy duty and can easily support a light head and modifier as a short boom. Yes it will rotate and tilt in many directions. You can hang a sand bag off the back of the arm. The other advantage of a grip arm is when you have a large sofbox like a big Octa that you can't tilt because it will hit the stand. The grip arm will let you put it a foot so out so you can tilt the modifer. But if you need longer than 40" like for a long hair light you would be better off with the Combi-Boom stand or a separate boom like the Avenger D600. Do not scrimp on the boom or sand bags unless you want somene wearing a strobe head some day.
     
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  6. Red Bicycle

    Red Bicycle

    103
    May 13, 2008
    Australia
    Thanks guys

    is Avenger part of Manfrotto/Bogen? if not is there an equivalent Manfrotto you would recommend?

    At this stage the lightbox is relatively lightweight being the Lightware FourSquare with 4 SB-800's attached.

    Cheers

    Michael
     
  7. OCIR

    OCIR

    Mar 24, 2009
    MD
    Wow, the lightstands you guys mentioned are expensive. The most I have paid on a lightstand it $40. lol!
     
  8. Red Bicycle

    Red Bicycle

    103
    May 13, 2008
    Australia
    OK $40, But does it fill my requirements?

    Cheers

    Michael
     
  9. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    I highly recommend a C-stand for outdoor use. They accommodate uneven ground well and are much sturdier than most 'regular' light stands. The Avenger stuff is very strong and well made.
     
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