Good quality light stand recom?

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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
 
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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
 
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Thanks Hecky

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

Regards

Michael
 
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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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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
 
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Wow, the lightstands you guys mentioned are expensive. The most I have paid on a lightstand it $40. lol!
 
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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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