Which backdrop stand?

Discussion in 'Studio Equipment and Lighting' started by ERAUGrad04, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. ERAUGrad04

    ERAUGrad04

    271
    Jan 15, 2008
    IL
    I am about to pull the trigger on some additional lighting equipment. With the additional lighting equipment, I am also thinking of picking up a portable backdrop stand. I would prefer to spend less that $200 on the stand. Since I am limited by the number of Speedlights that I currently own, I am thinking that a black backdrop would suit me perfectly. Which black backdrop is recommended?

    Thanks!
    Morgan
     
  2. You might want to look at this system. Although I don't have them . . . yet. :wink:
     
  3. WayneF

    WayneF

    Apr 3, 2006
    Texas
    If your floor space might be cramped, then you might consider a telescoping top rod. This allows it to fit into a small space better (fits whatever space you have) - fits in more situations than a rod that only does certain width increments, for example, 9 foot rod and a 8 foot space. However it probably also makes the minimum storage space a bit longer.
     
  4. get the impact system on B&H. comes with a bag. its pretty good!
     
  5. tetrode

    tetrode

    7
    May 19, 2008
    New York
    An alternative to a dedicated background stand you might want to consider would be to get two *good* lightstands and the Bogen/Manfrotto Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...83_Adjustable_Background_Holder_Crossbar.html

    The lightstands can always be used as lightstands when not needed for background support duties. The telescoping crossbar is nice because the ends just drop over the 5/8" studs on the lightstands.

    If you'd prefer a pre-configured solution, the Photek background support is *very* well regarded:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/41824-REG/Photek_S40104_Background_Support_System_.html

    Dave F.
     
  6. WayneF

    WayneF

    Apr 3, 2006
    Texas
    Yeah, and then this 3/8" stud on top of a light stand with 1/4" thread holds the crossbars fine. I got mine from B&H, but dont see it there now.

    http://www.adorama.com/SV38S.html?searchinfo=smith victor 3/8 stud&item_no=5

    And see these telescoping crossbars (longer, cheaper, excellent):

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...Search=yes&O=jsp/productlist.jsp&A=search&Q=*
     
  7. tetrode

    tetrode

    7
    May 19, 2008
    New York

    The beauty of the Bogen crossbar is that it doesn't require a 3/8" stud. Any lightstand with a standard 5/8" stud can be used.

    Dave F.
     
  8. ERAUGrad04

    ERAUGrad04

    271
    Jan 15, 2008
    IL
    Ok, so here is my thoughts on my planned setup. I am planning on picking up two 10' Heavy Duty Air Cushined light stands by Impact. Connecting the two stands will be the Bogen/Manfrotto adjustable crossbar. I am going to be hanging muslin drops from this setup. Does anyone see any problems with the setup? Should it be sturdy enough? Thanks

    Morgan
     
  9. I purchased this stand and love it. it is very sturdy (my 50lb dog and three you boys haven't knocked it down while running through the living room. It even came with a carrying case for less the $100!!! :biggrin:
     
  10. fivegrand

    fivegrand Guest

    I used a couple of c stands and a length of 1 inch conduit for a long time...

    Now I have a Photek background hanger. The clamps on its stands are much more durable than the Impact and Amvona units. I think it was $129 US.
     
  11. Backdrop

    Try Amvona, good quailty and good prices.
     
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