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Light stand umbrella flash kit

Frank Penn , Dec 24, 2008; 08:19 a.m.

I am looking for product suggestions for a light stand that supports a speedlight (SB-900/800) and a shoot-through umbrella with at least 6 feet height.
I'd like these to be compact, especially the light stand so I can carry it to a location.
I saw in the latest Nikon creative lighting tutorial dvd they are using something pretty cool, very compact, exactly what I need.
Please let me know where can I look for such products? Any links? I'd like to have the entire kit if possible so I don't have to worry about individual parts/compatibilities.



David Bell , Dec 24, 2008; 09:59 a.m.

Have a look at strobist.com for their starter setup. I purchased something similar a while back, to get my Canon 580ex off the camera and this is what I got (note the hot shoe to PC socket is used to connect my Skypoty radio trigger):

Manfrotto 001B light stand
Manfrotto 026 light clamp
Kaiser Hot Shoe To PC Socket 1300

Dan Zimmerman , Dec 24, 2008; 10:38 a.m.

David's right. In fact, Midwest Photo has put together some 'Strobist Kits' you might want to consider:

Henry Posner , Dec 24, 2008; 11:50 a.m.

I use a Bogen / Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter with a Bogen / Manfrotto 143S Flash Shoe and a Bogen / Manfrotto 3361 - Black, 8' Light Stand. Works like a charm.
Henry Posner
B&H Photo-Video

Oskar Ojala , Dec 25, 2008; 05:09 a.m.

I have Chinese generic stands and Elinchrom stands. For a SB, a $25 Chinese stand will do. You then need a umbrella swivel adapter to attach the flash and umbrella to the stand, these typically go for $15-$30, but be careful as some of these are junk (again, I use a cheap Chinese made one and it does the job). Choose the size of the umbrella and how compact you want it to be. Again, some cheap umbrellas really feel cheap. I have some small Elinchroms, they do the job nicely. www.mpex.com has a double-foldable Westcott umbrella that goes to a small size -- I ordered one but have not received it yet so can't comment on the quality, but it was recommended on strobist for mobile use. As mentioned, www.mpex.com has all of these in compact form in the strobist section. B&H probably also has them, but they are easier to find from mpex :-)

d g , Dec 28, 2008; 07:52 p.m.

hey do a search on ebay... they have some el cheapo's for $24.95

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