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Light Stands

Peter Cofran , Feb 11, 2009; 05:39 p.m.

I'm unhappy with the Bogen 3362 (link) It's too light and not stable (even with Alien Bee). I need something sturdy enough that if left unattended someone won't bring them down with a kick but can be easily transported. I was thinking of exchanging it for a Matthews Maxi either the steel or the aluminum. They're listed 8.5lbs instead of bogens 2.8lbs. Anyone use the maxi? The Hollywood Beefy Baby is a little pricey.
Maxi Alu (link)
Maxi Steel (link)
Hollywood Beefy Baby (link)

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Matt Laur , Feb 11, 2009; 06:21 p.m.

Have you considered a sandbag?

Charles Webster , Feb 11, 2009; 06:23 p.m.

One way to prevent light stand from tipping over is to put a sand bag on the base. I use these DIY sandbags http://dale-murray.com/DIY/sandbags/sandbags.pdf on my lightstands.

I use light-weight light stands such as yours to hold gobos, reflectors, scrims, etc. when shooting in the studio.

<Chas>

Peter Cofran , Feb 11, 2009; 07:09 p.m.

I'm not interested in sand bags. What's the point of saving weight on the stand if you have to lug a 10lbs sand bag? What I especially don't like with the Bogen stand is that the poll is so thin it flexes and moves with in the foot clamp and I don't even have it fully extended. I was temporarly using a Photek background stand for my monolight and was 10x more sturdy. I wouldn't have made this mistake if I was close enough to visit B&H. I wrongly assumed $74 Bogen stand wouldn't be this flimsy.

Charles Webster , Feb 11, 2009; 07:31 p.m.

Personally, I don't see any point to saving weight on stands just to have them fall over on the client, or dump your gear on the ground. Any light stand that doesn't need a 10# sand bag is going to weigh more than 10#.

Personally, I'd rather carry two 10# sand bags than two 20# light stands.

<Chas>

Ellis Vener , Feb 11, 2009; 09:19 p.m.

Look at the Lowel KS stands.

Nathan Stiles , Feb 12, 2009; 09:48 a.m.

In addition, the sandbag ensures a low center of gravity-- the whole stand weighing more doesn't. So the sandbag is more stable than an equal weight stand.

Dale Murray , Feb 12, 2009; 10:46 a.m.

Charles,
glad to see my PDF worked for you, hopefully they were not to difficult to make. The PDF has been downloaded over 1000 times now but I rarely get feedback of see the results of peoples work.

As for stands, I am using Calumet 13.5' air cushioned stands, there is nothing glamourous or light about them but they get the job done.

As for using sand bags, I would much rather lug 15lb sand bags than replace one of my $500 monolights, but that is just me. I think the phrase goes something like, and ounce of prevention... In this case, 15lbs of prevention versus $500 lost.

Bryan Cochran , Feb 12, 2009; 04:49 p.m.

I have been thinking about going this direction for lights:
www.ultimatesupport.com
They are not true light stands, but the speaker stands will support 50-100lbs and they have a large base. I used to have a couple of them, but I gave them away and now I wish I could have them back. It wouldn't take much to make an adapter to fit the standard light stand. Looking at B&H for the Bogen stands, the Ultimate stands are in the same price range.
I'm wondering if anyone else has gone this direction.

Peter Cofran , Feb 12, 2009; 06:03 p.m.

I ordered the Matthews Aluminum Maxi today. I'll let you guys know how it turns out. I understand sandbags offer a lower center of gravity and I'd use them for an outside shoot in wind. Its was just a matter of me not being satisfied with wobbley feel of this stand.


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