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Old 07-25-2009, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there such a thing as a light stand that is universal that will cover everything I want to do. I want it tall enough but also heavy duty enough to support a 4 foot by 6 foot soft box and Hensel Head. Tall enough is considered tall enough by most photographers needs.

I have no clue as to how heavy a 4x6 foot soft box is.
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I have used the C-Stands by Avenger. They go to about 10' and hold quite a bit.
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A 4x6 softbox it not very heavy at all ... it's the strobe head you attach to it that makes it heavy. I have a handful of 25-year old light stands (both C-stands and the A-frame stands) and all are tall enough to place over the head of a model ... and strong enough to hold my 5-foot Octabox with Alien Bee strobe ... on a boom arm! If you buy a heavy duty light stand, it should last you your entire career.
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Here are the stands that I use: C-Stands
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As you make your decision on which light stands to purchase, think about whether you'll be using them primarily in a studio, or on location, or both.

I love using my sturdy C-Stands in my studio (on right below). They're tall, hold a lot of weight, I can easily put sandbags on them and I can stagger the legs for uneven surfaces. When I travel, I prefer my "riser" stands (on left below). They're almost as sturdy, but the legs fold up, making them much more compact. I can fit four riser stands and four Alien Bee heads, plus cords, reflectors and gels into one of my travel cases.


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I am doing all location as I have no studio. Great things to know. Portability is king for me at this time. Who knows maybe the fuure will hold good things for me.
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