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Old 01-02-2010, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to buy a light stand heavy enough to grow into and do most anything I could ever want to do like raising a boom with a 11 pound beauty dish mounted with a mono light. Question is the leg foot print diameter going to be a problem for this? I thnk the boom will be plenty heavy enough to safely do anything I want to do in the future.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...specifications

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...tth_Boom_.html

Currently I have 3 bogen monfrotto light stands that will rise 12 feet and support 22 pounds.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One word...sandbags

Never trust a stand carrying anything on it without somehow making it near to impossible to tip over. The weight of booms and such may not be so much an issue as someone (more often the photographer walking around with the camera up to his/her eye) tripping over a leg or a cord.
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Old 01-02-2010, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You'll have no problem using a boom with that stand.
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Better look seriously at C stands if you really want one that can do everything.

Check these out - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...tialSearch=yes
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would second the C-Stands. I have two of them. I also use them with sandbag to give additional support. Outside, you can use bungee-cords and tent stakes--considerably lighter than sandbags.

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Old 01-03-2010, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Just hire somebody to hold it :P
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would second the C-Stands. I have two of them. I also use them with sandbag to give additional support. Outside, you can use bungee-cords and tent stakes--considerably lighter than sandbags.

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Educate me on this then, the C stands all seem to be rated for 22 pounds. If I put just a boom with a weight that weights a total of 40 pounds, wouldn't that equal failure? The counter weight weighs 25 pounds and the boom 15 pounds. I have seen some booms that are lighter but look scary 3 foot off the ground not to mention 8 feet off of the ground.


I totally agree with using sandbags to lower the center of gravity. This brings another question, how exactly are stands rated for weight? Ladders you buy at Home Depot, Lowes etc and other hardware stores are rated for the amount of weight for failure at a horizontal load. But most of the time a ladder is used in the vertical position.
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Any thought to hanging it from the ceiling if you have a studio? Install tracks to slide them around.
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I own one of these:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...l_Wheeled.html

With the 40" Hollywood Gobo arm and one extra grip head. I have no issues extending the 40" arm with a Hensel monolight and 22" beauty dish attached. Sandbags are required, but I have never had a tipping issue or feared for stability. I plan on using two or three more in my new shooting location. For fixed BG lighting I like the standard C stand:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...tand_with.html

YMMV.
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