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Is a PhotoFlex Boom Arm Good?
Old 10-15-2005, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am wanting to know what boom arms are good but reasonable in price.

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Re: Is a PhotoFlex Boom Arm Good?
Old 10-15-2005, 11:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The short answer is yes, the PhotoFlex boom arm is a good arm. But the better question is how much weight to you want to put on the arm? The Photoflex boom arm will support a maximum of 10 lbs. fully extended but you need a good lightstand (Photoflex recommends their LS-K003B) to support that much weight.

If you don't already have a heavy-duty stand, I recommend (and own) the Bogen 3397 or 3398. They run anywhere from ~$115 to ~$150 depending on color and accessories and will hold 11 lbs fully extended.

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Re: Is a PhotoFlex Boom Arm Good?
Old 10-16-2005, 09:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My advice is to spend a bit of money (now) and have something that is still working great two years from now.

Checkout the Calumet Cine-Stand, it is on-sale for $99, built very well, then get the Avenger D600 Boom Arm (also from Calumet) for $99, this will give you an awesome set up that holds something like 60lbs fully extended...
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Re: Is a PhotoFlex Boom Arm Good?
Old 10-16-2005, 12:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The D600 is a very good arm, but don't confuse weight at minimum extension with weight at full extension. The Avenger D600 boom arm will support ~15.5 lbs. fully extended (83"), not 60 lbs. The 60 lb. rating is at minimum extension (46"). If you've already got a heavy-duty stand to connect it to, I agree that it's a better way to go than the Photoflex arm.

Regarding longevity, I've hung a head and 3'x4' softbox off of a 3397 for over 10 years and never once had a problem. I like it because the arm retracts into the body of the stand, which makes it very portable. You don't have to dismantle the thing to transport or stow it. It also doubles as a 13.5' light stand. Bottom line for me is that it's very versatile.

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Re: Is a PhotoFlex Boom Arm Good?
Old 10-16-2005, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah your right, 60 lbs at full extention would pull the thing over...lol

I also have an Avenger D650 and that thing is a monster...
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Re: Is a PhotoFlex Boom Arm Good?
Old 10-19-2005, 06:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i saw you are using the 1D, on my 20D with battery grip i use the Custom Brackets CB Junior. I went into B&H looking to buy the Photoflex, and the guy there advised me that the CB bracket was a more rigid and solid performer... I would tell you for something like that try to get it hands on and feel the different brackets, cause it is something that you are going to using in hand for an extended period of time. I liked the way the CB didnt get in the way of the controls or shutter in vertical or horizontal...
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Re: Is a PhotoFlex Boom Arm Good?
Old 10-22-2005, 12:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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we are talking Boom Arms here, for Studio Lights, not strobo frames..

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Re: Is a PhotoFlex Boom Arm Good?
Old 10-22-2005, 03:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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whoops, did i reply in the wrong topic? sorry...
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Hi, I would like to buy a Photoflex boom arm, my question is, can this boom be installed on any 5/8 male standard light stand connector? or it will work only on the photoflex boom stand.
Now I am not sure because I see in bhphotovideo.com this kit:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/264509-REG/Photoflex_Starlite_QL_Whitedome_Medium.html
But this one come with a Impact light Stand and the connector for this light stand looks like 5/8.
Can I use the photoflex boom arm on this standard light stand just removing any part or adding any adapter?
Thanks a lot in advance.

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Re: Is a PhotoFlex Boom Arm Good?
Old 05-24-2007, 05:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I recommend the Manfrotto 3397B lightstand with integral boom and counterweight. It can also double as a backdrop stand, if necessary.

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