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Old 12-08-2005, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to be buying a couple more lights (buy why, you ask...you don't know how to use the ones you've got!) and will need a couple new stands. Any recommendations? I have two of the heavy duty 13' stands from Alien Bees. They're SOLID stands, but heavy and long. I also have two Bogen stands that came with my background system. They're nice, albeit not as sturdy.

If somebody stole all your stands, what would you replace them with?

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Old 12-08-2005, 04:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Matthews C stands. I like the ones with the sliding foot. Bought all of mine used on e-bay.

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Old 12-09-2005, 01:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My favorite light stands are made by Bogan's "Avenger" line.. they are called "Lazy Leg" stands...anyway, they run about $200 each, they have a wide footprint for stability, they are much more heavy duty than the ones that Paul Buff sells with his light kits.. but those are o.k. though.. My fav's have a leg design that allows one leg to extend outward, so it can be stable on a hill, or on stairs, or on a curb.....the light stays strait, rather than leaning.. I have often had them weighted down with 30lbs in counterballance weights when using them to anchor light panels.. They extend to 13 ft high..and are made with heavy duty hardware too... Oh, and they are black too.. They also make good coat hangers too.. Yep! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 12-09-2005, 01:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use Matthews C-Stands. Matthews C Stand Catalog Page The legs allow you to move stands within inches of each other and are vrey easy to sandbag. They also come with a 40" arm and grip head that allows you to use it as a short boom or to attach accessories such as flags or scrims. These things are built to last.

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Old 12-09-2005, 07:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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In the studio C-stands are hard to beat unless you go with and overhead system.

For location lighting, I've bee really happy with Photogenic Talon 13' Stands. They're heavy enough to use without sandbags, the risers are air cushioned and they seem indestructable. I've had mine for years, thrown'em around, piled stuff on top of'em... they're hardly even scratched. Their biggest drawback is the ~4' minimum height. $90 at B&H

The lazy leg stands John mentioned are pretty attractive, I just never sprung for a set.

You might consider a couple of small lightweight stands like this little Manfrotto 3353. It's a 75" stand that collapses to 19", which is also it's minimum height. Good when you need light and compact; not a substitute for standard stands. Perfect when you want to take a nothing but a portable flash but want to get it off camera. I use one with a Metz 60CT, radio slave and an umbrella bracket. Pretty handy.

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Old 12-09-2005, 09:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Bogen and sister company Avanger make great stands, I have about 6 of theirs, ranging from the 8ft air-cushioned to the super duty u608.

I also have several Calumet Stands, they are made also as well.
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c-stands by american grip or matthews. if you'r shooting a lot outside, c-stands with a "rocky mountain leg" that allows the stand to remain upright even on inclines.
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A couple fence posts and a roll of duct tape.

Don't believe me? Ask Shadow.
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