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Old 01-09-2006, 07:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Stands to hold up to 12' wide paper. Nice and sturdy. Not looking for a build it myself solution with 2x4s. I'm just needing some good direction from the GG gurus.

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Re: recomendations? backdrop stands
Old 01-09-2006, 08:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use this Photek Background support system. Works well for me. As with any background system, you should weight it down with sandbags or telephone books for safety.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...cessory_detail
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Old 01-09-2006, 08:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My 'heavy' stands are Talons by Photogenic. They're air cushioned, go to 13' high and are pretty indestructable. I've pushed 107" seamless up to 13' using superclamps to hold the bar and sandbags to keep'em stable. I've even used one to support a bogen super-boom, worked fine. They would easily handle 120" seamless assuming your crossbar was up to it. I'm pretty sure there is a Bogen equivelent... Bogen might even make the Talons for PG.

I'll say this though, if you're in your personal studio and it's practical, hang it from chains bolted to the ceiling and save yourself a lot of trouble. Even on heavy stands, seamless is tippy and the stands use up some pretty useful space right there at the edge of the background.

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Old 01-09-2006, 10:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Stands to hold up to 12' wide paper. Nice and sturdy. Not looking for a build it myself solution with 2x4s. I'm just needing some good direction from the GG gurus.

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I use Calumet's kit..it's a 4 section pole with two stands.. I think the stands are 12 ft high.. The pole is a little longer than 12 ft max.. shortest length is a little longer than 6ft...and a little longer than 9ft long too.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

It's made of steel,..and features quick release buttons for quick teardown.. the stands are pretty heavy duty.. and it all comes in a very rugged case.....a black case that is...not gay grey..or blue...or some other sucky colour.. They seem to always have on sale for like 130 bucks for the whole kit..

I have used it with 12 ft super white seamless paper on location and it holds up very well... I however would still suggest placing counterballance weights on the bottom leg supports when using 12 ft wide paper..15 lbs is all I use on each stand..

It held up the paper for this catalogue shot pretty well.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]


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BTW, what I mentioned was for portable background stands... here's the link for that:

http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/MF6...&type=PRDINDEX

I however have Bogan's "Autopole System" in my studio.. it features chain driven rollers..and these roller thingies that insert into the paper roll, and tighten up, and roll the paper like that.. However, it is pretty much a must to use cored paper rolls with them.. especially with anything 12 ft wide..

Mine however are Black:
http://www.calumetphoto.com/ctl?&ac....04;017;029;45;

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I'll second JP's recommendation on the Bogen Autopole system if you're looking for a permanent installation. If you're looking for something more mobile or simpler, I'd recommend a pair of Manfrotto 3333 (9') or 3336 (12') stands and a 2983 crossbar.

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Thanks guys,..these all look like great suggestions! I'll look into them further tomorrow. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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calumet makes a HD stand that goes for about $150, I have it and it works great
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Calumet has their standard system on sale for a hundred bucks (see my review in the Review Forum) and their heavy-duty sustem on sale for a hundred and forty. Buy one, be happy.

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Got it,..thanks [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] *side note,..the customer service rep was very nice,..that goes far with me and where I put my money. =)
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