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Old 03-26-2006, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would anyone like to share a quality brand of light stand and boom to use to support a strobe as a hair light?

The stands that came with my Hensels don't appear sturdy enough to use with a boom, so I'd like to get a stand & boom combination.
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Vic,

The answer to your question hinges on how much you want to spend. Manfrotto is one of the best and there are others as well. You might also check out ebay because there are some really sturdy stands there for good prices. The Manfrotto stands are NOT cheap but they are awesome but for the budget minded, Ebay is a good place to check.

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Re: Light stand-Boom
Old 03-26-2006, 07:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was looking on eBay, but did not see any Manfrottos. I saw some Britek, Pro Foto and Dyna Tran which I know nothing about. I guess I'll leep looking for a manfrotto.
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Old 03-26-2006, 08:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I wouldn't go cheap on a boom if I were you. If your stand topples and you break a flash tube (or worse), you just spent more to fix or replace your equipment than you would have if you just bought a decent stand in the first place. Figure out how much weight you need to support and go from there. You absolutely need counter-weights at maximum extension, so consider that as well.

The Bogen/Manfrotto 3397 (chrome) or 3397B (black) is a very decent stand, is rated for ~5 lbs. at full extension, and includes a counter-weight bag. It is fine for a head with a grid or snoot. New, they run about ~$150.

If you want to put something like a large softbox on the head, then you'll need something more robust for full extension. In that case, I'd recommend something like an Avenger 470 or 475. They'll hold ~12 lbs. at full extension with counter-weight and run ~$200.

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Old 03-26-2006, 09:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For years I used a simple clamp on top of a sturdy lightstand and put an eight foot long 3/4" galvanized pole from Home Depot. (this is the clamp)

I regularly used it for my Norman (or Alien Bee) head with barn doors and a few gels. I counter weighted it with a C-Clamp that heal a canvas bag full of sand in Ziploc bags.
Last year I bought a $75 Dyna Tran light stand with boom arm. It's very sturdy and has held up quite well. I would recommend it for general studio use.
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The Manfrotto Chip mentioned above works pretty well. I've got one and I really like it. It basically becomes a normal lightstand when you're not using it as a boom, so I take it on location when I'm not sure if I'll need a boom or not. I've used mine at near full extention with a stripbox on it.
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Old 03-27-2006, 06:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I definately don't want to get a cheap, flimsy stand that I can't depend on. I'll look into the Manfrotto and Avenger models.
Thanks for all the advice.
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
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How about the Red Wing booms, I saw them a while back and they seemed very sturdy, I can find them anymore? I TOO am looking for an easy to adjust, sturdy boom for both honeycomb for hair lighting AND a med/large softbox.
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I use the Manfrotto 3091 Super Boom on the Manfrotto 3071 wheeled stand. It's an 8 ft boom with an articulated head and controls on the other end. Using a head and pack system I have complete control of head movement and power without having to get to the head with a ladder. I don't have to worry about it falling on the model either. I do use a counterweight on the boom and a weight at the base of the stand.
These are imported into the US by Bogen. I bought mine on e-bay. They come up periodically.
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks Olli, I think that's what I'll be looking for.
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