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Recommendations for background support systems
Old 02-27-2007, 05:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Curious as to any background support systems you have purchased and had good reviews for. I've seen some by Savage that are very low price..but I'm not sure about the quality and I don't want to buy something I'm going to have to replace down the road. Thanks in advance for any recommendations
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Re: Recommendations for background support systems
Old 02-27-2007, 05:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a cheep $89 one and it is great. But if you plan on taken it apart every day and putting it back up on locations get a very heavy duty model. But for me the one I have holds a long roll of paper and seems to do the job.

I got mine off e-bay..

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Re: Recommendations for background support systems
Old 02-27-2007, 11:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Calumet has a really nice support system. Here is the link. They also have a heavy duty version.

http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/MF6090.html
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a JTL system, comes in a nice travel case, the Calumet's are also good.

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Re: Recommendations for background support systems
Old 03-01-2007, 08:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Kevin -

Timely question for me! I bought my stands back in the '70s and noticed how heavy they were are on a location shoot last week. Also, the fact that they took about two feet of saltwater during hurricane Ivan doesn't help much either - they are rusting inside despite two years of cleaning. All my other light stands, tripods, etc are much more recent and much lighter - so I'm looking around, too. Since I like multitask equipment, I'm thinking about buying a couple more good quality light stands (even two more boom stands like my facorite Manfrotto 420) to do double duty instead of a backdrop kit. Yeah, they are a lot more expensive but a lot more versitile. Let me know what you end up with and how it works out.

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Old 03-01-2007, 08:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The good thing with the Calumet Kit is that the stands are lightstands and they are nice and tall ones. I recommend the heavy duty kit at I think $199. It's a good price all the way around. Check them out online.
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the replies. I think I'm going to give the Calumet system a shot.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I picked up an inexpensive used Da-Lite system at a used camera show.

It does what it's supposed to, holds a single roll of 107" seamless up in the air, doesn't weigh a lot, and doesn't have a big footprint. (Keep that in mind for location work... sometimes places get a bit cramped!)

Now for the bad stuff...

The stands use a spring loaded catch which slips into a hole in the vertical member to lock the height. One of the catches broke. I found the part number for the broken piece and called Da-Lite figuring they'd accept my order (It's about a $2 part) and I'd be back in business.

Nope, won't sell it to me direct, gotta go through the local distributor. Okay, get the distributor's name (a graphic arts supply shop) and call them...

Nope, don't have the part.
Order it for me? $2 part... Nope...

I now use a screw to lock the height adjustment. Do I recommend the Da-Lite system? Sure I do...
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use both a Manfrotto Autopole system with three-hooks and an old steel set of background stands made by American. The autopole system is light and fast to erect. The American stands could possibly hold up in a hurricane but lugging just one of those poles around will work both arms and back muscles. One could thing about the heavy American system is that it can hold the 12ft wide 35yd rolls of paper.

Also handy for muslin are those big tension alligator clamps sold at Home Depot. With a set of those claps, hanging muslin or light canvas can be done about anywhere the claps jaws can get a grip.
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