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Great for some jobs
on 2 November 2013
Bought these for use with speed lights and small video led continuous lights. For this use, these stands are solidly built, professional looking and feeling, and highly portable. I've attached several speedlights along with a Calumet 60" umbrella with few stability problems when fully extended, so they could probably take studio strobes too, provided the strobes aren't heavy.
Advice - when attaching lights/modifiers, test the direction the weight is acting on the stand. Then, make sure one of the extended legs is in that direction, so the weight is "hanging over" one extended leg. Make sense? If the weight is hanging over between two extended legs, the stand will tip over with a much smaller amount of weight attached. This is a very simple thing, but I've seen so many people forget to do it that it's worth mentioning.
These stands are perfect for:
1) Travelling with - they're very light and compact, and come with a decent carrying bag for train journeys or long walks.
2) Holding flags and scrims (seriously, why buy pricey C-stands for this job, when these stands do it just fine??)
3) Beginners and Speedlight work - I'd suggest beginners start lighting with speedlights - it's a lot cheaper, they're far more portable, and they'll do everything you need while learning. But speedlights can also be great for the professional. I work in London and, when I have several jobs in one day, I often use speedlights and these stands, and I can travel around the tube much more easily than if I'd had a huge and heavy kit with me. I only take the care when gear/logistics demand it.
They are less perfect for:
1) Heavy lights
2) Using soft boxes and umbrellas outside in wind. This is more due to the modifier than the stand - brollies and softboxes will be whisked away with any small amount of wind. But you can easily weight the stands down with sandbags and/or have an assistant hold them for you. Carrying sandbags with you nullifies the portability gains from these stands being light, but it works.
As long as you don't plan on putting some heavy Broncolors on it and then add heavy mods, these stands will work great.