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| p.1 #7 · Stand - Is there a way to make it withstand more weight? |
One stand that might work out for you is the "Matthews Reverse Stand". I find it is has a good load capacity at 11 pounds and still stores reasonably well at 23 inches. The stand is generally built very well compared to a lot of small stands, and the legs can be set almost flat with the ground to allow the use of sandbags out on the legs. Load ratings are not really standarized, but I agree with the Matthews rating, and would recomend that you get this or something else with a similar rating to support the load you described.
The only limitations worth mentioning are that its maximum height is 7 feet, and that its legs are bar shaped so that they could sink in to soft sand. My solution for the height issue is that I got some extensions for the option of more height, which still keeps the stored length of the combination short for air travel. The "Matthews Telescopic Baby Stand Extension" is an example of such an extension, which is a very strong extension, but is a little on the heavy side. For the sinking in, it is rarely an issue, but I have fastened on some heavy duty round rubber feet on each side of the tip of the leg with a thruogh bolt, which acts like a pad for flat floors, and also makes the tip of the leg not sink in as easily.
My main use of these stands is for Profoto Acute B portable strobes, and I usually hang the power pack from the stand with a strap hooked over the lowest tighning knob, which gives me some weight like a sandbag to help with wind, or with a slightly off center load if I am using a small soft box on the head.
Edited on Nov 23, 2011 at 02:54 PM · View previous versions