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superblue
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Guys,.looking for a large collapsible white background around the 7ft x8ft mark, now I've seen a lot out there but don't want to have to iron the thing each time I use it can anyone recommend a good one at a reasonable price? Or if you have one for sale drop me a pm Cheers

Martin



Mar 04, 2013 at 06:26 AM
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Take a look at the Impact Collapsible Backgrounds from B&H. $58 for either the black or white in 5x7(may be too small for your needs/wants), or $70 for one that has both black and white sides.

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The next size jumps to 8x16 for $100.



Mar 04, 2013 at 04:25 PM
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Calumet sells one that goes 8x8 (muslin) and its stretches pretty good, at least in the pics. You will have to call them and discuss the wrinkle factor.


Mar 04, 2013 at 05:57 PM
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I have the Botero - It looks the same as the Impact product.
If you plan to blow the highlights on the whote side you'll be good but if you want to use it as underexposed white background to get it gray-ish the wrinkles can be issue.
For me it's very useful for taking on-location simple headshots on a white (blown) background because it collapses to nice small size and the wrinkles mean nothing for me.

I haven't tried different brands but i'm very skeptical if you can find a collapsible background without wrinkle issue. If you do i'll be more than happy if you share it with me.



Mar 04, 2013 at 08:05 PM
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Martin,

Check this one. The size you want is good for 3/4, headshots but just in case you need to do full body shots or shoot two people or if you need a base, check this one out. It fold and stores to a pretty decent small size.

Impact Large Background



Mar 05, 2013 at 04:19 PM
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Thanks to all of you very much I will be blowing out the background so if it wrinkles that's not too much of a problem i suppose, i do like the lastolite gear along with their hi-lite background, but they cost Thanks again guys, i'll check out your tips


Mar 05, 2013 at 04:32 PM
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You asked about "the best"... Without question.. Most bang for the buck, so freekin flexible in it's way you can use it.

The LastoLite HiLite. Available in 2 sizes.. I recommend the larger.

I bought one of these 2 years ago and although a bit fidgety for setup and put away, this thing rocks hard all day long. Combine this with a white train.. (I used a roll up solid window shade I glued velcro to) and it's a total high key portable/in-studio solution.

I have even placed garments on it and stood over top of it to shoot products. I've gelled it to alter the background color, I've used the reverse side to get a black/grey, I've placed it sideways to get lay down shots, I've used it as a HUGE softbox natural light window replacement, I've hung it over motorcycles to light them..... It's like a pair of light 'vise-grips'

Run.. don't walk to get this in your kit. A bit pricey, but nothing compares to this.



Mar 08, 2013 at 08:10 PM
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I like and use the Westcott X-Drop...light to carry around and sets up easy. It does have a large footprint though....
http://fjwestcott.com/product-category/photo-basics/photo-basics-backdrops/x-drop-backdrops/



Mar 09, 2013 at 04:54 AM
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Lastolite HiLite......bigger the better.


Mar 09, 2013 at 03:45 PM
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Thanks again guys! I went to Focus On Imaging show in Birmingham UK on Wednesday & saw what you can do with the HiLite, no doubt It's a great product


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Jim Cowsert - is it possible to use the x-drop without the rear legs sticking out? In other words - say I'm lacking room and I want to set it up flat (without the rear legs extended) and then gaffer tape the flattened frame to the wall. Is that possible?

Also, how many feet does it take up from front to back when the rear legs are extended?

Thanks!

Brad




Mar 10, 2013 at 02:40 PM
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DigMeTX wrote:
Jim Cowsert - is it possible to use the x-drop without the rear legs sticking out? In other words - say I'm lacking room and I want to set it up flat (without the rear legs extended) and then gaffer tape the flattened frame to the wall. Is that possible?

Also, how many feet does it take up from front to back when the rear legs are extended?

Thanks!

Brad


Brad,
You will need about 4' clearance from a back wall to use the X-Drop. The legs on the base extend together, so you wouldn't be able to use it as a flat frame. The only time I've had problems is when I set it up in a small room which sometimes makes it a tight shoot.
Overall I'm very happy with the system, just wish they had more varieties on their backdrops. To get around that I've bought my own materials and cut them down to the same size as their backgrounds 5'x7', stamped in some grommets and have my own Red, Blue, and Lt.Blue solid backgrounds.



Mar 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM
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Thanks, Jim. What about the quality of the backdrops. Do they wrinkle easily? Any problems with them?


Mar 10, 2013 at 04:11 PM
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DigMeTX wrote:
Thanks, Jim. What about the quality of the backdrops. Do they wrinkle easily? Any problems with them?

The backdrops are good...they store rolled or folded up in the bag with the support stand and don't show wrinkles.



Mar 10, 2013 at 05:50 PM
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John Skinner wrote:
...The LastoLite HiLite. Available in 2 sizes.


They have four sizes currently: Model 8990 -- 1.4m x 1m (4'6" x 3'6"), Model 8857 -- 1.5m x 2.15m (5 x 7), Model 8867 -- 1.8m x 2.15m (6 x 7), and Model 8878 -- 2.5m x 2.15m (8' x 7').



Mar 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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Cool. Thanks!

brad



Mar 11, 2013 at 02:36 AM
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Hmmm, space is of the essence for me so currently leaning towards one of the lastolite HiLites or the 6x9ft collapsible backgrounds that lastolite do & are sold at b&h, gotta say though that the x-drop looks excellent value & an easy set up, I just need something to go up against a wall


Mar 11, 2013 at 05:31 AM
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superblue wrote:
...the x-drop looks excellent value & an easy set up, I just need something to go up against a wall


You could get an X-Drop and remove the brace that runs to the third leg, replacing it with a strap for support when in use. That would allow you to extend the two main legs to stretch the fabric but leave the third leg collapsed so you can lean the whole thing aginst a wall.



Mar 11, 2013 at 06:34 AM
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Now there's a thought Brian, I like your thinking could you provide a link as to where I can get the largest one? Thanks


Mar 11, 2013 at 09:03 AM
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superblue wrote:
Now there's a thought Brian, I like your thinking could you provide a link as to where I can get the largest one? Thanks


If you mean the X-Drop, I think it only comes in one size -- 5 X 7 feet.

If you mean the HiLite, available in four sizes, here you go:

1st Cameras Imaging Centre
6/7 Lancaster Buildings, Newcastle-Under-Lyme ST5 1PG
Tel: 01782 634580
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.1stcameras.com

Allphotos Ltd
201 Tarring Road, Worthing BN11 4HN
Tel: 01903 202 542
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.allphotos.net

Calumet Photographic Ltd
3 Loughside Ind.Park, Dargan Crescent, Duncrue Road, Belfast BT3 9JP
Tel: 02890 777 770
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.calumetphoto.co.uk

Calumet Photographic Ltd
Bradbourne Drive, Tilbrook, Milton Keynes MK7 8AJ
Tel: 08706 030303
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.calumetphoto.co.uk

Digital Depot
The Old Post Office, 13 High Street, Stevenage SG1 3BG
Tel: 01438 745 544
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.digitaldepot.co.uk

Ffordes Photographic Ltd
Broallan, Beauly, Inverness IV4 7BQ
Tel: 01463 783 850
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ffordes.com

Firstcall Photographic Ltd
Cherry Grove Rise, Taunton TA2 8LW
Tel: 01823 413 007
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.firstcall-photographic.co.uk

Fixation
Unit C, 250 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5RD
Tel: 02075 823294
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.fixationuk.com

Fotosense Ltd
Unit 11 &12 Riverside Park, Waters Meeting Road, Bolton BL1 8TU
Tel: 01204 532325
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.fotosense.co.uk

Hilton Photographic
43/45 Ferensway, Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire HU2 8NA
Tel: 01482 325 223
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.hiltonphoto.co.uk

Jigsaw Systems Ltd
The Old Mill, Nottingham NG7 7JA
Tel: 0870 730 6868
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.jigsaw24.com

Karlu.com
Units 2 and 3 Crestland Business Park, Acton, Suffolk CO10 0BD
Tel: 0870 765 2000
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.karlu.com

LCE Southamption
11 Civic Centre Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7FJ
Tel: 023 8033 1720
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.lcegroup.co.uk

Morris Photographic Centre
Unit 9. Worcester Road Ind.Estate, Worcester Road, Chipping Norton OX7 5XW
Tel: 0845 430 2030
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.morrisphoto.co.uk

Process Supplies (London) ltd
13-25 Mount Pleasant, London WC1X 0AR
Tel: 02078 372 179
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.process-supplies.co.uk

Production Gear
5 Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 1SF
Tel: 0208 236 1212
Website: www.videogear.co.uk

Robert White Photographic Ltd
Unit 4, Alder Hills Ind.Estate, 16 Alder Road, Poole, Dorset BH12 4AR
Tel: 01202 723 046
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.robertwhite.co.uk

Spa Photo
213 Valley Road, Coventry CV32 7SL
Tel: 01926 312 319
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.spaphoto.co.uk

Speed Graphic Mail Order Ltd
Unit 4,Woodlea Park, Station Approach, Four Marks GU34 5AZ
Tel: 0845 330 5530
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.speedgraphic.co.uk

Studio Kit Direct
14 Oldbury Wells, Bridgenorth, Shropshire WV16 5JB
Tel: 01746 769 768
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.studiokitdirect.com

Teamwork Photographic Ltd
41-42 Foley Street, London W1W 7JN
Tel: 02073 236 455
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.teamworkphoto.com

The Camera Centre
72 Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0DL
Tel: 01595 694345
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.thecameracentre.net

The Flash Centre
66 The Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1AE
Tel: 02078 375 649
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.theflashcentre.co.uk

The Flash Centre
2 Mount Street Business Centre, Mount Street, Birmingham B7 5RD
Tel: 01213 279 220
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.theflashcentre.co.uk

The Flash Centre
Second Floor, Mill 2, Mabgate Mills, Mabgate, Leeds LS9 7DZ
Tel: 01132 470 037
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.theflashcentre.co.uk

TNP Broadcast Sales Limited
Unit 20 Olds Close, Olds Approach, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 9RU
Tel: +44 (0) 1923 712712
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.tnpbroadcast.co.uk

Walters Photo Video Ltd
6 Morlais Buildings, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8UL
Tel: 01685 723 419
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.waltersphotovideo.co.uk

Wex Photographic
13 Frensham Road, Norwich, NR3 2BT
Tel: 01603 486 413
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.wexphotographic.com

Wilkinson Cameras Limited
38 East Bank Street, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1ET
Tel: 01704 534534
Email: [email protected]

Oh, I guess you said "a link." Ah well.



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