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| p.1 #6 · Any opinions on Manfrotto Auto Poles |
I had them with the bracket to hold 3 rolls of seamless (or whatever you wanted to hang). They are great if you have room to set it up and leave it, or at least not have to move it often. They were not very convenient to set up and take down on a regular basis. If you have a room where you can set them up and leave them then go for it. Overall quality was good.
Ditto. Very stable, not nearly as portable as they make them out to be. Caveats:
- They come with plastic chains to raise or lower the backgrounds. IMO the optional metal chains are well worth the investment if you're using canvas or other cloth. For paper, the included chains are adequate.
- Affixing the chains is NOT intuitive. I had them wrong-side-out for several days and cursed them every time they snapped or came off the track. Only after reading the owner's manual (I know, I know) and reattaching them right side in did I discover they really do what they're supposed to do.
- Getting the chain tension right so the backgrounds move smoothly but stay where you want them takes a little patience, something many of us could use a bit more of. YMMV