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Troy Gamm
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p.1 #1 · Speedlight stand for traveling


Hello everyone,

Was curious if anyone has a suggestion for a rugged yet lightweight stand for my canon 550 flash. We are traveling on to Uganda in a month to shoot pictures of the kids that are in a few villages we wil be working in. My wife and I shoot the pictures during the day and print them out at night back in our lodging on a Epson picture meats printer. We then hand out the prints to the kids or eir families. Most of the kids have never seen themselves before since they are isolated in villages without any electricity, mirrors, etc. these pics will also be used by e NGO for its sponsorship advertising to encourage people to sign up and support a child for his/her monthly support.

I would like to set up some off camera lighting to improve the quality of the shots. I would like it to be as compact and lightweight as possible but also be as sturdy as possible without breaking the bank. I know that I can't have al 3 of those items unless I wanted to spend tons of money but any suggestions would be appreciated.

I don't mind taking an empty small sandbag and filling it onsite for stability.

Thanks,
Troy



Jun 27, 2013 at 05:59 AM
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p.1 #2 · Speedlight stand for traveling


Ugandan sun could be very strong, so get the kids in the shade, or you will be needing a powerful flash, which in turn needs a decent light stand


Jun 27, 2013 at 08:06 AM
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p.1 #3 · Speedlight stand for traveling


Check out the Lumopro Compact Stand from mpex.com. It's good quality, 5-year warranty, included shoulder strap and good price. It also has built-in foldout spikes that you can use to anchor it into the ground. It easily fits into a small bag/suitcase.

brad



Jun 27, 2013 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #4 · Speedlight stand for traveling


DigMeTX wrote:
Check out the Lumopro Compact Stand from mpex.com. It's good quality, 5-year warranty, included shoulder strap and good price. It also has built-in foldout spikes that you can use to anchor it into the ground. It easily fits into a small bag/suitcase.

brad


I love mine. They are my go too's for most of my travel speed light setups. I have larger impact stands but really just use them in studio and wedding receptions if need be. Manfrotto makes nice mini stands but they are double the price.



Jun 28, 2013 at 04:19 AM
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p.1 #5 · Speedlight stand for traveling


I have recently assembled a portable kit for off camera lighting.

I just took a tripod I already had, added a Falcon Eyes MB-600D extension rod + Manfrotto 066 + umbrella adapter.
Tripod gets to 1.5m, with extension rod and adapter, flash position can be up to 230cm from ground. Legs are spread significantly more than with any portable light stand.

Westcott 43" collapsible umbrellas are as compact as every other part of my kit.

I can either use tripod, or use it with extension rod for flash and umbrella, or I can hold rod with flash and umbrella with left hand and use camera in right hand. So it is pretty versatile.

See my setup here:
http://imgur.com/a/6tJal
(there is an option to see full uploaded resolution in top right of each image)



Jun 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM
 

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p.1 #6 · Speedlight stand for traveling


http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/609055-REG/Manfrotto_1051BAC_1051BAC_Alu_Mini_Air.html


Jun 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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p.1 #7 · Speedlight stand for traveling


I use this regularly and the results are excellent in either manual or ttl...
Very, very compact and effective....
1 )http://www.amazon.com/Westcott-2012-32-Inch-Removable-Umbrella/dp/B0000AQJD8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392589262&sr=8-1&keywords=westcott+32%22+umbrella
2 )http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-5001B-74-Inch-Stand-Replaces/dp/B001M4HXB2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1392589361&sr=8-2&keywords=manfrotto+nano



Feb 16, 2014 at 10:23 PM
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p.1 #8 · Speedlight stand for traveling


I use this regularly and the results are excellent in either manual or ttl...
Very, very compact and effective....
1 )http://www.amazon.com/Westcott-2012-32-Inch-Removable-Umbrella/dp/B0000AQJD8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392589262&sr=8-1&keywords=westcott+32%22+umbrella
2 )http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-5001B-74-Inch-Stand-Replaces/dp/B001M4HXB2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1392589361&sr=8-2&keywords=manfrotto+nano
3 )http://www.amazon.com/Nalgene-96-Ounce-Mouth-Canteen-Bottle/dp/B000BS0AR4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1392589432&sr=8-2&keywords=water+bag

This way you can shoot thru, bounce and use the nalgene empty water canteen as a weight on site...



Feb 16, 2014 at 10:25 PM
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p.1 #9 · Speedlight stand for traveling


Ditto on the Lumopro stand recommendation above. I've used mine on trips to Big Bend where size / weight was a priority. Very worthwhile.

I've got the Westcott double-folds and they're a great value. For not much more space / weight, a 46" Softlighter II would be my current choice. It's way better built and feels much more durable. As a bonus it gives a lovely controllable light. That said, I do carry a Westcott as backup. Yes, the nanostand can handle the weight just fine.

Great tip on the water bottle weight! Thanks.



Feb 18, 2014 at 02:51 PM





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