Light stand that can hold 2 lights?
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jzucker
Registered: Jan 07, 2002
Total Posts: 2450
Country: United States

Any recommendations for a single stand that I can stack a pair of 2x3' softboxes?

In my investigations it looks like the Titan Studio Pro with an extra sidekick arm is the best bet but I'm wondering if there's something a little more portable. On the creative light website there's a video showing a couple of their 2x3 softboxes used vertically to make a 2x6 softbox with a pair of flashes and the stand has 2 mounting plates for flash heads. Can't tell if the lower one is a grip head or something else.

thanks in advance.



tedwca
Registered: Dec 31, 2002
Total Posts: 305
Country: United States

Super clamp and a stud attached to the stand should do the trick.



BrianO
Registered: Aug 21, 2008
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Country: United States

I like the Matthellini clamps for this. They clamp to the upright column of any light stand, C-stand, Autopole, etc., and have an extension onto which lights or modifiers can be mounted.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/161307-REG/Matthews_420110_Matthellini_Clamp_2.html



Roland W
Registered: Apr 23, 2004
Total Posts: 1918
Country: United States

Matthews makes an adapter that might have a spacing that works for you. Take a look at this item: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/33187-REG/Matthews_429581_Baby_Double_Header.html

If that will not work, and you have a long term need for doing this, and want the lights and boxes to be matched well in height and spacing, you could make a similar adapter that mounts two lights. Get a yoke fitting for at the center and two studs that can be mounted near the ends, and mount them to an aluminum or steel bar by drilling holes at just the right places and bolting them in place.

A yoke fitting for at the center that would work is: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/124760-REG/Avenger_E390_E390_TVMP_Yoke_to.html

Some studs for the ends of the bar could be: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=manfrotto+186&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma

With the right aluminum bar like a 1/2 inch by 1 inch cross section layed flat, or a steel bar that is similar and strong enough, you would end up with a secure and balanced rig that could go right on top of a good stand, and your boxes would be mounted perfectly beside each other at exactly the right spacing you need.

It could be tricky to get the strobes on because of the balance issue when only one is on there, but once the second one is on, the balance will be good, and you can then put the soft boxes on one at a time. This kind of solution gives you vertical studs to mount the lights on, so you would not have problems with lights accidently rotating on horizontal studs like other solutions might have.

You may not be interested in building something, but if you are, my suggestion seems perfect and not very expensive.



jzucker
Registered: Jan 07, 2002
Total Posts: 2450
Country: United States

Thanks Roland. I think i'm going to go with the Titan studio pro and an extra arm.