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Friday, February 22, 2013

Someone's Listening: Pre-Drilled, Strapped Compact Light Stands



Many photographers who use a compact stand as the basis for an on-the-go lighting kit like to drill and strap their stands. This is something I have done since back before the early Lighting 101 days. I keep two strapped stands, as more than that on a job and you would probably case them anyway.

LumoPro, who makes the sturdy-but-compact LP605 compact stand, now also offers a pre-drilled and strapped variant. The LP605s will set you back an extra $5.

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7 Comments:

Blogger MikeScottPhoto said...

David, what's your experience with the ground spikes on the 605 stands? Do they add much stability when using a mod in the wind? Do they stay up and out of the way when not in use or are they going to scratch a client's hardwood floor? I'm still using older Manfrotto 001b stands and as I add more I'm wondering whether to go with the 5001b or the LP..

February 22, 2013 9:07 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Mike-

They actually do add stability in a light wind. Although, TBH I generally do not choose a compact stand / speedlight / big mod when working outside just because the available power is not great against the sun with a softening mod.

In any case, the spikes are very easily removed with a philips-head screwdriver.

The hardwood floor question is something I have not thought of. But generally, if I am worried about any stand (or anything) scratching a floor, I'll put a pinch of gaff on it for the occasion.

February 22, 2013 10:59 AM  
Blogger Yugo said...

@Mike-

There are rubber feet, and the spikes rotate and point back to the center column when not used, so they shouldn't scratch anything. Again, you can gaff tape them in place to make sure a loose screw doesn't let them drop down.

February 22, 2013 11:16 AM  
Blogger MikeScottPhoto said...

Thanks. I wrongly assumed the spikes were rivited like the other joints (or those on my Manfrottos). Knowing they can be tightened or removed is good.

February 22, 2013 4:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Instead of drilling holes on my nano, I just scavenged key rings from souvenir key chains. Just select those with thick sturdy rings.

I threaded one ring on the leg, and another between flash bracket (a manfrotto 026) . Got a strap from a freebie bag and I'm all set.

Sometimes I just connect the strap on the upper key ring forming a loop so the it stands vertically. Helps a lot when a mounted sb900 makes the stand top heavy.

It allows for quicker setup as you do not have to remove the strap to extend the stand.

Now for long walks, I move the strap to the bottom ring, and slinging it over my head not unlike a body bag. Makes it much more stable when moving on rough terrain.

Now for stability in being such a light stand (weight I mean), having the sb900 and the 026 makes it top heavy. Just this weekend, it had a bad fall breaking my frio and the 900 flying 10 feet away. Scraped the mud away to ensure that the sensor is visible and continued shooting.

February 26, 2013 8:51 PM  
Blogger Kurt Wall said...

Nice touch, LumoPro. Maybe trade in the split ring for a carabiner or something else that is easier to attach?

March 05, 2013 1:39 AM  
Blogger kathy said...

Could someone mention to Moishe some of us already have the lightstands and can drill holes. Could MPEX please sell the strap separately? :)

March 11, 2013 3:16 PM  

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