Buying a backdrop stand today. Any last-minute recommendations?

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  1. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Priorities, in order of priority:
    • Portable
    • Inexpensive
    • Well-Built
    I put 'well-built' last becuase I have a tight budget, and I really need a portable one to take with me to use outdoors next weekend. It looks like the ones in my price range ($100-150) have a lot of reviews as being a little flimsy. I will be using primarily 10x20ft backdrops. I currently have a black one and a white one...they're basically huuuugee sheets. Not real sure where I will go in the future, as I am just starting out with the backdrop thing.

    Anyway, any ideas? What stands do you use?
     
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    There was a PDF out there somewhere showing how to buildyour own backdrop from PVC tubing... wish I had kept the link. Anyways it was relatively stable, VERY portable and by looking at it, quite well built. It was also under $75 if I recall correctly?
     
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    I bought a Dynatran backdrop stand from Amvonacom. It was less than $100 (plus shipping).

    It's very portable, it came with a travel bag and packs up very nicely. It's quite sturdy, the stands are basically heavy duty light stands. It's not 'top of the line' and if anything, the tension knobs might be the weak link...but for the price, I think it's still a great product and I won't hesitate to recommend it.

    You can also get similar products at B&H or Adorama etc.

    You could even just buy two light stands and make your own cross bar...but for the price, I think it's worth it to just buy the whole kit with the travel bag.
     
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    That's close enough to what I have...I don't remember the model number and I don't really know the difference between their different models.

    My product was fine...but it looks like their customer service isn't very good. That's why I suggested looking at the big stores...you can get pretty much the same product for the same price. I don't even remember why I bought mine there...just trying them out, I guess.

    Don't forget to use the links at the top of this site, when you go to B&H or Adorama.
     
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    I got this one from Adorama:
    http://www.adorama.com/PFBDSK.html

    I had tried the PVC route before deciding to shell out some cash. It worked, but it was flimsy and I couldn't really justify charging people who would come over and see PVC and ask them to spend a few hundred $ on pictures. I never used PVC for a paid session but did use it around the house. I'm lucky I never knocked my daughter out with it. It's a good idea if you are using something like 2" diameter, but the 10-12' span is where the problem lies.
     
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    I found this JTL
    http://www.adorama.com/JTB1012.html
    looks pretty good, great reviews, looks nice, etc.

    Now I'm looking into a white seamless roll. I see a #28 and a #50. What do the numbers mean?
     
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    Out of Stock...
     
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    You are going to use a seamless roll....outside? Good luck with that. I'd just go with a fabric sheet.
     
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    I went with an Impact brand from BH (using link up top of course) and it cost $99. It had 4.5/5 reviews. The hits against it were complaints about the bar sagging when a heavy roll was on it. Due to this, and Big Mike's practical and useful sarcasm, I'll probably hold off on the rolls for now. If I use them, they would be used in my "studio" and I could find a less-portable, more-durable system for that.

    Well thanks for the help!
     
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    Never mind I did not read your post above sorry maybe some one else will find it use full in a search ha
    I got this one http://www.canogacamera.com/detail.aspx?ID=35478 it is a little above your price range 190 I think and they always say out of stock because they are nest to the distributer or so they told me when I ordered mine and it took them one day to ship. this thing is huge and built like a tank. and can hold 12x24 canvas without a problem and never wavers. it is also here http://www.adorama.com/PFBDSK.html
     

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