Camera on light stand?

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  1. burstintoflame81

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    Will a lightstand be strong enough to hold a camera without falling over? I was thinking of attaching a 5'extension pole to a 13' stand to use as a camera mast for aerial shots. Any advice?
     
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    Sounds pretty risky to me. I wouldn't do it.
     
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    Provided you are holding the stand at the base, or securing it with sandbags, you're probably safe. Windy conditions are probably worth avoiding, though.
     
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    sounds fine to me as long as you have it secured (best is to have someone hold it... having that thing 18' up can't be too stable)
     
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    I definitely wouldn't recommend doing it with a heavy lens (such as a 70-200), but it would probably be fine, particularly if somebody is right there to stabilize it, and keep it from falling.
     
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    what's the diameter of the pole? if the base is solid, and also the join ..could work ok.
     
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    I am more worried about the actual structure holding, like the height adjustment clasps or whatever it may have. I wouldn't let go of it or anything. I was planning on just mounting the camera and setting the widest focal length with a decent DOF considering this wouldn't be used for isolating subjects, more for panaramic type shots. Raise the stand, and while holding it just for extra security I could use my wireless release to snap pictures with my free hand. I like the idea of sand bags though. I actually work at an aggregate plant and have access to all the sand I want. So I could easily seal up a few bags to keep on hand for use.
     
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    maybe get a Saturday job in a bag shop too...then you're sorted. j/k

    remember those old school clothes drying ''tree'' things people used to have in their back gardens..that stood in a pipe, embedded in cement...

    ..no wait...those parasol bases that are made of plastic with about 20 litres of sand in them. one of those (if you got a car to move all this around.)
     
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    Here in the states we have Yards, not Gardens.

    Someone might get the wrong idea if you say "My mates love going into my back garden":lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    You should use a kite to lift your camera.
     
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    HELL NO. That is not a good idea.
     
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    Only thing is......... this is an international forum. It's not that difficult to figure out the nuances.



    Oh yeah, to the OP. I wouldn't personally.
     

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