I need some lighting stands, what should I buy?

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  1. Jay M

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    I'm a complete amateur, but learning.

    Right now I have:
    Nikon D90
    SB600 Flash
    Lite Panels Micro Pro
    18-200 lens
    $50 50mm lens.

    I think I need something to hold the camera, and something to soften the light. Umbrellas are cheap.
    I also think a reflector would be good to have and some sort of stand to hold it.

    I looked at Amazon and came up with these items:

    Amazon.com: Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector: Camera & Photo

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    Amazon.com: Shoe Mount Multiclamp: Adorama Camera

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    Amazon.com: Westcott 750 Photo Basics 7.0-Foot Light Stand: Camera & Photo

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    Amazon.com: Adorama 40" White Interior Umbrella with Removeable Black Cover.: Adorama Camera

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    Am I on the right track with my thinking?

    thanks,
    ~Jay
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, I'd say you are on the right track.

    I assume you are planing to use the SB-600, with the umbrella on the stand?

    If you don't have someone to hold the reflector, you could get another stand, along with a reflector holding kit.

    That stand is fine, it will hold what you have, but it's on the lower end of size & quality. You might want to (or have to) use a sand bag to keep it from blowing over if you use it with the umbrella outdoors. They are nice and light to pack around though.
    Personally I like a bigger, more sturdy stand...and one that can go up to 10' or 13' etc.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    what Mke is referring to is a simple BOOM arm... about $25-$30 if you look around:

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    Great to have if you don't have an assistant to angle it for you.

    I've pushed the crap out of mine... going so far as to put a small softbox and 2 flashes off the end of it, and counter weighing it with DIY sandbags. It works.. but BARELY. :lmao:

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    I see the boom has a slight bow to it.. I'd say you are pushing the crap out of it!

    What reflector holder would you guys recommend? The two I saw on amazon had terrible reviews. Is that the one item that should be bogen/manfrotto?

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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, what I meant by 'kit' was basically a boom arm and then something to hold the reflector. There are special clips you can get, or you could probably just use spring clamps from the hardware store.

    I have a boom arm, it's fairly cheap though. I haven't seen a good one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg though. For just holding a reflector, it should matter though.
     
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    I just looked up the Manfrotto, it's $111! Other options are less than $30. What brand is cheap, but still works?

    ~Jay
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Adorama... $40. They also have stands/reflector holders there for less than that, but that is pushing it. Go to their site and look. Same for B&H.

    I paid $35Cdn locally for mine (he's one of those guys that has an apartment and sells out of there, if you know what I mean). Works great as a reflector holder, good as a speedlight holder... kinda sorta ok as a softbox holder... lol.
     
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    Also, check out the strobist section at mpex.com. They have $39 lumapro 5 section stands that fold up really small for portability. Sort of clones of the Manfrotto nano.
     
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    Ouchie... don't buy anything for a few minutes... I'll see if I can find that contact info from the place where I bought mine.
     
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    Thanks Jerry

    I'm not in a huge rush, but you know how it is when your in a mood to spend money ;)

    ~Jay
     
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