Inexpensive Flash Stand Recommendation?

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  1. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for something fairly basic. Nothing crappy, of course... but I'm hoping I don't need a gold plated rod of glory to hold up a couple SB-600s. :)

    Recommendations appreciated.

    *Chris waits for Jerry to pipe in...* :)
     
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    Just look on B&H or mpex. You can get compact stands for $20-$30. Lumopro, impact, etc...
     
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    Don't forget you'll need something to connect the flash to the stand.. an umbrella swivel is probably the most useful, I think they are around $15.
     
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    If you don't need an umbrella, you could use this adapter to put a flash onto any light stand.
    http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/EP4462158.htm

    There are also small flash stands, like a base with a cold shoe. I know that Canon 580 & 430 units come with one, also the Cactus radio triggers now come with one as well. Check it out in the photos HERE. I'm not sure if you can buy them separately from there...but somewhere I'm sure.
     
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    Maybe check Ebay for used stands? Shipping might make it not such a deal. I got my favorite stand at a garage sale for $3. It's old school looking compared to the fancier stands I bought later, but it's light and compact, and I end up using it the most if I'm wandering around with one light.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hm, I was actually assuming I would be using the flash bracket/stand things that come with the Nikon flashes... they have screw mounts on the bottom. Is this a poor assumption on my part?
     
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    :lol: :lol:

    Adorama is where I got my 10-footers for the same price that B&H has their 8-footers at... plus shipping was free. This was a couple months ago, though. The only thing is that they are about 6-8 inches longer when carrying them folded up vs the 6 or 8 foot stands, but that's nothing that I cannot easily handle.

    HERE you go, Chris. :D
     
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    You could easily do that if all you plan to do is use CLS. However if you are going to use the SB-600 flash (no sync connector) and some kind of wireless solution, then you need a small hotshoe adapter from flashzebra.com and if you are going cactus V2s receivers (becuase they are a little wobbly), its a good move to get them off your stand on top and hanging to the side... more stable and places the flash closer to the center of the umbrella as it is lower.

    Are you considering umbrellas? $16 at Adorama too. ;)
     
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  10. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    @#$)(@#, can't anything in this hobby/profession be simple? :lol:

    I had considered also getting some umbrellas, yes... I don't need one that has an adapter for the hotshoe mount, though, do I? I assumed those clamped onto whatever stand I had.

    Will the hotshoe adapters still allow me to use an external sync such as a pocketwizard or whatever?

    Also... on the master/commander thing for Nikons... whats the deal with that, anyway? Is it a line of sight from the camera to the flash kind of thing? It's not RF, right? Wouldn't an umbrella potentially block the signal (I'm assuming it's IR)

    I should probably just go look this up, so feel free to smack me with an RTFM if you like. :)
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    But it *is* simple, once you've seen it... lol

    What flash is going on top? SB-800, no, it has a sync connector. SB-600? No choice, you need one, because it has no sync connector. This is only if you are going remote triggering device. With CLS you need nothing except the flash on your camera (D80 and up).

    Yes. Matter of fact, the adapters I use have 2 sync sockets.

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    To further complicate matters (lol), you do know that you need a swivel bracket, yes?

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    IR, and the range is good for ~30 feet. Yes it will go through an umbrella if needed but that reduces range a touch. A good trick is to point the IR window of the SB-600/800 flash in the general direction of where you will be standing. ;)

    We'll let it go... but just this once, and only cause you're a nice guy. :lol:
     
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    LMAO! I find the problem to less the complexity aspect, more the financial drain. I wish they'd just start GIVING away flashes and lenses......
     

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