Don't buy cheap stands

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  1. Mach0

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    A few years back, I bought a few light stands from Amazon and I think from adorama ( can't remember the models) but I didn't pay more than 30 bucks each. Never, ever, had an issue with them aside from thumb screw issues but that was it. Few weeks ago, I was at my local camera store and decided to buy a boom arm and and walked out with an avenger boom arm. Didn't think my stands were that cheap until I looked at the build quality of the avenger. today, I mounted my strobe and 60 inch octobox to the boom.... Needless to say, my light stand bent from supporting the weight and the build quality doesn't compare. Not even the slightest. Looks like I'll be upgrading. Should of spent more once instead of paying twice.


     
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    It wasn't the light stand that failed due to being cheap.

    The failure was caused by the light stand being loaded beyond it's capacity.
     
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    Thank-you Dr. Sheldon Cooper!

    :p
     
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    Whoever that is. :05.18-flustered:
     
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    The rather exacting central character on a television sitcom called 'Big Bang" or something similar - a subtle reference to the fact that while what you say is true in the strictest sense, a good quality light stand will have a reasonable load capacity, whereas a cheap one will not.
     
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    Ah. So a light stand is considered cheap only after it's been overloaded. Gotcha. I'll have to remember that.

    Note to self: Don't try to load the QEII onto a flat-bed semitractor trailer, especially if it's a cheap one.
     
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    It's unfortunate that the light stand bent under the weight of the light, modifier, and boom arm...most aluminum light stands are only marginal once a boom is added, IMHO. Avenger makes some very nice C-stand type stands. I have a couple, very solid, all-steel with the so-called turtle base style legs.
     
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    Valid point.
     
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    Alexr25 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    @480sparky: You forgot to add "due to a lack of properly adjusted counterweight on the boom".

    Even the best stand is going to fail if you put a long boom on it without a counterweight to balance the boom.
     
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    Ok - let me elaborate.. These were left out since I typed quickly after happy hour lol
    - air cushioned = failed prior
    - thumb screws = stripped and need rplacing
    - bottom rubber stopper = fell right out and let a section of the stand out.
    = 5/8 " mount broke off and I epoxied back in

    Out of all of these build quality issues, I didn't care with the exception of the thumb screws. When it bent yesterday - that put it in a different perspective.
     
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    It had one. The light never tipped. The stand is no longer straight and bowed now.
     
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    Thanks, I was checking them out.
     

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