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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Sand bags are cheap insurance, why not use them? Have some small (10#) ones, too--they come in handy as counterweights for booms and tripods.

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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter View Post
    Sand bags are cheap insurance, why not use them? Have some small (10#) ones, too--they come in handy as counterweights for booms and tripods.
    I'll definitely be employing sandbags, although I have heard that it can be harder to attach them to light stands (as opposed to C-Stands). Someone said elsewhere that I should be able to attach them to the center pole somehow.

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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Not sure to whom you speak

    I have 2 of these bought used with cast iron weights

    Manfrotto 085BS Heavy-Duty Boom and Stand (Black)

    I also have 2 Arkay Studio stands, used, paid little

    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter View Post
    Sand bags are cheap insurance, why not use them? Have some small (10#) ones, too--they come in handy as counterweights for booms and tripods.
    2022

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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Not sure to whom you speak

    I have 2 of these bought used with cast iron weights

    Manfrotto 085BS Heavy-Duty Boom and Stand (Black)

    I also have 2 Arkay Studio stands, used, paid little

    That seems like a nice setup (the boom). (Also, liked the pictures of your studio earlier)

    How do you attach the cast iron weights to the stands?

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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Quote Originally Posted by pchaplo View Post
    Black Avenger stands, not the C-stand, Just the 3-leg tripod style. Nice big knobs. Used them for years.

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    I like the Avenger stands, but I think the one I was looking at is probably a bit out of my monetary range if I'm being honest, and they don't really come up used here (in Switzerland). I'm hoping to make do with a regular Manfrotto (126BSU) I think, as I can get that reasonably cheaply. Hopefully it'll do the job.

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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Not sure to whom you speak

    I have 2 of these bought used with cast iron weights

    Manfrotto 085BS Heavy-Duty Boom and Stand (Black)

    I also have 2 Arkay Studio stands, used, paid little
    Ah, ignore me - I've just noticed that the cast iron weights are what you attach to the boom.

    Do you weigh the stand down with sandbags? If so, how are you doing it?

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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Personally, I prefer to clamp a boom weight, like https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ce_Weight.html , to a stand instead of using sandbags. The latter often leak.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    When we need that big orange weight and combine it with whatever is on the other end the stand is getting heavy

    10 lb sand bags can fit on the leg struts

    Last usage was to hang a smoke machine high up so fog fell

    Quote Originally Posted by MilamBardo View Post
    Ah, ignore me - I've just noticed that the cast iron weights are what you attach to the boom.

    Do you weigh the stand down with sandbags? If so, how are you doing it?
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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Quote Originally Posted by MilamBardo View Post
    Ah, ignore me - I've just noticed that the cast iron weights are what you attach to the boom.

    Do you weigh the stand down with sandbags? If so, how are you doing it?
    Sandbags just drape over one leg or the strut of the stand, best if neither end of the bag actually touches the ground. Multiple bags can be used if the light is heavy, has a large softbox or on a boom. I usually place the bag on a leg that is on the opposite side of the way the light is pointing. Sandbags are used if you have large reflectors or flags on a stand, too.

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    Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Some quick snaps to illustrate in my small, crowded studio space.

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