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Ultra Portable Light Stands - Fits in a camera bag, goes to 80"


Sometimes you need C stands, sometimes you need beefy light stands, but sometimes you just need a stand to hold a little LED light. That's what these are great for. The pack up short enough to fit into carryon bags, and still reach high enough to get a hair light over the shoulder of a sit down interview. If at all possible, i bring these stands instead of my larger ones. Be careful to not overdose them with something that's outside of its capacity. i've used 650 fresnels and 2 bank CFL fixtures on them, but i wouldn't trust anything larger or heaver than such items. 

A mistake i see many people make with any light stand, is the extension of the legs, they are NOT supposed to be pointed all the way down. Stand's legs should be extended so that the feet are spread as far out from the center as possible to create the widest, most stable base. In the case of these stands, you can raise it up a few inches more than that, but no more if you wish to stay safe, which you should.

This particular unit seems very close to the manfrotto version, both feel plenty solidly built, nearly all metal, but not overly heavy. The top can accept most lights with a socket or 1/4".

Added on 2012-10-23 by
Darren Levine

Darren Levine

Stimulus Video

DP/Videographer, Video/Film Editor
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