Industrial-Sized Deals Best Books of the Month Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Disturbed Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Shop Popular Services tmnt tmnt tmnt  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage GNO Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation Deal of the Day

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
A few years ago I bought the Savage Economy Background Support System because it was recommended in The Digital Photography Book Volume 2 by Scott Kelby. It turned out to be shoddiest piece of kit I have ever purchased. They would jam constantly so that I had to carry some large pliers along with them. They pinched my fingers several times. They did not collapse to portable dimensions (they wouldn't even fit in my car trunk). I grew to HATE them.

Recently I saw this kit from Fancier Studio that cost less than my Savage setup, but looked much more useful. It arrived quickly, of course, since fulfillment is by Amazon. First impression: The carrying case is cleverly designed and appears fairly well constructed. The stands were very easy to set up without pinching my fingers; they are spring-loaded to absorb any shock from inadvertent release. There are four horizontal pieces that, when joined, span between the stands. Three of the four fit together easily. One would not fit; the aluminum coupler was just a bit bigger than the others and couldn't be inserted into any of the other pieces (it measured about 31mm in diameter, the others were all 30mm).

I emailed Fancier the next day, and they offered to replace the defective piece right away; they just asked for a photo of each end so they could be sure to send the correct piece. Once they received the photos, they emailed back that a replacement would be sent the next day.

The three good pieces could be assembled to make a horizontal pole about 7 feet long, so I used this kit for an author portrait the next day. The kit worked very well, as expected. The were very stable, easy to adjust, and projected a professional appearance to the client. These have plastic components where a Manfrotto has aluminum, so they may not be as rugged as the high-priced pro gear, and maybe if they were subjected to daily rigors they might not last as long. But if you won't be subjecting them to much abuse, they should last a long time. If you have used equipment from Ephoto or Cowboy Studio, then you know exactly what I mean. These are nearly identical in design and quality.

The new crosspiece came today, and (surprise!) they sent me all four horizontal pieces! Two of them can be coupled with the ones I already have to span over twelve feet. That will be handy for large group shots. The fit is very snug, requiring a bit of finessing during assembly, which also means there is almost no wobble when assembled. That gives me confidence when hanging backgrounds and other gear.

I can recommend these for anyone who needs highly portable stands on a budget. And I really appreciate the way Fancier Studio treated me when I had trouble. I will choose them the next time I need lighting gear.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
I've used this Background Stand Backdrop Support System Kit for over two years and I haven't had a single problem with it. I sometimes use an adapter that allows me to hang two rolls of paper or two muslin backdrops and the system is sturdy enough to handle the load. This is a ridiculously good buy for any photographer who shoots on location or needs to relocate the background frequently. It breaks down and fits into the canvas carry bag.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
I purchased this for my wife for her birthday. She does photography as a hobby and needed a good stand for backgrounds. We made one out of PVC pipe, but it was not easy to set up and we became very frustrated having to carry all those different sized pieces around. After some weeks of research, I settled on this stand. Now it takes maybe 5 mins to set up vs the 10-15 mins with the homemade stand. I really liked the fact that this stand can expand to 10ft wide. That is great for when she does family or group portraits. Another great thing was the included bag. Everything fits nicely in there. In fact I even had room for the umbrellas from her lighting kit. This stand isn't as tough as the PVC one, but I can guarantee that it will stay together and it is much easier to set up and move. The PVC stand was rather heavy at times. We couldn't break it down easy enough to move it so that made it very difficult to work with. This stand is much faster to move and much lighter. Only one issue we ran into. When you put all the crossbars together it kind of bows in the middle with heavy backdrops. This really wasn't a big deal, because I could easily adjust the height to compensate for the small dip. My wife is very happy with it as am I and that is all that matters. I would recommend this stand to anyone on a budget.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2014
I love it.... great price, very sturdy and easy to use. Versatile enough to go from infants to familys in really only a matter of a few minutes. Light weight and comes with a great carrying case. Shipper even includes a business card to contact them directly if you have any issues.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
Very satisfied with this product! Nice finish and well constructed. Meets my needs in all aspects. Used it on a 10 x 20 ft canvas backdrop with no problems. Should give me many years of use.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
I bought this to use for a wedding backdrop. First, it isn't 8 feet tall, more like 6.5 and that is extending the support portion so greatly that it falls over easily. Also, there was no tension in the legs on one side. Even with the wingnut tight as can be the inner portion of the side stand just kept collapsing. I didn't expect high quality, but I did expect to be able to do 8 by 10 feet and have it support the lightest of cloth, which it couldn't really do. What I keep learning is that there isn't much quality control on products sold thru Amazon. I think it is really hit and miss what people are actually sent.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2013
Great! Just as described, sturdy, and easy to use. Highly recommend for a cheap alternative for a photography backdrop for an amateur photographer. I used it for a backdrop for a "photo booth" for my high school reunion and it worked great!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon February 19, 2015
I'm a semi-pro photographer - it's not my every day job but I shoot between 10-20 weddings per year, several of which ask for an informal photo booth. Since really all it consists of is me taking pictures of guests against a fun backdrop with props, I decided to buy an inexpensive backdrop kit rather than sink too much money into something, and I settled on the Fancierstudio kit since it cost less than one of my memory cards.

At 8ft high and 10ft across fully extended, you can comfortably fit a small group of people in front of this backdrop (depending on your lens) - all you need is some material to drape or clip to the crossbar. In terms of build quality, it's not terrible by any means but I wouldn't exactly call it heavy duty. If you've purchased cheaper lighting kits before (i.e. Cowboy Studio etc.), you'll know the sort of build quality we're talking about. A little heavier than cheaper light stands, but not by too much. Still, for $40 I wasn't expecting what I would call "studio quality" and so for the price I'm definitely pleased. The carry case has held up so far - no fraying or issues with the zippers which is common with cheaper photography gear. Putting it together is relatively easy - I did it for the first time on-location and had it figured out in no time. It sort of reminds me of an old backyard badminton set I had - it uses the same push-pin and snap system for the bars (probably not a technical term).

Overall, this is a very decent kit for the price. If Amazon allowed half star ratings I would probably rate this at 4.5 stars, with half a star taken off for the lighter metal being used, but as it stands and for the price, I'm rating this at five stars. I would recommend purchasing a couple of sandbags to place over the tripod legs, this is just good practice in general for studio gear but even more so with this kit. I'm sure I will eventually be purchasing a sturdier kit, but for now this serves its purpose well and I have no problem recommending it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2011
Mine was broken also.

And then I see it is some off brand from China ....eH30
Certainly not a Fancierstudio TB30
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2014
I read the reviews before ordering and I'll admit I was skeptical, but it was New Years Eve and I had procrastinated to the point I had run out of time. I wanted to show off my new Nikon D5200 at the party.I was having and felt using a backdrop for portrait shots was the way to go.

What a pleasant surprise! This stand is a functional piece of equipment that I can see using for a very long time.

There are too many negative reviews for everyone to be getting the same thing. They must pick from 2 different manufacturers as they go is the only logical explanation I can think of. THIS stand IS sturdy, does extend to 8' in height and effectively supports the backdrop I have.

Is it a finely tuned piece of precision equipment - no, it's not. What it is, is a fairly priced tool that does the job it claims to do - no more no less.

I recommend this item without hesitation.

Venge
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Questions? Get fast answers from reviewers

Please make sure that you've entered a valid question. You can edit your question or post anyway.
Please enter a question.
See all 64 answered questions


Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.