CowboyStudio Set of Two 7 feet Photography Light Stands with Cases
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2011
the stands are not the strongest things on earth but for the price they are hard to beat. i have had mine for weeks and they already fell and I stepped on them. they are easy to scratch but not so easy to break.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2010
Good lightweight stand for speedlights. I probably won't dare put on anything larger than a hotshoe speedlight with an umbrella on this stand as the base isn't very wide for balance, but for it's portability and price, it's a good stand to have. Once you put on an umbrella on this (or a softbox), be prepared to use sandbags to weigh it down if there's any soft of breeze around you. I used a 60" umbrella without sandbags, but it was a wind-free evening and I had an assistant by the stand.

The carrying case is a bit of a tight fit for the stand, an extra centimeter would have made a huge difference in the fit. A better fitting case would have gotten this five stars.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
So, ill start out by saying this....i have never given a review for an item that has received less than 3 or 4 stars. I have always. Had. Great luck purchasing on Amazon, and always do my research on every item, as well as reading all reviews, prior to purchasing. That said, I was so displeased by this item, i felt compelled to immediately log on and share my experience, as after 2 weeks, the items finally arrived today!

Heres the situation....I am a professional filmmaker and commercial director. I own a production house and a media marketing agency on the east coast. My company produces over 100 television commercials per year, half of which, I personally direct. In addition, I work on various film and television projects both professionally and in my spare time. Normally for items like this, I will purchase professional grade equipment that I am confident will perform at 100%. Recently, however, I have been hired to direct a low budget film in which I needed to purchase a lot of additional equipment. One of those purchases was this item, along with an extendable arm for holding reflectors, and a large reflector that was bundled together here on Amazon. I know in this business, you get what you pay for, but i needed the extra items and was on a limited budget for my client. This seemed like a solid choice for the money, and the reviews were great....so I ordered....over 2 weeks ago.

The item was supposedly in stock, and I paid for the upgraded shipping to receive it faster. I had expected to receive the item with in 3 or 4 days, as that was the option I selected at purchase. The reality, though, was almost 2 weeks of my item saying "Shipping Soon" as the seller didn't send the item out for almost 2 weeks. Finally once shipped, it only took a few days to arrive, which was some relief, but the problems really come when I opened the items.

I was pleased to find the stands individually packed in decent looking carry bags, which will certainly come in hand. When i pulled the first stand out of the bag, I heard the irritating sound of metal falling to the floor. I looked down to notice that one of the screws that holds the legs to the folding supports, was laying on the ground. Upon inspection, I discovered the problem...instead of the attachment being made via a screw, washer, and a nut, the manufacturer had attachedthe pieces with a screw and 2 washers....not nut. So, when I opened the item, the screw just fell to the floor and the leg pieces dangled un attached. Fortunately, I had a nut on hand that fit, and I repaired the item with little aggrevation.

When I opened the second stand, I tried opening out the legs, with no luck. I checked to ensure that the release was lossened, and there was nothing else causing the issue. I continued to try for about a minute or two before the legs finally, slowly, opened. The legs were so stiff, that it took all of my strength to pry them open. For these stands to function properly, they will require a bit of work. Im not too happy about this, as I already waited to long for the items to even ship out to me, Im afraid to do what I would prefer to do, and send them back! At this point, Im probably better off just keeing them and trying to fix the. To make them work.

Like I said...i know that we get what we pay for and for $25, its a great deal...If they worked as they should. If this is all that you can afford, than I hope the items you receive dont arrive the way that mine did. If you can afford better equipment, I would suggest forgetting about these stands, and buying something that you know will perform as it should. Now, I gave the items 2 stars still in effort to be fair. Im sure my experience might be a fluke, but its the risk we all run when buying cheap gear. Additionally, the bags were a nice addition, and even after I repair these stands, Im sure they will at least function well for a little while, until something else goes wrong. Give em shot if thats all you can swing, but, dont trust cheap gear like this to hold your lights or other valuable items, if you have the budget for food sturdy stands.

My 2 cents..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2010
I bought these beleiving the attached description. Unfortunately, they are dramatically wrong.
The stands advertised minimum height is off by at least 2 ft
The folded size is much larger (it wont even fit in the bag they sell!)
It does NOT come with the threaded stem end as advertised.

BTW, I did make them aware of these mistakes, however they still have not corrected the descriptions on ebay, here or their website (they are all wrong)!

Buyer beware.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
Overall this is good stand for the money, the only down side is the top mounting stud.

Build Quality. It's similar to 10' stands by Ravelli and PBL. The tightening knobs are plastic and the collars are metal with internal plastic parts, but they should hold up reasonably well if you aren't too hard on your gear. The legs were initially stiff as it typical in all stands of similar design until I slightly loosened the bolts on the three support struts.

The top stud is a bit weird (see the picture I posted) and won't work with all flash mounts without modification. Mounting brackets tend to sit cockeyed and don't seem very secure. I plan to take of a few millimeters off the top so flash brackets seat properly. I don't know what they had in mind when they designed this part as it isn't like others I've seen.

Stability. Fully extended it reaches 13', however as with most stands, it's best not to fully extend each section, but rather leave a few inches of overlap. When leaving 4" of overlap, 12' is still reached with decent stability for speedlights and small modifiers.

I tried hoisting up a boom arm that weighted about 20 pounds (with counter balance) and I could go to about 9' with it still staying fairly stable (with the base weighted down). Not bad at all.

Shock system. Each section has a spring to provide some cushioning at the bottom of travel when lowering. For light weight gear, they should help, but for heavy booms or modifiers, they aren't going to do a whole lot to protect your gear.

Other stats.
At it's most compressed it reaches 53" standing. Collapsed and fully compressed, it's 48" long by ~4.25". The base is fairly wide with a 43" circular equivalent diameter when the support struts are parallel to the floor. Weight is 4 lbs 12 oz.

No carrying bag was provided. There were also no instructions, but it's straight forward to understand and similar to other tripod stand designs.

I hope this review was helpful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I purchased the set of these two because I really liked the idea of the "clip-type" closure, making it easier to open and close. And that part of it is certainly true! BUT, the legs just simply won't open past a little triangle. Two of us tried to force the legs open to have the mid-support be in the position as on the pictures and neither is possible to open. One of the legs is also bent a little so once taken out of the closed position little grooves, it is at an angle making it really hard to close it back up. Yes, the price is low... but I would have expected better from CowboyStudio! These are not "cheap".. these are junk.. don;t waste your money. Mine are going back!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
Fantastic stand. I paid more for a lower quality before. Only has 3 sections instead of 4 that other stands of this caliber have. Has quick release clamps instead of usual screw in kind. Has rubberized feet. Securely holds a 60cm softbox.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
I picked this up to got w/ my Manfrotto 5001B light stand. I won't say it's as well constructed as the Manfrotto version, but it's definitely a cheaper alternative. The the stock pictures shown on Amazon are not representative of the actual product. Some of the main differences are that the columns are thicker, it's 4 sections as opposed to the 5 sections which are pictured. Collapsed it's about 2 inches longer, and about 5 inches shorter when fully extended. If you need a small portable lightstand on the cheap, this is a viable option.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2011
I've been using two 7-foot compact light stands for about 3 years now (Manfrotto and Cowboystudio), but I've been recently needing to get my wireless speedlight flashes above my subjects (usually wedding couples).

I knew I couldn't find many low-priced & compact units, so I decided to find what I could for around $30.

When I received the stand I was really surprised at how light it was. Yes, it is larger than my 7-foot Manfrotto, but I'm actually very happy with the build and the height for the price. $29?! I'm going to order another. They get above the average person just fine, and the feet stretch out enough to be very sturdy.

On that note, this 9 foot is much better built than my 6 foot Cowboystudio light stand (which I think is a piece of junk, but I'll continue to use it until it fails).

Good stuff!

Ben
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2013
This thing is a great cheap little stand. I was a little surprised by the quality of the metal, it felt light and sturdy enough that it would not bend in half. It was definitely the right choice after I bought a cheaper one that was like $2 dollars less but received either 2 defects in row or it was just a bogus product. This one does exactly what its suppose to and extends to the max 7'. It also comes with a cheap *** 25 cent carrying case that also gets the job done. Totally worth it if it a cheap frugal person like me.
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