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Good value for the money
on January 27, 2012
Realize first that you're purchasing one of the least expensive boom arms available. Other booms of this length can cost a hundred dollars or more. They are, undoubtedly, stronger and better quality.
That said, for the price, you're getting a boom that's relatively well-built, and will be fine for holding speedlights and small modifiers.
You also get a clamp that fits most lightstands, and a very well-designed bag for adding a counter-weight. Assembly is a snap - put the boom through the clamp, attach the clamp to the lightstand, and screw the eye-bolt into the back of the arm to hang the counterweight.
You'll need something to add weight to the bag. I used marble chips, as they were less likely to leak than sand. The bag is a double-zipper design, so even sand should not be an issue. The other bit I added was a medium-sized carabiner clip to attach the bag to the eye-bolt.
With a speedlight and small softbox, I get no flex in the boom arm at half-extension. Putting a 160WS strobe with a 36" softbox on the end of the boom produces some flex, but it seems like it will hold.
If you're considering this for powerful studio strobes or heavy modifiers, I would pass and get something stronger. If you're looking to mount a speedlight with portable modifiers, this should be sufficient.