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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
Using this with a Flash-48-Oct-Ca 48-Inch Octagon Softbox with Soft Diffuser and an Alien Bee B400. Stand is very sturdy. And adjustable. Lowers enough to shoot newborns on a bean bag. I have not used it outside yet but I would not be very concerned about having any issues. Definitely happy with my purchase and I will purchase more equipment from PBL if needed. Surprisingly sturdy for the cost!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
Bought it to hold a AlienBees B800 light. I removed the removable adapter that came with the stand in order to fit the light on it. It still wiggles a little bit where it connects but it won't fall off. I was hoping that it would be a tighter fit but its acceptable. Would buy again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
For some reason I thought the materials would be better and I actually thought on returning the product, however, once I started using with with a 32" light box I was impressed how stable this light stand is. I believe you pay a good price for a good product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2014
Seems very sturdy. I'm using with an Alien Bee 400 and a 60" umbrella and it holds up well. I just ordered a set of wheels to stick into the legs to make repositioning easier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2014
Worst light stand I've ever had in the 20 years of shooting. I just needed something light weight to hold a light and it doesn't do either of those things very well. If I could give this a ZERO star I would. Straight out of the box it needed some screws tightened, the "air cushioned" sections isn't suppose to be hell to open.. Yet that's exactly what it does, the stud on top is wobbly even after tightening, the legs don't stay open even if the knob is tightened... The list keeps going. I would return it but it's probably not worth the cost of shipping, I'll just be throwing it away. Perhaps I got a defective one, but that's the first and last time I buy from this brand. Let's see how the see how the customer service from the buyer is.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
the screws are coming off near the folding area - after about 1 month of use. It's a sturdy stand, and I love the height it gives, but one of the air-cushioned telescoping parts just falls down now. When I'm on a shoot, I have so many things to thing about that I can't remember which one it is that doesn't work. As a result, I don't count on any of them to be "air-cushioned" and lower them manually (defeating the purpose).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
Like every review here says, yes it is VERY sturdy. Air cushioned is very nice too. I have been using the cheap CowboyStudio stands for a year now, and I regret not buying this earlier. Do yourself a favor and buy this if you're making the transition to strobes, as you will need the durability. Works perfectly with Mettle 600w Strobe.
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on February 10, 2015
Flimsy garbage, two stands broke.

I've been a DP for about 15 years now, usually use C-stands but thought something like these would be okay enough for home use. I've bought three of these... same result = can't use them anymore, threw them away. The one, the top part bend over, cracked under the weight of a simple LED light, hardly any weight. Thank God I caught the light before that broke as a result of this stand. The other one, the rod spins in place, won't lock, while the other two locks were fine... but it doesn't do any good when a spin is spinning in place. And the third one, the top piece didn't "snap" off like the other, but it just came out. So, it's a hollow tube, haha. Nice ;)

This are just absolute garbage. I didn't even use them 'hard', just super simple, easy set-ups and three for three failed. Honestly, it looks like, hey, these look sturdy. They're not. Just pay for a better light stand, get a C-stand if you can, if not, get a better brand like the Calumet ones, if they're still out there (GREAT stands, but the company went under). You're going to pay the same amount of money when this breaks anyway.
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on January 6, 2015
Got this stand to replace a cheap CowboyStudio one.

It's much more heavy duty and works a lot better. The air cushion can be a bit difficult to expand, but has the added benefit of the stand not collapsing immediately when loosened.

If you're just starting off with off camera flash, I would recommend this stand and the umbrella holder that I reviewed over the CowboyStudio setup. It'll last longer and survive a lot more abuse.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2013
I am sure that there are much better things out there, but the price of this is perfect. I am not a professional photographer, but this works perfectly for what I need it for. I have a SB910 attached and a 26' softbox. It works great for that. I have put pressure on the air cushioned release and seems that it will take much more weight than just a speedlight, but that being said, I have never had heavy duty lights attached. Construction seems like what it should be for the price point - not total garbage like cowboy studios stuff, but not ridiculously high quality - so falls somewhere in the middle.
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