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Pro PBL Heavy Duty 8ft Light Stands, Air Cushioned Set of 2 Photographic Lighting

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4.2 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
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  • Two (2) High Quality Air Cushioned Aluminum Adjustable Light Stands
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Product Description

These are very strong air cushioned light stands that prevent your lights from free falling. stands will hold LED, fluorescent or continuous lights up to 15 lbs. These 8ft stands will give you years of service. Metal tube construction for extra heavy duty use, each stand is air cushioned for smooth and easy raising and lowering of each section. Black non-glare finish. Rubber tips on legs to prevent movement. Closes down to 32in, Weight is 3.8lbs, black non glare black anodized finish, 5/16 1/4 20 adapters on top of each stand.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 32 x 4 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B007ZTNBBO
  • Item model number: PBL8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 2, 2012

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These stands are great for the price but, as is usually the case, poorly implemented air cushioning is more a detriment than a benefit--seriously, they'd be better without the lame air cushion implementation (which is why I docked one star). The air cushioning makes it difficult to adjust the stands up and down, makes precise height adjustment without a load on the stand slow, and is just overall annoying.

That said, the stands are light and surprisingly stable despite their small footprint (especially once you put some sandbags on the legs). I haven't put all that much weight on these yet (just a Norman LH-2400 strobe head with a 40" PBL soft umbrella), but they seem like they could hold a fair amount so long as you don't fully extend any one segment of the stand. Full extension of a stand segment results in the plastic clamp/coupler flexing easily and, thus, a bit of pole sway.
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I've been using these with my Monolights for a few months now. They are a step up from the usual non-cushioned stands. The tubes are thicker and do not flex as much and the air cushion works. One note though, you have to tighten the screws on the clamps every so often. If not, the upper tube will disconnect and come completely out of the lower tube as you pull it. I plan to put some Loctite on the screws to keep this from happening. The bags they come with are crap and it cracks me up that they included two velcro straps. But those are inconsequential. In conclusion, these are decent stands for the money. They are definitely a step up from the basic stands...just make sure to tighten the screws or Loctite them.
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By Dawn on January 13, 2014
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Just received these today and sorry to say, they are going back. The footprint from one leg to the other is only 21 inches not 3 ft. definitely not gonna hold much with such a small base. The tip is also plastic. Number two, the air cushioning is not smooth. I have ordered the impact heavy duty 9.5 ac stand, it was my first choice but wanted to try the pbl stands as I am happy with the backdrop set I purchased recently, they are spring loaded which is ok for the backdrop but not my choice for holding lights etc. I tried to stick with all the same brand......
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I have a pair of these in the 10' height I bought a while back. These 8' stands are of the same good build quality (smaller foot print than the 10'). The locks are all plastic, but I haven't had any issues with the 10' stands, so I don't expect to have any with these. I use them with umbrella holders and strobes in my home studio and site portrait shoots. I couldn't say how they'd hold up to studio lights, but they are decent enough for my uses. Light and portable, but sturdy enough to hold up to my sand bags.
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At this price they are perfect.
The air cushion saved my stuff once already. It works just fine with both stands and on all sections.
One of the sections came in with the plastic bracket that attaches it to the next section loose, I just tightened the screw and it was back to normal.
The locking knobs have a plastic head that seems sturdy enough to withstand reasonable abuse. The gears on which the feet hinge are plastic but seem reasonably solid, and both of them (top AND bottom) can be loosened to move them along the stand.
All in all if you want light stands to take with you for a month-long trek in Patagonia this is not the reliability or lightweight you need - for any other activity involving light stands, this is just fine for the price.
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I have used both high end (Manfrotto) and lower end studio equipment in the past.
While these do not have the quality of a Manfrotto light stand, they also do not carry the hefty Manfrotto price tag.

These stands have plastic clamps and knobs (vs metal), which I expected for the price.
I have small hands and my only complaint is that the knobs are spaced/stacked close together and I prefer more spacing between the knobs.

With that being said, these stands will serve my purpose(s) well and for the money I can't complain.
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You can never have extra light stands. They function as designed. The knobs and joints are made of hardened plastics. The stands are light enough for easy transport but heavy enough to hold my Alienbees B800s. The air-cushion feature supported the weight of my studio lights. Originally, I wanted to use these for my portable flashes but I had a shoot and they worked just fine. They are a good set of light stands. Very affordable and does the job.
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"EXCELLENT stands for the price. I purchased 2 3' stands and one backdrop support system that included 2 12' stands with air cushioning as well as 6 of these 8" stands. Well made, good stuff. Love these guys!"
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