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This review is from: Fotodiox Telescoping Reflector Holding Arm, Holds 22-inch to 60-inch Reflector Disc (Electronics)
After trying out 2 other name-brand and more expensive telescopic arms, I winded up settling with this one. My first Arm although well built, could only handle reflectors 25" or greater. I often like to use the 22" X 30 foam board reflectors that you can purchase at any art stores instead of the collapsible ones so this Arm would not do. My second brand-name $40 telescopic Arm could handle 22" reflectors, but the plastic clips could not hold the 22" foam boards.
When I saw this Arm on Amazon, I figured why not, for only $17.95 the price was certainly reasonable. I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised when I finally got it and set it up. The Arm came without any instructions, but I didn't really need them since it was pretty easy to figure out.
The first thing I noticed was that unlike the other 2 reflectors, you could adjust the clips on the Arm. Meaning you could slide the clips up and down the arm until you found the right length, then tighten. This allows you to use reflectors even smaller than 22" in width. Not only that, the Arm itself was adjustable. You can slide the "lower Arm" up and down on the grip which is allot more flexible than on the other Arms I tried. The clips are pretty sturdy too and can handle both foam board and collapsible reflectors. The down side is that there is allot of plastic on this thing. Unlike the other 2 reflectors the part that screws on the light-stand is plastic not metal. Nevertheless, it was able to hold 22" and 42" foam board reflectors with no problems. According to the spec this Arm can extend up to 60", but I'm a little scetical it could hold foam board that size. In any case, for the money this Arm is a very good value, so good I'm thinking about getting another one.
** update ** I replaced the plastic grip that came with this unit, with a Calumet metal grip($25) and now I can take this Arm outdoors under not-so-friendly circumstances. With the Calumet Grip this is the best consumer grade grip on the market IMHO.
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Initial post: May 1, 2012 7:07:10 PM PDT
Steven Van De Steene says:
What item number is the metal clamp you used? I searched on the site and had 120 results. :)
Posted on Jun 30, 2013 7:01:44 AM PDT
M. Adams says:
If you had to change the grip perhaps a 5 star isn't appropriate
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