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Impact Air-Cushioned Heavy Duty Light Stand - Black, 9'6" (2.9m)
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- Three Sections
- 5/8" Stud with 1/4"-20 Threaded Top
- Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
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|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 4.5 x 43 inches|
|Shipping Weight||5.05 pounds|
This Impact Light Stand is heavy duty, black aluminum, with sure-twist section locks and air cushioning.
Air cushioning gently lowers the light, preventing damage to light fixtures and fingers when section locks have not been properly tightened.
Three Section stand
Will easily support up to 22 lbs (10kg) of lights with accessories
Optional casters available
Maximum Height: 9.6' (2.9 m)
Minimum Height: 51.2" (1.3 m)
Closed Length: 42.5" (1.1 m)
Footprint Diameter: 42.5" (1.1 m)
Leg Tip: 25mm
Maximum Load: 22 lb (10 kg)
Weight: 4.2 lb (1.9 kg)
Accepts Wheels: Yes
Attachment Size: 5/8 in stud with 1/4"-20 threaded tip
Air Cushioned: Yes
Top Customer Reviews
Soon the Pro PBL Heavy Duty 10' stands arrived. I took them out of the box. The first thing I noticed was the gloss black paint on the aluminum. The second thing was the metal locking collars. I put these stands through the motions and was happy with the action of all joints and extending sections. The fatal flaw was noticed when I extended the upper section and tried to lower it while supporting weight. The section stopped completely and would not lower. Only after removing the weight and wiggling the top section was I able to retract it. I took the stand apart to find the problem. The rubber gasket is too soft and the air pressure forces it out against the walls of the tube binding it and preventing movement. With the weight removed, this doesn't happen, but the point of an air cushioned light stand is that you can smoothly and safely lower the weight. This is a critical design flaw and effects the basic function of the light stand.
Side by side the products are very similar.
- Slightly thicker aluminum with a more scratch / chip resistant brushed finish.
- Joints are attached with bar rivets that traverse the diameter of the tube. Similar to a bolt.
- Larger diameter leg and upper section aluminum tubes.
- Air cushion works every time, with or without weight, and is very smooth.
- Threaded stud is well finished and the inset is tapered at around 45 degrees. It is secured by a press bar.
- Price - they are twice the price of the PBL stands.
- Plastic locking collars make me a bit nervous, but have held up well with no problem so far.
PBL pros: Price - They are very affordable and still good quality. Metal locking collars are a plus.
- The paint chips easily which doesn't look as nice as the brushed aluminum on the Impact stands.
- Joints are attached with pop rivets instead of a bar or bolt that penetrates the diameter of the tube. These rivets are not well spread on the inside. Some are not spread around the circumference of the hole, but only spread to cover the hole partially. Eventually, these will pop out and need to be replaced with bolts.
- The aluminum tubes for the legs and upper extension are smaller in diameter than the Impact stands. They still seem quite sturdy, however.
- Air cushion uses a small hole instead of a valve. This, in itself, is not a problem. The air cushion lets air out too quickly causing weight to drop rapidly. There is just enough air cushion to keep the retracting extension from slamming into the base, but not by much.
- The top extension tube has a soft rubber gasket that binds to the middle extension tube when bearing weight. Weight must be removed before top extension tube can be retracted. For me, this is a deal breaker. There is no way to lower the upper extension tube while it is weight bearing. All four stands I purchased exhibited this behavior. It appears to be a design flaw. The impact stand uses a stiffer gasket which does not bind under weight.
- Threaded stud is machined but not finished. It has very sharp edges and is slightly taller than standard studs. The inset is a 90 degree corner. It is secured by a pop rivet.
I am impressed with the quality of the PBL stand. My budget is tight enough that the %50 cost savings is a big deal. I would have chosen the PBL stand over the Impact stand if the retraction of the upper extension tube wasn't a problem. The air cushioning could be a bit stronger to lower weight more smoothly, but it works well enough. Eventually, some pop rivets would come out of the holes and need to be replaced by bolts. Just hope this doesn't happen on a shoot.
Budget aside, I would choose the Impact stand even if the extension tube problem on the PBL stand were fixed. However, I would like to see metal locking collars and bolts connecting the joints. This will keep the stands in service much longer.
In the end, I returned the PBL stands and kept the Impact stands. They cost more, but they function well. I am satisfied with my purchase.
I hope this review is helpful. I was not able to find any other reviews of the PBL stand before purchasing it. There are hundreds of reviews of the Impact stand on Amazon and B&H Photo.
Update: 2015 still working great! I use these stands about 1-2 times a week, still work great!
solid top pin -- you will need a bracket to mount onto that pin so go ahead and order one for this stand as you will not be sending it back...
weight, heaver than others but you will be so glad and at ease putting a strobe on this stand... no bending ...
Okay, update --- the height is 9' 5'' but you will have a base size of about 38'' between two legs and 32'' between the last leg. This measurement was done by lying the stand on the floor and then measuring from wall (it will be a tweak longer as it was on angle from center point (maybe one inch longer)...
Okay, so now I put my 24" x 36" softbox on it and extended to it's full length and it stayed straight and then I loosened bottom screw and it drop down very smooth and then the next screw to lower top extension and again lowered smooth and no slamming.
Please, see my photo I added to images with the extended softbox installed.
You can see the softbox is mounted on top and this makes it above the 9'5" height... normally, I do not write such a long review with photos but it took me sometime to find a reasonable priced stand that works!
Finally, take a look at my attached video for how it works and looks... here is a link that will direct you back here also so I am not trying to take any sales... I am just a photographer who understands the need to share some good reviews now and then. [...]
UPDATE: just ordered my second stand -- the first one has been holding up to a lot of traveling and is so light and stable -- the head is still secure, not like a few of my other lighter stands which always seem to compromise the head of these lighter stands... also, they are not air cushioned like this one so equipment can easily drop (lowered too fast) and get damaged. I have c-stands of course but, they are just too heavy and not fun to even think about. I use canon 600 ex speedlites and modifiers and umbrellas on my stands frequently and this stand is now my favorite... I love the extra height it also gives over my other light duty stands.
Stand is heavy duty, and will never tip over, especially with the legs adjusted out to a somewhat wide diameter.
When you realize this is an 11 foot stand, it seems to be quite light.
Although they work just fine the way they are, the screw locks could be a better design, or a bit more heavy duty.