Which is the right boom for me?

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  1. Holly

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    Hi all
    I'm looking for a boom. Which one should I get?
    That's the short of it. The long of it is: the boom would need to carry 2.6kg strobe+modifiers of various kinds, and
    be flexible enough to fit into a small room, and clear the top of a standing person's head. (Also it would be good if it
    didn't break and fall on me, pinning me underneath my heavy gear for several days until I expire. So, sturdy.)

    I have no idea whether I just need an arm to attach to a stand which I already have, or if I need a whole other kit of
    things. There seems to be a million options for booms out there, so if someone can point me in the right direction
    to search that would be marvellous.
    Cheers
     
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    Manfrotto makes a couple with different capabilities. I don't think that one that would carry the weight will work on a common light stand though.
    Manfrotto should also have recommendations for stands and they are very likely to be available on your side of the globe too.
     
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    Holly, I think you are best to go and have a look in store. I have been tempted by some of the booms that you see on ebay, but am always a little concerned about how much weight they can hold.

    What light stands do you have?
     
  5. Holly

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    I've just got a couple of these: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/253069-REG/Impact_LS_96HAB_Air_Cushioned_Heavy_Duty_Light.html

    Wish there was a good place to go look in-store at booms, but sadly there ain't much choice where I live - something like that
    would probably have to be ordered in anyway. (Try-before-buy would be great because it's often not until I'm up to my neck in a shoot dealing with the
    actual technical situations that I know exactly what I would need.)

    Flexibility is key though. I'm now looking at buying a couple more strobes (D-lite IT 4 maaaaybe..dunno yet, indecisive!) and putting them on one of these: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/243710-REG/Avenger_A2033F_A2033F_Century_C_Stand.html

    with one of these: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/3599-REG/Avenger_D600_D600_Mini_Boom_4_25.html

    Am then thinking of adding a backlight stand by Manfrotto which I like the looks of, so the two extra lights will both have stands, and the Avenger
    can be a boom when needed.
    What do you guys think? The c stand I've linked is actually what a B+H sales rep recommended for me, whether he knows his stuff well is
    another thing.
     
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    I have the D600, and it’s a great choice when I need to fly out a heavy and bulky light/modifier several feet from the stand.

    The Impact stand you presently have or a C-stand will handle the D600 boom, but I feel they would be a little light if you were to load the D600 with the weight and counterbalance it’s capable of carrying.

    When I have a situation that requires the D600, I prefer a wheeled stand with a larger footprint so I can move it about easier. The Avenger A5036CS works well, and is easy to sandbag.

    For less strenuous setups, you might want to consider a baby combo-boom stand like the Avenger A4041B. I’ve never used this stand, but it looks interesting.
     
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    hmm how do you think the Impact stand would go if loaded down with lots of sandbags?
     
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    I'll put in a vote for the Avenger boom and stand. I have one and have had no problem mounting a head from either my Calumet/Bowens Elite pack/head kit or the heavier Bowens head from my friend's Bowens QuadX, AND a very large softbox (18" x 60" or thereabouts). I never tried putting one of my monolights on it but I have total confidence that it would work just fine.
     
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    The Impact stand should be fine, especially with a sandbag on the legs, provided you balance the boom with counterweights so as to avoid tipping loads on the stand.
     
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    I also have the D600 and have yet to get the Avenger stand (that particular Avenger number comes up alot in discussions of booms when I was doing my research last year).

    So far I have hung an Alien Bee 800 off it with barndoors and a Whitelighting X1600 also with barn doors off it. On my not to good lightstand it was OK, but there is nothing like a "real" stand under it. Thank goodness Father's Day is coming.......

    Bob E.