The only midnight light stand you'll need
July 30, 2015
Many of us want to use speed lights or small strobes in scenarios where the placement of the light stand would traditionally get in the way of the shot. C stands with arms are always an option, but if you have to go into the field, they aren't exactly portable.
This kit will do the job for most any task a mobile photographer would require. As a light stand alone, it's portable, incredibly stable and extends very high in the air when you need that capability. I used it for a biplane shoot to put a Profoto B1 12 feet straight up to punch fill light in on a shot and it held up great.
What makes it even better is the boom capability. The upper part of the stand can be easily flipped into a boom position, so when you need to get a small strobe or speed light overhead with a light shaper. this stand does a great job. The tail of the boom has a hole drilled to attach the included sandbag to help with stability. I would still put an extra sandbag on the bottom of the stand or add a clamp on weight to be safe, but even without, the setup is very stable.
There are numerous offshore clones of the 420B kit. Invariably the stand material is thinner walled and feels like it will bend in a strong wind. More frustrating is that the boom arm attachment tends to be a large half disk that slips and creeps over time. The boom in the 420B has more limited angle options but once locked in position, stays locked in position.
A good light stand will last decades. A cheap one will need replacing regularly and in that period you could lose an expensive piece of lighting kit. I find the cheap stands false economy. If you take the same approach, a 420B is very hard to beat.
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