Great for large dishes and strobe heads
July 30, 2015
I needed a strong overhead boom to hold a MOLA Mantti beauty dish and Profoto head. I had been using a C Stand with an Avenger boom but it never felt completely stable and tended to crowd the model.
After much searching, I ended up with this kit. It's perfect for the task at hand and very stable. There are a couple of caveats with it. First, it comes in a Sono tube about 9 feet long and 9 inches in diameter, so easily transported it is not. You'll need a larger SUV or pickup truck unless you have it delivered. The unit assembles easily but like most Manfrotto kit, while the construction is excellent, the documentation is horrible and how to attach things to the boom is not at all clear. You also get a small mount that goes on the gear controlled stud and I still have not figured out what it is for. I ended up using a Manfrotto Super Clamp on the end of the boom to hold the Mantti mounting frame and since I completed this configuration, it's been perfect. The two gear arms make orienting a large dish, that may be high in the air, a breeze, giving you simple tilt and rotation control from the tail end. The supplied weight offsets the length of the boom and whatever you attach nicely. The included stand is very heavy duty and built of good materials unlike all of the offshore clones I have seen. The stand comes with wheels so moving this large piece of kit around your studio is quite easy. Once constructed and you've got your light shaper and strobe mounted, the Super Boom is a dream. If you need something even heavier duty, Manfrotto also does a Mega boom, but I find that the Super Boom holds a 43" Mantti dish with Profoto head high up at a proper angle and does not shift around at all so need to spend more or buy a heavier unit. It would get five stars if not for the crappy documentation and lack of instructions.
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