March 01, 2015, 06:09:20 AM

Author Topic: Stands made for assistant carry/point?  (Read 1160 times)

jonathan7007

  • EOS M2
  • ****
  • Posts: 242
    • View Profile
Stands made for assistant carry/point?
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:00:59 PM »
I want a pole or stand that my assistant can hold to point a small softbox at an event or outdoor shoot that calls for a two-legged-lightstand. Yes, I can offer him or her a folded lightstand but I wonder if anyone has seen a pole with better handle, grip surfaces -- to make pointing, lifting, holding easier?

As I was typing I thought to check Lastolite. They offer this one:
http://www.lastolite.com/extending-handles.php
which seems well thought out.

Alternatives? Experience to share with this kind of solution?


canon rumors FORUM

Stands made for assistant carry/point?
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:00:59 PM »

neuroanatomist

  • CR GEEK
  • ************
  • Posts: 15608
    • View Profile
Re: Stands made for assistant carry/point?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2013, 01:05:29 PM »
Visit your local hardware store for the painter's pole of your choice (various lengths, telescoping, etc., all inexpensive), then put a Kacey Pole Adapter on the end for the standard 5/8" stud.

http://www.kaceyenterprises.com/?page_id=447
EOS 1D X, EOS M, and lots of lenses
______________________________
Flickr | TDP Profile/Gear List

privatebydesign

  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
  • ********
  • Posts: 3357
  • Ermintrude says "moo"
    • View Profile
Re: Stands made for assistant carry/point?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2013, 01:22:02 PM »
I made one, it wasn't difficult, from a SureLine painters pole, they are really well made with very comfortable hand grips. I just drilled and taped the end with a 3/8-16 thread and put a spigot on it. I can then put any lighting accessory on it.

But the Kacey is definitely the nicest "over the counter" solution I have seen.
Too often we lose sight of the fact that photography is about capturing light, if we have the ability to take control of that light then we grow exponentially as photographers. More often than not the image is not about lens speed, sensor size, MP's or AF, it is about the light.

Chris Burch

  • Rebel T5i
  • ****
  • Posts: 133
    • View Profile
    • CHRIS BURCH photography
Re: Stands made for assistant carry/point?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2013, 01:29:28 PM »
I use this expanding painter pole with the Kacey Pole Adapter Neuro mentioned above.  It has a padded handle, one-button expansion lock and is very light...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Shur-Line-Easy-Reach-60-in-Adjustable-Extension-Pole-06570L/100534761?N=ary0

Canon 1DX, 5D Mark III, 5D MarkII

jonathan7007

  • EOS M2
  • ****
  • Posts: 242
    • View Profile
Re: Stands made for assistant carry/point?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2013, 01:53:40 PM »
Great! Thank you Chris, Neuro, PbD, for reminding me about Kaycee. I stumbled on their site a long time ago and was impressed with the range of solutions they offer. But I always thought about their gear when not at a computer. There's other gear I need available there, too.

Quasimodo

  • 1D Mark IV
  • ******
  • Posts: 977
  • Easily intrigued :)
    • View Profile
    • 500px.com
Re: Stands made for assistant carry/point?
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2013, 02:51:50 PM »
I've been using my Benro Carbon monopod, but I guess that this solution is lighter, not to speak of slimmer :)
1Dx, 5x600 EX RT, ST-E3Canon:16-35L II,  24-105L , 70-200L IS II, 135L, 100L, 2x III TC, EF 25II, 40 F2.8 STM, Sigma 35 F1.4 Art, Sigma 50 F1.4 Art, Sigma 85 F1.4.
Canon A-1, 199A, FD: 24/2.8, 35/2.0, 100/2.8, Vivitar 400/5.6 Mamiya RZ67 pro ii, 50,110,180
www.500px.com/gerhard1972

canon rumors FORUM

Re: Stands made for assistant carry/point?
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2013, 02:51:50 PM »