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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?


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Stands made for assistant carry/point?
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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
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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.
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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

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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.

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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 :)
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