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I have come to the conclusion that I simply am not motivated enough to carry traditional light-stands when I'm asked to "take some photos" as a favor to acquaintances at things like baby birthdays, social gatherings, etc. 

I have some traditional "portable" softboxes and even a lumodi beauty dish, but unless it's a paid gig, I'm simply not motivated enough for the hassle.  As a compromise, I have bought some Rogue Flashbenders/diffusers, which are working out great for ultra-portable 2-light setup.  However, light stands are still a problem.  I do have some Manfrotto Nano clones and some slightly bigger ones, but what are some out-of-box alternatives for portable light stands that just needs to support a speedlite with Flashbender?  I am looking at some microphone stands, maybe even some carbon tripods (have some), which are not that small actually.


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GorillaPod? Get a couple of the smaller ones that'll support the weight of the speedlites, and get some super cheap ballheads so you can easily rotate them to any direction you need and then you can put them up on coat stands, floor lamps, the top of a cabinet, wherever.
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Cheapo tabletop Tripods such as Adorama housebrand.

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I use a Tamrac Zipshot for my P&S camera. Should work well for what you're doing - but they aren't very tall. Light, easy to setup, cheap - at least worth a look:

http://www.tamrac.com/carrying-styles/zipshot-tripods/



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+1 - then just borrow chairs from wherever you go, instant light stand.
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GorillaPod?

+1 - then just borrow chairs from wherever you go, instant light stand.

Hmm, borrowing chairs is a good idea since pretty much any place has chairs  ;D

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I use a Tamrac Zipshot for my P&S camera. Should work well for what you're doing - but they aren't very tall. Light, easy to setup, cheap - at least worth a look:

http://www.tamrac.com/carrying-styles/zipshot-tripods/

+1 - they work well and have a basic head that can be tilted.
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+1 on the Gorilla Pod. You can get super clamps to fit them on other stuff too.

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Re: Ultra portable light stand options/alternatives? Smaller than Manfrotto Nano
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2013, 07:48:24 AM »
Justin clamps, and super clamps. Instead of trying to find smaller stands, just use these to make anything into stands. Chairs, table edges, door frames, whatever.
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Re: Ultra portable light stand options/alternatives? Smaller than Manfrotto Nano
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2013, 07:48:24 AM »