The combo of a mid -size wind up with an offset arm is ideal for key lights that are rigged right above camera, allowing to stand conveniently immedatly behind or directly under the light, and offer just enough space to avoid having to use a full boom. When I choose a shorter boom, I like my Matthews 7′ Mini Matth.
Both Matthews and Avenger have several great roll stands, and I find it most useful to have a few of each, as the different type of legs allow for overlapping in crowded situations much better than when only using one type of stand.
To complete this list, let’s not forget about the KUPO rolling bases. I use both the Runway Stand Base as well as the 340 Roller Stand base. Both can accept various types of riser, tall and short and are also great to use for rigging larger scrims in pairs of 2, and allowing the scrim to be rolled around as needed.
A great travel companion, and surprisingly sturdy, my Manfrotto Nanopole stands are excellent light weight, foldable stands. They work great for small lights such as my Flashpoint EVOLV with smaller attachments.
Don’t leave your studio without it
A specialty item that I find incredibly useful is the Matthews Matthelinis 6″ Jaw clamp. It is a life safer when nothing else works, and can be used in unexpected situations.
Camera flash rig
I truly tried them all, but the many possible combinations with RRS rails, flash brackets and related accessories are by far the industry best.
The build quality and smooth finish of all RRS products is outstanding.
The right rig for the job
When selecting which stand or rig is right for the job, keep in mind that bigger is not always better, but of course if in doubt, it certainly is a lot safer to use a slightly beefier stand than needed, rather than risking catastrophic consequences of a crashing rig!
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