Sunday, 22 June 2014

Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Light Stand Support

I recently read of someone who had the misfortune to break the tube in one of their Elinchrom Quadra Ranger heads as they were using it with an umbrella outside in less than ideal conditions without any means of stability at the base of the light stand.



Many photographers will opt for a sand bag or bags depending on the size of light and prevailing conditions for stability at the base of their light stand. Sand bags are fine so long as you have the means of transporting the weight and bulk. I do carry an empty sand bag in the outside pocket of my Lowepro Pro Roller x200, but it's not always possible to find suitable material to fill the sand bag. Incidentally, I don;t use sand in my sand bags as when it dries out it produces dust which makes a mess, so instead I use washed 10mm pea shingle which is just as effective and doesn't make a mess.

For those photographers who pack their gear light and tight why not use your camera bag, back pack or rolling case for stability?

All you need to do is put your light stand through the grab or drag handle of the case and rest the loaded bag on one of the light stand legs and rest the weight of the bag onto the tripod stand for stability equal to or better than a humble sand bag.



In this image I used a oriental reproduction of the famous Manfrotto Nano stand as these are what are carried in the case used for this shot. This also the reason I've opted for Elinchrom Ranger Quadra's rather than another brand or portable battery flash. The head is light in weight with a separate battery & controller so the light isn't top-heavy increasing stability issues when on location.

Elinchrom flash is available from The Flash Centre. Email Simon Burfoot or call Brian Collier at the Birmingham branch.

Lowepro camera bags are available worldwide http://www.lowepro.com/about-us/where-to-buy


The 1420 VAL Spigot is available from selected retailers in the UK and direct from me for US or UK customers.


If you're serious about your photographic lighting then maybe The LIGHT Side Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/thelightsidegroup/ will interest you. It's about all things to do with light and lighting. TLS is a closed group so someone will need to add you or you'll need to send a request to be added. It's a friendly group, with a degree of humour and some great photographers willing to share and contribute.

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