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The B&H Light Stand Buying Guide

The B&H Light Stand Buying Guide

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Looking for a light stand? Seems like a simple task, until you head to the category and find that there are hundreds of options, each with its own set of features and specifications, which can make the whole experience a little overwhelming. We are here to help. Whether you are a beginner or experienced photographer, choosing the right light stand comes down to answering the same set of questions. This guide will take you through them one at a time.

How Heavy Is Your Light?

The most important job of any light stand is to provide a solid, reliable foundation for whatever it is supporting. Load capacity should be one of the first specifications you consider. This describes the maximum weight a stand is able to safely and reliably endure. It is important that your stand can comfortably support the weight of your light, as well as any modifiers or accessories that you plan on using (soft boxes, reflectors, etc.).

Add the weight of your light and anything else you plan on attaching to the stand to get a rough idea of what load capacity you need. Make sure there is some cushion between your estimate and the maximum load capacity of the stand. You don't want to make a habit of pushing the limits of your stand when it is supporting your precious, expensive light. If you can, always opt for a higher load capacity stand because it will be more secure and steady, even with lighter equipment on top.

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