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Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:51:35 PM »
It's a 10 footer that folds up to 25 inches, which I find appealing, but the lack of gussets on the legs and their strange looking hinges give me pause.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1074706-REG/photek_ls_8122_3_section_10_folding_light.html

Anyone have any experience with this stand or see one in real life?
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2017, 11:00:24 PM »
It's a 10 footer that folds up to 25 inches, which I find appealing, but the lack of gussets on the legs and their strange looking hinges give me pause.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1074706-REG/photek_ls_8122_3_section_10_folding_light.html

Anyone have any experience with this stand or see one in real life?

Nice find!

Unfortunately they seem not to be in stock, otherwise I'd go down to 34th street and play with it.
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 08:11:13 AM »
That certainly looks interesting
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 11:41:28 AM »
I may just have to roll the dice and order one to check it out... :hmmm:
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2017, 04:24:37 PM »
I just received this stand today, and I really like it so far.  The leg hinges have just the right amount of resistance to them.  The section locking mechanisms are plastic and feel like they might be weakest link, but I think they will hold up just fine.  The build quality is solid.  Have I mentioned that I really like this stand?

I especially like that the legs each have two sections.  This allows some configuration flexibility and leveling capability.  See pics below.
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2017, 04:25:42 PM »
The legs have a clutch type locking mechanism with "detent" positions.  By clutch type, I mean that the locks only keep the hinges from moving in one direction - the folding (up) direction.  The release is a thumb operated, spring loaded switch that is easy to operate while using the same hand to fold the leg.
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2017, 04:28:03 PM »
Here are some comp photos of the Photek next to my Manfrotto 5001B.  This thing can easily fit inside my larger suitcase for air travel.. a BIG +
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2017, 12:59:49 AM »
3/8 or 1/4 thread...?
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2017, 10:30:24 AM »
Thank you for your photos.

Do you know the load capacity?
Or, can you please guess the load capacity?  :)
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2017, 12:42:45 PM »
Thank you for your photos.

Do you know the load capacity?
Or, can you please guess the load capacity?  :)

My guess on why the load capacity is not specified has to do with the leg hinge locking mechanisms and which 'detent' position is used.  I think it's probably hard to calculate the load point at which they would fail.  I would feel comfortable putting 10 lb on it.. not sure I would put much more than that, though I have test loaded it with my own weight to > 20 lb.
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2017, 05:43:26 PM »
Thanks...this one's worth trying out.

Having something a bit more compact to carry into venues is an added benefit to using this stand.
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2017, 06:09:52 PM »
This looks like a cool stand.  My concern would be weighting it would have to be done differently, since you can't just throw one weight on the center tube low to the ground.  Either 3 weights for each leg, or get one of those webbed things to put a gallon of water on or something.
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2017, 08:54:42 PM »
This looks like a cool stand.  My concern would be weighting it would have to be done differently, since you can't just throw one weight on the center tube low to the ground.  Either 3 weights for each leg, or get one of those webbed things to put a gallon of water on or something.

I should have included pictures of the other "detent" positions, which provide a larger footprint and greater stability.  These positions lower the max height and may limit the max load (the lower angles increase the torque applied to the locking hinges).  The 10 ft height is only achieved with the legs in the *steepest* position and fully extended, which puts the bottom of the center tube about 37.5" off the floor.  The lowest angle with the legs retracted puts the center tube about 1" off the floor, which would make the height about 7', rather than 10', but may make weighing down the stand a little easier.
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2017, 09:01:23 PM »
Thanks...this one's worth trying out.

Having something a bit more compact to carry into venues is an added benefit to using this stand.

I wondered why no larger stands would fold up the same way as the Manfrotto.. then I found this stand...
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Re: Photek 3-Section Folding Light Stand (10')
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2017, 11:29:07 PM »

My guess on why the load capacity is not specified has to do with the leg hinge locking mechanisms and which 'detent' position is used.  I think it's probably hard to calculate the load point at which they would fail.  I would feel comfortable putting 10 lb on it.. not sure I would put much more than that, though I have test loaded it with my own weight to > 20 lb.

Thank you for your kind explanation.  ;)
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