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Old March 9th, 2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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what's at the top of this stand?

Matthews | Digital Combo Stand - 11' | 369675 | B&H Photo Video

Is this the "integral rack mount adapter"? If so, it's not the kind of rack mount I'm familiar with.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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No no. It's a baby pin adapter.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 03:34 PM   #3
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Thanks. How does the upper tube end? Is it threaded?
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Old March 9th, 2010, 03:59 PM   #4
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There's nothing threaded on a stand. The top of a combo stand is a female receptacle to accept a junior fixture. On a Junior, the fixture has a stud and it fits into the stand. On Baby fixtures, it's the opposite. The stand has a pin, and the fixture has the female part that fastens down.

On a combo stand it needs both. On my combo stand, it has a little release that pops up a spring loaded baby pin if I need to attach a baby fixture to it. But putting a baby fixture on a junior stand is like using a large truck to carry a suitcase. It's just WAY overkill.
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Interestingly enough I've seen some stands that have a short 1/4 - 20 male stud on top of a regular baby stud.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 07:50 PM   #6
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Interestingly enough I've seen some stands that have a short 1/4 - 20 male stud on top of a regular baby stud.
True, and I have 2 of them. Forgot about that. I use them to hold foamcore as I have two gator grips that have theads for this. Seems to be a Manfrotto thing.
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Old March 12th, 2010, 02:42 PM   #7
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I find the 1/4" 20 threaded post incredibly useful. I even tap my other 5/8" light stands with a 1/4" 20 hole so I can put a stud in if I need to.
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Old March 12th, 2010, 03:17 PM   #8
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OK - I'll admit it. I once used the 1/4-20 stud on a light stand to put my still camera up about 16 feet with a wide angle lens on it.
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