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Old November 14th, 2015, 11:25 AM   #1
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Lightest Light Stands 2.5 lbs or less

As a single person crew I'm finding that light stands are the hardest thing to cut weight on. My current stands weigh about 3 lbs each so carrying three weighs a hefty 9 lbs. Here's a list so light stands under 2.5 lbs.

Testrite 100-3 Light Stand (7.25') 1 lb 9 oz
Testrite 100-3 Light Stand (7.25') 100/3 B&H Photo Video


Manfrotto 5001B Nano Black Light Stand - 6.2' (1.9m) 2.0 lbs
Manfrotto 5001B Nano Black Light Stand - 6.2' (1.9m) 5001B B&H


Avenger A625B Light Stand (Black, 7.8') 2.2 lbs
Avenger Light Stand (Black, 7.8') A625B B&H Photo Video
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Old November 16th, 2015, 08:18 AM   #2
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Re: Lightest Light Stands 2.5 lbs or less

I have a pair of the Manfrottos and like them a lot, Craig. They're fairly sturdy, too. I use them in conjunction with several Impact 6' and 8' stands, or can pack them in a Pelican 1510 case with camera, mics and small lights for air travel.
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Old November 18th, 2015, 04:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for that. B&H specs say they support up to 3.3 lbs. Curious what lights are you using with that?
I'm concerned that an Aputure Amaran HR672 and batteries with small softbox might be too much weight.
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Old November 18th, 2015, 11:32 PM   #4
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Re: Lightest Light Stands 2.5 lbs or less

I have a handful of Manfrotto 5001B stands and wouldn't trade them for anything. I have two Aputure 672 lights and they're are no problem on these stands. I also put a boom pole/griphead/boom-holder/microphone on one and use a backpack as a sandbag.

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Old November 19th, 2015, 06:23 AM   #5
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I use Aputure Amaran 672 lights on the Manfrotto stands with no problems. Sometimes I'll use a flex arm screwed into the 1/4" 20 stud to hang a collapsible diffusion disc. A 672S is then attached lower on the stand shaft by a super clamp so it shoots through the diffusion disc for a soft key light.
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Old November 19th, 2015, 10:37 AM   #6
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Thanks. Aputure will be coming out with a Diffuser and 50 Grid that will mount directly on the the light so I was concerned about total weight.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 01:50 PM   #7
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Westcott Light Stand (Black, 8') 2.2 lbs
Westcott Light Stand (Black, 8') 9908 B&H Photo Video


Adding to the list. Impressive height for the light weight and only 35$ as well. Apparently in heavy use with over 60 reviews at B&H and a 4.4 out of 5 stars with all that.
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Old December 4th, 2015, 08:33 PM   #8
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Thanks for that. B&H specs say they support up to 3.3 lbs. Curious what lights are you using with that?
I'm concerned that an Aputure Amaran HR672 and batteries with small softbox might be too much weight.
I have the Lite Panels 1x1 kit that comes with one flood and one spot. The kit includes two Manfrotto NANO tripods.
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Old December 5th, 2015, 10:02 AM   #9
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Thanks for that. Litepanels 1x1 weight about 3 lbs. I wonder if the Nano handles the additional weight of modifiers such as a soft-box.
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Old December 6th, 2015, 12:31 AM   #10
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I use the Chimera softbox on mine. I have also used the LitePanels barn doors on the 1x1s on the NANO.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 05:18 AM   #11
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Anyone making carbon fibre? I have Manfrotto Master stands but they are 6.6lb - they are however very sturdy (I use them for mounting Sony small handycams)
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Old May 21st, 2016, 07:45 AM   #12
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Promaster LS-CT Compact Travel Light Stand
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Old May 22nd, 2016, 01:14 AM   #13
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Re: Lightest Light Stands 2.5 lbs or less

I have three of the Manfrotto 5001B Nano stands. I use them with my Aputure Amaran 672 lights with no problems, including the Aputure diffusion and softbox accessories. All three stands fit in a cheap, small soft tripod case (
Ruggard Padded Tripod / Light Stand Case - 22" BP-2022 B&H
) for a very compact package.

I have also put my old Lowel Tota and Omni tungsten lights on these stands before (with no or minimal accessories), but probably wouldn't trust them for anything much heavier.

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Old May 24th, 2016, 10:48 AM   #14
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Re: Lightest Light Stands 2.5 lbs or less

Don't forget about Norman light stands. I have two of then that have lasted me well over ten years. I hang everything Lowel on them including Riffa soft boxes.

Norman Mini Compact Light Stand (Black, 7.6') 812255 B&H Photo

2.6 LB for this one.

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Old May 26th, 2016, 02:25 PM   #15
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@Steven looks like it's actually 2.3 lbs, Very light for something that can go to 7.6" Air cushioned too.
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