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Matthews Medium Duty Kit Stand with Brake - Black, 7.7'

B&H # MALSMBBK MFR # B389788
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You Pay: $69.95

Designed primarily for use in lighting kits, the Matthews Medium Duty Kit Stand with Brake is compact and light weight. This black finish stand employs a brake shoe system for locking off the riser tubes as opposed to pinch castings, thus permitting the use of heavier fixtures.

Minimum Height 30" (76.2 cm)
Maximum Height 7.7 ft (2.3 m)
Closed Length 31" (78.7 cm)
Footprint Diameter 32 in (81.3 cm)
Weight 3.5 lb (1.6 kg)
Maximum Load 20 lb (9.1 kg)
Attachment Size 5/8 in male stud
Accepts Wheels Yes - (387102)
Air Cushioned No
Matthews Medium Duty Kit Stand with Brake - Black, 7.7'
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    MatthewsMedium Duty Black Kit Stand
     
    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (10)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Durable (6)
    • Compact (5)
    • Professional quality (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (4)
      • Independent films (4)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Artificial lighting (3)
      • In the studio (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (6), Business owner (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      5.0

      Matthews all the way

      By rghrhy

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

        Folds small, goes tall enough, and light yet sturdy for its size. Metal brakes instead of plastic pinch molds means this will last. I definitely wouldn't boom anything off this (it's aluminum and the top stud is held in by a pin) but it's perfect on location for holding up a speedlight with an umbrella or small softbox, or used bare as a hair or background light.

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        5.0

        Perfect lightweight stand!

        By GrizzlyAK

        from Eagle River, AK

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Studio Location

          Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

          I recently purchased some Impact 9.5' HD air-damped stands, but needed something a little more lightweight, and especially that would allow me to be lower to the floor than the Impacts. After looking at all of the brands, these Matthews seemed to be just the ticket. The are good quality, well-made, and sturdy, yet lightweight. They have a good range of heights, and have air-dampening. I would buy these again.

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          5.0

          Very strong for the size

          By Nathan

          from Temecula

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

              This stand is a little bit pricey, but it is built like a tank. It is made from all metal. I have used it with a 10 pound set up which included an Octa box and it did just fine. I would be a little bit leery of using it with 10 pounds at full extension though.

              Note that you will definitely want to use sandbags with this no matter what light modifier you have attached, this is true especially because the footprint is not as wide as say, a regular 9 foot stand. of course, that smaller footprint is the reason that this stand is so packable, shrinking down to a mere 30 inches.

              I would recommend this stand for you Strobist guys who need to pack light but who occasionally use larger modifiers on location.

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              5.0

              old reliable

              By RN DP

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                bought a couple to replace 15 year old stands that had been crushed...
                same nice design.

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                • No

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                4.0

                pretty good

                By ILikef11

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                  So I agonized for a long time between these and the Manfrotto stackable stands. Went with these after the Manfrotto seemed to jump in price over night (not sure if I was just not reading it right or B&H adjusted their price). Anyhow, so I got these and I'm pretty happy. They weigh a lot less than I expected, which I guess was nice, easier to move. It is also very well built (I expect that from Matthews though), and I'm not concerned about the small footprint. I mounted a 60" reflector on a boom arm, all the way up with no sand-bags and it seemed fine. A sand-bag would be preferreable, but seemed stable as long as there aren't any klutzes on your set. The only thing I don't like is it seems to sway a lot. Even with smallish lights the top would sway a little and wasn't easy to stop. Beyond that, I'm pretty happy with them.

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                  4.0

                  great, but legs could spread wider

                  By leefie

                  from ny, ny

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                    a great descent stand.
                    only improvement would be option of wider leg stance.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good Bang for your buck

                    By JR

                    from New York

                    About Me Business Owner, Director of photography

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Production

                      Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                      Great light-medium weight stands for everyday use in production. Lightweight, good for travel/flight, great value.

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                      5.0

                      Great all metal stand

                      By Mark S

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Narrow Leg Spread

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                      After reading a review here that stated this stand was of all metal construction, I went ahead and ordered it at twice the price of similar stands that incorporate some plastic elements. I can say that this stand is very high quality and surpassed my expectations and have no doubts that will years of use, this stand will outlast stands using lesser materials. The only negative is that given it's collapsed size (29"), the leg spread is a little narrow at 32" while similar compact stands offer 36"+ quoted spreads. I have not used it outdoors, but the spread and weight allow for a large umbrella to be positioned without fear of it getting tippy.

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                      5.0

                      Accurate Description

                      By 3pfilms

                      from Grand Rapids, MI

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                        What I like most about this stand is how compact it is for the load capacity, HOWEVER you really should sandbag it. In order to get that compactness you sacrifice the spread size of the legs, which makes it a little tippy in wind or with heavier loads.

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                        5.0

                        Almost Perfect

                        By Dan

                        from Ogden, UT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                        The Matthews light stand was purchased to hold a 41" umbrella, an umbrella stand adapter, and a Nikon SB-800 flash. However, because the stand only has a 32" wide footprint, the off-centered weight of the large umbrella made the stand slightly prone to tipping, especially when fully extended. I'm still pleased with the stand's performance. However, in the future, I'll add weight to the stand's legs or use another Matthews stand with a wider footprint.

                        Despite of this one issue, I give this stand a high rating because of the excellent build quality, brake style extension locks, and portable size.

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                        5.0

                        Great & affordable

                        By stillsbyhill

                        from san diego,ca

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                          I needed a third light stand for my alien bee's to do high key lighting-- this works great.. no frills to it and I love that it goes really low to the ground

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                          5.0

                          Solid Investment for the best kit stand

                          By T

                          from New York

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Filmmaking
                            • Video

                            Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                            It's pricier than other stands. But it's Matthews, so it will last forever! Also, it's minimum length is short enough to fit in my kit bag. Great investment, overall.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome for strobists

                            By Isaac

                            from Cerritos, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy Setup
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                              I just purchased a couple of these stands from a local store. This stand is an ALL metal construction with "brakes" to lock the poles in instead of the less effective "pinch" clamps found on most stands. This is perfect for the strobist on the go since it's fairly light in weight and collapses to a 30" length for easy portability. This is definately a well built stand in my opinion.

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                              5.0

                              great value

                              By Joel

                              from Los Angeles

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy Setup
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                                  so far, so good. haven't used my stands that much yet, but these were a great deal in terms of the quality for the price. no reason why these won't last me years and years for a wide variety of projects.

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                                  4.0

                                  Compact and Light

                                  By Ken

                                  from NJ

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Long-Lasting

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand:

                                    Very useful for any light weighing less than ten pounds.

                                    More than ten pounds and things get scary.

                                    All in all a great replacement for other compact kit stands (such as Lowell stands).

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