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Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand

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Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand

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Product Highlights

  • Small, Robust Light Stand
  • Maximum Height: 89"
  • Folded Length: 20"
  • Load Capacity: 9 Lbs

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The Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand is a small, robust light stand with reverse folding legs. Although it folds down to 20" (51 cm), the MERF opens up to 7.4' (227 cm) and will hold up to 9 lbs (4 kg), with strength and stability that comes from the use of heavy wall, lightweight aluminum tubing.

Height Maximum: 89" (277 cm) Closed Length: 20" (51 cm)
Weight 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)
Load Capacity 9 lbs (4 kg)
Footprint 24" (61 cm)

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MatthewsMERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Portability, Solid Construction

      By David

      from New York City

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Limited Weight Capacity
      • Premium Price

      Best Uses

      • Flight Kit

      Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

      These stands made it possible for me to fly alone with a complete camera and lighting kit. They pack down to 20" and are lightweight with a clamp locking system. Set up time is quick, and for the size the construction is surprisingly solid. I used one with an Arrilite 750 Plus which was pushing it, but had no problems.

      The benefit with these is the portability and quick set up time. They are pricey and don't have a large weight capacity, but the ability fly with a small light kit with the stands is well worth it. So if you're transporting your gear alone these MERF minis are the way to go.

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Poor Execution of a Good Idea

      By San Diego Production

      from San Diego

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Down Super Small
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Not Inexpensive

      Best Uses

      • For Very Lightweight Gear

      Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

      I bought this stand because it is super small when folded down making it easy to travel with. Nothing else I found gets this small and I like the fast locking feature on the legs as well.

      Unfortunately the legs are very thin and poorly attached making it very flimsy when it's set up. It's also a little time consuming (as light stands go) to set up as the leg mechanism doesn't slide well when you open it.

      Additionally, it's pretty expensive compared to other similar fully extended sized stands.

      Not a good value unless you absolutely need a stand that is super small when it's folded down.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Compact & Lightweight

      By Pete

      from Philadelphia, Penna.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors

        Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

        I like these stands. They're well made and collapse to a very short 20-inches, making them very easy to carry in a field kit. They hold my 600 and 900 LED panel lights, though I wouldn't trust them with anything heavier.

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        5.0

        Perfect for travel

        By Kiem

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

          I've packed this compact light stand for my 2012 WPPI Las Vegas trip after making contacts with some models found from modelmayhem for the photoshoots. This goes well with the 24"x24" softbox - and both fit inside the LowePro X200 roller case.

          What's great about it - it is compact, holds up to 9 lbs, and the flip lock lever.

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By Sebastian - The PhotoFiend

          from Adelaide

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Portable
          • Stable

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Fast-paced shooting
          • General Use
          • Low Light
          • Special Events

          Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

          Tiny when folded up.

          Massive when stretched out.

          Awesome for a portable lighting kit.

          I use it with an SB900/umbrella combo, so the fact that it is not a heavy weight stand is not an issue for me.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sturdier than the Manfrotto Nano

          By DJS

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Sturdy for its size

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Speedlights reflectors

          Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

          This stand is as compact as the Manfrotto Nano but is a bit sturdier and easier to extend or collapse. Well worth the extra $10.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Good Design Made Better

          By mindlessbuttonmasher

          from Sarasota, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

              The quick release tabs are far quicker and easier (also smooth) than those on the Monfrotto or Dynalite stands which are very similar designs. I own a Dynalite stand like this, which I believe is made by Monfrotto since it's exactly the same only more expensive. I wanted a second and found this one. It's the same size closed, has a fatter middle tube simply because it extends higher, has screws and nuts in legs rather than rivets, and has far superior quick release levers to raise it up and down. Excellent product as are all Matthews gear. I'm getting a second one.

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              5.0

              strong and tall enough

              By rocky

              from Nashville, TN

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

                  .....the Matthews MERF mini stand is what you would expect from Matthews. In my 16mm film days I used many of their products. Nothing has changed with their quality.
                  If you are looking to reduce the size and weight of your lighting kit check out this stand. You can make virtually any repair needed to this stand as there are no rivets to drill out. And, the friction clamps give a very firm grip and are much quicker to use.
                  With newer and lighter battery rigs, I have now reduced my lighting kit to a light weight carry on that would not be possible without these stands.
                  Go git 'em.

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