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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

You Pay: $68.95

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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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.8 x 3.8 x 3.2"

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MatthewsMERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • General purpose (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Good Design Made Better

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Execution of a Good Idea

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

Stronger & taller than nano, made in USA

By Josh

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Made In Usa

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Location
    • Travel

    Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

    I have a handful of the Manfrotto Nanos, and they've been fine (although wobbly, rickety, occasionally too weak for the task at hand, and made in China). I was ready to add one more to the stable, and decided to look at cheaper alternatives, since all the knock-offs have been about the same (wobbly, rickety... ...made in China). I ended up paying a few dollars more for the MERF, but it's money well spent. The MERF is taller, made with lock-nuts and bolts instead of rivets, has a higher weight capacity and is all around better material, for just a few extra bucks. Also made in USA, which, yes, does matter.

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    4.0

    These Stands Are MERFECT!

    By JeffInHighDef

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Photojournalism

      Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

      If you are looking for a very compact and yet reliably strong stand this could be it. While not suited for large fixtures, I use mine for LED lighting and they are superb stands.

      The MERF resembles the legs of the lowell metal stands and folds up so small you can check these on a plane. Well built for the money.

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      4.0

      Fits In A Carry On

      By Flashflood

      from Chicago

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Matthews MERF Mini Extendable Reverse Stand:

        I bought this stand b/c I was in need of a travel stand that would fit inside my carry on luggage. This was the stand I found that folded up to be the smallest (@20") while still claiming to handle a reasonable weight load (@9lbs.)

        It is well made and light weight, extends higher than most travel sized stands appears to be easy to repair with a simple hex wrench if need be in the future, and I feel pretty confident that it's going to get a lot of use when I'm in need of a portable kit.

        This said, I have yet to try this stand on location, but already feel that I will need to be pretty mindful of keeping it's load on the lighter side - especially in a windy scenario. I would also prefer it if the knobs were metal rather than plastic given the price.

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        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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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