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ImpactTurtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome)
 
4.8

(based on 151 reviews)

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    (123)

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    (24)

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    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (96)
  • Reliable (87)
  • Consistent (52)
  • Durable (33)
  • Heavy duty (9)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)

Best Uses

  • Photography (80)
  • Artificial lighting (77)
  • Portraits (71)
  • Strobe lighting (60)
  • Studio (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (67), Semi-pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (8), Professional (7), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (105)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exceeds expectations

I thought I was just ordering simple C-stands not unlike the ones I used in film school. But once they arrived and I assembled them, I knew I had purchased some of the best...Read complete review

I thought I was just ordering simple C-stands not unlike the ones I used in film school. But once they arrived and I assembled them, I knew I had purchased some of the best C-stands out there. Super sturdy and reliable.
The grip handles are larger, and this makes using them even better. The best feature, however, is the slip-ring at the bottom for the legs. You just pull it up and let the legs swing out, into place, then release the ring and they are locked into place. How easy is that!? Plus, I used them for lighting this past week and had a 1k light attached to the arm, they are so strong and sturdy I didn't even need a counter-balance for the light. Great product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sticky

Yes, it's heavy, but I view that as a good thing.
Could be sturdier.

The Stand itself is good. I like the base locking mechanism for the legs. It...Read complete review

Yes, it's heavy, but I view that as a good thing.
Could be sturdier.

The Stand itself is good. I like the base locking mechanism for the legs. It really makes that portion of the set-up a breeze. Unfortunately, every second you gain from that and then some is lost when the grip heads stick... and they do stick. You need to keep a long, thick screwdriver on you at all times to pry it loose.

Like at least one other reviewer has mentioned, in the future I think I'll just get the stand alone and buy some Avenger, Manfrotto or Matthews Grips to go along with it.

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5.0

Affordable C stand with quick setup

By Prangsta

from Arlington, VA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Video

    Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

    Was worried at first since it's not one of the known American brands, but used it for multiple shoots. The turtle base and quick release set up are great for on the go and when you need something to fit in the back of a car trunk.So far so good, we will see if it stands up over time..

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    5.0

    Happy/Good quality/Reasonable price

    By RJS

    from Saratoga Springs, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Artificial Lighting
    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting
    • Studio

    Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

    Used for a few portrait and product shoots already. Hasn't failed me yet. Holds an Impact monolight with beauty dish. Height is sufficient. Only regret is not getting something with caster wheels for easy light position change. It's a heavy stand, as it should be, so lifting repeatedly to adjust the position is a little annoying.

    Very happy

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    5.0

    The Stands are AMAZING!!

    By JAM Photography Inc

    from Lake Worth, Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

      I couldn't be happier than I am with these Impact stands!! Yes, they're heavy, but I shoot a lot of my work outside on location, and the weight keeps them from being top heavy. I can set them up as high as they go with a couple sandbags and a smaller (2x3) sofbox, and they never budge. I'll be buying the shorter version next, as well as the Roller Stand with the folding base for my studio. Great Product!!

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      5.0

      Out "Standing" !

      By Go2Girl

      from Scottsdale, AZ

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

      I was looking for a sturdy stand with an arm to hold my beauty dish….and this Impact C-Stand is it for me. This truly makes me want to replace all my stands with C-Stands. The all steel construction is of amazing quality & because there are no plastic parts that can break, it's one less thing to worry about. Obviously, this stand is heavier to maneuver than the aluminum ones, but that would be expected.

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      5.0

      Great Product, SUPER STURDY

      By Dan West

      from Marshall, MN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Heavy Duty
      • Reliable
      • Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Grip Gear
        • Video Lights

        Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

        I've never owned any C-Stands before so I had no clue what to expect. This C-Stand is awesome! I don't know how it compares to other C-Stands but this is quality stuff right here and it's cheaper than the name brand C-Stands. It's heavy but you should know that going into it and when you are putting big lights on it and grip gear, you want to have a heavy stand so you know that your stuff is safe and won't tip over. This is built like a tank and I love the fact that everything can disassemble and the legs fold up very compact.The grip heads on this thing are AMAZING. Seriously, they are so good! They are very robust and the huge handle on them is the best part. The big handle allows you to easily tighten the grip with no effort at all. This is my favorite part of the whole set up.Also, these stands have great height on them and they are still solid even when you extend them fully which is like 11 feet. I can have a 650W Arri fresnel on it and not worry about this thing falling over when fully extend (just make sure you use a sand bag for safety). The boom is also really useful for when putting a flag or a scrim on it. I mounted a 4' x 4' diffusion scrim and it holds just fine on this.HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS. Hope this review helps someone.

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        5.0

        Outstanding

        By ulcerdoc

        from New Hope, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

          Fantastic stand. Built like a tank. Should last forever! Price is unbelievable for the quality. Holds Einsteins and large softboxes or 22 inch beauty dish without any strain.

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          5.0

          Classic Super-Sturdy C-Stand

          By Bob the Builder

          from Wasaki

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

          This thing will last for a century...

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          5.0

          Rock Solid

          By kelvin

          from Gilbert , AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

            use it for indoor and outdoor lighting.
            excellent build quality.
            no negatives.

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            5.0

            Sturdy and reliable

            By JMPower

            from Lausanne, SUI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                Can fit the Elinchrom Maxilite and other heavy modifiers on location. Handles the wind quite well. Also a perfect fit for studio use.

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                5.0

                Great C-Stand

                By Daniel, Commercial Photographer

                from Bentonville, AR

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Heavy Duty
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                  Very heavy duty, great stand. Quick release on the legs make folding it up super quick. Great Quality. It seems like it'll last forever.

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                  4.0

                  Need

                  By Maria Sierra

                  from San Antonio, Texas

                  Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                  This is a great piece of versetile stand to have, every studio needs 2 minimum. I use the stands for holding my soft boxes, lights and umbrella.

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                  5.0

                  C stand virginity broken!

                  By Shtevo

                  from Canada

                  Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                  This is my first venture into buying and using C stands. My C stand virginity well and truly broken and thankfully it feels like it's the only thing that will break. It's one hefty piece of kit.
                  I use mine as a boom to hold my lights. The gear heads are awesome too. Sturdy as hell! I am very happy with this kit. No regrets unlike my real virginity! Haha

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                  5.0

                  Great addition to any studio

                  By Shane

                  from Cincinnati, OH

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Solid

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                    These stands are solid and very versatile. I think it would be hard to have too many C-stands - you can always find a use for one. These ones are very well built and I'm very happy with them.

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                    5.0

                    Quality Product

                    By Bill

                    from Tucson, AZ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Heavy Duty
                    • Locking Swing Out Legs

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography

                      Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                      Very good quality. Durable and strong. Great value for price. Consider purchasing saddle bags for extra support.

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                      5.0

                      Solid Stand

                      By Rob

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                            Solid stand. Perfect.

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                            5.0

                            very strong

                            By nestay

                            from Toronto Ca

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                            • Very Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                            very strong ! dose its job

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            i would buy this product again

                            By EAGLEPRESS

                            from NEW YORK

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                              easy to handle

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great Stand for a low price!

                              By RonM93

                              from San Rafael, CA

                              Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                              Very sturdy! Just as solid as an Avenger Stand. A little heavy but otherwise it is perfect!!!

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                              5.0

                              The "Swiss Army Knife" of Film/Video

                              By Pat the DoP

                              from New York, New York

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting

                                Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                                I seem to recall reading a description (or review) of c-stands somewhere online calling them "the swiss army knife of film (or video) production.

                                With a line like that, what else is there to say?

                                I've had my eye on this piece of equipment for a while, and even if I am a naif when it comes to "the best c-stands," this has proven invaluable on the shoots I have been on since acquiring this item.

                                It's hard to say much more about this item, which is ubiquitous, popping up on every film and video set around the world, but this is truly a modern marvel of engineering.

                                Now to get a second one...

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                                5.0

                                Beefy

                                By LavishBoudoir

                                from Valdosta, GA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits
                                  • Strobe Lighting

                                  Comments about Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit - 10.75' (Chrome):

                                  This stand is super heavy duty. I may rig up some casters because it is a beast. It's beautiful in the studio. I paired it with a 60" PLM and it does just fine. It does have a pretty high minimum upright, but I suppose you could flip the arm upside down and get really low.
                                  I'll be buying two more regular versions asap.

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