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ImpactBackground Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches securely (11)
  • Durable (11)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Good color value (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (11)
    • Portraits (10)
    • General purpose (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Some things to be aware of

    Purchased the set of 3 with the brackets, have a 9 ft seamless paper white, black, and greenscreen on them. I really like that I can pull them down with a chain instead...Read complete review

    Purchased the set of 3 with the brackets, have a 9 ft seamless paper white, black, and greenscreen on them. I really like that I can pull them down with a chain instead of lowering backdrop stand, unscrewing one side, sliding off 9 ft tube, sliding new one on, raising back up...ugh. I also have them in my high school classroom, and this should be a lot easier to use/switch with less chance of injury.

    There were a few things I learned from reviews, and other things that I didn't expect:

    1. It does not come with enough screws you'll need. I highly recommend putting a piece of wood on the wall and screwing it through the drywall into the wall stud, and then screw the bracket into the wood. The length I had to space the brackets apart would only have been able to screw into a stud on one of the ends.

    2. I had 2 rolls of standard (Savage) 12yd seamless paper that were on cardboard tube cores 2.25" diameter, and they fit fine. But I also had a roll with a larger diameter that will not fit which was disappointing. Your paper or muslin may not have a core, if not there are products for that on this site.

    3. They have a limit on how much weight they will hold, which means 12 yard length is good, but 50 yard length of paper will be too heavy for it.

    4. The paper is not unrolling to come down, it's getting stuck. This site sells a Manfrotto "background paper counterweight" but much cheaper is getting a 10 ft pipe (electrical or pvc) from your local home improvement store.

    5. Apparently with the 9' rolls (6' are fine) of paper with the cardboard cores they can sag over time and become hard to unroll. Some reviewers rotated their paper 180 degrees every so often, others had never had a problem.

    Plastic/metal - Quality seems fine, there were two makes available for the same price when I bought, and I like these chain colours a little better. I'm very excited with the setup, and I'll be taping the pipes on the bottom of the papers next week to complete the process!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Varidrive

    Plastic chain easily gets twisted even after mounting. It also seems to have more resistance than others I have used. Absolutely make sure it is securely mounted.

    Plastic chain easily gets twisted even after mounting. It also seems to have more resistance than others I have used. Absolutely make sure it is securely mounted.

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    5.0

    perfect solution

    By moda

    from atlanta, GA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

    perfect solution for a small area to hang paper for a back drop. Very easy to use.

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    5.0

    Best way to hang a background

    By Marc B

    from Plainview NY

    Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

    What an ingenious solution for a small studio or any studio for that matter. Highly recommend. ....A+++

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    5.0

    As Good as Manfrotto

    By Mark Johnson

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

      Have three Manfrottos and purchased one of these; it's as good as but less expensive. Recommended.

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      • No

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      4.0

      easy to use!

      By hkosun

      from NYC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors

        Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

        Very easy to use and put together.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Super Value

        By EiNY

        from New York City

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

            These are well constructed and have stood up to the rigors of a busy studio without any problems. The chain feels flimsier than my metal set (obviously!) but I don't see it being a problem - particularly at the price!

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            5.0

            Paper varidrive

            By Dailyfashionmuse

            from seattle

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

            System works just as described.

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            5.0

            Holds rolls well

            By Georgia from Philly

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                  I did not know what to expect but the drives are better made than I expected. Only issue I had was that fitting them in the triple hooks that came with the set is a bit tight. B&H and Impact told me it will be better after some use and wear and tear.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great value, great product.

                  By E

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                    Perfect set of tools for a studio, particularly an area that receives a lot of abuse - this affordable option makes a worthwhile expense for any budding studio.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Makes my life easier!

                    By Guy D'alema

                    from Atlanta

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                      For years I did it the old fashion way - up and down a ladder rolling and unrolling the seamless. Now, after a few minutes of installation, it is effortless and easy. Saves my back every time.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Simple, easy studio setup

                      By Ben

                      from Grand Rapids MI

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                        These work as they should and fit non impact mounting systems

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        great product

                        By LV

                        from Bronx, NY

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                          great product

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By AJ Photography

                          from Fairfield, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                            Easy to use and mount to the paper tube rolls. I have the savage rolls and found them very easy to use. Take your time and the results are great.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Better description needed

                            By Mike

                            from Loveland, Co

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                              Description on web site needs to state max size core that Veridrive will fit without modification.
                              Maximum size core that the Veridrive will fit is about 2-3 inches. The cores on my 12 ft. roles are about 4 inches. I had to make an insert spacer so that the Veridrive would work. Works fine now. Very happy.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Some things to be aware of

                              By R. the high school photo teacher

                              from vancouver, BC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Handy

                              Cons

                              • Needs More Hardware

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Permanent Location
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                              Purchased the set of 3 with the brackets, have a 9 ft seamless paper white, black, and greenscreen on them. I really like that I can pull them down with a chain instead of lowering backdrop stand, unscrewing one side, sliding off 9 ft tube, sliding new one on, raising back up...ugh. I also have them in my high school classroom, and this should be a lot easier to use/switch with less chance of injury.

                              There were a few things I learned from reviews, and other things that I didn't expect:

                              1. It does not come with enough screws you'll need. I highly recommend putting a piece of wood on the wall and screwing it through the drywall into the wall stud, and then screw the bracket into the wood. The length I had to space the brackets apart would only have been able to screw into a stud on one of the ends.

                              2. I had 2 rolls of standard (Savage) 12yd seamless paper that were on cardboard tube cores 2.25" diameter, and they fit fine. But I also had a roll with a larger diameter that will not fit which was disappointing. Your paper or muslin may not have a core, if not there are products for that on this site.

                              3. They have a limit on how much weight they will hold, which means 12 yard length is good, but 50 yard length of paper will be too heavy for it.

                              4. The paper is not unrolling to come down, it's getting stuck. This site sells a Manfrotto "background paper counterweight" but much cheaper is getting a 10 ft pipe (electrical or pvc) from your local home improvement store.

                              5. Apparently with the 9' rolls (6' are fine) of paper with the cardboard cores they can sag over time and become hard to unroll. Some reviewers rotated their paper 180 degrees every so often, others had never had a problem.

                              Plastic/metal - Quality seems fine, there were two makes available for the same price when I bought, and I like these chain colours a little better. I'm very excited with the setup, and I'll be taping the pipes on the bottom of the papers next week to complete the process!

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Good product ;)

                              By Marie-Pier

                              from Chicoutimi, Québec Canada

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Good Color Value
                              • Lightweight
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                I use this product in my studio :)

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great addition to our studio

                                By almphoto

                                from Knoxville, TN

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Convenient
                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Multiple Backgrounds
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Studio

                                  Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                  I bought a set along with a wall hanger to put up in the studio. It's convenient for changing backgrounds and is a space saver over the portable background stands I have been using.

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                                  5.0

                                  Works as it should

                                  By Jim S.

                                  from San Diego

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Easy to install
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Lower Cost

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                    Set up only took 5 minutes, . Remember to not tighten the adjustment screw on the opposite side of the chain to tightly. This is the drag adjustment. As to other reviews saying that it had to much resistance.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Very handy

                                    By Behoff

                                    from Saratoga Springs, NY

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Tension Is Tricky

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio

                                    Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                    Much easier than poles and clamps

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                                    • No

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                                    3.0

                                    Varidrive

                                    By Raybez

                                    from Destin, Fl

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy
                                    • Weak

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors

                                    Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                    Plastic chain easily gets twisted even after mounting. It also seems to have more resistance than others I have used. Absolutely make sure it is securely mounted.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Value

                                    By Jon

                                    from Sudbury

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Long-Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Impact Background Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight:

                                        I'm currently using three of these impact varidrive chains for cored paper measuring around 20 feet long (9' wide). The rolls aren't heavy and these are providing excellent results so far. These are made well and I don't foresee these breaking any time soon. I do plan on adding a vinyl backdrop down the road at which point I'll be wise to invest in a metal chain instead.

                                        I've also attached a 20 foot long muslin (9' wide) to a core and rolled it up no problem with these plastic chains. If a chain happens to break I have PLENTY of extra chain length to replace it with as I'm using less than half of it in a room with 8' foot ceilings.

                                        I would buy these again at this great price!

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                                        • No

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