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ImpactBackground Paper Varidrive Set with Black Chain and Weight
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches securely (13)
  • Durable (12)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Good color value (4)
  • Long-lasting (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (13)
    • Portraits (11)
    • General purpose (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    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

    Reasonable pricing and quality!

    By Sean

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

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

      Good combo including 3 varidrive set and hooks!

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      • No

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      4.0

      Inexpensive and effective.

      By Lex

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Chains Can Bind

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits
      • Product photography
      • Special Events

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

      I have a trio of these drives supporting seamless rolls in my studio. Per dollar, they're pretty darn good. They adapt to a wide range of core sizes, and the lack of a full-width axle makes it easy to accommodate multiple roll sizes. My studio uses very wide 107in (~9ft or 2.7m) rolls, and these drives have no trouble.

      The construction is not ironclad, but for most studios, I doubt it will be a problem. Portable setups where the drives take more abuse might have trouble eventually, but these aren't likely to fall apart without some abuse.

      Biggest gripe is that in triple-roll setups, the drive chains tend to get hung up on the bumpers surrounding each drive gear. Not the end of the world, and fairly easy to work around, but it is a little annoying. For single-rolls setups, this won't be a problem.

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      5.0

      Perfect

      By Alon

      from Fort Lauderdale fl

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

      Help a lot
      Thank you b and h

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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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                      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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                        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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                              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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                                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!

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                                • 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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