Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand

Matthews Medium Duty Kit Stand with Brake - Black, 7.7'

Matthews Medium Duty Kit Stand with Brake - Black, 7.7'

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Matthews Medium Duty Black Kit Stand

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Designed primarily for use in lighting kits, the Matthews Medium Duty Kit Stand with Brake is compact and light weight. This black finish stand employs a brake shoe system for locking off the riser tubes as opposed to pinch castings, thus permitting the use of heavier fixtures.

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Matthews Medium Duty Kit Stand with Brake - Black, 7.7'
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    Matthews B389788 Specs

    Load Capacity 20 lb / 9.1 kg
    Mounting Options 5/8" Stud
    Maximum Working Height 7.7' / 2.3 m
    Minimum Working Height 30" / 76.2 cm
    Collapsed Height 31" / 78.7 cm
    Footprint Diameter 32" / 81.3 cm
    Accepts Wheels Yes
    Air Cushioned No
    Detachable Base No
    Leveling Leg No
    Reverse Legs No
    Finish Black
    Weight 3.5 lb / 1.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.3 x 3.0 x 3.0"

    Matthews B389788 Reviews

    Medium Duty Black Kit Stand is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all metal stand After reading a review here that stated this stand was of all metal construction, I went ahead and ordered it at twice the price of similar stands that incorporate some plastic elements. I can say that this stand is very high quality and surpassed my expectations and have no doubts that will years of use, this stand will outlast stands using lesser materials. The only negative is that given it's collapsed size (29), the leg spread is a little narrow at 32 while similar compact stands offer 36+ quoted spreads. I have not used it outdoors, but the spread and weight allow for a large umbrella to be positioned without fear of it getting tippy.
    Date published: 2012-11-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the price a great product, however... For the price of this stand you can't beat the quality. As others have pointed out in other reviews, the legs do not have a wide enough footprint to be of use in most applications. This is a good stand however, for a small lighting fixture in a studio or when you are in a tight space and larger stands will not fit. So, this stand should be in your kit if you need a small footprint and do not need it to support heavy loads or boom anything off it. Sandbags a MUST with this stand for safety. It is constructed from aluminum tubes with steel brackets and knobs, no plastic! This is a LIGHT duty stand in my opinion, not a medium duty stand as advertised but it is perfect for the right application.
    Date published: 2016-07-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from SOLID! Excellent stand! outstanding built quality one is to expect from an industry leader such as Matthews. These things are designed to take a beating from studio and on-location demands. Major plus was the entire metal body including the lugs, pins, screws, rivets...everything that counts, and yes, Matthews still stocks replacement pieces if and when these do fail. Though i love the black matte color, its already showing some dings and scuffs since it appears to just be powder-coated. Not a huge issue if you don't mind the patina of a well used light stand, but frankly next time, I think i'll go for the chrome finish instead.
    Date published: 2018-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge Footprint, Low Min Height. A lot of the specs are not listed that are relevant to me. I took a risk on buying it, and do not regret it. This light stand it boss. There is a lot of plastic, where companies like Matthews put metal. I do like that the stud on top is not riveted or bolted to the upper riser, instead it appears to all be one piece- my lights wont flop around like they do on cheaper stands. I like that there are brakes, instead of clamps at the riser wing nuts. Although there is a lot of plastic, the fact that there are so many replacable parts on this unit, and there are screws in all the places that most companies (even Manfotto) put rivets is nice. Screws are surely preferred over rivets. The riser can also slide down to make the risers go several inches lower (look at the product picture, you'll see two wing nuts that tighten down on the riser). The adjustable leveling leg is the main reason why I bought this particular light stand. I use it for outdoors, on-location shoots, like senior portraits and sports teams. It's really really solid. I also like this a lot because the low min height allows me to get my 60 octabox low enough to photograph someone who is kneeling on the floor, or sitting in a chair. Here are my measurements: approx 7/8 square tube legs approx 43 footprint diameter approx 42 min height
    Date published: 2017-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect The Matthews light stand was purchased to hold a 41 umbrella, an umbrella stand adapter, and a Nikon SB-800 flash. However, because the stand only has a 32 wide footprint, the off-centered weight of the large umbrella made the stand slightly prone to tipping, especially when fully extended. I'm still pleased with the stand's performance. However, in the future, I'll add weight to the stand's legs or use another Matthews stand with a wider footprint. Despite of this one issue, I give this stand a high rating because of the excellent build quality, brake style extension locks, and portable size.
    Date published: 2010-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very strong for the size This stand is a little bit pricey, but it is built like a tank. It is made from all metal. I have used it with a 10 pound set up which included an Octa box and it did just fine. I would be a little bit leery of using it with 10 pounds at full extension though. Note that you will definitely want to use sandbags with this no matter what light modifier you have attached, this is true especially because the footprint is not as wide as say, a regular 9 foot stand. of course, that smaller footprint is the reason that this stand is so packable, shrinking down to a mere 30 inches. I would recommend this stand for you Strobist guys who need to pack light but who occasionally use larger modifiers on location.
    Date published: 2013-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome for strobists I just purchased a couple of these stands from a local store. This stand is an ALL metal construction with brakes to lock the poles in instead of the less effective pinch clamps found on most stands. This is perfect for the strobist on the go since it's fairly light in weight and collapses to a 30 length for easy portability. This is definately a well built stand in my opinion.
    Date published: 2009-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solved a Thorny Problem... This tripod stand solved a little problem I had: How to mount two powered monitor speakers on a cross-bar, and still have the whole assembly end up low enough to hit the 'sweet spot' while I was sitting at my computer... Also, I needed the extra strength this unit had to support the extra weight... Well, this stand did the trick, and admirably...
    Date published: 2018-05-08
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    In the photos, it looks like the stud on top may ...

    In the photos, it looks like the stud on top may be permanently mounted. Is the stud removable?
    Asked by: rob
    The 5/8 baby pin/stud is part of the top riser and cannot be removed.
    Answered by: Matthews Expert
    Date published: 2019-01-30


    Would this work well for a Profoto B1X with say a 3 or 4 lb modifier attached? Do you think it would be OK with an arm so I can use for top / hollywood lighting?
    Asked by: F s.
    Should take the weight just fine, Iam not sure about the arm If the are is fully extended it might be too much weight.
    Answered by: Matthews Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Would these be sufficient to hold a Kino Flo Diva?
    Asked by: Cole J.
    Its too heavy for the light when you add the accessories I would a Lite Heavy
    Answered by: Matthews Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Would this work okay with the Profoto B1X + a large, 51 umbrella? I'm only asking because I have older stands rated to handle up to 8 lbs, but bow with a Flashpoint XPLOR 600 with a 36 octabox attached to it, so I'd like to avoid facing the same issue.
    Asked by: Michael C.
    The medium duty kit stand has a higher rating but if the light is not balanced you will have the same problem.
    Answered by: Matthews Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    whats the folded length? Smallest length.
    Asked by: kevin w.
    The folded length is exactly 30 inches.
    Answered by: CLIFFORD D.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does this really only weigh 3.5 lbs? Have to ask. Purchased from Matthews before and received stands 5-7 lbs heavier.
    Asked by: Mark
    Their are 3 versions B389787 3LB, B389788- 3.5 LB ANF B387485 - 8.5 LB
    Answered by: Matthews Expert
    Date published: 2019-04-03


    How thick is it folded up?
    Asked by: Mark
    3 DIA.
    Answered by: Matthews Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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