Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3"

Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3"

Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3"

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Impact 3045 overview

  • 1Description

This Impact Mini Boom Arm is an aluminum lightweight boom arm with a 1 lb counterweight and swivel handle light stand mount. It can hold a small light fixture.

UPC: 847628012059
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Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3"
  • Swivel mount
  • Counterweight
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    • 1Description

    Impact 3045 specs

    Extended Length 5.3 ft (1.6 m)
    Closed Length 35" (89 cm)
    Weight 2.25 lb (1.1 kg)
    Maximum Load 1.75 lb (.8 kg)
    Attachment Size 5/8 in male stud with 1/4-20 in screw thread
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 36.0 x 8.0 x 3.5"

    Impact 3045 reviews

    Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3" is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 139.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for tabletop product shots I shoot a lot of Indian arts & crafts items for a friend. This mini boom arm allows me to mount two flash units and a large umbrella over the subject and still have room to remove and replace products without bumping into individual light stands. It is not intended to hold larger, heavier lights, or reach out long distances. Used within its structural limits, it works just fine. I just finished a couple of days shooting with it and couldn't be more pleased. A sandbag might be needed for extra balance with heavier lights, but it handles two on camera flash units and an umbrella just fine. Make sure all joints are tightened securely before walking away from your setup.
    Date published: 2014-10-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good buy, does what it should I bought this to support a small 312A led I use for a hair light. The item is more than sturdy enough to do this job. It extends to quite a decent length; this actually translates to height since I have it set up on about a 30 degree angle. This means the further you extend it, the more height you get, so you don't have to have a 10' light stand. Speaking of, this thing is of better quality than the inexpensive 6' Impact light stand I use it with. The only negative I see so far is a small one: sometimes the teeth don't line up perfectly, but that's not an issue. Simply loosen, adjust, and re-tighten. I'd buy it again.
    Date published: 2016-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's....a mini boom arm. I bought this to add some reach to a 6' light stand I've got. Great for lighting small things from directly overhead, or casting light (almost overhead) on people w/o the stand getting in the frame. It can't hold too much weight as the heavier the item you put on it, the further back the counterweight has to be, thus limiting the extendable length of the boom. Perfect for speedlites and such. While the part that clamps to your stand is plastic, it seems MORE than robust enough to handle anything you'd normally put on the boom arm. I just wish that only one side of the clamp would loosen at a time, but that's just a minor issue.
    Date published: 2015-07-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from does what a needs to, but for how long.. I bought this to hold a mic overhead when doing interviews. It fits my need perfectly. I would not trust this to hold anything more than a mic, or tiny light. My mic makes this boom bend slightly when it is extended at full length and looks as if it going to break, but it doesn't. The swivel handle works as it should, but it is sometimes a little awkward to attach to a stand because the tightening handles adjust the tightness on the boom, attached stand, and swivel head all at once. I think this is a good deal for the money, and glad a I bought it because it is light and easy for me to carry around with the rest of my equipment.
    Date published: 2014-03-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Enough for Speedlite Use. I needed a boom to carry one speedlite and a modifier (an umbrella at least) so this one fitted perfectly for my purpose aside from the fact that it's priced reasonably. It carried my 580EX II attached with a 28x28 Westcott Apollo softbox for the entire duration of a photoshoot (about 3 hours) without problem. I'm only worried that its plastic grips, especially the one that attaches to the light stand shaft, will not last for very long. I wish it was made of a more durable material. The boom shaft itself is rather thin but it felt strong enough.
    Date published: 2011-07-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Useful, with limitations When they say, holds a small light fixture believe that. Out of the box the 1 lb counterweight doesn't really let you put too much on it. A shoe mount strobe, and an adapter for the stud, you're done. Adding a small (33 shoot thru) umbrella and the balance becomes precarious at any kind of extension; and extension's kind of the point of a boom, right? Now, add a bit more mass (say a camera bag) to the counterweight side and it becomes a whole other animal. It'll then hold a 285, an umbrella adapter, and a decent sized (45) umbrella fine. And the pole itself never seems to have a problem with additional weight, even extended. So, depending on your POV, either a)the counterweight is too small, or b)it's highly portable, with just enough counter weight for a small fixture, and a sturdy enough construction that adding more weight isn't an issue when/if you need to go larger. The swivel clamp is kind of fidgety, and is too large to securely clamp onto the upper section of any of the 3 section lightstands I own, and that also limits it's usefulness, because I often have to extend when I could just elevate. Bottom line is, it's fine for portable and occasional use, but if you need a real boom you might want to look elsewhere.
    Date published: 2008-05-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works for me! As a commercial photographer I shoot an awful lot of product both big and small. I mainly use the mini boom arm to hold a Vivitar 283 flash and Micro Apollo as an overhead light when shooting small products. For this task the Mini Boom Arm works great. It is not made to hold too much weight (a couple pounds I believe), and if you realize that limitation going in, and taylor it's use accordingly, you should have no problems. I wanted to give it five stars, but I wish the extension shaft locks would grip a little tighter.
    Date published: 2008-05-08
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fragile!! I have to return this boom arm. I can't use it on set with confidence for the safety of people under it. I was planning on using a small 1lbs LED light with it. I tested it out in my house for a couple of days before the shoot. I couldn't get the full boom with out watching the arm begin to bend. I ended up just using a 40 grip arm to do the job.
    Date published: 2016-07-01
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