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ImpactVaridrive with Black Chain
 
4.7

(based on 67 reviews)

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    (50)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches securely (34)
  • Durable (29)
  • Lightweight (22)
  • Good color value (9)
  • Long-lasting (5)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (31)
  • Portraits (25)
  • General purpose (17)
  • Studio (4)
  • Multiple backgrounds (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (28), Semi-pro photographer (13), Photography student (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (44)

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

 

Works well, kinda pricey for all plastic

Product works well but I wish it came with aluminum chains or something a little more durable and professional looking.

Other than that, it works nicely. Just wish it was a...Read complete review

Product works well but I wish it came with aluminum chains or something a little more durable and professional looking.

Other than that, it works nicely. Just wish it was a bit cheaper for all the plastic.

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5.0

Work fine. Reasonably priced.

By Oleksandr

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Varidrive with Black Chain:

Work fine. Reasonably priced.

 
5.0

Great product

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Varidrive with Red Chain:

Love using this product. Simple setup, takes a couple minutes and you're ready to use.

 
3.0

Poor Quality Control

By Earl

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

The threaded rod on one side was not threaded as long as the other side thus preventing it from being tightened to hold inside the paper roll.  I was able to reverse the knob on that side and it works OK.  But this is a pretty bad QC error by the manufacturer.

 
5.0

works like a charm

By greenscreener

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Varidrive with Black Chain:

Easy to install and well designed. A must have if you choose to use rolls of background!

 
5.0

Great product, at a great price point

By Garibay Photography

from El Paso, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

You don't need to buy a big name set! this will do the job just as good

 
5.0

Great product, at a great price

By Garibay Photography

from El Paso, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Varidrive with Red Chain:

You don't need to buy a big name set! this will do the job just as good

 
5.0

Must Have!

By Cora

from Ky

Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

A must have for your paper backdrops! So easy to use!

 
3.0

not that great

By dweiher

from oklahoma

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Comments about Varidrive with Black Chain:

seemed sturdy out of packaging, but doesn't seem strong enough to support 3 rolls of paper. looks flimsy and poles sag when paper is put on. We will see!

 
4.0

So Far So Good

By BDRM

from Sherman Oaks, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

EZ to set up. Just started using. Doesn't appear to have a break mechanism to stop paper roll from completely unraveling. Otherwise I'd give it 5 stars. Made impromtu break that works well.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
3.0

Great for paper, not so much for vinyl

By Switch Up Media

from Lincoln, NE

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Indoors

Comments about Varidrive with Black Chain:

Make sure you know the weight of the rolls you're trying to use this system with. We tried to make them work for some heavy vinyl and it was a no go. The chain is super cheap so make sure you get the metal one sold separately.

 
5.0

Easy to use and assemble

By Trish

from South Bend, IN

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors

    Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

    Love that it is easy to assemble and makes it easy to pull the seamless paper rolls down and retract.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Práctico

    By M.Mata

    from CR

    Comments about Varidrive with Black Chain:

    El set completo de varipole con todos sus accesorios hacen que pueda equipar mi nuevo Estudio fotográfico de una manera fácil, es práctico para instalar y de excelente calidad. Se los recomiendo.

     
    5.0

    Facil de usar

    By M.Mata

    from CR

    Comments about Varidrive with Red Chain:

    El set completo de varipole con todos sus accesorios hacen que pueda equipar mi nuevo Estudio fotográfico de una manera fácil, es práctico para instalar y de excelente calidad. Se los recomiendo.

     
    5.0

    Facil de instalar

    By M.Mata

    from CR

    Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

    El set completo de varipole con todos sus accesorios hacen que pueda equipar mi nuevo Estudio fotográfico de una manera fácil, es práctico para instalar y de excelente calidad. Se los recomiendo.

     
    5.0

    Good enough!

    By Sean

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors

      Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

      Good combo including 3 varidrive set and hooks!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      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 Varidrive with Black Chain:

        Good combo including 3 varidrive set and hooks!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great For Rolling up Seamless Paper

        By Gene

        from Conway, SC

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

          Rolling Up Seamless Paper
          Lightweight
          Nothing Yet

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great For Rolling up Seamless Paper

          By Gene

          from Gene Berkenbile Photography

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

            Rolling Up Seamless Paper
            Lightweight
            Nothing Yet

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Great Value

            By BrandonD

            from Vancouver

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Varidrive with Gray Chain:

            Great bang for your buck. The only thing is that the chain is plastic, Its not the best quality. But for the price, you can't really complain.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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 Varidrive with Black Chain:

            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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