This is a quick review of the Impact Air Cushioned Heavy Duty 13’ Light Stand. As soon as I received this stand, I started using it in my studio. I thought it looked great and felt like it would be sturdy, but how would it hold up under actual use?
1) Product Specifications
Minimum Height – 44 in (112 cm)
Maximum Height – 13 ft (4 M)
Closed Length – 42 in (107 cm)
Footprint Diameter – 36 in (91 cm)
Leg Tip – 25mm
Weight – 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
Maximum Load – 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
Attachment Size – 5/8″ stud with 1/4″-20 threaded top
Accepts Wheels – Yes
Air Cushioned – Yes
Air cushioning protects equipment and fingers from injury due to forgetfulness.
Color – Black
2) Packaging and Field Use
This stand arrived in an unmarked cardboard box, but to be honest, a light stand doesn’t really need fancy packaging. Setup was just like any other light stand. There was no assembly required and it was ready to use as soon as it came out of the box.
In the studio, I used this stand with an Alien Bees head and a large softbox. Never at any time did it feel unstable, even when I raised the stand as high as I could go without touching the ceiling. I even bumped it a bit on purpose and felt safe that it wouldn’t tip over. To be safe, though, I’d typically use a sandbag to prevent my light stands from tipping over.
Once I was finished shooting and it came time to break everything down, I decided to test the stand’s air cushioning feature. As I was lowering the head and softbox, I momentarily let go of the section. Fortunately, the air cushioning kept it from crashing down and slowly lowered the stand, keeping my equipment safe. Each section of the stand is cushioned, so your equipment and fingers should always be safe. Of course, you’ll want to be sure to use caution and still be careful with your equipment, but the air cushioning is a nice safety feature to have in a light stand.
When working in a studio environment with expensive lighting equipment, sturdy light stands are a must. If your light stands are not sturdy, they could possibly tip over, damaging your equipment or, worse yet, injuring someone. The Impact Air Cushioned Heavy Duty Light Stand is not only sturdy, but also has the added protection of air cushioned sections. A light stand is one piece of studio equipment that should be well made. Fortunately, this stand does not force you to choose between quality and price. It is well made and relatively inexpensive.