Boom!

The Interfit Combo Boom Stand

I first saw this new Combo Boom Stand from Interfit Photographic at the WPPI trade show and was immediately intrigued. So much so that I ordered one as soon as I got home. And yesterday I got to use it on a location job where it really saved the day.

 The outside location. Lit by the skylight augmented by an Interfit S1 strobe with the standard 7-inch metal dish reflector.

The outside location. Lit by the skylight augmented by an Interfit S1 strobe with the standard 7-inch metal dish reflector.

Tall and sturdy
I had two setups to photograph at a law office. The first one was outside on a very windy day. The wide leg spread on this stand really helped keep the light in place along with the help of a sand bag. I was able to get my light up about 12 feet (the maximum height of the Combo Boom Stand is just about 13 feet). Because of the wind I opted for a 7” metal reflector on the Interfit S1 battery-powered strobe instead of a larger modifier that would have turned into a sail and blown away in the wind.

 Booming the light out over the table allowed me to get rid of the shadow on the left

Booming the light out over the table allowed me to get rid of the shadow on the left

The next set up was in a small conference room with a table in the middle that could not be moved out of the way. The four members of the team were going to be placed at the end of the table in front of a small alcove. With my light positioned next to the table it cast a strong and objectionable shadow into the alcove. I was able to quickly convert the light stand to a boom and position my light above the camera and above the conference table to get rid of the shadows. Again, I used a weight. This time to counterbalance the lamp head and umbrella. I cannot over emphasize the need to use the included weight bag (you supply the weights) on this or any other light stand and boom arm.

In addition to the boom arm capability, this stand has springs to cushion the 3 sections of the stand and it allows you to change the position of the light mount so it provides its own drop pin to position the lamp head so that it doesn’t twist on the end of the boom because of its weight. An additional feature is the knurled texture on the pin that gives the screw locks something to bite in on to hold the light in place better (see my previous post about modifying my Avenger boom arms to help prevent the light from twisting). The locking knobs and collars are generously sized and easy to turn.

 This tall light stand easily converts to a stand and boom arm

This tall light stand easily converts to a stand and boom arm

 Being able to let the light hang down keeps it from wanting to spin around the boom arm

Being able to let the light hang down keeps it from wanting to spin around the boom arm

 The repositionabe spigot has a heavily textured surface to help hold your light in place

The repositionabe spigot has a heavily textured surface to help hold your light in place

 Another option for positioning the spigot depending on your needs

Another option for positioning the spigot depending on your needs

All this comes at a very reasonable price tag of $99.99, and as an Interfit Creative Pro I can offer you a discount code for 10% off orders directly from Interfit by using the code CORNICELLO10 at the end of the checkout process. (This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my code.)

Now go out and light up your world!