Flashpoint Boom Arm Kit with Sand Bag - 2-Section Boom Arm extends to 54"

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About Flashpoint Boom Arm Kit

This boom arm kit mounts direactoy on any Lightstand with 5/8 top. Folds down to30". Will support small light units.

The Flashpoint Boom Arm Kit is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Flashpoint Boom Arm Kit is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Flashpoint Boom Arm Kit: Easy to use and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

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Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (4),Lightweight (4)
Best Uses:
General purpose (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Flashpoint Boom Arm Kit Reviews

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2.8

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

It works for me

I use it to hold a Flashpoint light over clay sculpture for studio shots. I had trouble with one screw and had to add a nut but for the price and my needs, it works great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Quality for Materials & Fit/Finish

Horrible quality. I've purchased hundreds of Photography items, and this is one of the worst. It would be worth $5. Pros: Sewing on the sandbag is straight. (But only single stitch, so use it for water bottles or prebag the sand in plastic bags, the material is amazingly light weight (flimsy), but should hold a few pounds). Sand bag hook is sufficient to hold a few pounds, easy to mount. The metal arm is sufficiently strong to hold a light weight flash. Paint job looks good. Shipped in Double...

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Horrible quality. I've purchased hundreds of Photography items, and this is one of the worst. It would be worth $5. Pros: Sewing on the sandbag is straight. (But only single stitch, so use it for water bottles or prebag the sand in plastic bags, the material is amazingly light weight (flimsy), but should hold a few pounds). Sand bag hook is sufficient to hold a few pounds, easy to mount. The metal arm is sufficiently strong to hold a light weight flash. Paint job looks good. Shipped in Double boxes from Adorama, well protected. Cons: Poor value, (even though it is cheap, it wasn't worth the money). Poor materials: The Grip Head Knuckle to mount to the light stand is thin weak plastic, that deformed and bent under the weight of an empty extended arm (before I even mounted a light). Poor fit and construction: The holes don't fit the Flashpoint stand (same brand), I needed to drill a hole deeper to fit the 1/4" thread on top of the stand, else the connection to the stand is wobbly. The 4 clamp holes don't fit the stand either, and are difficult to mount on the arm. Better cheaper options are available else where. (Identical Grip head Knuckle, but both ends of the arm have studs with 1/4" threads, so you don't need to buy expensive adapters to mount to a flash). Poor design: Knuckle has radiating groves, that could have been used to hold the arm at any angle, but instead they use a smooth metal and rubber washer for the friction. It doesn't hold well. The screw that holds onto the stand stud fits into a threaded metal nut that was pressed into the plastic (nice concept), unfortunately the threaded nut pops out when you apply even a small amount of pressure while tightening the bolt. I recommend you do NOT buy this; it is unfit for any purpose, not even good for a light weight flash. The only reason it gets 2 stars instead of 1, is because I can reuse the sand bag on another arm, and it is serviceable for lite use after drilling a deeper hole.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
1.0

Junk

By

from chattanooga, TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

When you tighten down the handle the nut pulls right out! It will never hold again...total waste of my money. Do not buy this junk

 
3.0

Very light weight

By

from Arizona  -  Pro Photographer

It is a very light weight aluminum boom arm that will hold most lights. The only thing that makes the boom not sturdy is the plastic attachment that goes on to any standard light stand. If this attachment was made of metal or a more firm thermoset plastic it would be a very economic and often used piece of equipment. If your light doesn't weight more than 30 oz this would work for you.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Broken after one use!

By

from New York, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I used this product with an FP-S6 light stand and FPBF120 budget strobe and sand bags. The first use was excellent and fit my needs. I attempted to used it again and when turning the screw that holds the boom arm in place on the light stand, the circular gold screw housing came out of the plastic piece that attaches to the light stand. The gold screw housing will not go back into place and stay. Therefore I can never use this boom arm again.

 
4.0

Solved my problem

By

from Austin, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

Needed a boom arm. This is a perfectly fine boom arm with the details necessary to solve the problem of correctly positioning a typical beauty dish and mid-weight flash head. I wouldn't expect it to last under very aggressive travel and setup/breakdown cycles, but if I treat it gently, it should work just fine. Mounts as expected. Added sand in zip lock bags to the the included saddle bag weight, and it attached just fine.

 
5.0

2- Section Boom Arm has many uses.

By

from St. Clair Shores, MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have a small in-home studio and purchased the Flashpoint 2- section boom kits mainly to hold props and refelction flats. I purchased a bulk container of metal BB's for the counter weights. With a limited ceiling height, I probably won't use the boom for lighting. The unit seems to be made with some thought and is strydt abd very good quality. The price was reasonable and well work the investment. I would say it is an item I would recomment to anyone in need of holding a small light or other photographic uses as I do here..Super Product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It works for me

By

from Dallas  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use it to hold a Flashpoint light over clay sculpture for studio shots. I had trouble with one screw and had to add a nut but for the price and my needs, it works great.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Poor Quality for Materials & Fit/Finish

By

from Silicon Valley, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Horrible quality. I've purchased hundreds of Photography items, and this is one of the worst. It would be worth $5. Pros: Sewing on the sandbag is straight. (But only single stitch, so use it for water bottles or prebag the sand in plastic bags, the material is amazingly light weight (flimsy), but should hold a few pounds). Sand bag hook is sufficient to hold a few pounds, easy to mount. The metal arm is sufficiently strong to hold a light weight flash. Paint job looks good. Shipped in Double boxes from Adorama, well protected. Cons: Poor value, (even though it is cheap, it wasn't worth the money). Poor materials: The Grip Head Knuckle to mount to the light stand is thin weak plastic, that deformed and bent under the weight of an empty extended arm (before I even mounted a light). Poor fit and construction: The holes don't fit the Flashpoint stand (same brand), I needed to drill a hole deeper to fit the 1/4" thread on top of the stand, else the connection to the stand is wobbly. The 4 clamp holes don't fit the stand either, and are difficult to mount on the arm. Better cheaper options are available else where. (Identical Grip head Knuckle, but both ends of the arm have studs with 1/4" threads, so you don't need to buy expensive adapters to mount to a flash). Poor design: Knuckle has radiating groves, that could have been used to hold the arm at any angle, but instead they use a smooth metal and rubber washer for the friction. It doesn't hold well. The screw that holds onto the stand stud fits into a threaded metal nut that was pressed into the plastic (nice concept), unfortunately the threaded nut pops out when you apply even a small amount of pressure while tightening the bolt. I recommend you do NOT buy this; it is unfit for any purpose, not even good for a light weight flash. The only reason it gets 2 stars instead of 1, is because I can reuse the sand bag on another arm, and it is serviceable for lite use after drilling a deeper hole.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Works but could use improvement

By

from Texas  -  Pro Photographer

Overall premise of this piece of gear is fine if you have really lightweight mono heads like the Budget Flash 160 and the small soft boxes that go with it, but to hold a beauty dish and a head...forget about it. I am going to use this with Flashpoint multi, double clips to hold foam cor bounce cards or black cards where I need them. I think the knuckle where the stud's go in is too short...needs more insertion to remain stable. But it holds...just not heavy gear hence my foam cor/multi clip use only. Hope this helps.

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Shopper  I recently bought this model and the boom arm doesn't sit securely within the grip head. There's play back and forth (from left to right) even after the knuckle is completely tightened which allows the boom arm to slide. Has anyone else experienced this? Wanting to know if I got a defective unit or if this is normal with all of them.
Michael G  No, mine does not do that. However you may want to loosen it and pull it out entirely and insert it into the other hole that is similar in size but slightly smaller. That's your problem and it can be solved easily.
First Name L  What's the weight capacity on this unit?
Michael G  I would say less than 7 lbs. at a 90º angle. Add more as the straighter up it goes. The arm should not be fully extended with 5lbs...as it is not designed that well. You'd need to pull it back about 2-3 inches to be more secure.
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