MAXine.... First came MAX, and then MiniMAX; and now Matthews introduces MAXine to the image creating world!!! MAXine is the latest addition to the Matthews MAX series of lighting stands, a unique series that will carry the lighting fixture 'UP' and 'OUT,' away from the main, rear-supporting column and without a rear-protruding arm.
Smaller than its predecessors, and because it's manufactured from aluminum, MAXine weighs in at asvelte 13.5 lbs (6kg) and extends to a full horizontal length of 78" (198cm) at a height of 82" (208cm) with a maximum load of 10 lbs (4.5kg).
MAXine will reach a maximum height of 12'10" (393cm) and can operate 16" (40cm) below the horizontal.
MAXine is a quick and easy set up when you have to get a top, key or backlight onto the subject and the POV restricts the placement of lighting equipment.
MAXine's small footprint 28" (70cm) and unique patent pending triangle shape allows for placement in a corner. The fact that there are no rear protruding tubes means theat MAXine can be placed out of view, out of the way and almost flush against a wall.
MAXine works just as well in the studio as on location. If the light source is ballast driven, in many cases the weight of the ballast when hung from the center column is sufficient for counterbalance. We recommend a 3:1 weight ratio - counterbalance to fixture weights. MAXine comes complete with her own carrying bag.
Reviewed by 2 customers
One note on my sandbag hook: It does NOT come with the boom stand. I attached a Manfrotto background hook to a Manfrotto Super clamp and clamped it on the Matthews MAXine to accomodate the sandbag. Lowering the light at full extension can be a one man affair, but you have to use common sense. It is necessary to apply counter-pressure to the elbow while loosening the knob underneath it. Without counter-pressure, the light will fall.
Photographers and models agree. When you intend to suspend a high voltage, high dollar item over somebody's head, safety is paramount. It took me several weeks of research before I arrived at my solution, the Matthews MAXine light stand. Sure, it's expensive. It's not nearly as expensive as a trip to the emergency room with lights flashing on top of the paramedic van. As photographers, we take our choices, but our choices should not put our friends and colleagues at risk. With a sandbag to offset the weight, the MAXine will place an AlienBee twelve feet high, six and a half feet out, safely. It's built like a tank, but weighs only thirteen and a half pounds. If you gotta scrimp, do what I did. Go to [@]and buy a small backpack. Put a large ziplock bag in it and fill the bag with sand from a riverbank. Go cheap on sand bags, not on safety.