The Fold Away Backlite Stand is a small but mighty stand that brings lighting fixtures or cameras from 3.5" (9cm) above the ground up to 3' (85cm) . The solid steel construction will support a hefty 33 lbs (15 Kg) and folds up in a jiffy for easy transport and storage. This stand is accompanied by the (Kupo KS-017) Universal Reversible Stud Adapter allowing you to mount lighting fixtures various grip equipment directly and cameras with the addition of the Kupo KS-CB01 camera platform.
I bought two of these stands for my travel kit, and I have used them a few times now. I use them with a medium-sized flash units (Yongnuo 460, 560, and Olympus FL-600) and 40 inch umbrellas. They are good travel stands, and even fit in my carry-on luggage. However, they are too flimsy for studio use. I may use them for kicker stands, but not for any of my studio lights or modifiers. My only complaint with the stands (and the reason that they lose a star) is that it is VERY difficult to sufficiently tighten the sections enough that the stands don't shorten themselves as I use them. I am always afraid that I am going to break the knobs or strip the screws before I can get the sections tight enough to not collapse.
I use a lot of speedlights when I am Mobil . The claw that comes with most speedlights won't work on uneven surfaces such as grass or gravel ect--- . This Kupo lo pro stand is perfect in most every situation where the ground is uneven ! It's a portable ,versatile and indispensable piece of my Mobil equipment . I've used my Paul C Buff Einstein on it with no problem also . There is nothing amateur about the Kupo backlite base stand . I highly recommend it to anyone who's ever tried to balance a Speedlight on uneven ground . You know what I mean ,when I say it makes a pro look amateurish fiddling or taping a light to something solid so you can get your shot. The Kupo takes a second to unfold and maybe 20 seconds to mount and position your light ! I'm sure I'll find other uses for it down the road ,but I sure feel confident knowing this is part of my kit. Consider this , you spend thousands on the right camera ,lenses and lights to capture brilliant pictures worthy of a professional ,so why not spend twenty three more dollars to make your job easier and look professional. Need I say more ?
I wanted a second travel light stand for my run and gun kit. I purchased the same style light stand by another brand ,and it’s good, but when I saw that Kupo had a similarly styled light stand I had to give it a go. I have a few other grip items from Kupo so I wanted to see if their quality would be just as good for this item. I’m not disappointed at all! For my purpose, this is will suit me just fine and I’m very happy with my purchase. If you’re looking for a light weight low profile light stand with a lot of options, consider getting this one.
I have a couple of Kupo c-stands and those are pretty solid. I got a good deal on them on sale and am satisfied with those. But this isn't anywhere near as well built. You really have to crank down the knobs for them to bear any weight. Even for light stuff, it tends to slip. The Matthews reverse stands are far, far better made. Even the Manfrotto reverse stands, which I bought because they're one of the smallest reverse stands so can fit into a backpack, seem to work better than these.
I also have a Manfrotto backlite base stand and the Kupo stand is, in my opinion, is much easier to use and seems to be more stable.
This stand is sturdy, easy to set up and does the job I need it to do. You can also use the Kupo 3/8 Feet-16 Threaded Mounting Plate with Baby 5/8 Feet with this stand to use for your camera with a tri-pod mount for down low to the ground shots. I would definitely buy another if needed.
Very lightweight. I bought two and stuffed them into a back pack for my LED lights on the go. They fold up pretty small. I added a tiny ball head so I can move them in different directions.
Compact and versatile. I wouldn’t put a heavy light on it, but it’s great for a reflector or speedlight.