Just bought some Alien bees and loking for advice on stands for them. I have a set of Flashpoint stands I use for my SB910 and other speedlights but they do not seem sturdy for use with the Alien Bees. Once I get the heads on a few diffusers I am thinking the small leg foot print will have my new lights falling over.
Anyone have any suggestions on good stands that will not break the bank? While I will use these in the studio mostly, I will not rule out needing something light weight that I can carry on location as well.
For reference I have the AB800 and AB1600, but about the same weight.
Have you considered the Paul Buff 13ft. Air Cushioned Stands? I have used them with WL X1600, X3200, and Einstein Flash units. All of them are heavier than an AB 1600. Though the non Air Cushioned stands are about $30.00 cheaper, the are well worth the premium. No pinched fingers or hands.
I use the heavy Avenger stands, which are fairly expensive. However, since you may use the lights on location, be sure that you use stands that are study enough to not blow over and damage your equipment. This, of course, is far more likely if you are using softboxes. You can, of course, weight down the lighter weight stands. Just be sure that you don't cost yourself more in breakage than you save on the stands.