Spoiler Alert: I Love This Stand
I’m just going to start by saying, the CheetahStand c12 is the absolute best stand I’ve ever owned. I think everyone should own at least twelve. I’m a guy with a bunch of hats. Not actual hats, jobs. I’m pretty sure you got that, but you really can’t ever be too sure.
Anyway, as wedding photography being my primary occupation along with running Activate Worship, working for LIVINGWAY, and being a videographer on the side, my life can be a little hectic. I really do good if I remember to bring everything I need to a session. The one thing that remains consistent despite the camera body, lens, or lighting of choice for that day… this stand.
I learned about CheetahStand about a year or two ago and my life hasn’t been the same since. CheetahStand has a very distinct takeaway that most stands just don’t have. Legs that fold and unfold when you lift. It seems simple, right? That’s because it is. You wouldn’t believe the time it saves me during a wedding day. I use a two-flash setup for lighting weddings and I always use this stand for one of the lights. The other stand is a CheetahStand C8. The build quality is alot lighter which is great and all but not stable. I actually permanently ruined a Canon ex580ii Speedlight due to one crashing to the ground once. the C12 on the other hand has been a massive tank of a build that has seen crazy wind, swarms of family members, and the occasional dancing shot gone wrong.
I’ve recently been using this stand for things other than lighting. Due to the massive build quality and the enhanced mounting tech from the smaller versions, I’m actually able to remove the built-in spigot and place a series of cheap parts and stands I had to make a monstrous boom mic pole. This thing holds a crazy amount of weight and even more when I sandbag it in my home studio.
Specifications: (from CheetahStand)
- Working Height: 44in to 141in
- Maximum Load: 15lb
- Weight: 7lb
- Stud Size: 1/4-20, 3/8 reversable
- Footprint: 44in diameter
- Storage Length: 43in
This stand comes with a ton of hacks but WILL NOT fit properly in my Jeep Patriot, which is a big downside. Switching vehicles has really put a damper on using this stand, but I always seem to find a way to make it work. The CheetahStand C12 is a must have in any studio or run & gun situation. I have really grown to love this company and their products. I’m really anxious to try out some of their softboxes but seeing how my gear closet has been growing rapidly lately, I’ll have to wait a little longer. Plus, I’m basically married to those cheap white umbrellas you can get on Amazon.
Go. Get. A. CheetahStand. (the C12)