Over the years, I’ve invested in many ways to hold lighting equipment, but recently I found a light stand that seems to get very little attention. The K&F Concept Heavy Duty Light Stand.
Now the name a little misleading. This light stand is more of a sturdy travel light stand, and you should use it accordingly.
Getting past that, let’s look at what makes this light stand unique. Unlike traditional light stands, the K&F heavy-duty stand is based on a tripod concept. This gives it a few advantages.
Firstly the size. Fully folded, it’s only 59cm and weighs just 1.5kg. This feature makes it easy to travel with, using a supplied bag or a tripod mount on a camera bag.
Secondly, as you can see above, the legs can fold up on themself to save space. But just like most tripods, you can set them to three different angles.
This allows the light stand to take up very little floor space when working in tight conditions. While almost going flat to the ground for extra support.
The legs don’t follow the standard light stand structure with the triangle support. This means that you can place them close together.
This makes using many of them a joy in confined space, whereas traditional light stands might not fit or the legs get in the way.
Another feature borrowed from their tripod range is the weight hook on the bottom.
To my surprise, you can remove the hook and reveal a 3/4 screw fitting allowing me to add a lighting spigot.
This opens up lots of options, like adding a Godox Ad600 onto the bottom of the light stand so you can run an extension head to the top.
The rest of the light stand is a little different too. Most light stands have a handle to screw and unscrew to tighten each shaft in place. The K&F Concept lights stand uses quick release clips, as you can see here.
For something as basic as a light stand, it’s nice to see K&F concept break away from the traditional design and create something unique.
The aluminum-magnesium alloy construction is also a bonus. Particularly in this price range of around $49
My one wish, though, is that the stand had one leg with adjustable length. It’s an easy way to allow the light stand to work on uneven surfaces. As this light stand shares the same leg connection as their tripods, this could be a nice DIY project at a later date.