Successfully using a Manfrotto product table?

Started Jun 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Successfully using a Manfrotto product table?

Klaus dk wrote:

Ok, ebay is your friend, this is $140:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ST01L-Pro-Non-Reflective-Photo-Shooting-Table-40-X80-/110456657219?pt=US_Photography_Background_Material&hash=item19b7bad543

I'm not saying this is the same quality as the Manfrotto, just that sometimes one need not buy the best quality if a cheaper item is available which does the job.
It's not a shame to do things economically, right Ian?:

I don't know.. some things you buy and they're useful forever. Some things just fall apart or are a nuisance to use, even if they look like the real thing. You have to be careful not to mix up economical with just cheap. Using a standard sheet size platform is one of those things to be considered.. the Manfrotto accepts standard size sheet materials (including commercial backgrounds) and will just clamp them in place. That link you provided wouldn't support a standard sheet and there'd be no way to secure it - along with a host of other problems.

As Peter points out, the translucent surface isn't ideal for everything, other items it's perfect for - but you don't need to use it always translucent - you learn the capabilities from using them. Places that use these are pretty familiar with the capabilities and versatility of them - its a shame that the OP doesn't see these features already being exploited.

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