If you use off-camera flash, the C-Stand is the best way to keep it where you need it. But they’re heavy and are a pain to travel with because of their size. So if you’re photographing on location or just travelling a lot, you may be looking for the best light stand for that.
A full size light stand is sturdier if you can carry it, but recently we’ve settled on the Nomis Compact Travel Light Stand from Amazon. It’s small for travel at less than 50cm but opens up to over 2.2 meters tall. It weighs a little more than a kilo. An adaptor is included so you have the standard light stand spigot, a 3/8″ and 1/4″ connections; the three photography standards. A rubber tap is included which stops the stand causing damage in transit which is a useful and thoughtful addition.
They’re good value alternatives to branded travel light stands because they seem just as sturdy but aren’t as pricy. Attention to detail is good. They look like they’re a cut above cheap light stands. So we chose them. There’s not much more to say about light stands, so here are some photos;