Converting Light Stands to Mic Stands. Ben?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by grant, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. grant

    grant Active Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    Ben, you in particular I've seen mention that you use tall light stands for microphone stands. I want to do that as well--but not before I know how to adapt the 5/8" threads to 5/8"-27 (standard) microphone stand threads. How do you do it?

  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    I am not Ben but....

    There are adapters that you can purchase or sometimes they come with microphones that adapt the 3/8-16 thread to the 5/8-27 threads that you need for your microphone clips.

    I have a small lathe and have made some adapters for myself for the light stands that do not have any threads on them. I just picked up two really really nice BOGEN light stands for $9.99 each at the local industrial surplus store and they had 1/4-20 threads on them plus an adapter that was very very nice for tilting the heads.

    There are lots of places that have very neat clamps for microphones that also have stand adapters. This is one place
    and also these can come in very handy

    and I use these people

    This is a good idea

    and look here on this page
    Stand fitting w/ 3/8>5/8 adapter also has some nice items as well

    Novel and cheap

    The standard thread size for music mic stands is 5/8-27.
    The standard thread size for fishpoles and most shockmounts (for film/TV) is 3/8-16. Note that this is also the standard thread size for professional camera mounting.
    The old Hollywood thread size for studio booms and fishpoles was 5/16-18. This size is no longer used on currently manufactured equipment, but may still be found on some older poles and shockmount handles.
    The standard thread size for amateur video and 35mm still photography is 1/4-20.
  3. grant

    grant Active Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    Ahhh. So what you're saying is that the handfuls of female 3/8" to male 5/8 27 adapters that I have (from various microphone purchases) have the same thread as the 3/8" threads in the photo industry? If so, I would have all the adapters I need. That would be fantastic.

    Thanks for the excellent info.
  4. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Yup... I either use the little screw on adapters to get to the 3/8" thread or Bogen/Manfroto makes a attachment that goes over the top of a light stand and ends in a 3/8" thread.


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