I am looking to buy a sturdy boom pole for use with both a AT shotgun mic housed in a RODE blimp, and at other times a Lowell mini pro back light (around 2 lbs). This would be used for location shoots, so I need it to be relatively light and collapse down to around 40" or so.
I have tried the $100 manfrotto boom and it bends.
I was looking at the low end Gitzo carbon Fiber pole (around $200), but not sure if I should pull the trigger.
I want a pole that is rugged (can take a super clamp, if need be) and will not bend...at a price that won't kill me (hopefully around $200. I have been using the steel pole from my C stand, but do not like the weight of it when I am on location.