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Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m)

B&H # MA231CS Mfr # 231CS
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Product Highlights
  • Wheels Included

The Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm is a wheeled, single column stand that is perfect for studio use. It features a spring-loaded sliding arm that allows quick height adjustment of your light fixture from almost floor level to nearly the top-most of its 8' chromium steel column.

The 231CS has a leveling leg, which extends and locks, making the load more stable on uneven surfaces such as steps. This product is available with an aluminum column (#231) or with a black anodized aluminum column (#231B).

Quick Set Up
Sets up easily in the matter of seconds
Sliding Arm Supports
Features a unique sliding arm support that can be quickly adjusted with only one hand
Multiple Fixture Support
Several lights can be mounted on the same column stand
Removable Base
The fold-away base with locking wheels can be removed easily to facilitate storage or transport
Minimum Height 13.7" (34.8cm) - height of mounted light fixture
Maximum Height 8' (2.4 m)
Closed Length Not Applicable
Footprint Diameter 39.4" (100.1cm)
Weight 17.6 lbs (8kg)
Maximum Load 18 lbs (8.2kg)
Attachment Size 5/8" (1.6cm) stud with 1/4"-20 and 3/8" threadings
Accepts Wheels Yes- included
Air Cushioned No
Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m)
  • Set of 3 wheels
  • Hand grip release light mount
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m)
     
    4.7

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (14)
    • Reliable (12)
    • Consistent (7)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (12)
      • Portraits (12)
      • Artificial lighting (9)
      • Strobe lighting (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Bogen Chrome Steel Stand w/ Sliding Arm

      This stand is wonderful! It's so much sturdier than the typical light stand. I don't feel like someone can trip easily over the legs compared to a normal light stand. Because of the...Read complete review

      This stand is wonderful! It's so much sturdier than the typical light stand. I don't feel like someone can trip easily over the legs compared to a normal light stand. Because of the design of the legs, they run parallel with the floor and not up in the air. Another aspect of the leg design is, I can move this close to a wall in my small studio. Helps with my space issue. The stand also supports the weight of my equipment better. If I bump it, the whole thing doesn't tip over. I also like how whole unit is easy to move with the assist of wheels. The trigger handle is what sold me. I can bring my light box down to the floor with a squeeze of the trigger, or move it to the top of the stand. I would recommend this stand to anyone who owns a studio.

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      High hopes - slightly dashed

      Good if your not using anything too heavy, with 5' octo softbox, mount was sliding / rotating wouldn't keep horizontal lock. My setup is well under the max load rating and in my...Read complete review

      Good if your not using anything too heavy, with 5' octo softbox, mount was sliding / rotating wouldn't keep horizontal lock. My setup is well under the max load rating and in my situation I was not able to lock the head / softbox / octo into position it would rotate on pole on its own because i couldn't setup on center / square to subject. Great for everything else.

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      5.0

      Perfect for any studio

      By POSullivan

      from Downers Grove, IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting

        Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

        I can't believe I'm just now getting this. So easy to use, pack up and take with you. I've struggled in my studio space b/c it's tight, and when photographing little kids on the ground. This easily lets you bring your light all the way down to the ground and back up in seconds. Love it!

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        4.0

        Love it

        By clarity_tam

        from Texas

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

          Great stand for the price - I use this with a 7 foot Octobox, it supports it well and is very easy to move around. Looks very professional, and is easy to manipulate.

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          3.0

          Light duty only

          By ernest becker

          from earth

          About Me Pro Photographer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                Great except if you put an average 4'x6' softbox... this will overload the brake and the box will slide down unless you put a spring clamp or equivalent to stop the descent. Not impressed.

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                4.0

                Perfect for smaller studio

                By ttaleman

                from West-Central Illinois

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Low Profile Legs
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                  I love no longer having to work around light stand legs. The low profile is perfect for my small studio. My only complaint is that as usual, Manfrotto hasn't bothered with even basic assembly instructions. Not a major problem with this product. but i recently purchased their heavy boom. A mistake made with that could have serious consequences. Do better Manfrotto.

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding Studio Product

                  By haze

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Stable
                  • Well Built

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Studio light stand

                    Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                    This is a well constructed, sturdy product that saves time and effort in the studio. The wide base allows me to use large softboxes without the need for a sandbag. The sliding arm extends about 7 inches from the pole so tilting a large softbox isn't an issue. I bought one of these to see how I like it, and after just a couple weeks of use I plan on purchasing more. I will continue to use C-stands and regular light stands on location, but this will become my default studio light stand.

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                    3.0

                    High hopes - slightly dashed

                    By huser

                    from houston, tx

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                      Good if your not using anything too heavy, with 5' octo softbox, mount was sliding / rotating wouldn't keep horizontal lock. My setup is well under the max load rating and in my situation I was not able to lock the head / softbox / octo into position it would rotate on pole on its own because i couldn't setup on center / square to subject. Great for everything else.

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                      5.0

                      The Best!

                      By Yoyo

                      from Ontario, Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Mediumweightnot heavy
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                        The best light stand ever! Solid, rolls effortlessly, weighty enough base and pole it supports my jumbo soft box no problem. Just love how it keeps studio looking super organized and streamlined, would never buy a regular stand again and these are super portable too!

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                        5.0

                        nice

                        By cooks books

                        from Philla PA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography

                          Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                          heavy duty great stand quick to adjust and move around

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                          5.0

                          Love these column Stands with Wheels!

                          By Melissa

                          from Wichita, KS

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                            I have two of these that hold my Wescott T6's and I love these! Great for quickly moving lights around and very sturdy. Makes sessions much more seamless!

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                            5.0

                            Love these stands!

                            By Melissa

                            from Wichita, KS

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                              I live that I can quickly adjust my lighting during sessions! Makes sessions go more seamlessly.

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                              5.0

                              Fast adjustment for lighting.

                              By keithtrumbo

                              from NYC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                Perfect Studio light stand. Uses minimal room when folded up.

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                                5.0

                                Great Studi Stand Even for Large Lights

                                By Thomas

                                from Portland, ME

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Convenient
                                • Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Studio Lighting

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                  I use this stand for a 1200 ws Profoto monolight and a large Mola Euro reflector. It performs flawlessly and lets me put the light anywhere floor to ceiling in one motion. I replace all my other studio stands with these.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great product with good features!

                                  By Craigulator

                                  from NW Indiana

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                    This stand is 100% reliable and the tension on the sliding arm can be set based on specific needs. The legs are stout and the breakdown is simple, thought out and well engineered. This stand can be used for lights, gobos, grips and reflectors...

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                                    5.0

                                    Must Have

                                    By jthaney.com

                                    from Tulsa, OK

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                      Excellent piece of gear, a true "Must Have" for a studio, and the more, the merrier! I would recommend going ahead and getting a few of these, and also getting a few extra Manfrotto sliding arms to go with them!

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                                      5.0

                                      This is the 2nd one I own

                                      By Scooterjock

                                      from NYC

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                      • Mounting plug scars easy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Lighting anything
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting
                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                      This is a light stand that has many uses. I can put 7 lights on this stand and have used it in studio work and also to light a runway. This unit moves to wherever I need it and then can lock in place. The sliding arm makes mounting lights, brackets and extension as easy as possible. For what this unit costs, I don't see how more photographers don't have at least two of them.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Light Stand

                                      By Rusty

                                      from Dallas Fort Worth, TX

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Portable
                                      • Stable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                          Simply the best light stand I now own. The legs are wide and create a very stable platform. The height adjustment with the sliding arm is the easiest device I have ever used. If I had another use for all the stands that came with my lights, they would all get replaced with these.

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                                          5.0

                                          The best investment!

                                          By STUDIO ON3

                                          from Vermillion, South Dakota

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Reliable
                                          • Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Photography
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Strobe Lighting
                                            • Studio

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                            I bought this to get my light lower for shooting kids and newborns, but find i use it for everything in between and I now Hate my reg light stands and am replacing them with more of these stands. They are simply the best! the only con is they are not easily transportable but can be taken apart and moved but they are heavy. best used in a studio space.

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                                            5.0

                                            Awesome stand!!!

                                            By Andrea

                                            from Midwest

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Artificial Lighting
                                              • Photography
                                              • Portraits

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                              I bought two of these stands and will probably buy more in the future to replace all of my light stands. I love this stand! It's so simple to use, and the legs fold up easily for limited storage. I love how I can put my light all the way to the floor to do children photography and raise it up for bigger kids and grown ups! These were exactly what I was looking for and the price is great!

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                                              5.0

                                              Highly reccommend this one!

                                              By STUDIO ON3

                                              from VERMILLION, SD

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Reviewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent
                                              • Ease of use
                                              • Easy Setup
                                              • Professional
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Artificial Lighting
                                                • Photography
                                                • Portraits
                                                • Strobe Lighting

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                                I purchased this light stand because i needed to get my lights lower to the floor than a typical background stand would allow. I liked the idea of the grip handle for ease of use so i purchased this one and I can't say enough good about it!

                                                it's built solid, heavy enough to not be tippy at all. roll's around with ease, handle slides on the pole with ease and is also very sturdy.. exactly what you would expect from manfrotto.

                                                the base when opened is wide to prevent tipping, but the wheel legs fold up with ease and the stand can stand in a corner right up to the wall (with out a light on it of course)

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                                                5.0

                                                Great product!

                                                By Kim in Texas

                                                from South Texas

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Reliable
                                                • Stable

                                                Cons

                                                • Base takes up space

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Portraits

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 231CS Chrome Steel Column Stand with Sliding Arm - 8' (2.4m):

                                                Love having the ability to move my light around quickly. The base is a little on the large side, but is very stable.

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