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Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m)

B&H # MA231B Mfr # 231B
You Pay: $259.99

The Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm is a black anodized aluminum, 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 231 has a leveling leg, which extends and locks, making the load more stable on uneven surfaces such as steps. This product is available with a brushed aluminum finish (#231) or with a chrome steel column, (231CS).

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" (34.8 cm) - height of mounted light fixture
Maximum Height 8' (2.4 m)
Closed Length Not Applicable
Footprint Diameter 39.4" (100.1 cm)
Weight ~17 lbs (7.7 kg)
Maximum Load 18 lbs (8.2 kg)
Attachment Size 5/8" (1.6 cm) stud with 1/4"-20 and 3/8" threadings
Accepts Wheels Yes- included
Air Cushioned No
Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m)
  • Set of 3 wheels
  • Hand grip release light mount
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m)
     
    4.6

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (16)
    • Long-lasting (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Attach securely (3)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (10)
      • Indoors (8)
      • Studio (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (4), Professional (3)

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      5.0

      Unique stand, efficient operation.

      By Ernesto

      from Tampa Bay, Fl.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

        Bought it after reading these very reviews. Sure it cost way more then a heavy duty nine foot normal leg stand. Wheels with full lock function, unique release handle makes adjustment a pleasure, minimal obstruction design, folding base, removal of upper section is easy with a Allen key. Putting together a home studio, purchasing quality, well built and designed items so I do not have regrets.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great, Flexible Stand

        By cavatappi

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

          I love how high or low this stand allows me to get the light. And, the position can be changed quickly, without a lot of fuss. Like someone else who reviewed this item, the pole was too long for my home studio. I cut it down to size with a hack saw. Once cut, I was able to pop out the end cap from the excess stubby piece. I put it back into pole, and it fits just great. I love, too, how this stand easily rolls and is quite stable, even when my Elinchrom monolight and softbox are mounted. Highly recommended.

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          5.0

          Awesome Product Manfrotto

          By Gonzales Photography

          from Las Cruces, NM

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

            This stand is something I had been wanting for sometime now. I was able to use a different manufactures stand that is very similar at the After Dark Conventions I have attended the last 2 years. I really like that fact that I can angle my huge 4x6 softbox and it does not fall over. The ease in the operation of the height adjustment is great and the fact that it has wheels is even better. Before this lightstand I became very lazy to move my main light for different patterns and to flatter a certain pose or side of a clients face. With this light I find myself moving it all of the time to flatter my clients. Great job and from my favorite company Manfrotto.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Fantastic!

            By JBearr

            from Ottawa, Canada

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

              Great stand! Love how the sliding arm makes changing the height of the light so effortless. You can position your light very high or very low to the ground (unlike traditional light stands).

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice STUDIO Stand

              By K2luvs

              from Haddonfield, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Stuido

              Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

              rating 5 stars because it is a great STUIDO stand. I thought it would be more portable, but it is heavy and a little bulky. Some day when I have a stuidio, I will love it.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Just what I needed

              By JohnC

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Flexibility

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

              I had been looking for a light stand solution that allowed quick changes in the height of the light. I saw this, but was first concerned about the height as I work in a space with low ceilings. I checked it out and figured out I could hack-saw off about two inches to make it work. I did, and now it is perfect for my needs. Rise and fall is smooth. Having the wheels is a plus. Happy with the purchase.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Stand

              By Bgbm in Clermont

              from Clermont,FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                  Am using 2 stands for the Westcott TD6 lights, works great. It adjust the lights very easily & holds the weight of the lights with no problem.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding Studio Light Stand

                  By PMPhotoguy

                  from Dallas Texas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Portrait work

                    Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                    This stand is extremely sturdy and capable of supporting large light modifiers. The ability to drop your light all the way to floor level makes this a must for the portrait photographer.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    What I have been looking for

                    By Ken Drake

                    from Brisbane Australia

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Quick adjusting
                    • Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Studio light stand

                      Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                      The sales guys at BH put me onto this, I have needed a quick adjusting light stand for the studio, and this fits the bill perfectly. Usual great Manfrotto quality, it adjusts quickly and takes a fair weight. I've only had it a week and already I'm wondering how I managed without it! Manfrotto gear is definately worth the extra $s, its top quality and lasts and lasts. I've had other Manfrotto light stands for 5 years and they really hold up to the rigurs of daily professional use well

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Very good stand for studio work

                      By Ryuji @ Beaupix Studio

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Fashion
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio lighting

                      Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                      Very easy to use and convenient light stand for studio work. The vertical column is hollow and rather thin, so don't hit it with anything heavy, and don't use super clamp or anything. Just use the extra slider arm when needed. But it's a good studio light stand. Sturdy enough for Elinchro Octa 74.

                      One advantage of this stand is that you can place the light very low, for kicker light for full length or for little children's portraits.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great stand

                      By bijouxlover

                      from south florida

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                        Love this stand. I bought it for use with a TD5 spiderlite & narrow profile softbox. It moves smoothly and enables me to drop the light very low to the floor for infant photos.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        231B Stand W/ sliding arm

                        By Sandy

                        from Iowa

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Studio

                          Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                          The sliding arm works easily and gets low to the floor, especially nice for laying poses & children. It does have a broad leg base for positioning on the floor. This leg base does keep the stand balanced for light equipment.

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                          4.0

                          I would definitely purchase this product

                          By Debbie

                          from Morgantown, WV

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Studio

                            Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                            I love the sturdiness of this light stand as well as the fluid movement of the sliding arm. The only problem I have had with it is the extension pole is a bit too long for my ceiling height in my studio, even on location at a school for dance images, the clearance was minimal. It is really the answer for my studio needs in being able to quickly and smoothly adjust the heights for optimal lighting.

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                            5.0

                            Great light stand

                            By Foto Fun

                            from FT Worth, TX

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

                              Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                              I tried one for my key light, and added 3 more for everything but back ground light. I can reposition lights in a flash now.

                              And, in the studio, time is money.

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                              5.0

                              what a stand!!

                              By yahusa

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                              • NONE

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                              this is the perfect stand for many situation.

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                              4.0

                              makes moving your lighting a breeze!

                              By moments caught

                              from Philadelphia, Pa

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Convenient
                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors

                                Comments about Manfrotto 231B Column Stand with Sliding Arm (Black) - 8' (2.4m):

                                I finally found a product that makes moving my lights easy while still feeling that it's secure. Top quality, strong enough for heavy lighting set ups. The arm moves up and down effortlessly, and the wheels glide along the floor. When your in the middle of a shoot and you need to move your lights this can make all the difference.

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