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Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3"

B&H # IMMBA2 Mfr # 3045
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You Pay: $32.95

This Impact Mini Boom Arm is an aluminum lightweight boom arm with a 1 lb counterweight and swivel handle light stand mount. It can hold a small light fixture.

Extended Length 5.3 ft (1.6 m)
Closed Length 35" (89 cm)
Weight 2.25 lb (1.1 kg)
Maximum Load 1.75 lb (.8 kg)
Attachment Size 5/8 in male stud with 1/4-20 in screw thread
Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3"
  • Swivel mount
  • Counterweight
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    ImpactMini Boom Arm - 5' 3"
     
    4.1

    (based on 76 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (32)
    • Durable (18)
    • Easy to set up (15)
    • Reliable (10)
    • Attaches securely (9)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (6)
    • Not durable (3)
    • Weak (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (28)
    • Indoors (16)
    • General purpose (15)
    • Photography (14)
    • Artificial lighting (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (14), Enthusiast (6), Casual photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (42)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works for me!

    As a commercial photographer I shoot an awful lot of product both big and small. I mainly use the mini boom arm to hold a Vivitar 283 flash and Micro Apollo as an overhead...Read complete review

    As a commercial photographer I shoot an awful lot of product both big and small. I mainly use the mini boom arm to hold a Vivitar 283 flash and Micro Apollo as an overhead light when shooting small products. For this task the Mini Boom Arm works great. It is not made to hold too much weight (a couple pounds I believe), and if you realize that limitation going in, and taylor it's use accordingly, you should have no problems. I wanted to give it five stars, but I wish the extension shaft locks would grip a little tighter.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Useful, with limitations

    When they say, "holds a small light fixture" believe that. Out of the box the 1 lb counterweight doesn't really let you put too much on it. A shoe mount...Read complete review

    When they say, "holds a small light fixture" believe that. Out of the box the 1 lb counterweight doesn't really let you put too much on it. A shoe mount strobe, and an adapter for the stud, you're done. Adding a small (33" shoot thru) umbrella and the balance becomes precarious at any kind of extension; and extension's kind of the point of a boom, right? Now, add a bit more mass (say a camera bag) to the counterweight side and it becomes a whole other animal. It'll then hold a 285, an umbrella adapter, and a decent sized (45") umbrella fine. And the pole itself never seems to have a problem with additional weight, even extended. So, depending on your POV, either a)the counterweight is too small, or b)it's highly portable, with just enough counter weight for a small fixture, and a sturdy enough construction that adding more weight isn't an issue when/if you need to go larger.

    The swivel clamp is kind of fidgety, and is too large to securely clamp onto the upper section of any of the 3 section lightstands I own, and that also limits it's usefulness, because I often have to extend when I could just elevate.

    Bottom line is, it's fine for portable and occasional use, but if you need a real boom you might want to look elsewhere.

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    5.0

    amazing for the price

    By Aaron G

    from WW, WA, USA

    Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

    I wouldn't put too much weight on it but it's great for lightweight applications

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    5.0

    I wish I had bought this sooner

    By Bill Zebub

    from Clifton, N.J.

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

        Sometimes it's easier to use a boom stand instead of having a boom operator, especially for static stos in which the microphone doesn't need to do much manuevering

        I made the mistake of buying a cheaper all-in-one stand. It had no counterweight, so sometimes the stand would crash, and the boom rotated occasionally.

        Although this is affordably priced, it's not cheap. It does the job, and it does so reliably..

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        5.0

        Excellent boom for the money

        By Dan

        from Dallas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

          I was worried that the aluminum that this boom is constructed from would be an inferior metal, but it is quite the opposite. Also the balance is quite good.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent transaction

          By Thomas

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

            Exactly as advertised. Note that clips are not included. Put to use immediately to hold reflectors/diffusers.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good Quality

            By Eric

            from South Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Counterweight Too Light

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

            I'm using this with the Interfit COR750 7.5' air-cushioned light stand. The swivel mount has two different size holes for mounting to different diameter poles. I mounted an Interfit EX150 MKIII monolight with a soft box (for the extra weight to test its strength) to this boom arm and it held the weight just fine, with an additional sand bag weight as the included counter weight is not enough to hold a moonlight. The arm did not bend so I feel comfortable that it will hold the moonlight with no issues as long as extra counter weights are used.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great value

            By plandi

            from Wilton,CT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors

              Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

              Easy to set up, works like a charm.

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              • No

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              5.0

              It is a boom arm...

              By MinAZ

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors

                Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                It is a metal rod with attachments... a boom arm. It isn't very interesting but will do what you want it to.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Impact Mini Boom Arm

                By mmmtanji

                from Hawaii

                Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                Great Boom arm to use for lights and a really good price.

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                3.0

                does what a needs to, but for how long..

                By milo

                from brooklyn, ny

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                  I bought this to hold a mic overhead when doing interviews. It fits my need perfectly. I would not trust this to hold anything more than a mic, or tiny light. My mic makes this boom bend slightly when it is extended at full length and looks as if it going to break, but it doesn't. The swivel handle works as it should, but it is sometimes a little awkward to attach to a stand because the tightening handles adjust the tightness on the boom, attached stand, and swivel head all at once.
                  I think this is a good deal for the money, and glad a I bought it because it is light and easy for me to carry around with the rest of my equipment.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great for mounting webcam

                  By EK

                  from Florida

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                    We use this to mount a webcam for my daughter's online piano lessons. This mount is stable and lightweight. The only reason for downgrade is the lack of written instructions (took a while to figure out the proper installation).

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Puts light where you want it

                    By museum guy

                    from Missosuri

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Adjustments Confusing

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                      I use the light for portraits and other situations where more light is needed. I'm still puzzled about one of the adjustments but the unit works as I expected.

                      Attention needs to be given to other lighting being used, i.e., if other lighting is florescent the bulb in this unit should match.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Decent light use boomarm

                      By robmaci

                      from Brooklyn, New York

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                        Lightweight boom arm. Does not come across as a pro unit but will suffice and is a decent price for the products it was packaged with.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Much nicer than expected

                        By Mickeybob

                        from Fairfax, VA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                          I was impressed with the build. The bracket is quite strong and solid.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Well made

                          By Kris

                          from Ohio

                          Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                          Works great. No problems.

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Cheap and also good boom

                          By Kenji Solano

                          from Bristol

                          Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                          When you are making small sessions this works fine!

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                          4.0

                          Good Value

                          By Marcio Silva

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                          • Does not attach securely

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                          Good construction. Strong and durable. Got this to hold a light over my table shot subjects. The only thing that I did not like is the attachment to the light stand that does not hold it still. Maybe I am doing something wrong but I could figure it out so far. I recommend...

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          This product is just as described

                          By Rymark

                          from Toronto Ontario

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                            Just as described in the B&H listing this mini boom arm doesn't disappoint.
                            Works perfectly for my application, a speed light and a two foot softbox.
                            The quality is as you would expect for something in this price range,
                            sufficient for the use described.Cross border shopping at B&H is a breeze, they look after everything at a reasonable cost. Shipped to Toronto in three days.
                            I would recommend them to everyone.

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                            2.0

                            Very light duty

                            By Don

                            from NYC

                            Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                            The plastic knuckle on this arm is inadequate in my opinion to support all but the lightest load. Aluminum arm is more robust, but without the knuckle it is of little use in my work. Bottom line - I would not trust this over a subjects head.

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                            5.0

                            Nice piece

                            By Soft wall

                            from Nyc

                            Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                            Solid construction. Good price.

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                            3.0

                            Super Light Weight

                            By Heppeh

                            from Roseville CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Good Color Value

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy
                            • Weak

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Impact Mini Boom Arm - 5' 3":

                              Be careful that you don't need to hold anything more than a Speedlight and that you're not planning to leverage it out much. The components are plastic, including the black clamp. FYI.

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