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Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4'

B&H # MA156BLB Mfr # 156BLB
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The Manfrotto Backlite Mini Kit Stand is a versatile, hardworking, lightweight, aluminum stand. It is quick to set up, and very stable. It features a black anodized finish, plus a removable 1/4"-20 threaded tip that reveals a 3/8" threaded tip on the top 5/8" Baby top stud.

For lightweight fixtures, in small work areas.
Minimum Height 15.7" (40 cm)
Maximum Height 4' (1.1 m)
Closed Length 17.7" (40 cm)
Footprint Diameter 18" (45 cm)
Weight 2 lbs (1 kg)
Maximum Load 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
Attachment Size 5/8" stud with 3/8" threaded top and 1/4-20" removable threaded top
Accepts Wheels No
Air Cushioned No
Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4'
  • 1/4"-20 Removable Threaded Top
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4'
     
    4.9

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (11)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Attach securely (3)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (8)
      • Indoors (4)
      • Low light (4)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Outdoors (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (7), Professional artist (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

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      5.0

      My Traveling Companion

      By Dan D.

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

        I purchased 2 of these compact mini stands for use on my 600EX-RT speed lites as well as on my Konova Slider. I love their compact size cause they fit nicely into my backpack.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great stand for Low back lighting

        By Robert

        from Fontana, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

          It's low for back lighting

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          • No

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          5.0

          My third Manfrotto

          By Bfeliz1

          from Vernon Hills, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

              This is a great, sturdy, little stand. I use if for backlight. I use two bigger ones for umbrellas and a small soft box. The 4th stand I bought was a heavy duty Impact. In less than a year, 3 pieces have already cracked off of it. And it was hard to use. I'm sticking with Manfrotto.

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              • No

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              5.0

              nice little stand

              By neffjeff

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                  I bought this for an Ikan LED light to rest on as close to the floor as possible. It's solid and small.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Really Small

                  By bullmoon

                  from ATL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                    OK for a background-light stand, but not much else. Well made though.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Small but sturdy

                    By Paul N

                    from Fort Collins, CO

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                      I'm using it as a background light stand. It holds an Alien Bee just fine.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Lightweight and compact

                      By Geoffrey Grosenbach

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • on the road

                        Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                        This stand is light and folds to a very small size. It fits easily in a Pelican 1510 case.

                        My only complaint is that the grip is rather loose. It felt like I needed to tighten it quite a bit to get it to hold. However, the connectors are metal and can probably take a lot of tightening force.

                        Overall, a great stand for small lights (such as the iKan iLED 312).

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                        5.0

                        156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4' by Manf

                        By buddhafunk

                        from NYC

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                          Small, light, compact and sturdy mini stand. More useful than a background stand...

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                          5.0

                          Great low level small light stand

                          By LPerdue

                          from Tampa, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                            I purchased this to support a Nikon speedlight and a small softbox while doing pet photography. Since the pets tend to be at ground level, I needed one light that was at the same level as the pet - this stand works perfectly to provide a low level stand that allows the softbox to be at the pets level. It is small and lightweight so I wouldn't recommend putting any heavy equipment on it, but it is perfect for the reason I purchased it.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great little stand!

                            By fotoluminate

                            from Miami, FL

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                  I'm using the stand for background lighting. Great small size, very portable and flexible. I'm getting one more.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Little Stand Big Support

                                  By Studio Fuentes

                                  from New York, NY

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Stable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                    I usually give a 4-star rating to the best items because there is always room for improvement, but this little guy is top-notch. It is stable and strong. I've exceeded the weight on it a few times already and it has held up with no tipping. If you use Speedlights and umbrellas outdors you will have issues with wind (but nothing that you wouldn't encounter witha larger, heavier stand). Plus because it folds down so small and weighs next to nothing you can haul a few of these around and set up complicated lighting scenarios without assisstance.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great piece and great company

                                    By Lanie

                                    from Las Vegas

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                      My husband loved it and that's why I always buy from you guys b/c the quality us the best and the service is fast. The product is the best and top notch

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                                      • Yes

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                                      5.0

                                      Manfrotto mini stand

                                      By Love cats

                                      from Santa Barbara, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Good value
                                      • Long-Lasting
                                      • Well Constructed

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Backdrop lighting
                                        • General Use
                                        • Indoors
                                        • Low Light

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                        This is a good sturdy little stand. I use it with a reflector and fluorescent bulb along with my 2 other stands and reflectors for photographing cats on the ground in a studio set up. Since the cats are small it gives me light at a lower angle than the higher stands. It works very well in this set up. When I use a table to elevate the cats in the studio this stand can be used as a backdrop light as well. I recommend this stand.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        small light stand

                                        By Terry

                                        from Nyack NY

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Low Light

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                          good height, small size

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          The perfect portable stand!

                                          By DLeyton

                                          from San Diego

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attach Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Great size for travel

                                          Cons

                                          • NONE

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Indoors
                                          • Microphone stand
                                          • Outdoors

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                          I was looking for a stand for my reference microphone and this was a great find! It is sturdy at 4 feet, even with the short legs, and it's compact size makes it very easy to travel with. It came with the proper adapters for the mic clip as well as the usual threads for a camera. I am extremely happy with this stand!

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                                          • No

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                                          4.0

                                          Compact, Lightweight.

                                          By Axel Studio

                                          from New York, NY

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                          This a very compact, lightweight 4' tripod that will fit easily into almost an travel case.

                                          Can be extended with Manfrotto 3104 and 5/8' converter.

                                          For use with lightweight heads; should be used with sandbags.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Buy!

                                          By Casperskitty

                                          from Tulsa, OK

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Great in Tight Spaces
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Everyday use
                                            • Home
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Studio
                                            • Traveling

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                            This stand gets very compact and is very lightweight. The smaller footprint allows placement in tighter spots. Great for a background light stand. Excellent stand for the price.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great for a background stand

                                            By Jason

                                            from Broken Arrow, OK

                                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Everyday use
                                              • Home
                                              • Portraits
                                              • Studio
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                              I bought this, although a little nervous about doing so, because of the max weight limit, for a background monolight. I never ended up using it for a monolight, as I ended up buying speedlights instead...so I'm still not sure if these could support a full monolight. Maybe at the minimum height, because the overall footprint on this guy is pretty small.

                                              For a speedlight, it is perfect though. Compact, and small, it allows you to use it behind your subject to light the background, or to even provide rimlight from behind if desired.

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                                              5.0

                                              perfect background light stand

                                              By wide_open

                                              from NEPA; Northeast PA

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                                    It's amazing how low and how high this small stand can go- which is more in both directions than my floor stand (012B). It also has a small footprint which makes it easy to hide behind subjects. I'm sure it will provide years of service as it seems as well built as all the other manfrotto stands I own and use.

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                                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    5.0

                                                    Great Mini Stand

                                                    By Photos in NH

                                                    from New Hampshire

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Durable

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4':

                                                        The stand is lightweight and durable. Very short when closed for carrying. It is characteristic of a Manfrotto product. I use it for placing Nikon SB lights. I am not sure it would hold heavier strobes.

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