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Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black)

B&H # MA085BS Mfr # 085BS
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You Pay: $350.49
Product Highlights
  • Stand with Casters, Boom, Counterweight

The sections of the Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand may be used individually, or with all the sections fitted and locked together.
This stand has a black painted, steel construction, with wheels and a locking counterweight. The stand section supports light fixture loads up to 66 lbs (30 kg), to a maximum height of 7 feet (2.1 m). The boom supports loads of up to 15 lbs (6.8 kg) fully extended.

The old Bogen catalog numbers associated with this item are 3119 (Boom), and 3071B (Stand).

Double leg bracing provides extra stability, giving the stand more strength
Fitted with a universal mount with 1 1/8 in (28mm) socket plus either 5/8 in socket or "pop-up" 5/8 in spigot
Minimum Height 46.4" (117.9 cm)
Maximum Height Stand: 7' (2.2 m)
Boom Length: 9' (2.7 m)
Closed Length 45.7" (116.1 cm)
Footprint Diameter 46.4" (117.9 cm)
Weight Stand & Boom: 36.1 lbs (16.4 kg)
Maximum Load With Boom Extended: 13 lbs (6 kg)
Attachment Size 5/8" (1.6 cm) stud and 1 1/8" (2.8 cm) female receiver
Accepts Wheels Yes -- included
Air Cushioned No
Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black)
  • Heavy Duty Boom Arm, Black - 9' (2.7m)
  • 008BU Black Cine Stand - 7'
  • 123 Pivoting Boom Clamp for Super & Heavy Duty Boom
  • 022 Counter Balance Weight - 15 lbs
  • Casters
  • Set of Cable Clips
  • Hex Nut Locking Key
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (23)
    • Reliable (13)
    • Attach securely (8)
    • Long-lasting (8)
    • Consistent (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (15)
      • Indoors (12)
      • Photography (8)
      • Strobe lighting (8)
      • Studio (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (23)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (3), Semi-professional (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent Boom Stand! Excellent Price!

      This boom stand is heavy duty enough to support commercial lighting equipment while being small enough to be functional in the average room. From my experience, this stand is far better than many stands...Read complete review

      This boom stand is heavy duty enough to support commercial lighting equipment while being small enough to be functional in the average room. From my experience, this stand is far better than many stands costing almost double the cost of this one.

      The stand is sturdy and the boom can be used in one, two or three sections. When I use the boom fully extended, I typically add an Impact sand-filled saddle bag to the stand base for extra safety. I also put a Super Clamp on the boom which I use as a fixture to secure a safety chain that also connects to the strobe at the boom's end. The universal adapter also allows the heavy duty stand to be used to hold most accessorie that accept a 1/4 - 20 thread. The casters are exceptionally smooth although I wish these had wheel locks.

      I typically use this stand with a monolight, grid and barndoors and have zero problems with balance or handling. This has not been my experience with smaller boom stands that tend to not support sufficient weight and are also not very sturdy.

      Finally, this stand does break down into small enough components to allow easy storage and transport.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Expected a bit more..

      Usually love the manfrotto lightstands.. Definitely not portable.. boom arm comes in three segments.. but not telescoping.. just unscrew and detach to make shorter.. adjustments not as friendly......Read complete review

      Usually love the manfrotto lightstands.. Definitely not portable.. boom arm comes in three segments.. but not telescoping.. just unscrew and detach to make shorter.. adjustments not as friendly... would recommend getting "chrome" matthews c stand w/ turtle base + baby boom matthews arm... about the same price, but definitely better quality.. c stands and sturdy and legs don't take as much space.. i'm definitely a matthews convert..

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      5.0

      Mother of all boom stands

      By Larry

      from St.Thomas Ontario

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

        the boom head shaft is smaller than the stand socket

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        5.0

        Very Solid

        By Photo-J

        from Cleveland, OH

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors

          Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

          Was very happy to see how large & heavy duty this really is. The boom arm comes apart in 3 total sections, I currently only have use for 2, so it's great knowing that I can expand if I need to. The counter weight is more substantial than the photo really lets on.

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          5.0

          So good, I might get another!

          By David

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

            I use the product with Elinchrom 500's and it works great! There are no instructions but I found it relatively intuitive to assemble the wheel assemblies to the tripod legs. As with any boom, make sure you have someone hold the opposite end while adding/removing hardware so as not to have the stand tip over...of course weight bags on the base would help that too. Anyway, a great stand!

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            4.0

            Not Hard to Assemble

            By Fearless

            from Vancouver, BC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Reliable
            • Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

              Yes, there are no assembly instructions, but it's difficult for this nerd to imagine how you could put it together incorrectly.

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              3.0

              It is ok, but wanted more.

              By Sienna

              from Baltimore, MD

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                    Caveat: I am only an advanced amateur, and I have only owned the stand for a week. Seems much heavier duty than my other light stands (my first light stand with the "junior" adapter). On packaging: The tube is heavy! But the packaging was insufficient. My stand came with a few dings / dents from shipping. The counterweight especially seemed to be bouncing around. Not so cool, but not enough for me to pay for return shipping.Fit and Finish:One of the boom segments came with a different finish on the metal than the other parts. A little confusing, but again, not enough to pay for return shipping. The boom swivel fits into the junior socket with a bit of play - which means even when tightened down, it has a tendency to rock back and forth as you lift or lower the boom arm. The predrilled holes in the stand's feet for the wheels required a bit more drilling out on my part for the plastic piece to insert itself.Function:I currently have a Einstein with a 32"x48" Fotodiox softbox mounted. At full extension of the boom (horizontal), there is a noticeable curve to the boom. Also, to properly counterbalance the Einstein / softbox combo, I have to use the supplied counterweight over 3' away from the center column. (So the 9' boom effectively turns into a 6' boom.) Taken together with the diameter of the legs, and there is only ~2' from the wheel to the edge of the 48" softbox. All in all, that makes its effective size a lot smaller then I thought I would get for the price. Also, raising / lowering the center column with the boom setup as above, it gets pretty heavy.Bottom line:When you lock it down and sandbag it, it holds. That's really all you want in a light stand right? I have no reservations about working around / under the stand, even with all the above. I just expected more from the Manfrotto brand and the price.Waiting to see if Manfrotto honors the rebate. :)

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                    4.0

                    Excellent Stand - No assembly info.

                    By ttaleman

                    from West-Central Illinois

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Heavy Duty
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • No assembly instructions

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                    My only complaint is that a product this good and so well made doesn't come with any assembly instructions. Nothing at all.
                    Not only did I contact B&H; but also Manfrotto (still waiting over two weeks now) and the Gear Desk at NAPP. Who haven't heard back from Manfrotto either. I also did an extensive internet search. All to make sure I'd assemble this correctly. Why? because i'd really hate to miss something and have a light head drop on a client.
                    Stan from Atlanta, gives more detail on the problems we both encountered. Read his review if you purchase this unit...it's really very helpful.

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                    4.0

                    Happy customer

                    By snap happy j

                    from Manitoba, Canada

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                          Really happy with the quality of this product! Very heavy duty & stable. The only downside was that it does not come with assembly instructions, however customer service was very quick to reply & offer any assistance. I would recommend this product if you are looking for a heavy duty boom stand.

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                          5.0

                          Good Value

                          By Drift

                          from NH

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

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                                Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                In-Studio.
                                Rugged and reliable. This boom is an excellent value.

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                                4.0

                                Excellent quality - assembly is a pain

                                By Stan

                                from Atlanta, GA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • No Assembly Instructions

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors

                                Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                Once assembled, this thing is a tank. It's extremely well-made, solid, and moves easily on wheels. The boom is longer and the stand extends higher than I could ever need.

                                The OTHER news, as many have noted, is that there are NO instructions whatsoever. Particularly painful is the way the boom assembles. Do not attempt this before thoroughly studying the mechanics behind it. You need to tighten the fit of each piece already connected and LOOSEN the piece you are adding each time. IF you fail to do this, the connector will get hopelessly wedged inside the arm never to be seen again. This ALMOST happened to me, so you have been warned. :)

                                The wheels attach in a peculiar way. I had to drill out the holes in the legs to remove excess plastic covering the holes and preventing a plastic spacer from fitting there. I have never seen this type of design, but once together, it seems to work well.

                                I would STRONGLY recommend that once your boom arrives, come back to this page and read the reviews and tips before assembly!

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                                4.0

                                great heavy duty equipment!

                                By andreinmd

                                from Baltimore,MD

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                  I decided to buy this Heavy Duty Boom for my new studio, mainly for a 33in Beauty Dish. It works great, steady on the rollers, easy to move, easy to setup.

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                                  5.0

                                  great sturdy stand for studio

                                  By rl

                                  from dallas, tx

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Stable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                    I had a rough time putting this thing together...but once it was assembled it has done everything I need it to. very nice on wheels!

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice and Sturdy

                                    By Steve

                                    from Cumming, GA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Long-Lasting
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                      I use the 085BS boom to support an overhead light for photographing our products and also for video. Very easy to setup and the wheels make it a dream to move around.

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                                      5.0

                                      Solid

                                      By Daddy Photographer

                                      from East Tennessee

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Strobe Lighting

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                        I purchased this on recommendation of a B&H associate. I wanted something that would be solid for my Elinchrom Ranger RX to be used ourdoors. Most of my work is done without a assistant so I wanted something that was heavy but manageable, that could be anchored if need be. The counter balance is nice and there is a hole at the top of the center post where I can add a ring and provide additional weight to the center to keep the stand even more solid. I have used the stand already around kids aged from 7-13 and never once worried about the stand tipping over and damaging my light or a kid. I thank the associate who recommended this stand, it has met my needs... and then some!

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                                        3.0

                                        The stand that has neary everything

                                        By [@]

                                        from Boston, MA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Solid no compromise

                                        Cons

                                        • Heavy large

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Strobe Lighting
                                        • Studio

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                        This is a solid stand with great features. The boom assembly is straightforward, dis-assembly - not so much. In fact do not rely on taking it apart. The fit is so tight, if not lubricated prior to assembly you may not be able to.Why nearly everything? Mine came without the counterweight clamp. [...]I went to the hardware store and paid $3.40 for an M8 x 1.25mm pitch 25mm long cap screw and Allen key. You might also need to get one.

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                                        4.0

                                        Very nice

                                        By ThatMikeClassic

                                        from Baton Rouge, LA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                          • Photography
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Strobe Lighting

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                          I was really happy with the product. [...] Very heavy fer shur, and its somewhat of a pain that i have to set it up each time i want to use it but if you need a boom it isn't to bad. the boom comes in 3 pieces so you have to put them together if you intend to take it on location with you and they are simi cheap feeling. Im afraid to really boom it out there, but like i said, for the price.... its a pretty legit stand

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                                          4.0

                                          [...]

                                          By David the Hyena

                                          from Houston, TX

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Photography
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                            [...]overall this boom is great from the pieces that I do have...

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                                            5.0

                                            Superve!!!

                                            By Andres

                                            from New york

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Photography
                                              • Portraits
                                              • Strobe Lighting

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                              The product is being used in a home studio. the quality and sturdiness is Top of the line. The pivot clamp is the best i've seen on any product; very well made

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                                              5.0

                                              Very nice!

                                              By SunShot

                                              from Titusville, FL

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                              • No directions

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Photography
                                              • Portraits
                                              • Strobe Lighting

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                              What's great about this:The stand rolls well and seems very solid and steady - even when moving on carpet. The movable weight is easy to adjust and really makes balancing the weight of different lighting set-ups a breeze (and SAFE!). Manfrotto even included plastic cable clips to help manage your power wires down the length of both the boom and stand.What's NOT so great:No set-up directions. (Really, Manfrotto?) You have to figure a lot of the assembly process out for yourself, with no guidance or tips. Even the wheels gave me trouble until I figured out that there was residual soft plastic in each pre-drilled leg holes that prevented the little metal plates from dropping in and allowing the wheel to mount. Then, the three piece boom (which seems quite light to be labeled "heavy duty") had to be assembled, [...]Conclusion:Despite my assembly issues, I have a fully-functional heavy duty boom/stand which I'm very happy with. I also have another brand heavy-duty boom/stand, but this one wins the contest with the ability to fine-tune the counterweight.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great Product

                                              By Gonzales Photography

                                              from Las Cruces, NM

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent
                                              • Easy To Set Up
                                              • Reliable
                                              • Sturdy

                                              Cons

                                              • Very Heavy

                                              Best Uses

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

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                              Wow, talk about sturdy! We own several products from Manfrotto and this is top notch. We needed something alot more sturdier and this fit the bill. It is used to hold a 24x36 softbox with monoblock strobe. This will not fall onto your client and that was one of the things we had to consider the most. The boom and stand are well build products by a great company.

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                                              5.0

                                              Excellent

                                              By Eric Muetterties

                                              from Dublin, CA

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Long-Lasting

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • General Use
                                                • Special Events

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 085BS Heavy Duty Boom and Stand (Black):

                                                Tubes on boom were hard to get together [...], but I got them together, This is one heavy duty stand!

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