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Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m)

B&H # MA420NSB Mfr # 420NSB
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Extend the second riser of this Manfrotto 420NSB Combi-Boom Stand to its maximum, press a lever, and you have a stand with a two section boom arm. When used as a boom stand, this black aluminum stand's maximum load is 11 lbs (5 kg), strong enough for a small light fixture with a small softbox or umbrella. At minimum extension as a stand, its weight capacity is 19.8 lbs (9 kg).

Bogen's old catalog number was 3389B.

Includes reversible short stud
Sets up easily in a matter of seconds
Column extension locking collars made from pressure die cast aluminum
Boom telescopes from 44 to 84 inches
Double leg bracing provides extra stability giving the stand more strength.
Minimum Height 51.5" (1.3 m)
Maximum Height 12.8' (4 m)
Closed Length 44.5" (1.13 m)
Footprint Diameter 43" (1.3 m)
Weight 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Maximum Load Stand: 19.84 lbs (9 kg)
At maximum extension: 1.98 lbs (0.9 kg) w/o optional counterweight
Attachment Size 5/8" male stud
Accepts Wheels Yes- (018)
Air Cushioned No
Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m)
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  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m)
     
    4.6

    (based on 54 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (29)
    • Lightweight (27)
    • Reliable (17)
    • Attaches securely (12)
    • Long-lasting (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (32)
      • General purpose (16)
      • Indoors (12)
      • Photography (12)
      • Artificial lighting (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (18), Pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (4), Professional (4), Semi-professional (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Solid, well made.

      After one of my trusty standard 13' light poles broke, I decided to get a combi stand and originally ordered the Impact model as it had great features and was very inexpensive. Unfortunately...Read complete review

      After one of my trusty standard 13' light poles broke, I decided to get a combi stand and originally ordered the Impact model as it had great features and was very inexpensive. Unfortunately that item was cheaply built and two of them broke so I decided to get the Manfrotto instead. This unit is much more solidly constructed - the connectors seem to be metal on metal rather than the metal on plastic of the Impact. The unit can be raised vertically like a normal stand, except that one of the handles is a little different. When you want to use it as a boom, you raise the section with the special arm all the way up and release a safety catch (a nice feature) to allow two sections to now rotate about the vertical. At the bottom of the boom section is a hole for a counterweight. This particular model does not come with a counterweight, which is what I wanted as I had my own waterbag to use, but they do make another model with a counterweight. Perhaps the most complex issue for me was finding a connector to link the waterbag with the stand - I used a small carribiner I had around and it works well.
      I primarily intend to use this with speedlights and Alien Bee monolights. In my initial use with an Alien Bee head and 60" umbrella, everything held together at full extension, but the poles bent a little so this is probably a bit more weight than is ideal, so I will likely not extend the boom quite as far. Should be fine at full extension for the speedlites though.
      At the tip of the boom the stud can be attached in two position - in line with the boom arm, or rotated at 90 degrees.
      One nit - the Impact stands came with very useful adjustable clamps to hold reflectors, etc. The Manfrotto does not - if you want to put reflectors on the boom you will need to supply your own attachments.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      great product, but specifications wrong

      Great boom, definitely durable and solid.

      I needed a boom arm to support 3 - 5 kg (monobloc + beauty dish) at its maximum extension by reading the specifications on...Read complete review

      Great boom, definitely durable and solid.

      I needed a boom arm to support 3 - 5 kg (monobloc + beauty dish) at its maximum extension by reading the specifications on this website I thought this boom stand would be great.

      However it didn't feel very stable when I set up. I looked in the manual and it states that the load at max extension boom length is only 2kg (not 5kg as suggested).

      So please take note of the specifications.

      It is very heavy and not worth it for me to return as I am an overseas buyer.

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      4.0

      A Tad Short, but Stable

      By Shaun of the Dead

      from Trinidad

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Stable

      Cons

      • Short

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

      I've used it once, so far, and found it very stable and easy to use. It was a tad short though, so in order to get it over a tall subject's head, I needed to angle the boom section of the stand quite sharply.

      Be sure to use a sandbag as a counter-weight, and another for the base. Safety first.

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      5.0

      This is a genius product!

      By Manuel

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

        I couldn't be happier with this product. It performs two very important functions, it acts as a great light stand and a perfect boom. I have had this items for just a few weeks and have used it for each and every assignment.

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        5.0

        Great, Verstatile Stand

        By Shoot Me Studios

        from San Antonio, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

          This is a great stand, I love how easy it is to convert from a stand to a boom. The stand feels very sturdy, great build quality. I wish that the stand had a built in clip for a weight in the boom position but not that big a deal. This stand compliments my current set up well as it is a 13ft stand and I only had 10ft stands before. The knobs feel like they are good quality, I don't feel like i need to worry about breaking them, though the lever for the boom section does stick out at a slightly awkward position. All in all a stand I would recommend to anyone looking for a versatile stand for studio or travel use.

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          4.0

          Not a bad stand

          By Fatboy

          from Colorado

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

              Nice stand although I wish it went higher vertically when the boom was extended.

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              5.0

              Versatile and Sturdy

              By Tom

              from Providence, RI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

              • Long
              • Moderate Weight

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

              I bought this for my first stand, to hold a lastolite softbox, which it does easily. I did not want to buy a cheaper stand that I would end up replacing. This stand seems like it will last forever. It is tall enough for any reasonable use. You can use it as a regular stand, or as a boom, if you attach a counterweight. It isn't as portable as some stands but is still reasonable, and you are essentially getting two stands in one. A great buy!

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              5.0

              Great Product

              By Kejmjjjlm

              from WA

              Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

              I bought two. Save $ if you don't get the sNd bag counter weight and buy a generic one.

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              4.0

              Exacltly What you want it to do

              By Food Photographer in NorCal

              from Reno, NV

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                The key with this piece of equipment is that all the connection points and secure points are strong and smooth. I've had cheaper versions break after a few uses but this one clearly holds up to snuff.

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                4.0

                Very nice..

                By B. Tusk

                from NYC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                  Very nice, must get a sand bag with your purchase for maximum usage ...
                  Love it....

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                  5.0

                  Boom stand!

                  By PMM

                  from El Paso, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                  Useful with the Wescott Apollo 28" soft-box. Make sure you have a counterweight with a small hook or whatnot.

                  Yellow warning is a bit... much. Planning to cover it up.

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                  5.0

                  Manfrotto for the win!

                  By Stephen Densmore

                  from Alberta, Canada

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                  • Long When Folded Up

                  Best Uses

                  • Custom Lighting
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                  Tried a few no name booms before I bought this one and got junk. This is a super sturdy well balanced stand. its a little long when all folded up but that my only minor complaint. The joint is a really nice feature and can be easily used as a vertical stand as well. Money well spent! A strong, high quality piece of equipment.

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                  5.0

                  Great for location shoots

                  By Glenn Fajota

                  from Chicago, IL

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                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Great price
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                    If you need a boom/light stand combo this is the one to get. Can be easily used a light stand. If you need to use it as boom, the extension comes out from the middle of the stand and converts to a boom in a matter of seconds. This saves so much space and weight from C Stand. *You must use a sandbag to weig down the stand and a counterbalance for the boom

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                    5.0

                    Perfect for location shoots

                    By Glenn Fajota

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Dual Usage
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Portable And Quick Setup
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High Strobe Usage W Boom
                      • Location photography
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                      I travel a lot for shoots both local and out of state so packing C Stand/boom combos isn't really ideal due to space and weight. These Manfrotto stand/boom combos are the perfect solution. I can easily mount my Profoto heads + beauty dish and get more than enough reach. However, you do have to have some sort of counterweight on the other end of the boom to balance your head. For my back lights, I simply just use the stand with the boom stored as a regular light stand.

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                      5.0

                      Solid stand

                      By SH photo

                      from Vancouver, Canada

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                          Beefier than I expected. This version does not come with a sandbag so you will need to find your own weights to hang. The boom arm reaches quite far so at full extension I highly recommend getting a few sandbag so the stand doesn't tip over.

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                          4.0

                          Well made product

                          By J Lee Ma

                          from Charlotte, NC

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to assemble
                          • easy to carry

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • No bag included w order

                            Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                            I use this product to hold my soft box with a sandbag as a counterweight. It is sturdy and has a great length however, it is not meant for anything too heavyweight.

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                            5.0

                            A fantastic piece of equipment

                            By Blake

                            from Wayne, NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Flexible in useage
                            • Lightweight
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Ridged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Any time you need a boom

                              Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                              I use this light stand for doing photography on my work. I am a model maker and light is crucial for my photos. This stand is light weight, rigid and very flexible in that it can be infinitely adjusted. Why did I wait so long to get it?!!!

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                              5.0

                              Nice boom stand, well made

                              By Todd

                              from Virginia

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Night Time
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                                I bought this to use with a Lastolite EzyBox (76x76 cm). I particularly wanted to use it in boom configuration to suspend the soft box over my table for product photography.

                                This is a really nice combo boom/vertical stand. It's sturdy, and with the proper amount of counterweighting in boom mode, very stable.

                                At full extension in vertical configuration, it's a bit wobbly if you have a bit of weight on the top. I'd recommend placing a sandbag or two on it, even indoors.

                                Not really cons, but this stand is pretty heavy to carry. And the minimum height is fairly tall. Remember that the purpose of it is to a get light or mike up there and over that, so that's understandable.

                                The hole in the bottom for hanging the counterweight could stand to be little larger in diameter. Right now, I'm using a cheap "not for climbing" carabiner as my counterweight hook, and it binds a little. I might have to find a smaller carabiner.

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                                5.0

                                Great for the price

                                By mdgoesMAD

                                from Columbia, SC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                                  Great for portraiture and overhead lighting situations. Very versitle for al types of lighting and keeping the light source out of the frame.

                                  Make sure to have some sort of counter weight.

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                                  5.0

                                  My favorite stand...

                                  By Brian James

                                  from Saint Petersburg, FL

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Long-Lasting

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                                    If I could only one stand with me on a shoot... this is it.

                                    Strong, tall sturdy stand that quickly becomes a boom. Great design. Highly recommended.

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                                    5.0

                                    Must-have for a one-man shooter!

                                    By Storm

                                    from Joplin, MO

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Versatile
                                    • Well built quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Lighting suspension
                                      • Unmanned audio boom

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                                      I'm a one-man shooter with a strong dislike for lav mikes, so I wanted a good option for a boom mic without having to bring along an extra set of hands. This is perfect for that. Great extension, stout base, the only issue I found upon initial setup was imbalance on longer extensions, but a counterweight fixes that. The counterweight I bought didn't fit the back portion of the boom pole, but it does fit onto the back base leg, which works just as well - if not better. I'll mainly use this as an audio boom, but the fact that it can be used in many more capacities is just icing on the cake.

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                                      5.0

                                      Well-Built Stand

                                      By CN

                                      from Oregon

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Artificial Lighting
                                        • Lighting for Video
                                        • Microphone Stand

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 420NSB Convertible Boom Stand - 12.8' (4m):

                                        Sturdy, well-built stand [*]. I especially like how the boom arm folds down into the vertical part of the stand to make it very compact for storage and transporation. I also used it as a microphone stand was able securely position a condenser mic at about 8 feet vertical over the subject.

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