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Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs

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Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs

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The Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight is a 3 lbs (1.4kg) counterweight that clamps on tubes 13 to 30mm thick.

Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs
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    Manfrotto172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs
     
    5.0

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (10)
    • Attaches securely (5)
    • Easy to set up (5)
    • Long-lasting (5)
    • Attach securely (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (5)
      • Strobe lighting (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

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      5.0

      A1

      By comvou

      from La Tuque, Québec, Canada

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

        ideal comme contrepoids

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Built Solid

        By Billy

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

        Solid built, fits great

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great weight.

        By JR

        from Alexandria, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Rugged And Fits

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Document Copying

          Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

          This fits on my 190CXPRO4 tripod to balance my camera when I have if on the horizontal arm. It is well made and distinctive.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great counter balance

          By jr168

          from Nebraska

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

            A really nice, compact weight to be used for counterbalancing strobes or to add weight to a light stand.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Balance Weigh

            By Reebee

            from Oxford, MS.

            Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

            Looking foward to using this weigh with my new Support Rig. We are doings a train photo next weekend. In reading reviews for the Support Rig it was recommended to use the weigh.

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            5.0

            Nice and Compact

            By bsandoe

            from Lancaster PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

            • 5 Pound Option Would Be N

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

            For booms etc you can use 1 or 2. Nice compact size and no need to lug around weight you don't need. I never considered putting sand etc in my gear bag.

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            5.0

            Perfect Weight For Camera Strobes

            By PJC Photo

            from Fargo, ND

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

            Purchased this weight for use on lightweight 6-8' stands when using my portable, Canon 600EX's, in the field. They provide enough stabilty when shooting outdoors, without needing an assistant to carry the extra weight. Also, they don't slide off like bag weights, and are perfectly centered when attached! Highly recommended!

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            4.0

            Works good!

            By Amanda Foote

            from New York, NY

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

              Use this manfrotto weight on my shoulder rig to balance out for stability.
              Works well; definitely makes the shots smoother!

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              • No

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              5.0

              typical manfrotto

              By avn

              from nancy's rental

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Strobe Lighting

                Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                a flexible counterweight with good design so it will not mar stand

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                • No

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I've Put On A Little Weight...

                By Steve

                from Peoria, AZ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                    This is a nice little weight. The mechanism holds well and the bright orange color warns people that it's there. It responds properly under the effect of gravity.

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                    5.0

                    It's a weight

                    By Cody

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                      Extremely rugged for its application. Great counterbalance. Holds up a Bxri 250 strobe on a 9 ft (2.72 meter) boom stand.

                      You will laugh when you get the box, it's so over-sized for what is in it.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      BALANCED

                      By LJ

                      from Virginia Beach, VA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Good Color Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                          Worked perfectly. Placed on end of boom arm to balance soft box and speed light. Just enough. Easy to move, back and forth if needed, easy on, easy off.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Morticia Addams

                          from Baltimore, MD

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                              Worth it's weight. Hey it's a manfrotto.

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                              5.0

                              Frotto-tastic

                              By Jon

                              from Detroit

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                              • ZERO

                              Best Uses

                              • Anything it wants

                              Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                              There isn't much to say. Anyone who has used Manfrotto products knows they are beyond reproach. I have never owned one that didn't live up to 100% of what it claimed to do when I ordered it. Granted, there isn't much to a counterweight, but this is the Cadillac of counterweights. Good for securing light stands, etc. I would go heavier than 3 lbs if you're planning on using it for a boom, but this is a great weight at a great price.

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                              5.0

                              Small piece of genius!

                              By Conduct

                              from Oakland, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Engineering
                              • Price
                              • Sturdy
                              • Universal

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shoulder rig video

                                Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                                Ok, genius might be an over statement but at first glance one might think of the counter weight as a "simple" solution. Further examination and use, you'll find that this counter weight is a functional piece of art. Again, maybe an over statement. This weight adapter will snugly attach to almost any rod, making it a great universal shoulder rig counter weight. AND THE PRICE! I've seen 2 pound proprietary counter weights listed for seventy-five bucks!
                                Thank you Manfrotto!

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                                5.0

                                Well Made

                                By Stern Richards

                                from Chicago, IL

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                                  Simple cost effective way to get the light where I needed it.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice Weight

                                  By Richard

                                  from Colorado Springs, CO

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Strobe Lighting

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                                    More position options than a sandbag and it stays where you put it. I'll probably get the 10lb sometime.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Easy to use

                                    By Practical Sally

                                    from Van Buren, ME

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                                      I use it on a reflector holder that sits on a lightstand. It does the job. Keeps my stand from toppling over. Easy to use and easy to pack up. I also like the bright orange color as it works to warn people of an extended arm. Although my holder does not extend far, it is a nice safety touch to have.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      I have bought several of these

                                      By Andy

                                      from Tulsa OK

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Studio
                                        • Traveling

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                                        These things are very useful for me. I make all kinds of weird contraptions to get certain video shots and these weights are just the thing many times.
                                        Of course Bogen – Manfrotto only sell good quality stuff.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great, compact, dense

                                        By himike

                                        from Honolulu

                                        About Me Semi-Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attach Securely

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance Weight - 3 lbs:

                                          Compact and dense. I wanted it to stabilize a light stand with a big umbrella on top which makes it unstable in one direction. I did not want to use a sandbag. I wanted to clamp something on firmly, unable to slip.
                                          I set up the lightstand with one leg pointing opposite the 60 inch umbrella and then clamp this to the underside of that forward leg so it just clears the floor. That low weight at the end of the extended lightstand leg makes the entire setup quite stable even with a large umbrella.
                                          Useful amounts of general purpose, clamp-on weight in a small package. Cons? It's heavy of course.

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