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Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108")

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Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108")

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  • Expands from 3.7 - 9.0'

You Pay: $53.50

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This is an Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar from Manfrotto that is adjustable from 3.7 - 9.0'. It has horizontal and vertical 5/8" sockets to accept light stands with matching studs.

Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108")
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    Manfrotto2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108")
     
    4.8

    (based on 58 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (38)
    • Lightweight (24)
    • Attaches securely (18)
    • Attach securely (13)
    • Long-lasting (13)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (24)
    • Indoors (23)
    • Portraits (23)
    • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Studio (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (20), Semi-pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (6), Experienced (4), Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (38)

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    5.0

    Worked perfectly fo hang background in 9 foot wide room

    By Bushido Photo

    from Tokyo, Japan

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

      I ordered this adjustable bar to allow me to attach and detach a background without having to use background stands. Since the room is exactly 9 feet wide, using stands at up about 2 feet of that space. By not using stands and using this bar I was able to utilize the entire 9 foot space.

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      5.0

      Perfect Solution

      By Craigjok

      from Broken Arrow, OK

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

        This is a great solution as it will adjust to meet your needs and is study and well built.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Sturdy, Adjustable, Wellmade

        By RF

        from San Antonio

        Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

        I have different light stands and the Manfroto 2983 is able to work with them all. Compact and is able to fit in my light kit. A great addition to my gear. I highly recommend this product. RF

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        5.0

        Rock Solid for Avenger C-stand

        By BSim

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

            Been wanting to pick this up for some time to replace my well used old background stand. Fits on the Avenger C-stands solidly.

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            5.0

            strong and versatile

            By gc_photo

            from greenwich, ct

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

              Lightweight, strong and affordable. perfect for a small studio or traveling studio setup. The telescoping tube design lets it fold up small for packing away. For a busy studio I would invest in the heavier tubes, but this is ideal for occasional use.

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              4.0

              Works!

              By Carm

              from Canada

              Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

              I purchased this to use with my autopole system. It is long enough to hold a 9ft wide backdrop. It is strong but could be stronger. I like the telescoping rod. It's easy to setup. Way better then attaching rods together. And unlike multiple rods that can't be adjusted to an exact size, this can. So if you find you move around a lot with your backdrop system and find some rooms smaller then 9ft wide this is great cause you can adjust its width exactly where you need it.

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              5.0

              Looks great

              By Nikki T.

              from Charlottesville, VA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                Looks great with Manfrotto light stands. Versatile size.

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                4.0

                light and portable

                By ameripol

                from birmingham, Alabama

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                  I needed something small and portable for smaller paper rolls on location shoots. This is light and adjustable. I have only set it up at home so far but it was fast and easy. The shoot I bought it for I wasn't able to use it after all. But I think it'll meet my needs perfect. Fits over any generic stand. It's not heavy duty as you might need for larger backdrops or heavy loads. But that's not what I wanted it for. However you use it, be sure to put sandbags or weights on the stands.

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                  5.0

                  very nice!

                  By Sevie

                  from Nashville TN

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Telescopic For Storage
                  • Well made

                  Cons

                  • None at this time

                  Best Uses

                  • Hanging Backdrops
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                  Well made and works great for hanging my backdrops, whether muslin or paper.I'm very pleased with this product. The telescopic feature really saves room during storage.

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                  5.0

                  works well in my space

                  By hilbeans

                  from brooklyn, ny

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                      I love having the telescoping bar. It enables me to use my system in a variety of spaces. works, it's well built.

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                      5.0

                      Manfrotto Background Crossbar

                      By George F

                      from Eugene, OR

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                        It's compact, well made and does the job.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Not bad, not amazing. Works.

                        By jmvdigital

                        from Fort Collins, CO

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Studio
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                          The cross is lightweight (bonus), but the locking mechanism that locks in the adjustable width can be a pain. It's most like an extendable shower curtain, where you twist the rod half one way to unlock and extend the pole, then twist it back to lock it in position. It has 3 sections, and I've had to take the background roll off before so that I could reach the middle section to get the pole to unlock so I could adjust the width. Otherwise, seems reliable enough for light/medium duty and traveling.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Best crossbar!

                          By Lisa T

                          from New York, NY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                            Used this product with varipoles and superclamps to hang garments in a showroom setting. Very easy to adjust length to needed size. Looks very nice, clean and professional. Strong enough to hold what you need and adjustable enough to fit all of my locations and width needs.

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                            5.0

                            easy to use

                            By lakesan

                            from naples, fl

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors

                              Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                              quick set up, full function

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Manfrotto quality but...

                              By ImageTenPhotography

                              from Providence, RI

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Portraits
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                                Happy with the quality and value. 4 stars for two issues that I found right away. One is the screw type fasteners that hold the bar to your light stands unscrews all the way and can be easily lost. A major design flaw to me. Also, I connected the bar to a friends lighter duty background stands and was unable to screw the same fasteners that hold the bar to the stand securely. The screw bolts were not long enough to reach the studs on my friends stands. Not a show stopper as you can still use the bar, it's just not as secure.

                                If you use this bar on a pair of c-stands you will love it. It's strong and secure. What you would expect from Manfrotto. Buy it but be aware of the above.

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                                5.0

                                Very handy

                                By Gene

                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                                    I like the locking mechanism on its ends. Very reliable and professional.

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                                    5.0

                                    One sturdy crossbar

                                    By Minick Photography

                                    from Mechanicsburg, PA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                                      After years of using cloth backdrops and sections of pvc pipe for my backgrounds I upgraded to the 53" wide Widestone seamless paper and the Manfrotto crossbar for my commercial work. I researched many background options and found reviews stating this crossbar was very stable. It is. It collapses down for easy transport and adjusts out to any length up to about 9' I already had heavy duty light stands so this made the most sense and eliminated carry extra stands and sections of pvc or crossbars. With a few clamps my large backdrops are also easily supported. The design is perfect. The bar has built in clamps that tighten down while the bar is on the light stand eliminating the worry that the bar could slip off. Great product.

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                                      5.0

                                      Performs as expected

                                      By Luis

                                      from Pennsylvania

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Color Value

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Indoors
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                                        I use the pole to its maximum extended length. I load paper rolled in a core; the core distributes the weight across the pole. I don't know if the pole will bent if I loaded something without a core; it seems it would. I like how the pole compresses to about 4' making it very practical to store and transport.

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                                        5.0

                                        Manfrotto Crossbar

                                        By Putit

                                        from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Long-Lasting

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors
                                          • Outdoors
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Special Events

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                                          Sturdy enough to hold my paper roll. Doesn't look cheap. It is lightweight so it's easy to carry around especially on outdoor assignments.

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                                          5.0

                                          Manfrotto quality

                                          By Grimbot

                                          from Grimsby Ontario Canada

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Indoors
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Special Events

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108"):

                                            This is a great crossbar and adaptable for a lot of uses. My primary use is to hold a Lastolite 6'x7' blue/green collapsible screen. nice and study and easy to adjust the width. Much more useful than crossbars of set lengths. I use this with a pair of air cushioned Impact light stands.

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