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Manfrotto 2983 Adjustable Background Holder Crossbar (108")

B&H # MA2983 Mfr # 2983
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Product Highlights
  • Expands from 3.7 - 9.0'

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 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (34)
    • Lightweight (21)
    • Attaches securely (15)
    • Attach securely (13)
    • Easy to use (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (22)
      • Indoors (20)
      • Portraits (20)
      • Outdoor events / games (16)
      • Studio (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (6), Experienced (4), Professional (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (36)

      Reviewed by 52 customers

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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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        • No

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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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                      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

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                        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

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                            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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                                    5.0

                                    Very Solid

                                    By Brandon

                                    from Worcester, MA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        Used this to hold up a very large fabric green screen with two light stands. It's incredibly strong for how light it really is. It was bowing a little bit in the middle but was not concerned about it at all.

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                                        5.0

                                        Well built, sturdy and convenient

                                        By bob

                                        from seattle

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Special Events

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

                                          This will be used for portraits in studio and location. Unlike going cheap with pvc pipe DIY set ups this looks professional, securely attaches to stands, collapses down for easy transport and storage and is light weight.

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                                          5.0

                                          Perfect for small studio

                                          By Mike M.

                                          from Round Rock, TX

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Securely
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use

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

                                            Great for novices. Perfect for holding my 51" seamless paper. Has more than enough friction between adjustment points to stay put. Locks securely onto the top of my light stands. No more PVC pipes for me!

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                                            5.0

                                            Great Product!

                                            By 75jules

                                            from Virginia

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attaches Securely
                                            • Durable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Indoors
                                              • Outdoors
                                              • Portraits

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

                                              I attached this pole to light stands that I already had and it fit perfectly. I have used it with a muslin 10x20 backdrop and a vinyl backdrop with clamps. It adjusts easy, mounts easy and is durable and sturdy. A great alternative to an entire background kit if you already have extra light poles.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great crossbar for traveling

                                              By bMello

                                              from NYC, NY

                                              About Me 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 that fits relatively easy into most stand bags. It's been durable so far while holding a 9x20 chromakey background... has very little sag when holding fabrics. Easily fits c-stands to regular articulating stands with a 5/8' pin

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                                                5.0

                                                Buy the Bar a Round

                                                By F~1 The Blur

                                                from Evansville, IN

                                                Verified Buyer

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

                                                Perfect for use with lightstands. A more high quality bar than the last one I had. Telescoping is smooth and it locks securely with a twist. Nice feel, supports a massive muslin I have without any sag. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a quality background support bar and would rather buy the components ala carte rather than as a prepackaged set.

                                                Generally hard to go wrong with Manfrotto products.

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