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Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m)

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Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m)

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  • Boom, Swivel Adapter, Counterweight

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The Manfrotto 024B Boom Assembly is comprised of three sections, extends to ~6.5' (2.1 m) and can easily be disassembled to 28" (71cm) for storage or transport.

The black finish boom sections may be used individually or all together. It will function with the Manfrotto 3082 or any other manufacturer's heavy duty stand.

This item replaces old catalog #3385.

It will function with the Bogen 3082 or any other manufacturer's heavy duty stand.
This boom is also available in a brushed aluminum finish: BO3085.
Length 28" - 6.7' (71cm - 2 m)
Weight Total: 12.57 lbs (5.7kg)
Maximum Load 6.6 lbs (3kg) at max extension
Attachment Size 5/8" double ended stud with a 1/4-20 and 3/8 screw tips
Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m)
  • Boom Arm - Black
  • 124 Clamp for 3085 Boom Arm
  • 023 Counter Balance Weight - 10 lbs
  • 013 Double-ended Spigot
  • 3 x Cable Clips
  • Hex Wrench Locking Key
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    ManfrottoBoom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m)
     
    4.0

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    78%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (10)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Reliable (9)
    • Easy to set up (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (9)
    • Studio (6)
    • Photography (4)
    • Travel (4)
    • Artificial lighting (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3), Semi-professional (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A 'must have' for studio or location

    I tend to put a light directly above my head on portrait shoots. No need to work around the stand with this boom in action. A solid and versatile piece of gear every shooter...Read complete review

    I tend to put a light directly above my head on portrait shoots. No need to work around the stand with this boom in action. A solid and versatile piece of gear every shooter should own.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    STAY AWAY!!!

    I own Manfrotto Super Boom (025B) and it's great. I also needed something more portable and thought this would be a good addition. What a mistake!First, the mechanism connecting the pieces...Read complete review

    I own Manfrotto Super Boom (025B) and it's great. I also needed something more portable and thought this would be a good addition. What a mistake!First, the mechanism connecting the pieces together is very clumsy. Not great, but I could live with that.Now comes the best part. The grip/clamp that comes with it DOES NOT fit 5/8" studs that virtually all light stands come with. It mounts on 19mm, 20mm, 25mm, and 28mm studs. What kind of standard is that. This should have been mentioned in the specs. Manfrotto claims that it fits any heavy duty light stands. REALLY? 5/8" is the standard.I'm very disappointed. I will be returning mine as I cannot use it. I could get separate grip, but why do I need to spend another $30-$50 to make this work? I'd be better off just buying different boom, which I will do.[...].I don't know why nobody mentioned this by now. To me it is pretty major. I'm posting this review so at least others can make informed decision when considering this boom.

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    5.0

    Excellent Value

    By W Hinchman Photography

    from Jefferson, NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Portraits

    Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

    I had need of putting a light over portrait subjects without the stand being in the way. The Manfrotto 024B boom solves the problem admirably.
    It comes in three pieces which are easily assembled and tightened up with the provided allen key. The counterweight (10lbs.) is a bit heavy to lug around but it works great. You will need a heavy duty lightstand to attach it to, something with at least a 1" (25mm) shaft. The pivot point assembly is made of metal not plastic like other models I've seen. So far I've found no negatives to this product, a five star experience.

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    4.0

    Medium level boom

    By Rmuma

    from Philadelphia

    Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

    I used to stand with the Prpphoto head, 2 x 4 soft box and the Mathew stand.The boom is okay if you don't expend it further than 50% with this amount of weight. It's priced okay but I'll go a the much more expensive boom next time that doesn't flex.

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    5.0

    solid, light weight.

    By bloblab

    from ny

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not Telescopic

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

    cheap boom. easy to hand hold too.
    fairly long extension
    not telescopic
    requires tightening (tool included and attached to boom)

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    1.0

    Poor Quality

    By Bill D

    from Chicago

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Cheap
      • Poor Grip

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

        Disappointed, poor quality, clunky to use.

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        5.0

        Lightweight, solid

        By KOPHOTO

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

          We use this boom to support a Qflash head and lightweight softbox on location. The weight get's left behind when traveling but is useful back in the studio.

          The 3 piece design makes it easy to transport in a stand case and set-up is easy enough.

          It's useful to tape-over one of the two holes at each section break to avoid loosening both by mistake and having the pieces fall out.

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          5.0

          Works Well

          By jonlemons

          from Des Moines, IA

          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 Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

            This product works well. Although, it is my first time using a boom, it seems a little pricey for what it is and awkward to set up. I would recommend this product for studio photography that would stay set up, but it would be a little annoying to tear down and set up again for location photography. You will also want to have a sturdy light stand to put this on and at least a sand bag weight.

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            1.0

            too long to assemble

            By matgay

            from huntington beach

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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                  Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                  takes 5-10min to attach all the pices together, and difficult to break down. kind of defeats the purpose of small sections. even the piece that attches to the light stand stud takes to long to screw together. definitely cannot use this thing in the field.

                  something like a telescoping boom arm is much much better than this one.

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  It is what it is - simple!

                  By FatSkeeter

                  from Miami, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  See all my reviews

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                    The boom is what it is...a simple multi-section alluminum rod that gets assembled togehter and you attach your device to one end and counter weight the other side with the weight.

                    I did notice that the overall rod started to bow slightly when i have my LastoLite 30" x 30" soft box on it with the SB910, Flex TT5 and 6 AA's. I am sure that this is normal. I am not too concerned about it breaking as tubing is really strong.

                    I only gave 4 stars, cause of the durability factor...iffy over time. We'll see in a year or two.

                    Origianlly planned this for a 22" beauty dish.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product

                    By Kevin Childress

                    from Davidson, NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Any way you want

                      Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                      I'm using this boom arm with Manfrotto's Alumaster 3-riser 12' stand and it is a very effective combination. The boom arm is easy to use, easy to set up, and breaks down into three small manageable pieces for transport.

                      In my opinion, the counterweight is a must once you hang an umbrella or softbox onto the boom arm. I have also used the counterweight to clamp onto the leg of other lightstands to add a little stability when there is a breeze. The counterweight is a bit of a drag to carry around but I'm very, very happy that it is included with the boom arm.

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                      2.0

                      Not impressed...

                      By iupui95

                      from Germany

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                            I bought this to use with a 50" Westcott Apollo softbox. It did not work well. The boom assembly comes apart with 2 half spherical shaped pieces of metal. I found them difficult to work with, get aligned, etc. If you plan to use regularly, I would recommend a boom stand to eliminate the setup hassles.

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                            5.0

                            Big bad Boom!

                            By Mr. Christian

                            from Richmond, VA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                            • Need a sturdy base stand

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors

                            Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                            I use this mainly for a beauty dish slighty overhead so it works great. All I can say though is you better have a really sturdy base stand for it. It's typical Manfrotto quality and well worth the money!

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                            4.0

                            great piece of gear

                            By SethRT

                            from Grand Rapids, MI

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable
                            • Sturdy construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                              I have been struggling with the boom vs. standard checked luggage problem for some time. The ability to break this boom down to under 3 feet makes all the difference in the world.

                              Lightweight but solidly built. Great piece of gear.

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                              4.0

                              Good Boom

                              By Keefer

                              from Baltimore, MD

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Sturdy for Speedlight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Rim Lighting
                                • Separation Lighting
                                • Speedlight

                                Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                                I use this for Speedlights and it works great. Setup takes some getting used to but overall not difficult. The reason I gave it a four star rating is that, although I am able to set this up by myself, to do things quickly it almost requires a second set of hands. I mainly use this to provide rim or separation lighting.

                                Now that I'm getting into video I get this would come in handy for an external microphone hooked up to my 7D.

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                                5.0

                                Boom for speedlite

                                By Dan

                                from MA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • none

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use

                                Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                                Great, just what I needed for a Speedlite with a modifier on it

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                                4.0

                                Decent Boom

                                By Tee Breezee

                                from Tampa, Fl

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Weak at max lenght

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                                I have had this boom for 3 weeks now and I have run into only one problem with the clamp used to attach it to the stand. I needed to get a boom for my Beauty Dish. I went with this one as it was in my price range. This has given me tons of fleiblity with my modifier but fully extended with a light on it I am a little scared as you can see the boom wanting to bend. I think going with the next model up I would be a little more secure but this is solid as long as it is not at its full length with a modifier on it.

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                                3.0

                                Okay for lightweights

                                By Zan

                                from Midwest

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Manfrotto construction

                                Cons

                                • Bows
                                • Low weight supported
                                • Weak under load

                                Best Uses

                                • Hair light or mic boom
                                • Strobe on a boom

                                Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                                The 10# counterweight is handy but overkill for the low weight this boom arm will support. The arm bowed significantly under a light setup that a cheap Chinese telescoping boom arm & stand kit never flinched under, and that whole set-up cost thirty bucks less than just the Manfrotto arm by itself (without a necessary stand). And the low weight supported and non-telescoping arm limits it's usefulness for a considerably higher cost.

                                While it's much higher quality and will last longer than the less expensive gear, I believe it's best suited for strobes or very lightweight mono-lights and modifiers, a small lamp or LED used for a hairlight, or perhaps as a stationary boom for a big studio mic or shotgun and blimp.

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                                5.0

                                UPDATE

                                By Colin

                                from Clearwater, Florida, USA

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Disassemble for transport
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good value
                                • Lightweight
                                • Multi-purpose
                                • Portable
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Don't lose allen wrench

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                                I want to correct one statement I made in my earlier review, clarify one confusing item in the specifications of this unit, and make one suggestion for using this GREAT multi-purpose unit.

                                1. Correction. You do not need to figure out the attachment system to a pair of stands. One end has permanent fitting, and you use the included clamp for the other stand. Works great.

                                Specification confusion. It says the unit weighs 12.57 pounds. That amount includes the 10 pound counter weight, so the arm and clamp only weigh 2.5 pounds, and 2/3 of that is probably the clamp.

                                Suggestion. The unit assembles and disassembles quickly and easily using recessed allen-headed screws-works great, but if you lose the included allen wrench, ... Solution: Buy a couple of spare allen wrenches from your local hardware store (they only cost pennies) and duct tape a spare to the arm near the handle or to the counterweight.

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                                5.0

                                Does double duty

                                By Colin

                                from Clearwater, FL

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Multi-functional
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Don't lose allen wrench

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                                Besides being a fine boom arm, you can put this between a couple of light stands (you need to figure out and purchase a clamp for one end) and make a very portable (it breaks down to 3 short pieces) and light background support system. It's not as wide as a 'real' background support, but if you are just doing head and shoulder shots, it works just fine.

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                                3.0

                                Not sure it's strong enough

                                By Dor

                                from Pennsylvania

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Not as sturdy as expected

                                Best Uses

                                • Studio

                                Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                                I bought this to use with an Alien Bee 400 and a 5' octobox. It holds it up, but bows slightly, so I'm not sure it's quite strong enoug for the job. With a lighter weight modifier I think it would be great.

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                                5.0

                                Getting another

                                By Stu in NY

                                from New York City

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits
                                  • Studio

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Boom Assembly, Black - 6.5' (2m):

                                  Yep, it's great. Boom is solid, use it for every shoot. Great for a one light white seamless background light, long enough to extend the light into the middle of a 9 foot roll of paper.

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