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Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m)

B&H # MA1051BAC Mfr # 1051BAC
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Product Highlights
  • 4 Sections, 3 Risers
  • "Stackable" When Closed
  • Double Threaded Spigot

This is the Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Baby Air Cushioned Light Stand. With a patented Quick Stack System (QSS), ease of transport is optimized. Connecting the stands together saves a lot of room while storing them in the studio or in a location case.

This is an updated version of the "Stacker" stand.

Lightweight Location Stand
  • Rises to a maximum height of 6.75' (2 m)
  • Can hold up to 8.8 lbs (4kg)
  • Air Cushioned
    Prevents damage to equipment or injury to fingers if you forget to fully tighten section locks
    Minimum Height 2.5' (75cm)
    Maximum Height 6.75' (2 m)
    Closed Length 2.2' (67cm)
    Footprint Diameter 2.3' (70cm)
    Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg)
    Maximum Load 8.8 lbs (4kg)
    Attachment Size Baby 5/8" top with 1/4"-20 thread under removable 3/8" thread
    Accepts Wheels Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Air Cushioned Yes
    Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m)
  • 3/8" Removable thread
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m)
     
    4.5

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (32)
    • Easy to set up (25)
    • Reliable (24)
    • Consistent (12)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (22)
      • Portraits (18)
      • Strobe lighting (16)
      • Artificial lighting (13)
      • Travel (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (31)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I think I got the best light stand

      I use to have one of the old 5051BAC, and was very happy with it. Now with the new 1051BAC, I found I am even happier.
      There are a few improvements from...Read complete review

      I use to have one of the old 5051BAC, and was very happy with it. Now with the new 1051BAC, I found I am even happier.
      There are a few improvements from 5051BAC that really make this new stand worth buying.
      1. the three legs fold up to become like a flat board. very good for transportation if you have more than one stand.
      2. the stand has two holes which can hook up some belt for easy carrying on the back.
      3. stackable design which can stack folded them together for even better space saving and easier carrying.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Best for on-location photo shoots

      The good:Light-weight and stackable. Great for travel and on-location photo shoots both with light heads and flash guns.

      The bad: not sturdy enough for self-contained studio stropes. It felt little...Read complete review

      The good:Light-weight and stackable. Great for travel and on-location photo shoots both with light heads and flash guns.

      The bad: not sturdy enough for self-contained studio stropes. It felt little unbalanced with 4lb strope attached even without any light modifier although it's rated for up to 8.8lb, the air cushioning was a very nice feature though.

      I use it in on-location shoots, with Nikon's CLS off-camera flashs when traveling, and in studio for backdrop light.

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      5.0

      Top-shelf quality and effortless use.

      By petercriddell

      from Gilbert, AZ

      Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

      This light-stand is a joy to use. It holds up a Manfrotto Snap-Head and Canon 430EX II speedlite even when the tube-locks are loosened. It extends and collapses effortlessly. The leg-lock is rock-solid as well. Perfect to out in the trunk of my car.

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      5.0

      Well made

      By peterinaz

      from Gilbert, AZ

      Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

      This stand is very well made and light. It also folds flat and doesn't take up much space. Perfect for an off-camera speedlight. Also, the Manfrotto snap head fits perfectly out of the box.

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      3.0

      For traveling light

      By Noel

      from Napa, CA

      Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

      I bought this stand to help reduce weight in my portable studio. While it is super light and compact, it is also not very stable. Extended, my $550 flash sits precariously atop this stand with umbrella. I'm terrified what might happen in a tight busy environment or where there is uneven ground. But, build quality is excellent. I'm not sure I can complain. But, I wish I bought the bigger stand.

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      3.0

      Not sure :(

      By eric

      from Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Photography

      Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

      I cant give this a high rating due to the spread of the legs.
      I feel its too narrow for the weight its rated for.
      I would send it back but I need it now.

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      4.0

      Great stand

      By Harry

      from Chicago

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • To Light

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

      I like them very much the only problem the feet are to short. It would have been a perfect product if hey where add 2" more. The mechanism work very nice.

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      5.0

      Perfect little stand.

      By Esther

      from The Air

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

        Perfect little stand. I have the size just above this as well and that one's far more sturdy.

        It's small. I like the flat folding legs, I can stack a few of these in my cases. They work for my smaller setups or my speedlights. I don't put on anything like a softbox on 'em unless I put a sandbag down.

        I don't expect it to be as stable as the larger stands, but for its size and weight, it does what it should.

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        5.0

        Great Stand for the Money

        By Studio Fuentes

        from Brooklyn, New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

          While not as small as the 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand (which is almost never in stock) if you are carrying more than one stand, the interlocking feature makes this a better alternative. It doesn't fold down as small,but it also doesn't weigh much more and you have the added benefit of extra overall height for added versatility.

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          3.0

          Great size, good idea, but weak

          By Photographer

          from Norway

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

            The feature of locking these small stands together seems like a neat thing - but leaning two of them towards a wall first time I used them, both slid down and the locking mechanism broke. It has to withstand more than that to hold up! Apart from that, the stands do what they are supposed to do.

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            5.0

            Great travel stand!

            By Justine

            from Champaign, IL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

              I can fly with this as a carry on. Wonderfully compact stand for my flash with my softbox. Manfrotto makes quality products.

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              5.0

              Good quality

              By Kesler

              from NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                This light stand is bit pricey but its well worth it. Quaility, build and relaibility is a must to hold our lights. Great buy!

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                5.0

                super light stands

                By ryan hendrix

                from wichita, kansas

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                    i have owned sixteen of manfrotto's baby lightweight series interlocking light stands (12', 9', 7') for a few years now and i absolutely love them. reliable, extremely lightweight, durable, affordable, and incredibly simple to expand/collapse. for travel, i stack four together as a unit and they fit perfectly in hakuba's 200, 300 and 400 series light stand bags. imo, these should be manfrotto's flagship series light stands for standard weight flash heads.

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                    4.0

                    Nice, lightweight stand

                    By Martin

                    from Shingle Springs, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                      Really nice build, and lightweight yet stable. The air cushioning is nice for protecting fingers. I haven't had a chance to try clipping multiple stands together, though that's a nice feature. My only complaint is that I wish it was more compact -- it's a little long when fully collapsed, almost twice the length of my Manfrotto 001B.

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                      5.0

                      Great value for the money.

                      By Dave

                      from Bay City, MI

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                        This is the neatest light stand I have ever seen and the way that it stacks with others of the same model are sweet. I can't believe that no one every thought this up before.

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                        4.0

                        Great for off camera flashes

                        By Dobrin

                        from New York

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Portable
                        • Small

                        Cons

                        • Small legs' spread

                        Best Uses

                        • For off camera flashes

                        Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                        I bought an additional connector and use this stand to put my Canon 580 EX II speedlite on it, togehter with an umbrella. Works like a charm! And it is small and light, so you can take it with you to shoot anywhere you want. However, I doubt it can hold anything too heavy, because the legs don't spread too much.

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                        5.0

                        Great stand

                        By Orange321

                        from New York

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                          I love this light stand. Compact enough and if you get more than one they clip together in a flat sort of configuration. I use it mostly for mounting off camera flash with attachements for potrait work.

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                          5.0

                          Has a Purpose

                          By Denny

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography

                            Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                            I bought this stand knowing it would not be the most stable. However this stand has it's purpose in being small and lightweight.

                            If you want a stand that is holding a small & lightweight light where you can get close to the subject, this is one of the stands to do it.

                            This stand is also nice when just wanting some quick filler light and can be carried around easily with a small light.

                            Careful not to bump or trip over the legs as this stand will easily be tipped over. A great candidate for weighted bags in certain situations.

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                            5.0

                            Quality portable light stand

                            By zanypoet

                            from Richmond, VA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                              Don't know much about Italian cars, but they do tripods and lights stands right. These are little pricier than average travel light stand but are well-engineered and well-built. They fold up flat to less than 30 x 2 inches and are stackable. Air cuchioning works very well.

                              I use them with umbrella and flashgun. Although they are light and sturdy, I wouldn't use them with heavier studio strobes.

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                              3.0

                              Goods and bads

                              By HD

                              from Vallejo, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                                    This stand is pretty nice, it does the job. I bought the stand to use it for the photoshoots I do at home and it works fine. It adjusts to a height higher than I will ever need which is great. The only thing I do not like about this stand is that the legs are very short and if it gets bumped even a little bit it will fall over. Do not use out side any wind will knock it right over.

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                                    5.0

                                    Really good system!

                                    By shawn

                                    from costa mesa, ca

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clever
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Strong

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Action sports
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                                    I bought 2 of these, and they are way better than the impact stands I had before. They are convenient because they are stackable, and they fit in my lightstand bag really well. The choice between the 1/4 20 thread and the 3/8 thread make it easy to attach just about every accessory. These truly are the best bang for the buck.

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                                    5.0

                                    Quality is a key

                                    By Serge DuLin

                                    from Bloomfield , MI

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m):

                                      Lightweight , compact , stackable .
                                      Do not use outdoor without sandbags . The quality is superb.
                                      Useful for off camera flashes such as Nikon SB800/SB900 with some XS light modifiers/umbrellas or as a gobo/reflector holder.

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