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Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7')

B&H # MA1052BAC MFR # 1052BAC
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Product Highlights

  • Quick Stack System (QSS)
  • 3 Sections, 2 Risers

You Pay: $83.88

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This is a Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand. It rises to a maximum height of 7.7' (2.3 m). Formerly known as a "Stacker", this stand now has what is called the QSS - Quick Stand System. When folded, two or more of these stands may connected to each other to ease storage or transport.

Air cushioning protects fingers and mounted equipment. If the stand sections are not sufficiently tightened, mounted equipment eases down to minimum height instead of slamming down suddenly.

Versatile Top Spigot
Baby (5/8") spigot is topped with a 3/8" thread, that thread is topped by a removable 1/4-20" thread
Model Number 052BAC
Minimum Height 3.3' (1.0 m)
Maximum Height 7.75' (2.34 m)
Closed Length 2.8' (85 cm)
Footprint Diameter 3.6' (1.0 m)
Weight 2.65 lb (1.2 kg)
Maximum Load 11 lbs (5.0 kg)
Attachment Size Baby 5/8" stud with 3/8 & 1/4-20" threaded top
Accepts Wheels No
Air Cushioned Yes
Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7')
  • Removable 1/4-20" thread
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    ManfrottoAlu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7')
     
    4.7

    (based on 146 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (116)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (110)
    • Reliable (106)
    • Easy to set up (97)
    • Consistent (44)
    • Easy to setup (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (97)
      • Photography (85)
      • Strobe lighting (82)
      • Artificial lighting (77)
      • Weddings (33)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (41), Pro photographer (38), Photo enthusiast (34), Casual photographer (10), Semi-professional (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (116), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellence Light Stand On Location

      Excellence light Stand on Location.
      There are many things I Like about these light stand, it's light, it's air cushioned, and it's a space saver and built quality. It's expense but...Read complete review

      Excellence light Stand on Location.
      There are many things I Like about these light stand, it's light, it's air cushioned, and it's a space saver and built quality. It's expense but worth it
      I have three of these in my rolling lightstand bag, and it's so compact it leaves me a lot of room for other gear. It's well built and sturdy and perfect for my needs as an on-location photographer.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great product, poor quality control

      I really really like this light stand. The 2nd one I purchased was not very good though. It rattled from not being assembled/built properly and the legs were loose and didn't stay put...Read complete review

      I really really like this light stand. The 2nd one I purchased was not very good though. It rattled from not being assembled/built properly and the legs were loose and didn't stay put when folded up. At least B&H has decent customer service. This is my 3rd Manfrotto product, almost in a row that had quality problems and had to be sent back for a replacement. Manfrotto customer service is almost non-existent so make sure you check the product out within the store's return policy timeframe. Otherwise, when you get good ones, I really like Manfrotto products.

      Reviewed by 146 customers

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      5.0

      Clever design and well worth it

      By Em Pogo

      from Jupiter, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Backdrop
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

        Love these stands! The unpack quickly and are quite tall, with only two sections to open up to get to their full height. They seem quite stable and I really like the stacker system; intuitive and useful for storing in a stand bag. I'll be getting a few more of these soon, I'm sure!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Reliable -- does the job

        By BoW

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

          The stand is easy to assemble and disassemble. It supports my speedlights or 60 inch reflector. When folded, I connect them together creating a stack.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Jimmy

          from Riverside, Ca

          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 Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

            I have four of these, and I love how compact they are and their ability to stack together for easier transporting.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sleek & Sturdy, love this format!

            By C. Eliason

            from Sacramento

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

              At this point, can't think of a bad thing to say about the stand. It's quick, well built, and hefty enough to feel solid under a speed light, maybe even strobe. The legs fold apart super fast and this extends high enough for my needs. Do yourself a favor and get some quality stands instead of going cheap, you'll thank yourself in the long run.

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              5.0

              The best

              By Riceboy

              from San Mateo

              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

              These are stable, lightweight, and totally usable outdoors if you have some sandbags handy.

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              4.0

              Good stand

              By Cruzo

              from NH

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography

                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                It is a good stand. I use it for Digital Juice MiniBurst 128 LED Portable Video Light System, and it works well for that. It could be sturdier. There is a little rattling over all. But overall it is well made, attractive and very light. Easy to use and quick to set up. Price is a bit too high. Probably would by it again though.

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                4.0

                Excellence Light Stand On Location

                By Jonathan Huynh Photography

                from San Diego, California

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Weddings

                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                  Excellence light Stand on Location.
                  There are many things I Like about these light stand, it's light, it's air cushioned, and it's a space saver and built quality. It's expense but worth it
                  I have three of these in my rolling lightstand bag, and it's so compact it leaves me a lot of room for other gear. It's well built and sturdy and perfect for my needs as an on-location photographer.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nice stand

                  By Ren

                  from Menan, Idaho

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography

                    Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                    I like the stands a lot. They are easy to put up and down and I love the air suspension for slow lowering. They work great! You can also lower or higher the legs. This means that they can be high and take up less space or lower and harder to tip.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    adequate

                    By north light

                    from boston, ma

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • One Of The Extension Tube

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                    doesn't seem as stable as I might have liked, but it should do the trick

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good product

                    By MO in Atlanta

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                      I've only put a speed light on this stand, but it is very stable and seems to be solidly built. The air cushioned extensions are great to have.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      10 out of 10

                      By David

                      from SF Bay Area

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                        Perfect for speed lights! It's really nice that it can attach itself to other 1052bac

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        A well designed stand

                        By John

                        from Bedford, TX

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                          I purchased the product based upon the ratings and reviews it received and I was not disappointed. The product is very light weight and easy to set up. In fact the only issue I had with the product was the ease with which the top brass connector turns. I had a flash attached to the top of the stand. The flash was connected to the camera on another tripod and I attempted to separate the two. The cord was a coiled cord and the pull was sufficient to cause the top piece to turn. Perhaps some way to lock down the top piece to prevent it from turning would be in order. Probably better to invest in a wireless system. In any event, it was only a minor annoyance. Great product, light weight, packs up to a easily transportable size.

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                          5.0

                          Durable light stand

                          By AtomicPunk

                          from Pittsburgh, PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                            You can purchase cheaper light stands, but the build quality on this stand will help it last a long time for you.

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                            • No

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                            1.0

                            Key Parts are PLASTIC

                            By shoebox9

                            from NSW, Australia

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Short Lifespan
                            • Unreliable

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                              I bought 4 18m's ago, and was startled to discover the crtical area where the main pole meets the legs is made out of plastic, rather than alu or even steel like other stands.

                              I wondered how long they would last. The answer was forever, as long as they didn't encounter any stress. As soon as a client leaned back on the backdrop, they bent, buncked, twisted, etc.

                              I still have 1 left out of the 4 I bought, but am afraid to use it for anything cleints or bystanders might go near.

                              I'd buy more if I had to carry my gear over a mountain range, but I don't, so I haven't. By comparision, some of my many other stands are 5-7 years old and going strong.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Stands

                              By TomG

                              from Nashville, TN

                              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 Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                                Great for location in terms of support, weight, compactness, and price. I am the kinda of person that when I find something that fits, like Levis, I am a loyal customer. When it comes to my grip gear, Manfrotto is my Levis.

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                                5.0

                                outstanding

                                By icantsurf

                                from west palm beach, fl

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable
                                • Stackable

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                                this is the fifth one i get. love the stacking functionality.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Nice medium duty stand

                                By Budman

                                from New Smyrna Beach, Fl

                                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                                I have several Manfrotto stands of varied heights and load capacity. I use this stand for my flash and umbrella. These are not heavy enough to comfortably support my strobes and light box set up, but they are fine for light loads.

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                                5.0

                                Great Lightstand!

                                By Jimmy

                                from Riverside, Ca

                                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                                Three things I love about this lightstand: it's light, it's air cushioned, and it's a space saver. I have three of these in my rolling lightstand bag, and it's so compact it leaves me a lot of room for other gear. It's well built and sturdy and perfect for my needs as an on-location photographer.

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                                5.0

                                A++++++++++++++

                                By Jr

                                from Tennessee

                                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                                Awesome product with great quality !

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                                5.0

                                Great value

                                By Jason in PA

                                from Pennsyvania

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Convenient
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable
                                • Strong
                                • Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artificial Lighting
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Weddings

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7'):

                                  I've used an older, larger version and preferred them over the other stands in our studio. This model is compact, durable, and very sturdy. Multiple units click together for easy carrying and storage. These stands, along with the two larger versions, are just extremely practical solutions. This unit's small size makes it perfect for quick location setups.

                                  I wish it came with the carrying strap mentioned in the manual, but oh well. That's the closest thing to a "con" I can say about these units.

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