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Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m)

B&H # MA1052BAC Mfr # 1052BAC
You Pay: $83.99
Product Highlights
  • Quick Stack System (QSS)
  • 3 Sections, 2 Risers

This is a Manfrotto 1052BAC Black Alu Compact Stand. It rises to a maximum height of 7.75' (2.3 m), and is air cushioned. 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
Minimum Height 3.3' (1 m)
Maximum Height 7.75' (2.34 m)
Closed Length 2.8' (85cm)
Footprint Diameter 3.6' (1 m)
Weight 2.65 lbs (1.2kg)
Maximum Load 11 lbs (5kg)
Attachment Size Baby 5/8" stud with 3/8 & 1/4-20" threaded top
Accepts Wheels No
Air Cushioned Yes
Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m)
  • Removable 1/4-20" thread
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m)
     
    4.8

    (based on 128 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (102)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (99)
    • Reliable (94)
    • Easy to set up (84)
    • Consistent (40)
    • Easy to setup (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (88)
      • Photography (74)
      • Strobe lighting (74)
      • Artificial lighting (68)
      • Weddings (30)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (39), Photo enthusiast (31), Pro photographer (30), Casual photographer (9), Semi-professional (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (103), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Look No Further

      The Best light stand I've ever owned . It folds flat which is a big space saver . Very light, but strong and the build quality is top notch . I love every thing...Read complete review

      The Best light stand I've ever owned . It folds flat which is a big space saver . Very light, but strong and the build quality is top notch . I love every thing about this stand . Has a very innovative system built in, that allows you to attach additional Manfrotto stands (up to 4 I think) for transport . 2 stands attached would be the same diameter as 1 regular stand . I also really love the locking system . This stand will last and with stand alot of abuse . My primary use for these are speedlights and a 28in Wescott Softbox . It's a perfect marriage !!! I have already bought 2 more . When I shop for gear, and Manfrotto makes what I'm looking for, their the Company I always go with . Can't go wrong with Manfrotto .

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      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.

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      5.0

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

      By Jr

      from Tennessee

      Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

      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 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

        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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        5.0

        Excellent compact stand

        By Robert

        from Chattanooga

        Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

        This is my third Manfrotto stand, and the quality, as usual, is excellent. I bought it mainly to hold my reflector holder and it does the job beautifully. It's strong , well made, and folds flat to match the other BAC stands. Although it's smaller than my 10004BAC stands and won't lock together with them, it fits well in my stand bag with the other stands. I highly recommend this stand and will purchase another when I have a need for another compact stand.

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        4.0

        An Almost Perfect Stand

        By Samuel Rossi

        from Raleigh NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

          It's a stand that never reminds you it's there. It is quiet and smooth when in use. Light and compact when traveling. If you are going to buy several stands, these stands snap together. A great feature when you have to unpack an entire trunk full of gear that rearranged itself in the short drive to the location.

          I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because I'd rather have nuts and bolts instead of rivets for the legs. Would have been nice to have a slip or a case included.

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          • No

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          5.0

          very nice

          By dragon

          from ewa beach hi

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

              love the sturdy design and craftsmanship of this product.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Solid stand

              By WS

              from Athens, GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Reliable
              • Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Strobe Lighting

                Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                I purchased this Manfrotto 1052BAC stand to support larger umbrellas (40-50") and softboxes for outdoor shoots, and I am very pleased with it. The wide spread of the base provides great stability, and the thick main column tubing exhibits minimal flex when attaching a reflector holder or small boom. All joints and knobs operate smoothly and are very solid. When sandbags are needed for extra counterweight, they can easily be locked to the cross braces. To top it off, the QSS design allows multiple stands to be transported very compactly in a case. Excellent product, and highly recommended.

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                5.0

                Excellent stand

                By Unix guy

                from Philadelphia

                Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                Nice and lightweight. Holds the lights nicely and is compact and strong.

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                5.0

                Awesome stand!

                By Jonny Jump

                from Salt Lake City, UT

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good height
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Light Panels
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                  I use this stand for a Flolight 1024 video light panel. It's plenty of strength for this task. I'll probably use it for the new Profoto B1 as soon as I receive it. I anticipate it being plenty strong for that too. I like the air cushion, it's great for when you loosen the stand with gear mounted, preventing any hard stops as it softly drops down a section. I love how the stand collapses down to such a flat profile, and how it's stackable. I would definitely buy another one of these. 9' seems to be a great height too, not to much this stand can't handle for my purposes.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Stand for Location

                  By TGriscom

                  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 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                    Excellent stand for location work.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good for the $$

                    By Rana Leonhardi

                    from St. Paul

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable
                    • Stackable

                    Cons

                    • Needs To Be Sandbagged

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                    This stand is a decent product for the money. It is well constructed so it is going to last, and I LOVE that is folds up flat. I go on location mostly, so the stack-ability of this stand is priceless.

                    The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is pretty lightweight so you will PROBABLY need to sandbag it down unless there is no wind.

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic Stand

                    By mBevPhoto

                    from St. Louis

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                      Went cheap at first with the entry level stands here and B&H then learned the hard way with a 600EX flash that came crashing down on concrete under a light wind. I read the reviews of the 1052BAC and decide to upgrade, really glad I did. The quality between the entry level stands by another company the that of the Manfrotto 1052 is eye popping. Also got the Manfrotto 026 swivel adaptor and am a very happy camper. Plan to purchase another ASAP.

                      If you are on the fence about this and a cheap model and ever have any chance of needing to use this outside, stop looking and order this.

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                      5.0

                      What do you expect

                      By Light Chaser

                      from Cedar City, Ut

                      About Me Semi-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 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                        Another great product from Manfrotto, packs light has a fair amount of height and stacks with other manfrotto tripods, this is an outstanding feature. The air cushion is a must. Fairly small footprint so use a sand bag but you should use one with any stand that isn't a c stand.

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                        • No

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                        2.0

                        Great concept, but...

                        By fotoajojo

                        from Annapolis, Md. USA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Short Lifespan
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                        Love the idea of combining stability and portability, however, the construction is less than rugged. After two weeks of normal use, the retaining pin on one of the light stands, where the stands clip and lock together, broke off. I did not return it, to avoid all the shipping hassles, as I can allocate that stand to always being on the bottom of the pile. Having said that, it is obvious that these stands should never be transported in a soft bag as they are not rugged enough. Best to purchase a hard case to transport these stands as they will not hold up during normal knocking around getting to and from a shoot.

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                        5.0

                        Great light stand.

                        By See Why

                        from Concord, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                          This is a great light stand. It is light weight and portable. It is perfect for my needs, holding a speedlight and umbrella. It folds to a compact size and can be stacked with other stands. I wanted to test it out before ordering a second one. I liked it so much that I just ordered the second stand. I love the Manfrotto build quality. I would prefer to spend the extra money and get a product that will be dependable and last a lifetime.

                          Why Manfrotto? When shopping for a tripod for my camera, a sales person said "do you want to put your $1,000 camera on a $50 tripod." The same is true for a $500 speed light. I consider the investment in a good light stand insurance on my speed light.

                          I would be cautious about using this stand outside with an umbrella. Its light weight might be a drawback. It would have to be weighted down. But for inside shooting I don't think I could have brought a better stand to fit my needs.

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                          5.0

                          I LOVE This Stand

                          By Paul

                          from Lancaster, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                          This is a top-quality stand. I use it primarily for on-location portrait photography. I own two, and I love how they stack together to save space in my bag. Definitely worth the money.

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                          5.0

                          Nice Portable Stand

                          By Atlanta Shooter

                          from Atlanta GA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                            I have owned 3 cheaper stands for several years and finally upgraded to these stands. I should have upgraded some time ago. Wider base and stronger construction. The air cushion is worth the price of upgrade alone. After getting pinched more than once on my cheaper stands I always had to be conscious of how I or my assistant was handling them.

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                            5.0

                            Durable, lightweight and compact stand!

                            By slamers

                            from Appleton, WI

                            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 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                              Great product. It is durable, lightweight, and you can stack multiples of them together.

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                              4.0

                              Nice Prouct but...

                              By Yei Si

                              from Mexico

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Feels Professional
                              • Lightweight
                              • Looks professional
                              • Reliable
                              • Stable
                              • Well made

                              Cons

                              • Lock System By Pressure

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Unbrella

                              Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                              I used the stand for a 600EX-RT flash.
                              Great:
                              Color, material, stability, coushion system, weight
                              It works awesome. No movement at all, very well made, the cushioned system works excelente.
                              No so great:
                              The fact that everything stays together by applying pressure. So all the accesories you add, and the stand legs presents indent points inmediatly.

                              Extras:
                              The first time you open it, it feels oily. Not sure if it is good o bad. After some use the oil dissapears. Not sure if it is good or bad

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                              5.0

                              Nice Footprint & Very Light Weight!

                              By Gene the Machine

                              from Conway, SC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                                Holding my softboxes just fine!
                                Light weight!
                                Large Footprint!
                                Nice Extension To Get Good Height!

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                                5.0

                                Amazing!

                                By LA

                                from NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 1052BAC Alu Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 7.75' (2.3m):

                                    This is the smartest design for a lightstand. They fold flat and stack together. No more big bulky lightstands. Be aware that it only holds 11lbs, i think. But it feels sturdy due to the relatively big footprint, and it's well made. Love!

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