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Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m)

B&H # MA1004BAC3 Mfr # 1004BAC-3
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Product Highlights
  • Quick-Stack System
  • 4 Sections, 3 Risers
  • Black Painted Aluminum

This is a Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 Master Light Stand Pack of Three. Each stand in this set is a 4 section, 3 riser aluminum light stand with a black anodized finish that extends to a maximum height of 12' (4 m).

Each stand features QSS -- Quick Stack System, which allows the 3 stands to be stacked and bolted together when they are closed for storage or transport.

Air Cushioned
Protects equipment and fingers from damage or injury if a section is not properly locked.
Aluminum Locking Collars
Made from pressure die cast aluminum
Versatile Top Stud
Fitted with a 5/8" top stud that has a 3/8" threaded, and a removable 1/4"-20 threaded top
Quick Set Up
Sets up easily in a matter of seconds
Double Braced Leg Base
Provides extra stability giving the stand more strength
Minimum Height 42.1" (107cm)
Maximum Height 12' (3.6 m)
Closed Length 42.1" (106.7cm)
Footprint Diameter 41.7" (106cm)
Weight 6.6 lbs (3kg)
Maximum Load 20 lbs (9kg)
Attachment Size 5/8" (1.6cm) stud with 1/4"-20 and 3/8" threaded top
Accepts Wheels No
Air Cushioned Yes
Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m)
  • 3 x Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black)
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m)
     
    4.8

    (based on 67 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (57)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (46)
    • Reliable (46)
    • Lightweight (26)
    • Consistent (25)
    • Durable (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Strobe lighting (47)
      • Photography (41)
      • Portraits (36)
      • Artificial lighting (33)
      • Weddings (22)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (28), Pro photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (60)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A Must Have!!

      ever since I got started in video and photography I've been used to working with heavy, clumsy, and most of the time wore out light stands.

      I recently ventured out...Read complete review

      ever since I got started in video and photography I've been used to working with heavy, clumsy, and most of the time wore out light stands.

      I recently ventured out on my own and have started building my own studio so my loved ones bought me this set(1004BAC-3) for a Christmas present and boy was I blown away at all the features of these stands.

      The first impressive thing is they all snap together so they are easy to carry, you don't even really need a bag for them although it does help.

      And unlike any other light stand I've ever seen they fold up flat! so even with the 3 stands snapped together they take up less space than my light stand bag!

      The knobs have a nice rubber grip on them and they are contoured so they feel very nice, and they turn just as smooth.

      Even the air cushion which is always nice, but on some stands it makes packing the stand up a pain cause it doesn't want to lower, with these you can easily push the pole down but at the same time it will not crash down when loosened under load.

      And finally these babies can take some weight they have a very heavy duty feel to them, I have no worries of my lights being tipped over when their on these stands.

      The only draw back I can see is they are a bit pricey but hey you get what you pay for and these are by far the best light stands I've used to date and I've used everything from Lowel to Impact. I'll be buying more of these for sure, too many light stands is never a bad thing!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Ingenious but...

      It would be perfect if one part was not broken...

      It would be perfect if one part was not broken...

      Reviewed by 67 customers

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      4.0

      sturdy, compact for size

      By Steve

      from Jupiter, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

        Much better design than the previous "stacker" version of this stand; they click together simply and easily for storage and portability. This a big stand, though, and quite heavy as a 3-pack. More portable than the traditional design, but not any lighter. A great, sturdy stand for your heavier lighting gear.

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        5.0

        rugged and relaible

        By Randyfath

        from Dalton OH

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting
          • Weddings

          Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

          Love these Manfrotto stands, bought these to add what I already have of them. As a commercial photographer who is in a new location daily I need gear that gets a lot of use, and these Manfrotto light stands go to work and never complain...

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          5.0

          High quality at a reasonable rpice

          By aeropix

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting

            Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

            I've had the older, non-stackable version of this for years and it's held up incredibly well. This improves on its design by being easier to carry with others. I also appreciate the air-cushioning effect, which has also held up for 15 years. The only negative is that Manfrotto service is almost impossible to deal with--it's really hard to find parts, and then to find out where to order them. Fortunately, these 1004BAC stands hold up so well that they rarely break.

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            5.0

            Worth every penny!

            By RK

            from Jax, FL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable
            • Well constructed

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

              I've been using some older Manfrotto stands for a long time. They finally got beat up enough though the years that I had to replace them. These stands are fantastic! They are compact and very well constructed. The 3 pack takes up the same amount of room as my 2 older stands did. The only drawback I can think of is that they are a little bit heavy.... which sucks for carrying, but great for light support. I'm ok with that tradeoff.

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              5.0

              One of my best purchases to date!

              By MJ Studios

              from Central NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • None so far

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

              I wanted to buy two stands, but the 3 pack from B&H was a no brainer for the little bit extra investment. The stands came well packaged and I was surprised to see that these stands not only fold down like no other stand I have owned, but they actually interlock with each other! Awesome! The air cushion rocks, and the function of the stands works easy and flawlessly. Manfrotto kept it simple with the design, and rocked out on build quality! I love these stands and I am very glad that I didn't go with the cheaper alternatives to save a buck or two.

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              5.0

              nice updated stacker stands

              By b

              from florida

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography

                Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                Nice big stands that stack together.

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                5.0

                Clever Engineering

                By Don

                from Brookfield CT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great As Mic Stands
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mic Stands
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                  I needed tall mic stands to record community choral concerts in order to avoid unbalance due to variable proximity to the singers. I could not find tall mic stands which suited me but found these light stands which meet my need perfectly.Even though the basic design is simple, a lot of thought went into the details to allow the triangular base legs to lie flat when folded and interlink with other stands for easy transport. Weight is not a problem and I can easily carry the nest of three in one hand, gripping just one stand. The material is sturdy and the stands are built to last. The business end offers two different male screw sizes and I did not need an additional adapter for my mics.I looked and waited several months for a sale but finally succumbed as a concert grew near. These stands are a great investment at the asking price and will serve for many years, for both mics and photo lights.

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                  5.0

                  Stackable goodness

                  By Steve

                  from Ohio

                  Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                  Stands are very well constructed and the stacking features makes them easy to transport. Much nicer than trying to wrestle individuals stands into a bag. The stands fold flat and the latching mechanism is quick and easy to use.

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                  5.0

                  A+++++++¥+

                  By Jeff

                  from TN

                  Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                  Awesome addition to my gear....very well built.

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                  4.0

                  they stack!

                  By Naftoli

                  from NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                  expensive but worth the $$. these are high quality stands that will last.

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                  5.0

                  Should have gotten these a while ago

                  By AMoftheNorth

                  from Whitehorse, Yukon

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting
                    • Weddings

                    Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                    I purchased these stands to replace my cheap flimsy stands. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted the 12' but now I'm ready for anything. Their compact, flat design is great for storage and transport. I think the only thing I wanted to see are stronger, thicker leg pads (a couple have fallen/popped out of my cheap smaller stands).

                    These stands are sturdy as hell, especially since I'm just using speedlights. I like being able to use only 1-2 riser sections for most of my off camera flash lighting both indoor and out. Almost makes me think sandbagging is optional. The locking knobs are bigger than previous stands as well, easier to lock and unlock without the possibility of stripping the thread. Make no mistake though, carrying all three stands locked together makes them a heavy bunch.

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                    4.0

                    Was this a good choice?

                    By Wally

                    from Chicago, Il.

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                    • Too Light For Moonlights

                    Best Uses

                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                    Easy to carry.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great stands!

                    By George

                    from Costa Rica

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                      These are great light stands. Quality all over. They are really an overkill for my current use (speedlites), however are very sturdy and will support a lot of weight. Will serve me well, once I get my studio strobes.

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                      5.0

                      Great stands

                      By George

                      from Costa Rica

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                        These are great light stands. Quality all over. They are really an overkill for my current use (speedlites), however are very sturdy and will support a lot of weight. Will serve me well, once I get my studio strobes.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Good Stuff - Good Price

                        By Jwalker

                        from Lebanon, NJ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                        A solid 12 ft trio of stands which I use inside and outside (plus sandbags for extra security). To me the greatest advantage is transport. The trio link together reliable for single armed transport. They are not inexpensive, but good equipment rarely is Never a problem with individual units. They just work, this coming from a mechanical engineer.

                        B&H is always on the mark.

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                        5.0

                        Quality stands

                        By NetBloke

                        from Olympia, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Reliable
                        • Solid

                        Cons

                        • Cost

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography

                        Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                        These stands seem built to last! (only time will tell). They link together nicely and easily for transport too. Very stable and sturdy.

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                        5.0

                        You get what you pay for!

                        By Embee the nighhawk

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                          These stands replaced 4 lighter stands that I had for my 4 Alien Bees B1600 strobe lights. Since I tend to use the stands and lights outdoors 90% of the time I had issues with the lighter duty PCB stands not being heavy enough to support my lights and power packs, resulting in a few of them tipping over and damaging my lighting hardware. With these new 1004BAC's, that's a thing of the past. Heavy, sturdy construction, interlocked when folded for easy storage. I should have bought these in the first place! Highly recommended!

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                          5.0

                          Packs well and very sturdy

                          By EnMotion

                          from Rockville, MD

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Strobe Lighting
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                          I've owned several light stands, and I made the switch to these about a year ago after trying to cram my stands into a bag for the last time. These will support a studio head and softbox safely with no issues at the full 12' height. Adding a sandbag helps, but isn't really necessary. The interlock system makes all the difference if you're moving these around. They are a bit heavy and long, but that's the price you pay for something that will hold a load at 12'.

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                          5.0

                          Good solid light stand

                          By Bob

                          from Oklahoma City

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                            I use these to hold Alien Bees or White Lightening mono lights on usually with a huge umbrella or other heavy modifier. No problem with these stands. Recently, I have discovered the virtues of sandbagging. It instills such confidence knowing your stand won't fall over. These stands respond very well to sand bagging. I was about to put an White Lightening strobe with 22" beauty dish at full height (sand bagged) and everything was secure and solid as a rock.

                            This series of stand has been around for a long time. I normally carry around 5 of these all connected together. Well built and air cushioned stands are my first choice to use anytime.

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                            5.0

                            Great Trio

                            By Paul

                            from Kissimmee

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Manfrotto 1004BAC-3 QSS Air Cushioned Light Stand 3-Pack - 12' (3.6m):

                              Purchased these as a package to give me reach and security when putting up a 7 foot Octa or using them with a Boom for a rim light

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