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

B&H # MA1004BAC3 Mfr # 1004BAC-3
You Pay: $299.99
Mail-in Rebate: -$15.00 (see details)
Offer Ends: APR 30 '14
Price after Rebate: $284.99
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 61 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (52)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (42)
    • Reliable (40)
    • Consistent (23)
    • Lightweight (23)
    • Durable (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Strobe lighting (43)
      • Photography (37)
      • Portraits (34)
      • Artificial lighting (30)
      • Weddings (20)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (28), Pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (54)

      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 61 customers

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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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            • 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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              • 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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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great light stands

                    By felo

                    from new jersey

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    they stack flat and very good for travel the only thing is you need to buy the bag. Very steady stands. I use them for speedlight photography. They are heavy the reason to have a bag.

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                    5.0

                    High quality light stands

                    By sprog

                    from Adelaide, Australia

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Very happy with the quality. They still compact, and not too heavy either.

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                      5.0

                      The Perfect Three

                      By BooBerry

                      from Sedona, AZ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Discreet
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Strobe Lighting
                        • Weddings

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

                        I added discreet as a ' pro' because when extended a full 12' high you can tuck the stands into a corner, sandbag them, they are sturdy, easy to use, quick to set up... best of all, they fit together and lock as one piece.. You almost don't need any sort of carrying case for them! Best lighting accessories purchase I've made this year! Love them!

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                        4.0

                        Nice and high but hard to open...

                        By Stephanie.B

                        from Québec, Canada

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • High

                        Cons

                        • Difficult to set up

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Until now I had difficulty to open those light stands. Hope that with time it's gonna be easier. Except this, very nice stands, very high!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again and again

                        By H. Tolíni

                        from Mexico

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Weddings

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

                          Excelente producto. Sin mas son MANFROTTO

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                          5.0

                          Good package

                          By photo junky

                          from park city, ut

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I would prefer if this were a little more heavy duty, but there not flimsy either. The snap together makes life in my bags so much easier. Air cushion is well balanced.

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