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Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7')

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Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7')

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  • Stackable When Closed
  • 4 Sections, 3 Risers
  • Double Threaded Spigot

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This is the black, 7' Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack. With a patented Quick Stack System (QSS), ease of transport is optimized. Connecting the stands together saves a lot of room while storing them in the studio or in a location case.

The 1051BAC is an updated version of the "Stacker" stand.

Model Number 1051BAC-3
Maximum Height 6.9' (2.1 m)
Minimum Height 2.5' (75 cm)
Closed Length 2.2' (67 cm)
Footprint Diameter 2.3' (70 cm)
Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg)
Maximum Load 8.8 lbs (4.0 kg)
Attachment Size Baby 5/8" top with 1/4"-20 thread under removable 3/8" thread
Accepts Wheels Not Specified by Manufacturer
Air Cushioned Yes
Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7')
  • 3 x Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand (Black, 7')
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    ManfrottoAlu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7')
     
    4.1

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (9)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Compact (3)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (4)
      • General purpose (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Must have for your travel kit.

      These are the best little stands I have ever own with just enough height
      for sit down interviews. I love the way they fold up and interlock
      with each other to stow...Read complete review

      These are the best little stands I have ever own with just enough height
      for sit down interviews. I love the way they fold up and interlock
      with each other to stow flat taking up little room in my DOC package.
      The small footprint allows you to place them in tight places but saying
      that you should be careful over loading them as with any stand.
      I bag them for that extra safety factor when I super compress the footprint in really, really tight places.
      I use extra straps banding them together and wrap them in cloth before packing them with other check in gear.
      Love the air sound!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Compact but not very stable

      I own six of the original compact 4-section light stands from Manfrotto - the ones without air cushioning and the locking feature. They fold down small enough to fit in a location lighting...Read complete review

      I own six of the original compact 4-section light stands from Manfrotto - the ones without air cushioning and the locking feature. They fold down small enough to fit in a location lighting kit, and hold most lights and modifiers. I use them to hold monolights, reflectors, and flags on location.

      These new Air Cushioned stands are the same length when folded, so they fit in many rolling cases designed for lighting gear. They also have a clever way of folding flat and locking together.

      The Air Cushion feature keeps the stand from collapsing when I loosen the lock knob. This will protect a light from impact damage. This feature takes up more room at each joint, which has two negative effects:

      1. It decreases the length of the three support legs. That means the overall diameter of the stand when erected is about 6 inches (15 cm) smaller, making it less stable and more prone to tipping as compared to the original non-air-cushioned stands.

      2. The overall height is about 8 inches (21 cm) shorter. This is not as much of an issue for me, as the ~7 foot height is fine for most applications. Given the lower stability, I wouldn't want it much higher anyway.

      Overall I prefer the non-air cushioned model.

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      5.0

      Love the small footprint.

      By sonomaboy

      from SF Bay Area, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Small Footprint
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

          Okay, there have been some reviews that these stands are not very stable because of the small footprint, light weight, etc. But the word "mini" in the heading is a clue: these are not designed for an Apollo 43" Orb. For me, the small footprint is what makes them great for tight shoots using speedlights. I am a speedlight guy (actually Speedlite, as in Canon). I use these with my naked and bounced 600-EX's dressed with either Rogue flashbenders or Rogue spot grids. They also work in close-quarters with softboxes up to 24". However, I have not used these outdoors with lighting mods...*any* wind would probably blow them over. And indoors, I do not extend them to their max except with lone speedlights, usually to get nearer to the ceiling to avoid direct flash. For tight inside shoots with speedlights where I don't want folks tripping over your stands, these are great. And they are out of the way for rimlight and backgrounds. Because of their small footprint, I can place these stands behind couches, chairs, in a corner, etc. These are the only stands I brought out for our recent family holiday gatherings (and stumbling, if you get the drift). And just for reference, I also own a set of the "medium" stands (1052BAC-3) which are rock solid for larger softboxes such as Lastolite and Westcott Apollos/Orbs, and which I own and very much enjoy using. As others have pointed out, the build quality is outstanding and I love the way they nest into each other for storage. I do not own a lot of Manfrotto equipment, preferring RRS and Gitzo for my camera supports. But for lighting supports and related lighting equipment, I will usually check out Manfrotto first. As a final caveat, I am very much an amateur and I don't make a living at this stuff, but I love the craft and it has become my retirement devotion. And I've owned and sold enough equipment over the years to know what works for me. These Manfrotto stands are a keep.

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          2.0

          Not the best footprint

          By LWink

          from McMurray, PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Unstable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

            I have these same stands in the 9ft size and they are great, so I wanted to get smaller ones too. The problem with the 6.75' ones are not in the quality or the height, as smaller standes are often needed. The problem with them lies in the small footprint, much smaller than other short stands I currently have. I certainly would not put a studio strobe head on these, and may even be leery of putting a portable flash on one due to the fact that one leg extends enough in the forward direction, but the back two legs don't go out far at all and could cause the stand to easily tip. I'm not even certain it would be stable enough for anything but the smallest reflector. I returned them and will purchase the next size up. If only the footprint were more stable, these would be a winner.

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            2.0

            One step forward, a giant leap backward!

            By Nik

            from Alexandria, VA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors

              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

              I own three of the earlier model of mini stands that did not feature air cushioning. Having the air cushion is definitely a plus even though it comes at the expense of making each section a little longer. However, Monfrotto have made legs shorter to keep the overal folded length short and on top of that they've replaced the solid aluminum alloy shaft and base with plastic versions. As the result they have made these stands too unstable and risky to use, as they can easily tip over by a little shake.

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              5.0

              great value

              By JS

              from Mass.

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors

                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                  Great product, I would definitely reccomend this item

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By Thi Bui

                  from Brisbane, Australia

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                      Very light, quick release and convenient to stack together for moving around . Just be careful if you want to load the light-modifier like umbrella or soft box on as a small wind might take down the light stand.
                      Perfect for using with speedlights setup :)

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                      5.0

                      Very Portable

                      By Matrix

                      from Toronto

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portable

                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                        These stands are great , they are light and very portible

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                        4.0

                        It's what I needed in a light stand

                        By Hankie

                        from Oakland, Ca

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                              It works great in a tight space.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              So far, so good...

                              By 3mtnlabbie

                              from Denver, CO

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Small

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors

                                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                                I really like how much these compact down and attach to themselves and stay together. I'm a bit concerned about how much true weight they can hold in the future but for now they are fine. I shoot very small subjects in a very small studio. I would worry if I had a HUGE light box and heavy lights about how sturdy they are but I do like them for what I need them for.

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                                3.0

                                Can't Believe this Passed Engineering

                                By CBS

                                from USA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Portability

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy
                                • Weak

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                                  Thought it might be a good tradeoff between portability and use for 600 watt led video lights weighing in at 16 oz. Not good at at all. At lowest level will work but that isn't the purpose of a video light stand. The legs opened are too narrow of a footprint so if accidentally hit on location it would tip over easily even with a sandbag. Lights I am using are only 12"x12"x1" so weight is centered over uprights.

                                  Also aluminum is so lightweight that any fan nearby causes the top two levels to sway.

                                  Just too lightweight for anything other than a remote flash.

                                  Heavier gauge aluminum and 5" wider footprint would make it slightly heavier but improve usage significantly.

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                                  3.0

                                  Compact but not very stable

                                  By Ken Bennett

                                  from Winston-Salem, NC

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Light

                                  Cons

                                  • Less stable

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Location Lighting

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                                  I own six of the original compact 4-section light stands from Manfrotto - the ones without air cushioning and the locking feature. They fold down small enough to fit in a location lighting kit, and hold most lights and modifiers. I use them to hold monolights, reflectors, and flags on location.

                                  These new Air Cushioned stands are the same length when folded, so they fit in many rolling cases designed for lighting gear. They also have a clever way of folding flat and locking together.

                                  The Air Cushion feature keeps the stand from collapsing when I loosen the lock knob. This will protect a light from impact damage. This feature takes up more room at each joint, which has two negative effects:

                                  1. It decreases the length of the three support legs. That means the overall diameter of the stand when erected is about 6 inches (15 cm) smaller, making it less stable and more prone to tipping as compared to the original non-air-cushioned stands.

                                  2. The overall height is about 8 inches (21 cm) shorter. This is not as much of an issue for me, as the ~7 foot height is fine for most applications. Given the lower stability, I wouldn't want it much higher anyway.

                                  Overall I prefer the non-air cushioned model.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Great for Basic Interviews

                                  By Robert

                                  from Berkeley, CA

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely
                                  • Durable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Interviews

                                    Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                                    They're portable enough to carry to locations, and they hold my Lowel Rifas fine, although the EX 66 puts a noticeable bow in the stand when at its tallest length, and the stand will tilt and fall without a weight or if the light isn't aligned with one of the tripod's feet. I use them for interviews, and for a sit-down, the stands' heights are fine.

                                    The tripod's footprint is smaller than ones of similar size—a feature that cuts both ways. It makes for great portability, but the tip-over risk is higher, so I have to be extra alert as to how I place my lights on the stand.

                                    I like the locking together feature. It helps keep my lighting kit bag organized.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Product

                                    By Matrix Photo

                                    from Toronto, Ont

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                                        How you use the product:
                                        On location , shooting events

                                        Things that are great about it
                                        Its just as easy to carry 3 stands as it is 1

                                        Things that aren't so great about it
                                        A strap would be nice

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Must have for your travel kit.

                                        By Edward

                                        from Toronto

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Photojournalism
                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                                          These are the best little stands I have ever own with just enough height
                                          for sit down interviews. I love the way they fold up and interlock
                                          with each other to stow flat taking up little room in my DOC package.
                                          The small footprint allows you to place them in tight places but saying
                                          that you should be careful over loading them as with any stand.
                                          I bag them for that extra safety factor when I super compress the footprint in really, really tight places.
                                          I use extra straps banding them together and wrap them in cloth before packing them with other check in gear.
                                          Love the air sound!

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

                                          Share this review

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          The Best Light Stands

                                          By Play it Again Sam

                                          from Sydney Australia

                                          About Me Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits
                                            • Studio
                                            • Traveling

                                            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Mini Compact Air-Cushioned Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7'):

                                            Compact, Feather weight, great design.

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