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Manfrotto 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m)

B&H # MA1051BAC3 Mfr # 1051BAC-3
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Product Highlights
  • Black, Air Cushioned
  • "Stackable" When Closed
  • 4 Sections, 3 Risers
  • Double Threaded Spigot

This is the Manfrotto 1051BAC-3 Alu Baby Air Cushioned Light Stand Pack of 3. 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.

Lightweight Location Stand
  • Rises to a maximum height of 6.75' (2 m)
  • Can hold up to 8.8 lbs (4kg)
  • Air Cushioned
    Prevents damage to equipment or injury to fingers if you forget to fully tighten section locks
    Minimum Height 2.5' (75cm)
    Maximum Height 6.75' (2 m)
    Closed Length 2.2' (67cm)
    Footprint Diameter 2.3' (70cm)
    Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg)
    Maximum Load 8.8 lbs (4kg)
    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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m)
  • 3 x 1051BAC Alu Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand, Black - 6.75' (2m)
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m)
     
    4.0

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    73%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (8)
    • Durable (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (4)
      • General purpose (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      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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      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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

        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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

          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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

              Great product, I would definitely reccomend this item

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              • No

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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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                  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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                  • No

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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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                    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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                          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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                            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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                            • No

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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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                              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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                              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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                                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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                                    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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                                      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 1051BAC-3 Alu Mini Stand - Pack of 3 - 6.75' (2m):

                                        Compact, Feather weight, great design.

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