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Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7')

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Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7')

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  • Black, Air Cushioned
  • Quick Stack System (QSS)
  • 3 Sections, 2 Risers

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This is a Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack. Each stand rises to a maximum height of 7.75' (2.3 m), and is air cushioned. Formerly known as a "Stacker", these stands now have what is called the QSS - Quick Stand System. When folded, these 3 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
Model Number 1052BAC-3
Maximum Height 7.75' (2.34 m)
Minimum Height 3.3' (1.0 m)
Closed Length 2.8' (85 cm)
Footprint Diameter 3.6' (1.0 m)
Weight 2.65 lbs (1.2 kg)
Maximum Load 11 lbs (5.0 kg)
Attachment Size Baby 5/8" stud with 3/8 & 1/4-20" threaded top
Accepts Wheels No
Air Cushioned Yes
Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7')
  • 3 x Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand (Black, 7.7')
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty Extension
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    ManfrottoAlu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7')
     
    4.5

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Durable (11)
    • Compact (5)
    • Long-lasting (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (9)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Outdoors (4)
      • In the studio (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      They just work.. Really Really well

      These 'stands' are really great for on location shoots, the staking design allows them to be transported with ease and the weight is not too much of a problem considering I was carting...Read complete review

      These 'stands' are really great for on location shoots, the staking design allows them to be transported with ease and the weight is not too much of a problem considering I was carting them up a goat track!
      like most Manfrotto products the build quality is solid and reliable.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good Stands with reservations

      These are nice stands, like all Manfrottos, but seem less than claimed.
      First, didn't notice until I got them, but the three-pack is not the same as when purchased separately. Look...Read complete review

      These are nice stands, like all Manfrottos, but seem less than claimed.
      First, didn't notice until I got them, but the three-pack is not the same as when purchased separately. Look closely at the images and you'll see the threesomes don't have the removable, reversible stud on top, but a fixed one like the cheaper versions. So, I'd at least get them individually.
      Also, the air cushioning -- awesome on my 13' Manfrottos -- seems non-existent on these. Maybe the plastic clamps in place of metal causes enough friction that the cushioning never shows up.
      I returned these and bought cheaper ones that should be just as good.

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      4.0

      A good value, but...

      By Mark E.

      from Mechanicsville, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Question durability

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

      I bought these stands for the lights/softboxes for my standard firearms photography setup because I wanted to repurpose the heavy-duty stands I was currenlty using. I have many Manfrotto products and had always been satisfied.

      I had very specific dimensional requirements for these stands and these stand met those requirements. I spent a little extra for these stands becasue my previous Manfrotto products were always well engineered and durable. I was, however, disappointed to find all plastic connectors/fittings on these stands. They just weren't has sturdy as I had expected from Manfrotto.

      Now, Manfrotto did include a little tag explaining that the new plastic parts were supposedly stronger than aluminum. We shall see.

      The ability to stack these stands does make it easier to tranport these stands and take up less room in my bags.

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      2.0

      Great stacker idea / weak plastic

      By El Presidente

      from Baltimore, MD

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Weak Plastic Hooks

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

      I'm a cinematographer that bought this kit to use with my LED lights. I have a custom pelican case and these happen to fit inside it perfectly along with the lights. They handle adequate weight and seem sturdy enough.
      However, the biggest reason I purchased this kit was for the "stacker" or "clicakble" way the three stands come together for storage, but this feature is entirely dependent on a small and weak plastic hook that once it breaks you can't stack them anymore. After only 1 week of delicate in-studio handling, these hooks broke on 2 of the 3 stands. This is entirely unacceptable and I think Manfrotto missed the mark on these. If they made these hooks out of metal maybe I reconsider. 2 stars.

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      5.0

      Great stands

      By Eka

      from Melbourne

      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

      Lightweight and functional, great.

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      5.0

      New light stands

      By Just me

      from Whittier, Ca

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

        These light stands are a lot more sturdier than the standard ones that came with the lighting set, a definite upgrade!

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        5.0

        Compact and Sturdy

        By Dave B.

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Outside
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

          This three pack is just what I needed for my on location portrait shoots. They conveniently attach together for easy transport and are very light weight. These are my first air cushioned stands and I regret not buying them sooner. Overall, the combination of great features makes these a must have. I also purchased the Manfrotto LBAG90 small light stand bag to carry them in.

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          4.0

          good for lightweight stuff

          By Nick the Namer

          from Toronto, ON

          About Me Hobbyist

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

            Very light and compact, easy to put together, but these stands are a bit flimsy so I wouldn't put anything heavy (e.g. studio strobes with large soft boxes) on them.

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            4.0

            Great for location work

            By Reji

            from Montreal, Qc, Ca

            About Me Professional Artist

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                Great stand to bring with you on location, easy and fast to set up.The way they attach to each other is great (a lot better than the previous version with the rubber band)The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of the air cushioned witch doesn't really work, it has a slight effect but it's not enough to protect your light if it "drops".I think the stand would be better without it because when you raise a section you also have to hold down the base of the stand so it doesn't raises with the section.

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                5.0

                Love these

                By Arvin

                from VA

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                  I use these light stands all the time in my shootings. They are so durable and easy to carry. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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                  5.0

                  Great light stand for strobist shooters

                  By shooter

                  from Roseville, CA

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • In The Studio
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                  I have a pair of Manfrotto 001B's, the original Strobist stand, and it works well indoors. But once you take that stand outside or raise it up past 6 feet, you'll be praying for a break with the wind gods.The 1052BAC is an excellent stand for small flashes. Very sturdy, wide base, well built, easy on the hands when tightening/untightening, and best yet: it packs well! This is a very nice upgrade for anyone wanting a sturdy stand.Also, 1052BAC. These stands are exactly the same with the added benefit of don't believe the previous reviewer who said that the stands in the 3-pack aren't the same as the individual being slightly cheaper when purchased in a 3 pack.

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                  5.0

                  great set of light stands

                  By Yaneck (Chicago Wedding Photographer)

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good price value
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Quality of build

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Location
                  • Studio lighting

                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                  I love these light stands. They are pretty sturdy and the air cushion helps a lot to avoid them slamming down when loosen up.
                  The stacking feature is great when packing them in my bag.

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                  3.0

                  Good Stands with reservations

                  By Geezerdog

                  from New Mexico

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                        These are nice stands, like all Manfrottos, but seem less than claimed.
                        First, didn't notice until I got them, but the three-pack is not the same as when purchased separately. Look closely at the images and you'll see the threesomes don't have the removable, reversible stud on top, but a fixed one like the cheaper versions. So, I'd at least get them individually.
                        Also, the air cushioning -- awesome on my 13' Manfrottos -- seems non-existent on these. Maybe the plastic clamps in place of metal causes enough friction that the cushioning never shows up.
                        I returned these and bought cheaper ones that should be just as good.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very nice stands

                        By Motionblur

                        from Oslo, Norway

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                            Excellent lightstands for travel and location shooting. Really nice stacking feature.

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                            5.0

                            These stands a really nice stands

                            By photog1

                            from Streator IL

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Long-Lasting

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time
                              • Outdoors
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                              very nice design, very sturdy and compact

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                              5.0

                              great product

                              By silver pete

                              from Vermont

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                                These stands are fantastic. Because they latch together, they make travel easy. I wouldn't usually bring a stand this large in the field unless I absolutely needed the extra reach. These are different. Full size stands that make a compact package for travel. And they're air cushioned.

                                Great for the studio too. Quality stands.

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                                4.0

                                Great bang for your buck

                                By Patrick

                                from Seattle

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Outdoors

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                                  Great set of stands and perfect for on location work. These are sturdy enough to support a medium sized softbox and it's great that they can stack together for easier storage.

                                  I give them 4/5 because like others have said, they do have a tendency to sag under a little weight. Not a big deal and it doesn't impact their performance. I ended up putting a strip of 1/4in electrical tape down one side of the center column which gives it a little extra traction to prevent them from sagging.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent!

                                  By Ricardo

                                  from El Salvador

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                                    Love the portability of these lightstands. They are well built and the quality its just obvious. They are not heavy at all and assembly is really easy. I like a lot the stack system. Excellent buy.

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                                    4.0

                                    lightweight and easy to pack around

                                    By Laurie

                                    from Oregon

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use

                                      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                                      The overall quality is good. These are lightweight and sturdy so I would have to rate them accordingly. My only concern is one previously stated, that is they do not secure tightly no matter how tight you crank down on the knob. If you want something that won't move you may want to try another manfrotti stand.

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                                      5.0

                                      Quality & stability with minimum weight

                                      By visiblerange

                                      from Perth, Australia

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                                          I use these to hold my Nikon speedlights with umbrellas and to hold a fairly heavy and long light disk holder/boom.

                                          100cm (1m) base comes in very handy when holding the light disk holder with a sand bag for counter balance.
                                          (Please note that no lightweight portable stand will hold a long heavy boom without a counter balance)

                                          Stands stack very firmly and neatly together for transporting and storing. The stacking mechanism allows more than three stands to be stacked and they also double as hooks for attaching a strap for carrying them around.

                                          The other aspect I specifically want to alert the buyers about is the size of these stands. Please check the specifications before you buy. At 85cm 'closed' theses are really 'BIG' (85cm is half the size of a average size human being)
                                          So if you are a strobist ninja who wants to carry these with a shoulder strap, I advise you to physically check these out before buying.

                                          Then again the size along with the manfrotto build quality make these super stable; and at that size I would categorize these as super lightweight.

                                          On top of everything these are air cushioned as well.

                                          I'm very happy with my purchases!

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                                          4.0

                                          Space saver

                                          By Kanjigator

                                          from Baltimore

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Fill Flash

                                              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                                              Nice compact lightstands. Not for large softboxes or heavy lights.

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                                              5.0

                                              Bought this, then bought again!

                                              By rick

                                              from brooklyn

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Air cushioning
                                              • Compact
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Stores well
                                              • Versatile

                                              Cons

                                              • Sinks on the leg collar

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Holds backdrops etc
                                              • Holds lights

                                              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Air-Cushioned Compact Stand Quick Stack 3-Pack (Black, 7.7'):

                                              I'm turning into a lightstand junkie with these lightstands. Like all things, there's often a compromise with one thing or another. These stands are a good compromise between size (for storage) and utility. I bought the three pack, then a week later got another three.

                                              One thing I've noticed with these stands is they will 'sink' a little bit (2-4") even with the leg collars from fully open. I've tried cranking it tight, but there's still some sag. It's not too much of a problem because I'm not fully extending the poles, so can still dial in the right height, but I found it unusual.

                                              I haven't transported them yet, but it definitely seems like they'll be perfect for on the subway. The locking mechanism seems fairly secure and three of these stands take up less space than my other Manfrottos. & Storage, they seem stack nicely.

                                              I do wish they had a lower height, they'd be much more flexible that way.

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