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Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black)

B&H # MA1004BAC Mfr # 1004BAC
You Pay: $115.19
Product Highlights
  • Folds Flat, Stacks

The Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand is a lightweight support with an impressive load capacity. A clever design feature called QSS (Quick Stack System) allows the stand to fold flat, enabling several stands to be clipped together to save space in the studio or on the road.

The Alu Master has a 5/8" (16 mm) "Baby" stud and features air-cushioning to ensure a soft decent of fragile equipment when the locking knob is loosened.

Quick Set Up
Sets up easily in a matter of seconds
Very Stable
Engineered to be stable under recommended loads
Aluminum Locking Collars
Pressure die cast aluminum
Double Braced Leg Base
Extra stability and strength
Minimum Height 48.8" (124 cm)
Maximum Height 12' (3.65 m)
Closed Length 42" (106.6 cm)
Footprint Diameter 41.7" (106 cm)
Weight 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Maximum Load 19.8 lbs (9 kg)
Attachment Size 5/8" (16 mm)
Accepts Wheels No
Air Cushioned Yes
Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black)
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    ManfrottoAlu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black)
     
    4.9

    (based on 90 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (80)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (77)
    • Long-lasting (33)
    • Attaches securely (19)
    • Lightweight (19)
    • Good power output (17)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (46)
    • Indoors (45)
    • Outdoors (40)
    • Outdoor events / games (27)
    • Portraits (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (32), Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (76)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Manfrotto 1004BAC Light Stands Rock!

    A couple of years ago I bought four 13' Manfrotto 3078 light stands to support my Profoto Compact 600R monoblocks. I recently acquired two more Profoto Compact monoblocks - this time the 300R,...Read complete review

    A couple of years ago I bought four 13' Manfrotto 3078 light stands to support my Profoto Compact 600R monoblocks. I recently acquired two more Profoto Compact monoblocks - this time the 300R, and went to B&H looking for two more 3078 stands because I had such good luck with them. Being a creature of habit, I was disappointed to find that Manfrotto had discontinued the 3078 and replaced it with the 1004BAC. Under duress, I ordered two of the 1004BAC stands for my new Profoto monoblocks and boy was I blown away! They've added air cushoning to them, so the stand doesn't just collapse under the weight of the light when you loosen a collar. Also, they've come up with this amazing "fold flat" design that allows the stands to be stacked on each other, requiring a lot less apace in my light stand bag. Now for the bad news . . . I like my new 1004BAC stands so much that I want to replace my old 3078 stands even though there is nothing wrong with them!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Air Cushioned, what a joke

    The AC option on this stand isnt very reliable.

    AC is meant to slowly lower your light unit but with this stand it slams down!

    If you care...Read complete review

    The AC option on this stand isnt very reliable.

    AC is meant to slowly lower your light unit but with this stand it slams down!

    If you care for your flash unit or whatever you shoot with, dont buy this stand.

    Reviewed by 90 customers

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    5.0

    Clever, high-rise, compact, perfect

    By aeropix

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

        I'm a long fan of Manfrotto products. This stand has all the toughness and utility of previous 12' stands, and the fold-flat feature is a huge improvement when packing a bunch of them. Seems every bit as stable as the older designs.

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        • No

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        5.0

        I love these things - this is my 4th

        By Caprae

        from Athens, GA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • East To Transport
        • Easy to transport

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

            I esp. love the stack-ability. They are so easy to transport.

            I also appreciate that they have a threaded knob on top. I put a long nut on the bottom of a holder that supports three paper roles. I can't use it with my older light stands as they don't have the threaded top.

            Air cushioned, heavy load abilities. What more can you ask for.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very sturdy

            By Dustin H

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

              I'm very impressed with this stand. Not that heavy but sturdy to hold medium soft box with no problem. B&H shipping is unquestionable !!!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Stands

              By Lucas

              from Fort Wayne, Indiana

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Outdoors
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                I've got 4 of these, and they're rock solid.

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                • No

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                4.0

                You can't beat this

                By Bao Loi

                from Houston, Texas

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good value
                • Lasting
                • Price
                • Strong

                Cons

                • Connections
                • Knobs

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                I've use many manfrotto products in the past and they are always reliable. This light stand makes no difference. It is the standard manfrotto quality you would expect. I've used this at wedding reception and never had a problem with the mechanics and the air-cushion feature it comes with. The pins and turn dials are really well built. I only had problems with one of the light stand's tightening knobs. I have to push in the joint before the knobs locks in for me to tighten it. Other than that I'm quite satisfied with the stands for this price. You definitely should get this if you are a wedding photographer. Don't spend money on cheap light stands. Your speedlites and monolights deserve something that is durable to sit on. It's worth it.

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                5.0

                Good light stand for a good price

                By Jeremy Blake Photography

                from Huntington, WV

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                    Very solid. I have a fairly large softbox and it holds it just fine without leaning or moving around. It's pretty easy to open, and light enough to easily move around. Best of all, it has a locking mechanism so if you own a pair of these, they lock together to make it easier to move them around. I already have two of these and might purchase another 1-2.

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                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again and again

                    By erc_f

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                      Love this stand so much, I have found them to be quality made & durable too.
                      I feel very comfortable setting them up quickly and counting on them to hold and work as expected. Very great product.

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                      5.0

                      Exactly what I needed.

                      By Mike

                      from Spokane WA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                        Light weight and well built. I was a bit concerned about the air cushion when I first received the stand, but once I put a strobe and battery pack on the stand the the air cushion worked like a charm. It's really nice to use outdoors, when I'm constantly moving from location to location.

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                        5.0

                        Sturdy Stand

                        By Chip

                        from East Coast, USA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                          This stand is very stable and easy to set up.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again

                          By Jeff

                          from Cincinnati, OH

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                            Good Solid equipment

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            quality stands!

                            By B

                            from maryland

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                              for the price, AMAZING! light weight. awesome stack/storage feature! air cushioned! quality written all over. wide base! great stand!

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                              5.0

                              FanFreakinTastic

                              By Russ Hickman

                              from Philadelphia, PA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                                These are the absolute best light stands I own! I'm in love with how click together when you have more than one and they have a good weight to them which is good at wedding receptions. Go ahead and buy them. You know you want to.

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                                5.0

                                This is the second purchas

                                By Meyer

                                from Boyds, MD

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Long-Lasting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                                  These are excellent light stands for event photography. They are compact yet very sturdy with a great height capability.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Stand

                                  By Steve I

                                  from St. Louis, MO

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                                      Sturdy stand and well made. I love that you can stack these for easy transport and storage.

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                                      5.0

                                      Solidly Built

                                      By MKoller

                                      from WI

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Outdoors
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                                        I use these stands for Einstein strobes on location. Very well built and supports strobes nicely in the field. A little bulky when folded, however multiple units can stack together nicely. Anything this tall and sturdy is going to be a little bulky.

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent sturdy stand

                                        By EnMotion

                                        from Rockville, MD

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Long-Lasting
                                        • Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                        • Heavy
                                        • Large

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Indoors
                                        • Special Events
                                        • Studio

                                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                                        This stand stacks well and is a very sturdy stand for the height. I use it with some strobes and umbrellas and feel much more confident that my strobes and the stands aren't going anywhere. The stacking feature is great for transporting and storing them. I picked up the Hakuba PSTC 400 Stand Case which has plenty of room for these stands, umbrellas and would comfortably hold up to about 4 of these.

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                                        5.0

                                        Very Sturdy Nice Stand

                                        By Chris

                                        from Spartanburg, SC

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable

                                        Cons

                                        • Heavy

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                                        Extremely sturdy and well built as usual for Manfrotto. I think you could park your car on the thing if it could balance on the attachment point.

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                                        5.0

                                        Best Stands

                                        By John ramos

                                        from Texas

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable
                                        • Good Color Value
                                        • Long-Lasting
                                        • Powerful

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use

                                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                                          These stands are amazing. If you are looking for a great all around stand that you will be able to use with about anything then these stands are the stands for you.

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                                          5.0

                                          Well designed

                                          By Martin

                                          from Montreal, Canada.

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Long-Lasting

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Indoors
                                            • Outdoors
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Special Events

                                            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                                            This stand is simple, well designed. I love the Quick Stack System. It keeps your kit well organized and helps transport.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great Product

                                            By oc photographer

                                            from oc photographer

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attaches Securely
                                            • Durable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • General Use
                                              • Outdoors
                                              • Portraits

                                              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

                                              I bought this stand to hold a hot shoe flash soft box. The cheaper stand I previously had would lean over. The stand is very sturdy and very good quality.

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