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Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12')

B&H # MA1004BAC MFR # 1004BAC
Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12')

Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12 Folded Magnified View 3-8 Thread Magnified View Magnified View Stacked

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  • Folds Flat, Stacks
  • 3 Risers

You Pay: $115.08

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The 12' Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned 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
Maximum Height 12' (3.65 m)
Minimum Height 48.8" (124 cm)
Closed Length 42" (106.6 cm)
Footprint Diameter 41.7" (106 cm)
Weight 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Maximum Load 19.8 lb (9 kg)
Attachment Size 5/8" (16 mm)
Accepts Wheels No
Air Cushioned Yes
Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12')
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    ManfrottoAlu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12')
     
    4.9

    (based on 113 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (102)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (94)
    • Long-lasting (42)
    • Attaches securely (25)
    • Lightweight (25)
    • Good power output (20)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (59)
    • Indoors (55)
    • Outdoors (49)
    • Outdoor events / games (34)
    • Portraits (28)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (40), Semi-pro photographer (39), Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (94)

    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 113 customers

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    5.0

    This is the one.

    By Biker Billy

    from Wilmington, NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

      These are the best stands I've ever used. I've been a professional photographer for about 16 years and I've been through a lot of gear. These stands are sturdy, reek quality and the ability to lock them together for a more secure package is priceless. The connectors are plastic, but it seems to be a good quality plastic. No problems so far. I'm a wedding photographer who often rides a motorcycle to jobs as the parking at a lot of our local venues is horrible. I'm able to strap these stands to the rack on my bike as they don't move around when locked together. The height is great and I'll have these stands for many years. I use them for moonlights and speed lights at weddings.

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      5.0

      Great stands

      By Ashley Deaner

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

        I bought a pair of these stands for backdrop and light stands after going through a few discount sets. Don't throw your money away on cheap stands and just save up for the manfrottos. Yes these are expensive but they just work and transport easily. The air cushion is just the right amount, no more struggling to break down after a shoot.

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        5.0

        Sturdy, solid stand

        By Taper_Friendly

        from Central Illinois

        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

        Just bought this to replace my bulky 9' lighting stand and I couldn't be happier. I am using this to mount 6 microphones and the extra 3' that this stand provides is wonderful. It feels rock solid fully extended and collapses quickly. It's design makes it very trasportable and lightweight.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Stand!

        By Kinetic Stills

        from Norfolk, Va

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

          I saw someone say that this stands air cushion (ac) wasn't the best. I personally have had zero issues with the air cushion of this stand. It's worked wonderfully.

          With these stands being stackable, it's truly awesome for event work. It makes moving them to location a breeze.

          If you're looking for a stand that doesn't suck, gets the job done, stacks together, and is made by a reputable company... this is the one for you.

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          5.0

          Sturdy, tall and convenient

          By Lee Photo

          from Pittsburgh

          About Me 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 Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

            They cost a little more but are worth the cost over the long term. They are sturdy and tall and I have no hesitation to hang my lights on them. I have seven of these and they will last forever. The locking feature for carrying groups together is an added bonus. Have one other stand that came with a kit that I paid less for and I wouldn't even hang a reflector on it - going into trash

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            5.0

            Top Quality

            By malaika

            from kansas

            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

            Returned a lastolite kit coz it claimed to have a manfrotto 1052 stand. The umbrella was awesome but the stand I got was not as advertised. Am glad I did. This is the first quality stand I own but I doubt
            anything else is better for the price. Maybe
            just as good but not better. Solid solid
            stand with excellent hardware. Best is that
            it folds flat and stacks together with other
            Compatible stands. I plan on owning another so the stackable feature was a must for me. Yes, it is much much more expensive than the one I returned, which had air cushioning and seemed solid but its much much better quality. Like comparing a Ferrari with the best car Toyota produces if that makes sense. Highly recommended. I am gentle with my equipment and I know this will last a lifetime.

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            5.0

            Solid, Stable Product

            By Shawn R H

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

              I bought this based on a) Manfrotto stand reviews, b) wanted something a little taller than average and c) already own and love a Manfrotto tripod. I have been using this product now for a couple weeks and it is a solid piece of equipment. It will not easily knock over and is very stable and highly adjustable to create a perfect shot.

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              5.0

              Nice Lighting Stand

              By Drowning

              from State College, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Outdoors

                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                Sturdy and easy to use. Love Manfrotto products.

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                5.0

                High quality and sturdy stand

                By Paul

                from Southwest, WA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                  This is a really sturdy and durable stand that I used to put a 7ft parabolic umbrella on with a speedlight. It extends up to 12ft which is quite tall compared to other stand and with that heavy umbrella on it, the stand didn't bend. Highly recommend this product.

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                  5.0

                  Absolutely solid

                  By MattM

                  from Wisconsin

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                  So much more solid and sturdy than the $ lightstands I had previously purchased. The max height on these is also lovely, much more useful for standing subjects than the 8 foot light stands I have.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Travel Stand

                  By William Ross

                  from New York City

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                    They lock together for travel really well, feel more sturdy than other kit stands, and you can even attach a strap with two clasps on the plastic locking loops on the top-most one to carry a set over your shoulder if you don't have a case.One leg doesn't sit tight in when closed up and you move it—it wiggles a little when closed—not a big deal when carrying in a bag.

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                    5.0

                    Alu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black)

                    By Runner

                    from Boise, Idaho

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                      Excellent built. Little bit larger than I thought but it handles well and made in Italy.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great, strong lighting stand

                      By Tat

                      from Ardmore, PA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                      This stand is very strong for its weight. It extends higher than its sister Manfrotto stand. I use it with an Zylight 12 lb. Fresnel with no problems. Safely holds the light, even at 10 feet.

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                      5.0

                      Sturdy

                      By JKOgden

                      from Maine

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                        This stand is fairly light weight and sturdy as well. I didn't think that I'd care abotu the air cusion feature but it is pretty handy. I bought two and the QSS feature is nice as well.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Light Stand

                        By MatthewMPP

                        from Mesa, AZ.

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                          This stand has a wide foot-print, and is very tall. It folds flat so that you can stack several of them together. Each segment is air cushioned. All of the parts on it are really well built. On the top of the light stand it has both a standard top and a threaded tip on it. I have 6 of them, and I love working with them.

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                          4.0

                          Awesome Stand!

                          By John

                          from Phoenix, Az

                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                          These stands are just about the coolest portable stands ever. They all click together and make air travel with stands a breeze. They are light weight and strong and throw them in a flight case and your off without paying tons of money for overweight baggage. My one gripe is the rubber on the turns does fall off pretty easily. Doesn't effect performance but does knock a star off what would have been a perfect score.

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                          5.0

                          I love these stands

                          By Stephen d

                          from Alexandria, Va

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                          I have actually bought six of these stands in the past. They lock together very nicely (easy to carry) and are remarkably sturdy. I use them for Wedding Receptions mostly and they have never once been knocked over. After discovering these stands, I have never even bothered looking for anything else!

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                          5.0

                          Great Stand!

                          By BBurk

                          from Salt Lake City, UT

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                          Manfrotto products are the best!

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                          5.0

                          A Cut Above

                          By RT

                          from Charlotte, NC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                            I've used various other stands that were a little more on the budget side and never had much confidence in their durability or stability. This stand by manfrotto is a cut above the others and seems very stable and durable. Combined with a sandbag it's even stable for outdoor work.

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                            5.0

                            very sturdy

                            By Highlight Your Wrinkles

                            from Sacramento,CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black,12'):

                              Adore, admire, and happy to own this great light stand

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