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ManfrottoBacklight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5")
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Reliable (21)
  • Easy to set up (17)
  • Easy to setup (15)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (34)
  • Photography (27)
  • Strobe lighting (23)
  • Artificial lighting (22)
  • General purpose (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (23), Pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I like this stand

I bought one of these backlight stands about 10 or so years ago and i just bought a second one. "Back in the day" you used to have to pay extra for...Read complete review

I bought one of these backlight stands about 10 or so years ago and i just bought a second one. "Back in the day" you used to have to pay extra for black stands. This one comes in black as standard and seems to be the same high quality as the older stand with one noticeable improvement. The knob for tightening the pole used to be an uncomfortable squarish shape. Now they use a much better, wing-nut style tightener. Nice.
I use this stand for back lights and main lights that i need lower than my other stands will allow. I've also used it to mic my bass drum or amp, mount a Zoom H4 stereo recorder, etc. Its pretty versatile.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK

This stand is a bit wobbly with my Bowen's moonlight. Very compact and love how low it gets to the floor but not the most stable at max height.

This stand is a bit wobbly with my Bowen's moonlight. Very compact and love how low it gets to the floor but not the most stable at max height.

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5.0

Great little stand

By Cole

from Dalton, Ga.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

    This is my first Manfrotto product.I am very pleased with it, very well made.

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    5.0

    Handy little stand

    By PabloH3

    from Maryland

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

      This stand does what it's supposed to do. It is well built and cleverly designed. I have a couple of regular Manfrotto stands also, and like the quality and workmanship of their products.
      I opted to get the stand and pole combo for greater versatiliy.

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      5.0

      Best Tiny Stand

      By photoBLAKE

      from Lambertville, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Headshots
        • Indoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events
        • Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

        If you own any Manfrotto products, you should already know why this stand gets 5 stars. This is an excellent little stand that I should have purchased a long time ago. I use it to support a Paul C. Puff Einstein light and reflector for lighting a backdrop. It's a fairly basic piece of equipment, but it's super useful. The feet are detachable from the pole, so you can mount something directly to the feet if you needed to, or to pack it to take up almost no space. Great simple product with the typical Manfrotto level of quality.

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        4.0

        Almost perfect

        By Dawn DeMeo Photography

        from Groton, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Not Adjustable Enough

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

        This sturdy stand folds up easily and is sturdy enough to support an AlienBee strobe with a small modifier. It is much shorter than my other light stands, which is the point. It's easy to take the adjustable extension pole in and out depending on the height you need. The only downside is there is no in-between height between having the extension pole at it's lowest height or using just the base. You go from approximately 20" off the ground to 3.5" off the ground. If you want your light 10" off the ground, this isn't going to work.

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        4.0

        Doin it's job, cheaply

        By Scott lighting backgrounds

        from NY and SF

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • As Good As Others
        • Cheaper Than Others
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

          Great for lighting backgrounds. Or the need to hide a light.

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          4.0

          above and beyond

          By krista

          from Charleston, SC

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

            I am a photography student, and the original item I ordered was on BO and finally a supervisor was able to find me a compatible solution for the product I ordered. I received it in 2 days!Thank youPS please complement you supervisor for me. He was very very helpful, and patient dealing with a very upset customer that had been hung up on twice, and told that they didn't know about the product that I was looking for. Thank you very help and caring employee

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            4.0

            Useful piece of kit

            By dakotakid

            from Rochester, Michigan

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

              Excellent for placing a light low to the floor. Extension tube is either high or low. Some adjustment possible, but as previous reviewer said, only goes as low as 30" or the floor. Not really a show stopper. Extension tube is an extra bonus to me. Folds nicely, solid stops.

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              5.0

              Great for Getting Low

              By JJJJ

              from Cranston, RI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                When you need to place a light low, this is the gizmo to get.

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                5.0

                Top Quality

                By Langer

                from New Zealand

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                  Very good quality. I would get two of these babies if I was you.

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                  5.0

                  Well Built Background Light Stand

                  By billyray1usa

                  from Southern Indiana

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio Style Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                    Breaks down into two pieces for easy storage in my light case. Sturdy design. Lets me set up background light for about 18 inches to 3 feet -- a range I couldn't get with my small standard light stands.

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                    5.0

                    Classic Perfection

                    By pictureted

                    from Redwood City, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden Macro
                      • General Use
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                      I usually only use the Backlight Stand with a Photoflex Telespoping Litedisc Holder, but the extension are adds little cost a great deal of additional flexibility when you want it. I like using the Litedisc's with the Backlight Stand when shooting macro in the garden. I don't like flash and the reflectors help fill shadows and add light. I add a sand bag when it get windy.

                      Used to use these stands/poles with Dynalights and they still work perfectly for that.

                      A real bargain too!

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                      5.0

                      Backlight stand

                      By mwilltn

                      from Chattanooga, TN

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                        Used this already in a headshot session and it is exactly what I was looking for. Very sturdy.

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                        5.0

                        Just perfect

                        By Lauree

                        from Erie, PA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                          Product exactly as described. I think I will be getting a second one!

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                          5.0

                          Does the job!

                          By Fred721

                          from Butler, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                            Using this to support a strobe for a back-light. very strong and sturdy stand. Very easy to set up.

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                            4.0

                            Does what it's supposed to do.

                            By bfarwell

                            from Brooklyn, NY

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                              Seems to be well-made, breaks down to a small size, holds a light. Not much more to be said. Significantly shorter than my previous background stand, which was basically just a very small lightstand. Has the additional advantage that it can be opened part-way to a 'T' shape and placed directly against wall to serve as a support for something (I used two of these with superclamps to hold the base of a sheet of plexi against a window)

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                              5.0

                              Perfect for low lighting

                              By Andy

                              from Fort Collins, CO

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Reliable
                              • Solid
                              • Wont Tip Over

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                                I bought this and a 156BLB at the same time thinking they would each have their strengths and weaknesses and that turned out to be the case.

                                By omitting the extension pole this unit puts your light low to the ground and is solid. Being heavier than the 15BLB and with legs that extend out further it feels much less likely to tip over and can handle more weight. The legs have stops on them so when spreading they naturally stop when evenly spaced a third apart. The pivot joint is stiff, so some force is required to spread the legs but once in place they'll stay where you want them. The legs have generous rubber tips so they won't scratch the floor and won't slide around. I don't intend to use the fully extended center column so I can't comment on fully extended use. Unlike the 156BLB, there's enough room to put sandbags on the legs, but I don't think I'll ever need to.

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                                5.0

                                Perfect low profile stand

                                By Ziggy

                                from St. Petersburg, FL

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography
                                  • Strobe Lighting

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                                  This stand is perfect solution for aiming my strobes to lit the back ground from low angles or for a table top photography when you need to lit things up from underneath. It can be used without extension pole to fix the light virtually at the floor level.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect stand

                                  By Sunbay

                                  from Nyc

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                                    Great for back light and mobile setup

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                                    4.0

                                    Solid...but

                                    By Susie B in Michigan

                                    from Grand Rapids, MI

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent

                                    Cons

                                    • Multiple Pieces

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Photography

                                    Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                                    Solid little stand and does exactly what it is supposed to do...but I think if I was to buy again I'd go with the Manfrotto 156BLB Black Mini Kit Stand - 4'. I like the legs being part of the unit versus having to set up the legs in this unit. Yes, you can set the flash up practically on the floor, but this unit is either carrying around multiple parts, or a pain to carry around. I don't own the 156 yet, it keep son going out of stock...maybe because it is super awesome? But look at both and decide which one fits your needs.

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                                    5.0

                                    Just what I was looking for!

                                    By Bro Dave

                                    from Louisville KY

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting
                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about Manfrotto Backlight Stand with Pole (Black, 33.5"):

                                      Well built stand that will get you low to the ground when needed.

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