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Manfrotto420B Combi Boom Stand (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 112 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (79)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (58)
  • Lightweight (46)
  • Reliable (38)
  • Easy to set up (28)
  • Attaches securely (23)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (50)
  • General purpose (33)
  • Indoors (31)
  • Photography (27)
  • Strobe lighting (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (42), Pro photographer (40), Photo enthusiast (10), Professional (6), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (83), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gets the job done

I needed a hair light stand for interview shoots. I had a limited budget but wanted something reliable and sturdy. You can never go wrong with Manfrotto!

This stand does...Read complete review

I needed a hair light stand for interview shoots. I had a limited budget but wanted something reliable and sturdy. You can never go wrong with Manfrotto!

This stand does the trick. It extends to a decent height and length and the includes weight gives the stand the extra support it needs.

You won't be dissapointed

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost excellent, but with limitations

The "boom" clamp has a lock hole (for a pin) for holding vertical position (no boom rotation), BUT in boom position, there is only one secure rotation position and...Read complete review

The "boom" clamp has a lock hole (for a pin) for holding vertical position (no boom rotation), BUT in boom position, there is only one secure rotation position and clamped in place. The problem arises in attempt to hold and balance a heavy load. (I have the Spider TD6+2-4' soft box: heavy). There is only one hole at tip of boom shaft. Assuming you can attached a sand bag to it, one only has one option for balance (moving in and out the boom shaft!). This is very difficult to do. I have my unit mounted on a Smith-Micro dolly; when trying to balance, I pull the feet out of the dolly (a dolly fault). My rating is based on the boom optional use; else, a 4 star rating is desered.

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3.0

Nice combo

By Ranbud

from Tri Cities WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

Works great, not real crazy about the locking handle, seems that you really need to get it tight in order to hold it. Counter weights are a requirement, not as a maybe.

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5.0

so good I had to go for a second one

By deltadave44

from CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

    for location shooters this is a must have...incredible 13ft high plus the option to have it as a boom arm...very stable

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Stand

    By Mike

    from Rockville

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Na

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

    Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

    I will use this boom stand for portrait softboxes and still life products.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great small boom for indoor and headshot

    By Daniel Anohin

    from Minsk, Belarus

    Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

    Great for indor and speedlight, beauty dish. Also perfectly as stand for Colorama half sized seamless backdrop.

    Not for heavy 5-6 ft octabox.

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    5.0

    Not too heavy. Not too light. Just right.

    By EdO

    from Chicago

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

        I've used it once, but it was the very scenario I bought it for: Had to hustle in to a client's offices and conduct a testimonial series of interviews. This was the boom that held the backlight/hairlight for my 3-point lighting. With my backpack as counterweight, the boom worked perfectly. Light enough to not add killer weight to my stick bag (my previous boom was twice as heavy). Not so light that it feels cheap and breakable. It's such a relief to me when something "just works" like advertised. This stand can be used in vertical config or boomed to reach across open space. It has become a permanent part of my light kit.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Handy and professional

        By jorgearagonphoto

        from New York, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting
        • Practical
        • robust

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors

          Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

          Well built, light and perfect for a small studio, you can use it as a tripod or as a boom as well, good solution for different light solutions! Portable and well designed.

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          • No

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          5.0

          A must have versatile tool

          By Geo

          from Pacific Northwest

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

            Multifunctional and very well constructed. Great versatile light stand that any location or studio photographer will appreciate.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Not what I was looking for.

            By Catchluminate

            from Hayward, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

            This was my first time time working with a boom stand and I found it very awkward to manipulate and balance. I later rented a C-Stand for an event I shot and realized that a C-stand complete was more suited for my needs. The 420B Combi Boom Stand was recommended to me by the creator of the light modifier Saberstrip.
            Although the stand is lightweight it lack the duribility and flexibility I discovered when using a C-stand complete.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works like a charm!

            By KSpencer

            from Tuscaloosa AL

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

            I use it to boom a Mola beauty dish (which is heavy) and this thing works like a charm. It's a bit on the expensive side but it's an investment and is worth the money! Don't forget to get yourself a counterweight though.

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            5.0

            Excellent versatile stand

            By Rossman

            from Sunnyvale, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting
            • Strong
            • Well Machined

            Cons

            • Boom Height

            Best Uses

            • Hairlightbacklight
            • Interviews
            • Sound Booming

            Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

            Typical great Manfotto quality. Very well machined. Works great as a standalone light stand or a terrific boom for lights or mics. Be sure to use the included counterweiught and always wise to sandbag the stand when booming. Boom height is a little short, but this is a great stand for the money. Will last a very long time.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love this thing!

            By Mike M.

            from Roeland Park, KS

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                This is a great pice to have on a shoot!!

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                • No

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                4.0

                420B Boom Stand by Manfrotto

                By Teresa

                from Salem, va

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                    I will be using this for my portrait photography. I have set it up and test shot with a speed light attached and it works well.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    just okay

                    By hi_immiles

                    from new york

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                    i wanted a lightweight boom stand and his one is good but i think i'll return it and just stick to a cstand.

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                    4.0

                    Well built and well priced for Manfrotto

                    By nycfotos

                    from NYC, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to pack
                    • Easy to set up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                      well built and well priced for a Manfrotto made unit
                      very sturdy when used with sandbag for counterweight
                      good and durable
                      easy to set up and pack up
                      comes with its own carrying case

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Combi Boom Stand

                      By Sam the Runner

                      from Lviv, Ukraine

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light

                        Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                        Great for food and interview lighting. The boom is very light and easy to set up.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Awesome stand!

                        By AJ Brann

                        from Holland MI

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                          I use this stand for basically everything, its very adjustable, and extremely solid!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Nice Boom

                          By Drowning

                          from State College, PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                            Good build quality as usually. Manfrotto means quality.

                            The only thing is when I use it as a horizontal boom, it doesn't go very high.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Awesome Stand!

                            By StunnerJ

                            from New York

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • A bit pricey

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                            This is the best light stand I have ever bought! It's a bit pricy but it is worth every penny so far. I was looking for a boom stand that could hold my AlienBees monolights and modifiers, I wanted something strong, durable but not too big and bulky. This stand delivered on all three points. It is easy to setup and can be converted into a regular stand and a boom stand when required. My only regret is that I wasted money buying other stands before this one lol!

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Solid Stand

                            By Soli Lama

                            from Charlotte, NC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors

                              Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                              Easy set up, went out to Lowes and bought some sand and filled a few ziplock bags for the counter weight. Works great

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Good purchase

                              By trhodes-3-2

                              from Cranston, RI

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand (Black):

                              Pretty solid boom stand combo. It's pretty much, you get what you paid for. It doesn't the most solid stand but it isn't flimsy either.

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