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Manfrotto420B Combi Boom Stand (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 91 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

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    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (43)
  • Reliable (38)
  • Lightweight (37)
  • Easy to set up (27)
  • Attaches securely (17)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (43)
    • Photography (27)
    • General purpose (23)
    • Indoors (21)
    • Strobe lighting (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (8), Professional (6), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (67), 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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    4.0

    Great Stand

    By Sean

    from California

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Portraits

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

      It's a boom stand with a counter weight bag (you have to provide the weight in the bag though). It's well build and sturdy.

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      5.0

      Fantastic Boom Stand!

      By Rica

      from New York City

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Outdoors

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

        This is fantastic boom light stand at a reasonable price. It is sturdy and easy to use. It is a breeze to place the light where you want it! I highly recommend it.

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        5.0

        A+++++++++

        By Jeff

        from Tn

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

        Great product ...top quality as always from Manfrotto.

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        4.0

        Very good

        By Clint

        from Australia

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

        Well designed, and looks built to last. Everyone should have one of these in there kits..

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        5.0

        Best Portable Boom - Highly Recommended.

        By Bachrach Photography

        from Philadelphia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

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

          I have had one of these for years but needed a second one for two set ups on the same day. I have used it repeatedly putting a flash head and strip bank at the end, probably more than the recommmended weigh limit. It has held up beautifully. I put some weighs on the leg crossbars in addition to the "sand bag" to make sure it doesn't tip.
          If you are planning on adjusting it's placement often during a session, you may consider adding wheels to the legs. They make it so much easier to adjust its position on the set with everything all attached. You'll need a larger case to accomdate the addition of the wheels as compared to no wheels. I compared it to the Avenger version which in my opinion had very little advantage. I use lead and iron weights in the "sand bag." There are other boom stands but none as easy to transport as this one.
          I take the large lever handle off for transportation so it won't break. I keep the little plastic tab washer on the bolt where the lever handle goes all the time with no trouble, even though they recommend taking it off. It keeps everything in place during trave.

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          5.0

          So Versatile

          By Ben Jobe

          from Arcata, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

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

            I use this boom stand on almost all my shoots. It's great for holding a heavy shotgun/blimp mic above an actor's head, or holding a 500W light behind an actor's head for a hair light. I've even used it to hold reflectors. It's light weight compared to the alternatives. It's durable as I've broken other stands in the same time that I've had this one. It's a must have in my kit.

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            5.0

            Gets the job done

            By JBP

            from Huntington Station, New York

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors

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

              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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              • No

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              5.0

              awesome stand!

              By Jizzy P

              from Lake Havasu, AZ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Outdoors

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

                I use this primarily for on location shoots and it does not disappoint! I don't have to worry about anything because it feels very sturdy and well made (like most manfrotto products). The only thing I wish is that it came WITH a counterweight instead of just the bag..

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                5.0

                It just works.

                By jbratteson

                from Fair Haven, NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

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

                  Very solid stand for lightweight to medium use. Nice that it comes with counter weight bags.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great solid stand that doubles as boom

                  By K Young Photography

                  from Toronto, Canada

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Portable
                  • Solid

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • On Location
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

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

                    I was in the market for a nice solid boom arm and came across the 420B. It's a great light stand that double as a boom arm. The stand converts to a boom easily and is a great concept. I no longer have to carry two separate pieces (stand and boom) anymore. It's not as strong as a dedicated boom arm.. but it's perfect for what I need.

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                    4.0

                    works for me it should for you

                    By ray the photographer

                    from jersey city, nj

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                    • Not Fully Stable

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors

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

                    Photography in studio.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Really nice quality...rugged too.

                    By Tach

                    from Rhode Island

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        As expected, this Manfrotto Combi Boom Stand is very well made useful tool.

                        The counter weight sand bag is perfect; rugged and definitely needed to take the pressure off the boom locking mechanism. Nice height, nice extension.

                        AND very portable. Get it, you'll like it.

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                        5.0

                        Best stand ever!!!!

                        By Gibson55

                        from Cincinnati , OH

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Special Events

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

                          I am using this stand with my strobe at weddings around 11ft in height!!!! Works awesome!!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Wow...!!!!

                          By Master911

                          from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors
                            • Portraits
                            • Special Events

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

                            A really good product ... Strong and effective. I recommend it to all ...!

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            The best tool in my lighting arsenal.

                            By John In Gallatin

                            from Gallatin, TN

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Great Attachments
                            • Great Value
                            • Lightweight
                            • Very versatile

                            Cons

                            • Not Tall Enough As A Boom

                            Best Uses

                            • Location Lighting Video

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

                            There are times when I need a light way up high. There are times when I need a boom stand to stand far left and out of the shot. This one stand can do both. What the product shot doesn't show is how the boom can be telescoped into the main stand and become a vertical shaft which makes for a 12' 8" tall light stand. Manfrotto even includes an empty sand bag for counter balance when using the boom aspect of the stand. If there is a downside, they could have designed the stand with one more telescoping section in the vertical main shaft. In other words, when used as a boom stand the vertical part should allow for more height. Otherwise, I love this device! - John

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                            5.0

                            Amazing product!

                            By Hypermentality

                            from Northern, Indiana

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              This has been a great purchase for me! Highly recommend it! I enjoy using it as a boom, then folding it up and using it as a light stand! All in one! Very convenient!

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                              5.0

                              Great boom, works great

                              By Yair Granados

                              from Laredo, TX

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light

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

                                Great boom, works great

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                A little too long and a tad too short

                                By Luckless Tabor

                                from Prince Edward Island, Canada

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors

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

                                  Well worth the cost for a capable and flexible stand. I work mostly with light weight speedlight setups, so I cannot speak as to how well it will hold up for heavier jobs.

                                  Folding down to barely under 45.5 inches tall, this will not be your go-to light weight rig for packing into a small car. It will, however, mean that you have loads of space in your gear bag, once you find one large enough to comfortably fit it.

                                  When raised as a boom, the shoulder is only around 6 feet 3 inches. Personally I would have preferred a set of three shorter sections for the main riser and had an extra foot or so for when working with standing subjects.

                                  Over all I am pleased with it, but am considering the following modifications to address some minor short comings:
                                  1. Finding a suitable sliding clamp to hang the counter weight from for easier adjustments when going in and out.
                                  2. Replacing the legs with a heavier pipe, and possibly allowing for extensions. The stand is already beefy, but a little extra weight at the bottom couldn't hurt.

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                                  5.0

                                  Super Stand!

                                  By MD

                                  from Chicago, USA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    Perfect boom arm for lighting or audio. Folds up nice and neat. A great alternative to the standard bulky, heavy duty C-stand.

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                                    4.0

                                    Well made little boom!

                                    By Tim Brosnan

                                    from Greenville, SC

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Microphone placement
                                      • Small hair light

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

                                      I use this boom to suspend a shotgun mic above talent in my studio. It's absolutely perfect for that. It ships with a reversible spigot head that will accommodate both standard thread diameters, one of which is a perfect fit for my Azden shock mount. In this application, the counterweight isn't even necessary, but it's good to know it's there. I'm not giving it five stars only because it doesn't ship with any cord clips. A few of those should be included, considering the fact that it's a boom, after all.

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