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ManfrottoAlu Master 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black)
 
4.9

(based on 100 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (83)
  • Long-lasting (36)
  • Attaches securely (21)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Good power output (19)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (50)
  • Indoors (47)
  • Outdoors (43)
  • Outdoor events / games (29)
  • Portraits (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (36), Semi-pro photographer (36), Photo enthusiast (15), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (84)

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.

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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 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

    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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    • No

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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 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

      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 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

      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 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

      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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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Stand!

      By BBurk

      from Salt Lake City, UT

      Verified Buyer

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

      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 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

        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 3 Riser 12' AC Stand (Black):

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

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          • No

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          5.0

          Very Sturdy

          By Rick

          from Virginia Beach, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

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

            I've owned cheaper stands until recently and wish I had purchased quality from the start. This stand supports my B800 and beauty dish or umbrella with ease. It has the feel of quality and I'm thinking it will last for years.

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            • No

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            5.0

            I love this stand!!

            By Steve

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Beautifully designed, gorgeous light stand from Manfrotto. I purchased this stand to hold my Q-flash and its Turbo 3 battery, and I absolutely love it. The textured grips and air-cushioned design make it an excellent addition to my list of mobile equipment. It extends tall enough to shoot large groups, and it's lightweight and portable making it easy for fast shooting and quick portraits. I would highly recommend it, both for the construction and the value.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Perfect Stand for my Diva-Lite 401

                By Bosco

                from Montreal Ca

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      It works perfectly with my Diva-lite 401 and fit to Tuffpuk, can't wait to get the second one!!!

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                      • No

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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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                              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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                                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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                                          • No

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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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                                            • No

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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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