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ManfrottoBackground Support System (9' Width)
 
4.6

(based on 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (51)
  • Lightweight (36)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Reliable (22)
  • Attach securely (11)

Cons

  • Flimsy (5)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (37)
  • Studio (22)
  • Indoors (19)
  • General purpose (16)
  • Travel (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (19), Semi-pro photographer (13), Semi-professional (10), Enthusiast (9), Photo enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (55)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for Studio on the Go.

I use this portable background stand to go on location and take portrait photos of government officials and business executives and this setup makes it possible. With this background stand I can turn any...Read complete review

I use this portable background stand to go on location and take portrait photos of government officials and business executives and this setup makes it possible. With this background stand I can turn any office or boardroom into a professional studio in just a few minutes. You can use paper rolls, muslin and collapsible (pop-up) backgrounds, you name it just clamp it on and you're in business.

Here's a Production tip: I attach a small lighthead on an adjustible boom-arm to each background stand down low just above where the legs spread out. This adds an adjustible fill light to your background and keeps your lightheads off the floor. Works like a charm.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Reasonable starter set, light duty

This background support system is not bad. It's a reasonable moderate-duty starter set, but not really rugged enough for location use in pro environments. I ended up returning it and putting together a...Read complete review

This background support system is not bad. It's a reasonable moderate-duty starter set, but not really rugged enough for location use in pro environments. I ended up returning it and putting together a stronger set by purchasing the same Manfrotto extendable crossbar to be used with two stronger, taller stands.

On the plus side, the two included stands are air-cushioned. meaning they don't slam down while being lowered. Once folded down for storage, the two stands snap together making bagging easier. When not using the stands to support a backdrop, you can use them as regular light stands suitable for Speedlites or small strobes. The crossbar is adjustable width. It extends to fit a variety of backdrop widths but still collapses short enough to fit inside the carry bag. Manfrotto includes two small clamps to help stabilize the background roll after the crossbar has been threaded through the roll's core, although simple A-clamps from the hardware store work better. The zippered carry bag is well-sized for the two folded-down stands and crossbar, and has a velcro strap inside as well as an outer shoulder strap and carry handle. Good job with the bag.

I ended up returning this setup to B&H for three reasons:
1. most importantly, the stands flex and are not sturdy enough for heavy paper rolls;
2. the stands don't go quite high enough to photograph tall adults (models over 6' run out of headroom or force the photographer to stand very far back);
3. the crossbar's screw mechanism make it a tight fit through typical paper rolls (inconvenience; you have to adjust the screws to make the bar fit through the paper roll's core, then open them back up to mount the crossbar on the stands).

This background support system is not terrible. It's adequate for the semi-pro use shooting shorter or seated adults, children and pets on location. You should sandbag the light stands and hope that nobody (rambunctious kids, careless adults, etc.) steps on the rear of the sweep or bumps the light stands. This support system is, however, marginal height-wise for photography of groups or tall persons. It did not inspire confidence when used with heavy paper rolls or in situations where the stands could be bumped.

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5.0

Easy set up and take down.

By JAK

from San Diego, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

    I use this for back ground and lighting for product shoots and its assembles fast and easy and is very sturdy.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great Product

    By Portrait Photographer

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

      Things I love about this product:
      The carry bag. Although I'd love for it to have a little padding.
      Well-constructed, not flimsy at all. Of course, it's Manfrotto.
      I love that the 2 stands hook together so that they're easy to carry and handle outside of the bag and so they're not sliding around in the bag.
      Easy assembly. Sturdy. All around great product.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great Product, Slightly Hard Setup

      By Henry

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Setup

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

      It works great, is pretty sturdy and I'm happy with it given the price. Just know that if you're a one person operation, setup might be pretty difficult, as pressing the bars together and getting the paper on will most likely require a team of two.

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      • No

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      3.0

      Reasonable starter set, light duty

      By David from Charleston

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

      This background support system is not bad. It's a reasonable moderate-duty starter set, but not really rugged enough for location use in pro environments. I ended up returning it and putting together a stronger set by purchasing the same Manfrotto extendable crossbar to be used with two stronger, taller stands.

      On the plus side, the two included stands are air-cushioned. meaning they don't slam down while being lowered. Once folded down for storage, the two stands snap together making bagging easier. When not using the stands to support a backdrop, you can use them as regular light stands suitable for Speedlites or small strobes. The crossbar is adjustable width. It extends to fit a variety of backdrop widths but still collapses short enough to fit inside the carry bag. Manfrotto includes two small clamps to help stabilize the background roll after the crossbar has been threaded through the roll's core, although simple A-clamps from the hardware store work better. The zippered carry bag is well-sized for the two folded-down stands and crossbar, and has a velcro strap inside as well as an outer shoulder strap and carry handle. Good job with the bag.

      I ended up returning this setup to B&H for three reasons:
      1. most importantly, the stands flex and are not sturdy enough for heavy paper rolls;
      2. the stands don't go quite high enough to photograph tall adults (models over 6' run out of headroom or force the photographer to stand very far back);
      3. the crossbar's screw mechanism make it a tight fit through typical paper rolls (inconvenience; you have to adjust the screws to make the bar fit through the paper roll's core, then open them back up to mount the crossbar on the stands).

      This background support system is not terrible. It's adequate for the semi-pro use shooting shorter or seated adults, children and pets on location. You should sandbag the light stands and hope that nobody (rambunctious kids, careless adults, etc.) steps on the rear of the sweep or bumps the light stands. This support system is, however, marginal height-wise for photography of groups or tall persons. It did not inspire confidence when used with heavy paper rolls or in situations where the stands could be bumped.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Liang

      from Sunnyvale, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

          The background support system by Manfrotto is very sturdy and easy to use. I can travel with this with no problem at all. Highly recommended.

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          5.0

          Highly recommended, will buy again

          By Liang

          from San Jose CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

              Very solid background support system with a travel bag. It will last and I recommend you buy this for your professional need.

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              5.0

              Manfrotto- great as always

              By Kim

              from Nashville, TN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Easy set up
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                  This stand is sturdy enough for any backdrop! The stands clamp together for easy transport. The poles are also able to be used as light stands. You can't go wrong with this set.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Product!

                  By Lindalou

                  from Tulsa, OK

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                    I took this background system on my last corporate photo shoot. It worked great. When I opened the box I was concerned the stands were going to be too flimsey but they actually worked great. I used a heavy muslim backdrop and had no issues at all. I also like the fact the stands have a stopping point when opening them. I smashed my finger with one of my other light stands of a differnt brand. I love love love that this is light weight and easy to carry!

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                    5.0

                    Love it

                    By Olga

                    from Sacramento

                    Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                    I love this stand. Not flippy. Easy to set up.

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                    4.0

                    Great investment

                    By RbFoto

                    from Sacramento,CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                      Easy to assemble.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great portable support

                      By blue fox

                      from dallas - fort worth, texas, usa

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                        This is my non-permanent background support in my home studio. It's sturdy, goes up/comes down quickly, and is compact in storage.

                        It suits my needs exactly. When not in use, it also can provide me with two spare light stands.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Lightweight and sturdy

                        By James

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                          Very lightweight and easily packed. Sturdy enough for most applications.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Compact & transportable

                          By Iceman

                          from Oklahoma City, OK

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                            Good case and an interlocking system that makes this backdrop system easy to transport. A little flimsy (stands) but not too bad.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            A+++++++

                            By Jeff

                            from Tn

                            Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                            Well built material absolute quality A++++++

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                            5.0

                            Awesome!

                            By Elij

                            from Western MA

                            Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                            This system is simply awesome. Top quality and easy to setup. The bar is really nice, you can extend it to the length you need and just simply twist the bar and lock it in place! Love it.

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                            5.0

                            Good product

                            By Sarah

                            from Texas

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                            This product is easy to set-up, it's light weight, and durable. I recommend it!

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                            5.0

                            Versatile and Strong

                            By Salmanduaij

                            from Bahrain

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                              Everything you would expect from a moveable background stand. It folds very nicely into a small neat frame, case included.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Brilliant design for the price

                              By Fivestop

                              from Detroit Mi

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                                This is a great backdrop for the pro on the go! It is light weight and sturdy. It also comes with clamp accessories for your lights/ reflectors. Great little bag that it all folds up into. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who shoots on the go or by themself.

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                                5.0

                                Ideal mobile background

                                By Bak4mas

                                from Prescott, Az

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                                  I use this in my studio and mobile shoots. Sturdy enough for normal use indoors or out. Bring sand bags.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Quality, Stability, Functionality

                                  By Rod

                                  from Dallas, TX

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Stable
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Cross Bar Attach Design

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Commercial Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Table top photography
                                  • Video interviews

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Background Support System (9' Width):

                                  I'm using this background support system for both still photography and video assignments with rolled seamless paper. The design of the stands with their interlocking stack make them easy to store and even easier to set up. The cross bar extends and locks firmly and mounts onto the stands as you would expect. My only minor gripe is that the fittings on each end of the cross bar don't fit easily through the tube of the seamless paper roll. They mount on the stands nicely, but you have to either screw in the retaining screw all the way or remove it for the bar to fit. (Look closely at the photos of how the cross bar attaches to the stand and you'll see what I mean.) This is only an inconvenience, but I would expect a product designed to be used with seamless rolls would have given this a little more consideration.

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