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Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black, 12')

BH #MA1004BAC • MFR #1004BAC
Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black, 12')
Key Features
  • Folds Flat, Stacks
  • Three Risers
The 12' Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand is a lightweight support with an impressive load capacity. A clever design feature called QSS (Quick Stack System) allows the stand to fold flat, enabling several stands to be clipped together to save space in the studio or on the road.
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Manfrotto Master Stand Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Quick Set-up
  • 3Very Stable
  • 4Aluminum Locking Collars
  • 5Double-Braced Leg Base

The 12' Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stand is a lightweight support with an impressive load capacity. A clever design feature called QSS (Quick Stack System) allows the stand to fold flat, enabling several stands to be clipped together to save space in the studio or on the road.

The Alu Master comes with a 5/8" (16mm) "Baby" stud, a 1/4"-20 screw, and a 3/8"-16 screw. It features air cushioning to ensure the soft descent of fragile equipment when the locking knob is loosened.

Quick Set-up
Sets up easily in a matter of seconds
Very Stable
Engineered to be stable under recommended loads
Aluminum Locking Collars
Pressure die cast aluminum
Double-Braced Leg Base
Extra stability and strength
UPC: 719821301530

Manfrotto Master Stand Specs

Stand Type1 x General Purpose Stand
Maximum Working Height12' / 366 cm
Minimum Working Height48.8" / 124 cm
Load Capacity19.8 lb / 9 kg
Closed Length42.1" / 107 cm
Stand/Column Top Mount5/8" Stud with 3/8"-16 Male Screw
Included Adapter1 x 3/8"-16 Female Thread to 1/4"-20 Male Screw
Accepts Second RiserNo
Air CushionedYes
Detachable BaseNo
Leveling LegNo
Reverse LegsNo
Column Diameter0.79" / 20 mm
0.98" / 25 mm
1.18" / 30 mm
1.38" / 35 mm
Number of Sections4
Footprint Diameter41.73" / 106 cm
Leg ShapeRound
Weight6.61 lb / 3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)43 x 6 x 3"

Manfrotto Master Stand Reviews

Stacking Stands

By Emily
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-02

The stacking ability alone is a reason to purchase these stands.

Well Made

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-11

This stand is well constructed and should provide years of use. I use it primarily as an elevated microphone stand for orchestral recordings. The leg system is a bit unconventional when folded but works smoothly. This is a tall stand and should be used with sandbag weights on the base for safety.

Incredible stands!

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-08

I've used so many stands over the years, from cheap Amazon stands to Impact, and while the Impacts are nice, the fact that these Manfrotto stands link together is a game changer. I hate carrying them individually, so that's why I spent the extra money and got these. They are also compact for 12' and lay flat. Very well made and holds my Aputure 60x without an issue. I do sandbag them for extra safety though.

Great and Compact, but Fragile

By Tyler
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-29

As far as size is concerned, these rock - small when folded, tall and sturdy when you need it. The air cushioning is a huge plus for heavy loads and with how they work... people just love to use these things and they're a huge wow-factor whenever I unfold them. My only problem is the storing/transporting tech. They were built with a locking/press-to-release mechanism to allow them to be placed on eachother. In theory they work and are AMAZING. But when it comes down to it... they break if you look at them wrong. I stored and LIFTED them to see their capacity when 3 were together. Bad idea. That one button/lock that I broke - that's on me - now I know not to lift them and put the strain on the locks. But then THREE MORE have broken through simple storage and transport - it feels like a glaring design/mechanism/engineering/material flaw. Why does that matter in a light stand? For me, the locking/stacking mechanism was the main reason I went with these. They will still stack, but they will not lock any more and that makes me sad. Submitting them for repair is a huge pain, so ... I will just go without. But I will be looking elsewhere for future stands. Maybe Manfrotto has a 2.0 coming with better parts/mechanism designs!

Love these stands!

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-17

I rented these to make sure I like them. As a wedding videographer, they're an absolute must. They're sturdy and reliable.

Great stands - really well designed!

By Patrick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-17

I used these stands for a wedding last weekend and they were awesome. From the ability to stack them in my bag, to the air cushioning, they were awesome to use. 10/10 would recommend!

Not sure what happened with Manfrotto....

By Matei
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-14

I've used a couple of Manfrotto tripods and a set of 3 9ft 1000BAC for years without issues. I ordered two sets of 3 1004BAC (12ft). Out of the six stands that we received, four stands didn't work from the box. One of them didn't close after we extended it, and 3 fell apart when we tried to extend them (during a shoot). I found someone that had an Allan Wrench and I managed to get them locked into place. I had to use the wrench to unlock them after, and no matter how much I tried to experiment later with the amount of tightening, the stands either fell apart (like the segments would come out, without a stop when extending) or they would be locked into place. I finally had time to talk to Manfrotto customer service and after some back and forth they agreed to replace a set of 3. I haven't had a chance to check them out, will report back if I have any issues. However, I'm still stuck with the four stand, that is still half open in my garage. I have to mention that associates use stands that cost 1/4 or this, are taller, more stable, but not as fancy. I think I made a mistake with this purchase.


By Gabriel
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-09

Horrible design. Over-complicated, pieces falling off of it while I try to adjust it. Get this thing away from me.

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