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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
Included Adapter1 x 3/8"-16 Female to 1/4"-20 Male
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

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!

Owned Less Than 6 Months and Already Need a Repair

By Paige
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-26

Ordered these stands right before Christmas and mainly used just 1 stand for a single OCF setup for the past few months - nothing crazy. Well, a metal piece fell out of the stand and now I have to send it off for a repair. I thought by purchasing Manfrotto, I'd have a sturdy and well-made product that will last a long time vs. buying cheap light stands on Amazon. I have to pay to ship the stand and then We do not have flat rate pricing on repairs. Each item is inspected for the operational problem and the solution. Prices are determined by time and material to restore the unit to good working order. There is no cost for us to do the bench evaluation your only cost is transportation of the unit. The stock status of the parts needed for the repair will determine the turnaround time. If parts are not in stock it will take 6 to 8+ weeks for the parts to arrive from Italy. I do not recommend these stands. I used 1 stand about 20 times, very light usage, 1 OCF set up. Really disappointed.

great quality

By Susan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-27

I love these light stands! Yes, they are pricier than many other brands. However, you get what you pay for. I'm sick of cheap light stands that don't hold up! These are very study, and I love that fact that they fold flat and can stack.

Great stand, but had to fix them upon arrival

By Melissa
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-26

Great stand, and it would be 5 stars if I didn't need to tighten all the parts. After the first use the parts started loosening and fell out. Thank goodness we found all and was able to put back together.

Setup like a pro - these stack beautifully - rigid pro grade

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-15

I got these stands (4) to replace junky cheap entry-level gear and could not be happier. They are sturdy - well-built, rock solid pro grade gear. They stack nicely with what seems to be a little unique manfrotto clip that helps you store them compactly. Basically when it is fully closed down- there is a foot and clip that lets them connect to store easily. The air-cushion is the best feature- so nice not to have stands come falling down as you try to tear your setup down. For those on the go- this is a must have. If you're in a studio and rarely setup and tear down- then you won't really gain the benefits of this product which are: 1. Quick setup 2. Safe and pro air-cushioned 3. Compact when storing for travel 4. Connects when in storage for smaller footprint in your bags

Great Stand

By Graham
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-11

I now have three of these. I upgraded from stands I previously purchased that were not strong/sturdy enough for my needs. Key feature is the ability to lock multiple stands together. I lock three into one package that I can easily carry with a shoulder strap. I love this feature. An excellent quality stand.

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!

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