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ManfrottoAlu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9')
 
4.7

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Durable (22)
  • Lightweight (22)
  • Reliable (19)
  • Professional quality (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (22)
  • Studio (8)
  • General purpose (7)
  • Photography (7)
  • Strobe lighting (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (9), Semi-professional (7), Pro photographer (6), Enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great stand, super durable!

This was the first Manfrotto product that I have ever bought and I must say that I'm surprised of the value of this stand. I bought a pair to use to hold up studio...Read complete review

This was the first Manfrotto product that I have ever bought and I must say that I'm surprised of the value of this stand. I bought a pair to use to hold up studio strobes. They are strong, sturdy, and the air cushion is very smooth. They fold flat and have a locking system on each one so they can be locked into each other for easy transport.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Weak Link Ruins Stand

I am a professional photographer shooting for weddings and commercial assignments. Manfrotto is always an excellent bet, except for here it seems. There is a tiny clip attached to the stand by two...Read complete review

I am a professional photographer shooting for weddings and commercial assignments. Manfrotto is always an excellent bet, except for here it seems. There is a tiny clip attached to the stand by two really weak pins. Turning that clip/lever is supposed to allow you to tighten/loosen the legs. The pins holding the clip on snapped the third time I used it (I had to find a pair of pliers to get it down and back home). The second stand I bought, the pins have yet to snap, however, the pins are attached to a screw/nut system, so that instead of tightening or loosening the legs, it simply turns the whole screw around in the hole. It's clearly a new design they were trying that has failed. Go with a stand that has the traditional knobs to tighten or loosen the legs.

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5.0

I would buy this product again

By Sojians

from Torrance, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

My previous lightstands were a couple of Impact lightstands. The Manfrotto ones have a wider base, are sturdier, and have a stackable flattened design

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5.0

Terrific Light Stand, Great Design

By LindsayB

from Saint Louis, Missouri

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

    Because of their attention to detail and use of high-quality materials, I have been a longtime fan and owner of Manfrotto accessories. This 9' Air Cushioned Light Stand is the perfect stand to replace my set of Manfrotto 5001B Nano stands. I was very impressed with the design of the stands in Alu Ranker series - the way that they fold reduces the space required to store them, and they even stack together for ease of transport. This stand is very durable - I won't have to worry about it being bumped into during wedding receptions and because of the large span of the base legs, I can't imagine it tipping over very easily even in windy, outdoor conditions. I'll be purchasing more of these stands!

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    5.0

    SUPERB STAND!

    By I Love Siberian Huskies!

    from Sewell, NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Air Cushion Load Support
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Support
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Materials

    Cons

    • Tricky Tripod Leg Motion

    Best Uses

    • Speedlight Support
    • Strobesoftbox Support
    • Umbrella Or Softbox

    Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

    Used this with my SB-700 speedlight and a Large Rogue Flashbender with the soft box attachment. Great support, excellent height. The air cushion feature works as described - you'll never destroy your light head by having it slam down. Manfrotto makes quality equipment - I have one of thier tripods and it is a workhorse as well. Due to the tripod leg arrangement for nesting additional stands during transporting, the legs cannot be extended with one hand. Once you get the "hang of it", extending and retracting the legs becomes easy. Easy to move around once assembled so you can get your light situated just right. Best solution for getting your speedlight off camera. Included stud can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. I was tempted by lesser quality, lower cost stand options, but glad I went with this unit. You should do the same - YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

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    5.0

    Solid

    By Mace Windu

    from NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Wide Legs

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

      I use this stand with a LightwareDirect softbox with up to 4 speedlights. I did not want to worry about it falling. This stand is the ticket. The stand is solid, sturdy and stable. The legs are wider than I expected, but that just adds to the stability. I will be buying another.

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      5.0

      Like a Rock

      By JerryJ

      from Kennewick, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

        Solidly built and I love the way they stack. I bought two and will probably kick myself eventually for not buying the 3-pack.

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        5.0

        Great stand, as expected from Manfrotto

        By Andrew

        from Spring Lake Park, MN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

        I haven't used light stands much yet, but this one seems pretty good. Everything functions as it should, the knobs are smooth, and the air cushioning works well so that the post doesn't just drop as soon as it is loosened. Manfrotto's flat folding feature is also very nice, as if you have more than one light stand, they will all clip together for easy transporting and compact storage.

        The only drawback in my opinion is that it only compacts down to about 3 feet tall or so, but that likely comes hand-in-hand with a max height of 9 feet. If it had 4 sections instead of 3, it would likely be less stable, especially at it's full height. I also don't feel that it's enough of a con to take off a star, so I still give it 5 stars.

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        4.0

        Well made solid light stand.

        By PabloH3

        from MD

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable
        • Well Designed

        Cons

        • Could Be A Bit Taller
        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

        I'm a semi-pro photographer using the Manfrotto stand for location shoots. This is the second one I bought. I like the fact that it collapses to a flat profile and I can click two or more together to keep them from rolling around the trunk of my car.
        I also like the metal lever bolt that sets up the legs. The remaining hardware is a cut above the average light stand.
        Wjile the Manfrotto is a bit more expensive that some lesser made stands, the hardware is likely to hold up much better and will be worth the price in the long run.

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        5.0

        Manfrotto 9' air cushioned light stand

        By Ed

        from Philadelphia,PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

          I purchased this light stand in order to shoot a series of photos on a staircase. The 9 ft Monfrotto gave me the height I needed to to perfectly illuminate the subjects. The new stand is compact, sturdy and travels well.

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          5.0

          Really sturdy stand

          By molly

          from Orcutt, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

          This is a really sturdy, well made light stand. It opens and folds easily, and when extended easily and safely supports my speedlight with bracket and softbox. I would definitely recommend it to others for their lighting needs.

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          4.0

          great stand

          By juan liz

          from Antioch

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

            its great product strong and stable....

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            5.0

            Sturdy

            By RL DC

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • In The Studio

              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

              Great stand. I use this with a AB 800 and a 56" umbrella and it's perfect.

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              4.0

              Works well.

              By JerryG

              from Hamilton, NJ

              About Me Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • In The Studio

                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

                I purchased this stand to support a 3-pound studio-light plus modifier (1-4 pounds)in my home studio.

                It's more than up to the job, feels very stable, and is easy to set up. The locks and adjustments are smooth, easy, and generally well designed. The air-cusion is a nice "peace-of-mind" extra, which doesn't seem to add much cost.

                I question what the user who criticized the small size of the base-clamp was trying to do with it. This thing clamps solidly with a gentle two-finger twist. No need for anything more, and no need at all for a heavier clamping lever.

                Not sure this would be so good for outdoor use. The ideal place for sandbags is as far from the center pole as possible, but those steeply angled legs complicate that placement. Also, I wish it collapsed about 6" shorter than it does. At 42" it rules out a lot of carrying-bags. These are minor complaints for my use, and I plan to buy more of the same.

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                4.0

                Good quality

                By Fred.D

                from Dallas,TX

                About Me Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects

                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

                  Light, stiff, easy to fold. Like it

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                  5.0

                  Very nice Light Stands!

                  By Raamo

                  from Minnesota

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

                      I bought these to go with Alien Bees and I really like them so far, especially the interlocking feature.

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                      4.0

                      Get the 1004BAC instead for extra height

                      By motionblur

                      from Oslo, Norway

                      About Me professional photographer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

                          Excellent location stands - but I mistakenly ordered the 1005BAC instead of the 1004BAC when I needed an extra stand. Will not repeat that mistake now, finally learned the difference the hard way. The 1005 seems a bit pointless, really, unless you really need the exchangeable spigot feature, as you otherwise sacrifice one extra section extension against the spigot. I would prefer the extra height of the 1004BAC Master stand anytime. Otherwise these stands are identical. I love them for their compact travel size when stacked, added safety of air cushion, and price/quality ratio. The 1004 BAC (not the 1005BAC) is the best location stand I have found so far.

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                          5.0

                          super light stands

                          By ryan hendrix

                          from wichita, kansas

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

                              i have owned sixteen of manfrotto's baby lightweight series interlocking light stands (12', 9', 4') for a few years now and i absolutely love them. reliable, extremely lightweight, durable, affordable, and incredibly simple to expand/collapse. for travel, i stack four together as a unit and they fit perfectly in hakuba's 200, 300 and 400 series light stand bags. imo, these should be manfrotto's flagship series light stands for standard weight flash heads.

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                              5.0

                              Rock solid

                              By World Traveler

                              from Canada

                              About Me Hobbyist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects
                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

                                Very sturdy stands!

                                In particular, the "Ranker" feature is a must have. Make the the stands very compact and easy to transport/store.

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                                5.0

                                Great Light Stand

                                By r2geek

                                from Pasadena, TX

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

                                  Holds monolight very well, even with 7 foot umbrella or 4x6 softbox. Air cushioned is icing on the cake. What makes this stand even better is when you transport. The stands lock together and make location photgraphy so much easier

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                                  5.0

                                  Great light stand at a reasonable price

                                  By Chiaroscuro

                                  from Scotts Valley, CA

                                  About Me Hobbyist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • In the field
                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

                                    I use this stand for a remote flash unit, but it can hold up to 22 lbs. It has the quality and ease of operation that I have come to expect from Manfrotto. The stackable feature for mulitple stands is a great idea.

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                                    5.0

                                    The best light stands I have used

                                    By Gizmo

                                    from Phoenix, AZ

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long-Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9'):

                                        For studio strobes with large soft boxes. These stands are well made and support the added weight of large soft boxes installed on my flash heads. The air cushion feature is well worth having.

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