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ManfrottoAlu Master Air-Cushioned Stand (Black, 12')
 
4.9

(based on 160 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (143)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (113)
  • Long-lasting (52)
  • Attaches securely (31)
  • Lightweight (29)
  • Good power output (23)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (69)
  • Indoors (67)
  • Outdoors (59)
  • Outdoor events / games (43)
  • Portraits (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (51), Semi-pro photographer (44), Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (111)

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

Manfrotto always a good product

By Eugenet

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I recently purchased two stands and reviewing the comments other people had written. I already had a Manfrotto tripod and have always been impressed by the quality of the product. Again I was not disappointed with the Air-Cushion stands easy to operate.

 
5.0

Sturdy light stand

By Alan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Sturdy light stand with ample reach for my uses.

 
4.0

Sturdy

By Pat: Food Photography

from Raleigh, NC

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this and am happy with purchase. Expensive when compared to China products just hope it lasts longer.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice stands

By Joseph

from Undisclosed

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

I debated c-stands or these, and I chose these because they are a little lighter and for their stacking ability.  I don't have a lot of help and do mostly location work so this fits for me well.  To big to use when roving around, but when I set up in a church or something they work great.   I only use two, but they lock together and are pretty easy to carry.  They're beefy and a little heavy, though not as much as c-stands.

 
5.0

They clip together, super sturdy, and have adapters built-in

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Super sturdy, fold flat, link together solidly, have 1/4" and 3/8" adapters, and air cushion prevents damaged lights. If they were a bit lighter, they would be even more perfect. As-is they are just perfect.

 
5.0

Durable Stand

By Pics Forever

from Oklahoma City, OK

Verified Buyer

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

Very good, light weight, versatile stand

 
5.0

The Best Stand Out There

By Dimitri

from Undisclosed

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

Awesome quality and very sturdy. You pay for it, but when they last a lifetime who cares. I have hand me down Bogen stands (Long Before Manfrotto) that are older than me and they get used every day.

 
4.0

Studio Stand

By Amber

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Useful all purpose studio stand that stacks together. Nice range and not too heavy.

 
5.0

Great!

By Paulius

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Fantastic stand. Holds up my indra500 and a 48in softbox no problem. Love the fact that multiple stands stack

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great stand for location shoots

By Theodore

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Bought these to hold Profoto heads on location as I was toting around heavy duty C-stands that weigh 3 times what these do. The trade off is the C-stands don't budge and feel much more sturdy as they should given the weight. However, these have a decent footprint for good stability and are relatively solid given their light weight. I'd prefer to have a super clamp with a j-hook on it attached to the stand with the generator hooked on or alternatively a sand bag as these feel top-heavy to me when fully extended. My sandbags have a clip on them so I can easily attach it to the super clamp. Sandbags layed across the feet would likely slide off and not stay put. The build quality for the price is very good, the knobs work very well and are secure. The stand folds up very compact and the interlocking/stacking system is genius. Should be able to attach 4-5 of these and still be very manageable. The extra height is good to have as it's very little more money over the 9' stands, but depending on what you're mounting, I'd be careful when fully extended.

 
5.0

awesome!

By Nicholas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very Nice! Lightweight, yet sturdy. I haven't had it long yet, but I can tell the knobs won't be wearing down any time soon. I also like the fact that it folds flat. I will probably end up buying a couple more at some point so that I can utilize the stacking mechanism.

 
5.0

Where is the air cushion?

By Dennis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Not as air cushioned as I would have hoped.

 
4.0

Great product, but rattles in transit

By Alan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted to get some sturdier light stands, and I know that Manfrotto is going to deliver! These stands are nice, heavier and solid than my others. And I really like how they snap together so you can stack them in transit. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that they clank around and rattle in the car like crazy when I'm driving with them. I tried wrapping a tether around them, but they still clank. If I position them vertically in the car, it seems to help a bit.

 
5.0

Excellent stand

By Mark

from Nashua NH

Verified Buyer

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

I like this stand for the following reasons: 1) it has a wide base and is stable; 2) it is solidly built; and 3) I like how it folds flat for easier storage and transportation

 
5.0

Great stand!

By Nathan

from Undisclosed

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

I wrote a review of the 7.7’ version of this stand since I bought both. I will say the same things here: I love the feel (and look) of this stand: it is sturdy, yet light, the knobs are solid and tighten nicely and the air cushioning works great. 

I've owned this stand for almost a year and a half now. It has been used at many weddings and has seen a lot of travel but I have no complaints at all. It is a very durable light stand without any sacrifice in quality. If you are debating which stand to go for, you won't have any regrets with the Manfrotto Alu-Air Cushioned series.

 
5.0

Another quality offering from Manfrotto

By Ken

from Allentown PA

Verified Buyer

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

Using these stands during receptions with confidence! Sturdy and air cushioned provides the piece of mind that I need to do my job. Love them!

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5.0

Strong, Tall, Fold Flat Stands

By Bob

from Undisclosed

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

I recently picked up five of these stands and the corresponding roller bag. I'm quite pleased with them. All metal components, sturdy and tall as heck at 12'. I love the fold flat design - they make transportation a breeze. Do note, they are heavy when ganged together. (That's the all metal components coming into play.)

My only point of concern is that they rattle a bit. They could have added rubber or felt washers on the legs where the come together to quiet them during setup/tear down/transport. It's a minor point but it caught my attention immediately. I'm a details guy.

Using them daily and I'll be buying a few more.

 
5.0

Very Good

By Kenneth E.

from NJ, outside Philly

Verified Buyer

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

Works well with smooth operation and good air cushioning. The fold flat and connecting features are great and make this stand, well, a stand out!

 
5.0

Excellent Lightstands

By Alex

from Nashville, TN

Verified Reviewer

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

90% of my shoots are on location. Having stands that fold flat and stack makes a huge difference. The air-cushioning has saved my monolights from crashing to the floor numerous times. I have the large Manfrotto LBAG110 Quick Stack Light Stand Bag so they are super easy to transport. The build quality is top-notch as you would expect from Manfrotto. Just love them. Can't recommend enough.

 
4.0

Light and easy to move

By Ellen

from Buffalo, NY

Verified Buyer

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

This is a quality stand. I have had flimsy stands so this is real treat. It is smooth. I wish it had a wider base though

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