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

(based on 147 reviews)

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    (133)

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    (13)

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    (1)

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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5.0

I would buy this product again, but I only need one! Darn!

By Retired Audio Guy

from Foxborough, MA

Verified Buyer

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

I am using this stand to raise a pair of microphones (or a Tascam DR-40) above the floor of a venue where the performers are on a raised platform well above the main floor - normal mic stands just don't go high enough. I used to use a Shure S-15, but that stand was heavier, much slower and clumsier to set up, and didn't have any air-cushioning (that was a disaster waiting to happen!) - as I get older (officially retired now), I will now take extra convenience and safety with a touch of lightness any time I can.
This stand is well-built, as Manfrotto products seem to be (I have had a Manfrotto fluid head and tripod for 30 years), it adjusts easily and quickly for both set-up and storage, and is just what I was looking for to get my microphones up and over with minimal muss and fuss.

In addition, thanks B&H for your great web-site - not perfect, but it'll do for now - and for your "knowledgeable and helpful" Customer Service staff for being knowledgeable AND helpful (at least the ones I dealt with) in getting through some complications which arose in the course of this transaction which included several items in addition to this Manfrotto stand. It is often the Customer Service folks who make the difference between whether or not a customer comes back again and again - for quite a few years, I used to buy from another on-line vendor, but lack of good, responsive customer service helped to drive me away - based on my experience with B&H over the last two or three years, I am now a satisfied customer and will always look here first for my equipment needs. In retirement I may no longer buy a lot, but what I do buy will more than likely come from B&H! Thanks, guys - keep up the good work!

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5.0

Quality Stand

By reamesr

from Mission Viejo, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I am a Manfrotto fan and this product did not disappoint me. The quality is definitely there. I really like the way the legs fold in to allow stacking of multiple stands, or just to make the stand compact for transporting. This is sturdy stand for a ProFoto B1 setup in the studio or in the field.

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4.0

Great stand

By JPBIALADE

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

It is a great stand, maybe a little big, but light and sturdy. It holds my Profoto B1 on location with no problem at all.

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5.0

Should last forever

By Johnny D

from Cincinnati, OH

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

Second of these stands I have purchased. They fold flat so they take up a little less space. Very solid Construction and the air cushion makes me feel comfortable when I put my $500 strobe 12' in the air. I know it's safe.

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5.0

Excellent construction

By Kole

from Tennessee

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

Smooth and strong construction. Reliable. Heavy. Sleek and easy to use design. Would recommend!

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5.0

Great Stand!

By Budmas

from Cabot, Arkansas

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

Stand is great. I bought it off the recommendation of the local camera store, but at a more reasonable price. I use it to hold my strobe and light modifiers. I can't say anything bad about this stand.

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5.0

Upgrade in the Light Stand

By Reel Contact

from Spearfish, SD

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Night Time
    • Outdoors

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

    These Manfrotto light stands are great. Very well made. when folded up they lay flat as all the feet line up in a line, not in a triangle like pretty much all the others. Yeah, a little bit more but so much easier to use.

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    5.0

    Great quality -- sturdy, but not too heavy

    By MGN Photography

    from Chester, NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Really nice quality, easy to use light stands. Far better than the Smith-Victor ones that I had that tipped over far to easily. Convenient to use, adjust, carry. I will enjoy having the option of extra height at 12'. Multiples of these stands will lock together for easy storage and transport. I'd recommend picking up the Manfrotto storage/carry bag to go with a set of these stands. I can tell that these will last for years and years.

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        4.0

        GREAT STAND!

        By BlkAkonda

        from New York, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Open And Close
        • Good Color Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I use this stand for my soft box. It is very sturdy and easy to open and close. Definitely sturdy. The reason I didn't give it a 5 is because I only have one and I haven't tried out the racking feature as of yet. I 'm also looking forward to getting the Manfrotto bag for the set as well. So far, so good!

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          • No

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          5.0

          A very sturdy product

          By 3HousePhoto

          from Charleston SC

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

          I was looking for a solid light stands and these are it. I went with the 12' because for the price you can't beat their versatility. The stacking feature is nice and also doubles as an integrated shoulder strap attachment point. The wide foot print is reassuring and the air cushion works as advertised. I certainly could spend money on stands, but after using theses for a few weeks I couldn't imagine why. I would not only recommend these to a friend, but I'm also ordering another for my 3rd strobe.

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          5.0

          Excellent!!!

          By Scott M.

          from New Jersey

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

          Great tripod/stand...at an unbeatable price. I use mine for field recording live music. Can't beat it!!!

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          5.0

          Great Light Stand

          By Epvision

          from Political Town, Washington DC

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

          Sturdy light stand. Can't wait to order more. You won't be disappointed.

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          5.0

          Love

          By Jarvis

          from NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Sturdy and compact! I use it to mount a Profoto B1 and it's been great so far.

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            • No

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