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Manfrotto 1052BAC Compact Stand (Black)
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The lightweight construction and compact-size of these stands make them a practical tool for your lighting support needs. With a patented Quick Stack System (QSS) you can easily stack the stands together with their built in connectors for portable transport and storage. The adapto collars and spider casting Material is crucial to provide high performance and light weight. Adapto is the new material specifically developed by Manfrotto for both collars and spider castings is comparable to aluminum in strength, but is 50% lighter and has a superb resistance to extreme temperatures and will not corrode or oxidize. Additionally, Adapto is an excellent vibration absorption material. the new Adapto collars are made from a single locking component, ensuring better performance and easier maintenance. A stronger and more ergonomic handle makes it easier to secure stands into the operating position. A 3/8’’ screw top female to 1/4” adapter male (015), allows you to connect additional accessories. A new bi-injection casting provides the photographer with a better ergonomic grip. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: arm tube diameters: 126.96.36.199mm.; closed length: 33.86 in.; footprint - maximum diameter: 42.91 in.; material: aluminum; max load: 5 kg.; maximum height: 93.31 in.; minimum height: 39.76 in.; 4 sections. 3 risers; weight: 2.65 lb.
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I got these to hold my Alien Bee 800 units(2)and Paul C. Buff P.L.M(2)51" with front diffusers attached which isn't super heavy nor super light.My previous light stands felt flimsy with that set up and were admittedly cheap !
I know ANY loaded light stand CAN AND WILL topple over when it is THE most in-opportune time.I just wanted something with a bit more load capacity and stability.
SO...... without spending a small fortune I found these.
As far as I know (which isn't very far!HA!) light stands have not changed in design in decades, just what they are made of and addition of the air cushion(which these are)Etc..BUT these are different !
The lower support beams are attached off axis to the main support which allows them to fold flat as opposed to circular(like an inverted umbrella).This in turn with a nifty docking are allow these stands to attach together which if you have 2 or more of these is a really nice feature for transport !I have not seen this feature before but I like it all ready !
The footprint of the legs ARE larger and a bit closer to the ground(compared with my cheapies)which lends a bit more to the stability(and of course tripping hazard)of the stands.A weight bag of course further solidifies them.
These are made of a new materiel patented by Manfrotto which is another cool thing about these making them extremely strong yet lighter than comparably stands at this weight capacity.They are almost TOOOO light though !
Side note:They look pretty slick as well!
Why no 5 star you ask? Well, I guess it comes down to my only gripe so far. They DO still bend when extended and loaded with the aforementioned set up.Did't particularly like that all things considered. I would LOVE it if they had a studio(more heavy)version AND a location(less heavy)version,but I digress and that is just my stupid opinion.
BOTTOM LINE: For light and medium(up to 15lbs or so)set ups.ABSOLUTELY!!!!!
Heavier set ups...Get different stands ! You all ready knew that though didn't you?
Anyhoozles ,thanks for reading,If this review helped you then click the button and if you have questions type me.
The last straw is now a knob has completely stripped off (like you can rotate it 360 inside of the hole it used to be anchored to). This makes the stand unusable. Out of the many stands I've had over 10 years of shooting (PCB, Westcott, Manfrotto, etc.), I've never had so many problems with one stand before. I'm worried about Manfrotto's newer products' reliability (I have old stuff that keeps on putting up with abuse). I've had similar QC issues with the photo/video head that switches back and forth (MH055M8-Q5).
The "air cushioned" tubes move silky smooth and locks hold securely without excess torque. When fully extended, the 1052BAC is surprisingly tall and can touch an eight-foot ceiling with a small flash mounted. The folded length is 35 inches, so larger than than my definition of "compact." The Manfrotto 5001B Nano Stand is more deserving of that label. You'll want a light stand bag for transport, especially if humping two or three of these. Nevertheless the 1052BAC is lightweight and quickly folds flat for transport.
The only gotcha is the brass 5/8” spigot is not removable and crimped into the tube. It would cost a little more to build but be more flexible with a 5/8” receiver and component spigot/baby pin.
I've owned Manfrotto tripods, heads and monopods and was pleased with their quality and design. Indeed, the 1052BAC delivered more of the same: versatile, lightweight and well made.
Hopefully I can get a couple of replacements. We'll see.
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Selbst die Pro Serien asiatischer Hersteller, die vom Preis kaum unterhalb der Manfrotto Stative liegen, sind allenfalls als befriedigend gegenüber den Manfrotto Stativen zu bewerten. Und was die Verarbeitung und Haltbarkeit angeht, so bin ich sicher das diese Stative vergleichbar lange halten wie meine Manfrotto Kamerastative die ich noch aus den 90er Jahren habe.
Die China-Stative werden nur noch fürs Homestudio genutzt, und mobil nutzte ich nur noch die Manfrottos.
Conosco da anni Manfrotto e so' che non delude mai, ho preferito il baby 5 kg così sono tranquillo - un domani -di poter montare anche accessori più pesanti,molto piacevole l'effetto ammortizzato ad aria interno,che però lascia il tempo che trova (!)
é facile e veloce da aprire e chiudere, compatto al trasporto, robusto quanto basta per un ombrello e un flash (io lo uso per quelli)
dá la sensazione di essere di buona/ottima fattura
Tiene un sistema que evita que baje bruscamente la barra, lo cual se agradece. Nada que ver con los trípodes de "los chinos" (nada en contra de ellos, son los con los que empecé).
Necesario cuando uno se mete un poco mas en profundidad en este mundillo.
Se trata sin duda de una buena opción.
Nota particolare pre il metodo di chiusura che comprime l'aria facendola uscire da sotto, in questo modo l'asta non rientra di botto rischiando di pizzicarvi ma scende come fosse ammortizzata
Das Stativ ist hochwertig und schön verarbeitet.
Good qaulity product. However, I still have to be extremely careful because it can be knocked down.