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Manfrotto 420B 3- Section Combi- Boom Stand with Sand Bag – Replaces 3397,3397B (Black)

Manfrotto 420B 3- Section Combi- Boom Stand with Sand Bag – Replaces 3397,3397B (Black)

  • A great way to improve your lighting for product and portrait photography.
  • Sandbag included.

A boom stand is a great addition to any studio set up. The boom allows you to place a light directly over your subject matter for great separation and light control. An included sandbag gives a perfect counterbalance for safety and smooth movement. Perfect for a hair light or product photography, you will wonder what you ever did without one. Attachment (top): type25 + spigot art. 013; closed length: 44.49 in.; color: black; column cross- section: round; column tube diameter: 35.30.25.20mm.; foo

Rating: (out of 6 reviews)

Price: $ 154.00

6 comments to Manfrotto 420B 3- Section Combi- Boom Stand with Sand Bag – Replaces 3397,3397B (Black)

  • Ryuji Suzuki

    Review by Ryuji Suzuki for Manfrotto 420B 3- Section Combi- Boom Stand with Sand Bag – Replaces 3397,3397B (Black)
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    First of all, they used to sell this without the sandbag for about $30 less. I don’t think this empty sandbag is worth $30. I prefer Photoflex bag that can hold water as well as sand, so that I don’t have to carry extra weight to and back from location shoots.

    That, plus lack of air cusion (which I think is overrated) are about the only negatives of this product. If I need another stand, I’d buy this even if I just need a regular one for the particular moment, because it’s more versatile, and there is little penalty in terms of weight and price. It serves perfectly well as a regular medium-duty light stand, but if you add a stabilizing weight and/or a counterweight, it quickly becomes a very nice boom stand. As a boom stand, it doesn’t reach very high, but high enough for a very good hair light and background light. And it’s so much better and easier than cheaper alternatives.

    Cheaper boom stand (that is a private brand product of a well known NYC-based pro retailer) was more flimsy, harder to adjust the angle when the boom was loaded with a lightweight flash head, and the tube was deformed after a few uses. This Manfrotto boom stand, costing about 2x the price, is much better built, easy to adjust the angle or height when the boom is loaded with a Dynalite head, and I don’t see the arms getting a dent just because I tighten things a bit hard to be safe.

    If I were to start a new studio for creative fashion photography, headshot photography, tabletop product photography or anything like that, I’d probably buy six or twelve of this stand, and anything else I would add must be special purpose ones, like tall stands or extra heavy duty stands for heavy heads or something of that nature.

    The bottom line: quality stand, versatile, well built, not-air cushioned (if you care), and not very tall, especially when used as a boom stand.

  • Kristopher J. Grimes

    Review by Kristopher J. Grimes for Manfrotto 420B 3- Section Combi- Boom Stand with Sand Bag – Replaces 3397,3397B (Black)
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    This boom works great if you only need to support 3-5 pounds max. Its portable, sets up quickly, and is a great way to get light over your subject. However, I just bought an Alien Bee B800 and a 22″ Beauty Dish, and this boom will not support it without sagging and swaying. I fear it will snap in the wind if I take it into the field. Other than that, it’s great and I would reccommend it for those who want to use it for smaller lighting situations.

  • Ross J. Mehan

    Review by Ross J. Mehan for Manfrotto 420B 3- Section Combi- Boom Stand with Sand Bag – Replaces 3397,3397B (Black)
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    I’ve used this boom for 4 years for video work and can highly recommend it. Nice that it now comes with the sandbag counterweight (I use ocean fishing lead weights) I’ve used it mostly with a Lowel-Pro hairlight, but also a mic holder for audio. Yes, it doesn’t hold a lot of weight, but it’s not designed to. It’s a great value for what it is. I would always use a sandbag on the main stand though-always wise with any boom. It’s held up to daily use for many years–

  • Books for Us

    Review by Books for Us for Manfrotto 420B 3- Section Combi- Boom Stand with Sand Bag – Replaces 3397,3397B (Black)
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    As a first time filmmaker, this stand worked like a charm. It is versatile, multifunctional, and easy to use. I ordered two of these simply because the first one was so fabulous. I was able to pack the stand with me as we moved to different locations to shoot around the city. Highly recommended. We’ve attached boom mics & soft boxes to these stands. Very sturdy design. A bang for your buck. Purchasing an additional sandbag is highly recommended.

  • Scott E. Detweiler

    Review by Scott E. Detweiler for Manfrotto 420B 3- Section Combi- Boom Stand with Sand Bag – Replaces 3397,3397B (Black)
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    I absolutely love this thing. Not only is it a great boom, but it also makes s wonderfully tall and steady stand if you don’t need it as a boom. For the price, this is totally the way to go. I plan on getting 3 more so I can have the flexibility of them boom on any light when I need it.

  • Paul Kieu

    Review by Paul Kieu for ePhoto Photographic Studio Video Equipment Century Stand Light Stands Sandbag Sand Bag Saddle Bag By ePhoto INC BlueSandbag
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    I got tired of wind knocking over my lightstand, which had an umbrella and a VERY expensive speedlight attached to it. Bought two of these sandbags and I have no more problems. It’s a very good quality product, especially for the price, and filling it up with sand is easy. There’s an inside zipper and another zipper right outside of that one, presumably to give an extra seal in case sand starts leaking out.

    These things come empty, so you’ll have to buy your own sand at a hardware store or a home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. I bought a 50 pound bag of sand at Lowe’s for under 4 dollars and filled up two of these bags with plenty of sand to spare for future bags.

    Definitely would recommend this product.