Manfrotto 5001B 6' Retractable 5 Section Lightstand with 5/8" Mounting Stud, Black Anodized (#3373)

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About Manfrotto

6' Black Five-Section Stand

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (35),Easy to use (27),Reliable (17),Packs small / compresses (14),Durable (10),Easy to setup (10),Versatile (9),Strong construction (6),Consistent (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (20),Strobe lighting (9),Weddings (8),Family photos (7),General purpose (7),Travel (7),Artificial lighting (6),Fill flash (6),Photography (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (13),Photo enthusiast (7),Pro photographer (6),Professional (5),Semi-professional (4),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Manfrotto Specifications

Material
Black Anodized Aluminum
Maximum Height
74.8 inches
Minimum Height
19.3 inches
Maximum Load Capacity
4 lbs
Closed Length
19 inches
Weight
2 lbs
Footprint Diameter
39.4 inches
Mounting Stud
5/8"
Mfr #
5001B
SKU
BG3373

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 40 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Traveling Lightstand

First off, it's the lightstand recommended by Strobist. Ok, let's get past that. This lightstand is a compromise. It's very lightweight, and it collapses extremely small. That's wonderful. I like that. Collapsed and with an umbrella bungied to it as recommended by Strobist, it is a very portable and nice bit of kit. But....... This lightstand has three legs that do not make a very large footprint. With an umbrella attached, it will fall over in the slightest breeze. Some people recommend ankl...

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First off, it's the lightstand recommended by Strobist. Ok, let's get past that. This lightstand is a compromise. It's very lightweight, and it collapses extremely small. That's wonderful. I like that. Collapsed and with an umbrella bungied to it as recommended by Strobist, it is a very portable and nice bit of kit. But....... This lightstand has three legs that do not make a very large footprint. With an umbrella attached, it will fall over in the slightest breeze. Some people recommend ankle weights to secure it, and a 5 pound ankle weight on each leg does work well. I suppose they carry around the ankle weights and continue to gloat about how light the lightstand is. For myself, I consider the 5001B to be a lightstand limited to indoors, or being held upright by an assistant if used outside with an umbrella. An alternative is to ditch the umbrella and bounce the speedlight off a wall, but then, you don't have total control of direction or distance. Construction is what you expect from Manfrotto, although the materials are lightweight. The leg joints are riveted. Once the rivets wear out, they can easily be replaced with the same, or nuts and bolts. As far as which light it can support, speedlights only. Don't even think about a monolight. The stand can manage it, but it will be grossly top heavy. All in all, this is a lightstand directed towards a specific purpose...... traveling light and compact. It performs that role extremely well. The trade-off is a loss of stability once it is set up.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Very Sturdy - Great For Indoors

I purchased this to use with an SB-800 and a small umbrella. I this setup to be very unstable when set to it's max height. I'm glad I don't have to use it that high yet, but if I did, I would be too scared to use it without some additional support on the base, such as sandbags, or lazy cats.

Reviewed by 40 customers

 
5.0

Packs in your Suitcase!

By

from Killingworth CT  -  Pro Photographer

I bought my second stand to take with me to Europe. I can pack both of these in my suitcase and I will use them indoors with Nikon Speed Lights. I also take them for small shoots on location when I don't have an assistant to help me carry equipment.....I put these into my rolling camera bag and use another shoulder bag for a Lastolite soft box set up.

 
4.0

Great for a light weight stand

By

from NYC  -  Pro Photographer

It is what you expect from a lightweight stand. Great for using portable flash with umbrella. Not good to use with standard strobe head i.e. pro photo just not strong enough when extended.

 
4.0

does the job its intended for

By

from New York City  -  Semi-pro Photographer

this stand is perfect for travel purposes..i need to have stands that can fit in the suitcase that can board the plane with me..these are not intended for heavy duty outdoor stuff but are great when photographing small children and babies ..and need something to go to someones home with..its a bit pricey but you trade off with convenience..i don't mind having something at the base to support them since its only for temporary shoots..i use sturdier ones for my home setup...

 
5.0

Works as it should, and does what I need

By

from San Antonio, Tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have no complaints so far. I've used this during a couple shoots I've done with various people and it's easy to tote around and simple to set up. It may be small and underweight if you're working outdoors but some sandbags could help with that. It has a good height range. I'm extremely happy with the purchase.

 
5.0

Manfrotto Nano stand

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Pro Photographer

Well made light stand that is compact, lightweight, and easy to pack. Strong for its weight. Everything fits right and works smoothly unlike some cheaper imitations.

 
5.0

Well Built, Very Compact

By

from Grenada  -  Pro Photographer

I was worried about the build quality, but when they arrived I was pleasantly surprised! They're better built than my standard Paul C Buff light stands. Are great for travel - but not suitable for a strobe/light with an umbrella/softbox.

 
5.0

excellent product

By

from Chicago  -  Pro Photographer

The only thing I'd like to see in this product is a couple of D-rings, so I can attach a shoulder best to it.

 
3.0

Not Very Sturdy - Great For Indoors

By

from Waterbury, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this to use with an SB-800 and a small umbrella. I this setup to be very unstable when set to it's max height. I'm glad I don't have to use it that high yet, but if I did, I would be too scared to use it without some additional support on the base, such as sandbags, or lazy cats.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Traveling Lightstand

By

from New Orleans  -  Semi-pro Photographer

First off, it's the lightstand recommended by Strobist. Ok, let's get past that. This lightstand is a compromise. It's very lightweight, and it collapses extremely small. That's wonderful. I like that. Collapsed and with an umbrella bungied to it as recommended by Strobist, it is a very portable and nice bit of kit. But....... This lightstand has three legs that do not make a very large footprint. With an umbrella attached, it will fall over in the slightest breeze. Some people recommend ankle weights to secure it, and a 5 pound ankle weight on each leg does work well. I suppose they carry around the ankle weights and continue to gloat about how light the lightstand is. For myself, I consider the 5001B to be a lightstand limited to indoors, or being held upright by an assistant if used outside with an umbrella. An alternative is to ditch the umbrella and bounce the speedlight off a wall, but then, you don't have total control of direction or distance. Construction is what you expect from Manfrotto, although the materials are lightweight. The leg joints are riveted. Once the rivets wear out, they can easily be replaced with the same, or nuts and bolts. As far as which light it can support, speedlights only. Don't even think about a monolight. The stand can manage it, but it will be grossly top heavy. All in all, this is a lightstand directed towards a specific purpose...... traveling light and compact. It performs that role extremely well. The trade-off is a loss of stability once it is set up.

 
5.0

Manfrotto 3373

By

from NH  -  Photo Enthusiast

Use at home & travel

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ANTHONY A  Compact, lightweight, easily extended.
Karen G  I am looking at this particular light stand because of the minimum height. I practice my studio photography on my dogs. Its max load capacity is only 4 lbs, so are you able to attach umbrellas or diffusers?
mario s  i would like to know if this is set of two or just only one? thanks have a good one

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