Manfrotto MS0490A Nanopole Lightstand

Lighting Stand

  • With removable riser section
  • Light and compact
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Removable riser section that can be used as a boom
  • With hooks for sandbag
  • Maximum load: 1.5 kg
  • 16 mm Spigot with 3/8" or 1/4" thread
  • Max. height: 195 cm
  • Shipping height: 49 cm
  • Max. diameter foot: 100 cm
  • Weight: 1.07 kg

Further information

Type de pied Light stand
Incl. Bar No
Crank No
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Versatile Light Stand

Barnymobil, 30.05.2017
I have two of these Nanopole Stands for use with Profoto B2 heads for photography. They are sturdy enough to use fully extended with an Octabox, yet fold to a compact size of 50cm. This makes them easy to pack and coupled with their lightweight, makes them easy to carry. They are ideal for use on location at events or when travelling.

An adjustable leg easily copes with uneven ground to level the stand and a useful hook is provided to hang a bag from for extra stability. The centre pole can quickly be removed for use as a boom when needed.

Handy for holding lightweight reflectors etc too.

Usual Manfrotto quality. Like compact size and low weight. Highly recommended.
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Addiction of its kind ...

DrVersaeg, 20.08.2015
The MS0490A is a small (pack size in the disassembled state approx. 500x85x85mm ^ 3), lightweight (dead weight with thread adapter 1/4 "to 3/8" approx. 1080g), dainty (pipe diameter of the detachable, 5-part center column 25 -22-19-16-14mm) Light stand with a maximum load of 1500g specified by the manufacturer.

For comparison, a 60x60cm ^ 2 softbox weighs around 1200g, a Nikon SB-600 equipped with Eneloop AA batteries about 410g. The indispensable radio trigger Ojecoco H-430 RX beats with another 80g to book.

Therefore, here are some more details about the technical implementation:

- Only the M6 ??hex bolt for locking the legs to the center column / adjusting the leg angle is explicitly stated with strength class 8.8, it must therefore be assumed that the M5 screws of the telescopic mechanism of the center column in 5.6 or 4.6 are executed. In this case, that would be less than 1/3 of the preload force.

- Due to the design, the wall thickness of the telescope segments can not be more than 1.5mm, I'm assuming about 1mm.

- All clamping rings and also the lowest end piece, in which the quick release of the center column engages are made of solid, burr-free die-cast aluminum.

I loaded the tripod on a test basis and without special incidents with more than 3kg and paid particular attention to the mechanism used to unlock the center column to use as a boomstick (weight then 540g, length about 190cm). Due to the lever, tremendous forces occur here, especially at very shallow leg angles (ie near the area marked "Max. Stability").

In this case, it is important that the line mark on the boomstick is aligned with the one on the casting (or alternatively one of the other two legs), otherwise the tripod may unintentionally disengage and expensive equipment thunders on the floor. This is also clearly indicated in a supplement to the richly illustrated instruction manual (9 languages, including GB, I, F, D).

In conclusion, the specified 1500g payload safely and stably achieved, even at 2000g, the photographer needs to get no sweat spots under the armpits, the floor space has a circle diameter of just under a meter in ground level installation

Qualitatively it is immediately noticeable that the Cassro, Italy-based Manfrotto Group (to which the Gitzo brand belongs, meanwhile, all members of the British Vitec Group) has copied the high-priced photo tripods: All through holes are clean deburred, the riveting properly and smooth running, the wing nuts for the telescopic mechanism (fat-free!) as well as the fixation of the leg angle of solid (and odorless!) ABS with injected, sufficiently long brass female threads. In the latter one has even thought of a compression spring, so that no Alustreben herumklappern.

The tubes are relatively easy to move in and out, with other Chinese products, I've already experienced my blue wonder: After tightening the clamping screws, the tubes ovalized and nothing went more. Such a scrap!

Elsewhere, it has torn the bottom attachment of the center column with moderate load smoothly from the leg connector.

Thankfully comes a threaded adapter 1/4 "to 3/8" (also brass, with protective cap made of rubber) for the spigot connection in the delivery, because 3/8 "is probably the thread most commonly used in the strobist area Stability then 200cm.

Unfortunately, the assembled Nanopole with threaded adapter no longer fits so easily in the outer packaging (thick cardboard), the lid already bulges well without the adapter. This is a pity, because a protective bag must be purchased separately or included in the set with the (m.M. I simply cut a small hole in the lid, reused the thick PVC bag, in which the tripod was additionally packed and thus get a free but of course not professional transportation.

The bottom line is that anyone looking for a tripod for their flash units and, if necessary, (small) light shapers can accept marginal conditions (load capacity, correct setting of the feet and alignment of the center column markings) with which Manfrotto Nanopole MS0490A does little wrong.

Good light and many greetings!
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