Please note that the Manfrotto Light Stand has been replaced by the Manfrotto 1052BAC 7.75' (2.3m) Air Cushioned Light Stand.
The Manfrotto Light Stand is a very nice, lightweight 8' light stand.
It can be used with an umbrella adapter (such as the Bogen Manfrotto Swivel Umbrella Adapter), an umbrella (such as the Photogenic Eclipse 60" Umbrella) and a flash (such as the Canon 580EX Flash, Canon 550EX Flash or Canon 420EX Flash) to create an inexpensive portrait lighting setup.
The Manfrotto Light Stand is solidly made and very sturdy. Strength is enhanced by the double-braced leg base. It has no problem supporting my Photogenic Eclipse 60" Umbrella. I also use it to support my Chimera Super Pro XXS Softbox. The Manfrotto Light Stand sets up and folds down quickly.
I selected the black version of this light stand to avoid any reflections the aluminum version might generate.
I have no reserve in recommending the Manfrotto Light Stand.