The Manfrotto 053 is an unassuming light stand, not much more than 3 feet long, that extends to a full 5 metres high. That's 16 feet; that's taller than the ceiling in our shop. It gets a bit wobbly up there, but it's still impressive. Solid flip-lock latches, professional all-metal construction. In excellent working order, with some paint marks. I don't mean paint wear: there is white paint splattered on the stand from (I presume) good times in the studio. Doesn't affect function, of course.