Wading thru all the options for a background support, I had no clue what to buy until I spotted the Manfrotto 1314B. I love their tripods and light stands, so choosing their background system was a no brainer. The two stands lock together the same as my 1004BAC light stands. The center support is expandable instead of multiple rods. The system is compact and easy to transport, quick to setup, and sturdy enough to easily handle any background type I choose. Highly recommended.