Bogen Manfrotto Super Clamp with Standard Stud (#2900)
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|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Package Height||2.2 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
It packs well in a camera bag and I usually bring along a mini ball head such as a Manfrotto 2108/3314. You will need the reversible stud (2907) to attach it. I have also used it to clamp a remote flash to a tree branch! A highly recommended accessory for the determined photographer.
Downside? They grip TOO well sometimes. Be careful - you can crush a thin door if you crank it too tight...
Tripods and monopods came with various trade-offs. I found this clamp and bought it on the basis of both the specifications and the reviews. It can be used for a range of things, and has a supplementary screw mount as well as the stud. But I only use the stud and for my camera equipment.
Not all things have degrees of goodness. They either completely work or they completely don't work. This is something that works 100%.
Italian made. A simple but high quality industrial standard of build and materials. A good instruction leaflet, in case you lose your intuitive powers.
It's a little chunky to fit in a pocket and, according to specs, weighs 1.2 pounds. So, if you pack it it in a camera case with lenses etc., make sure they are protected from it.
The jaws open to a max capacity of 1.25 inches. Without the wedge adaptor - but with care - I managed to secure it to a 2.6 inch board and again to a 3/8 inch thick flange. And, of course, it will accommodate a pipe, or similar shape, up to at least 2 inch diameter. When you tighten them, take care that you don't crush something.
The stud holds the camera about an inch above the clamp. For me, that was enough to clear any obstructions.
One end of the stud has a standard quarter-inch thread for your camera etc.. The other end is hexagonal to mate with the clamp. The clamp has a quick-release press-in knob and a well-sized thumbscrew to secure the stud completely.Read more ›
Luckily I had the thing in my hand when it broke so I was able to catch it, but if I was not holding it that would have been about $1,800 of gear falling in the river. I am not sure, but I think the newer version of this clamp still comes with the same 1/4" stud, so be careful out there!
I am now switching over to the super clamp stud from my cowboy studio clamp. I don't like the cowboy studio clamp quite as much as the manfrotto one, but I like the larger stud that comes with it a whole lot better!
I'm still giving the manfrotto one two stars for the years of service, but I won't be able to trust this quite the same again.
On the good-side:
Very strong/secure and tons of uses. I use one attach a portable LCD screen Haier HLT71 7-Inch Handheld LCD TV to a tripod to view photos after taking them (or on a monopod to view photos taken at odd angles). I use one on a lightstand along with a Monopod to create a Boom arm. Use 2 on lightstands (with a monopod) to create a background support. Clamp these onto railings and add a ballhead on top (much more secure than a Gorillapod). Connect them to a pole and add a speedlite to the end for an instant lightstand. There are a ton of uses for these things!
On the down-side:
They're expensive. They seem cheap, but then you start buying 4-5 of them and quickly see what people mean when they say they're expensive! The 3rd party knockoffs are a bit "iffy" and for expensive equipment, I say get the Bogen/Manfrotto. It's also heavy and not so compact (they take up a lot of room!)
Make sure you get one with the Manfrotto 037 Reversible Short Stud - Replaces 2907 -- you can buy it in a bundle or separately (the bundle is cheaper). The short stud is reversible (so 1/4" or 3/4" threading), and doesnt "stick out" like the included stud (great for mounting a ballhead or camera).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazingly versatile way to attach a dSLR to ...well..nearly anything in the environment, a pipe, a fence, the edge of a desk or table, etc. Read morePublished 13 months ago by DocRWM
Got one and now I need lots more! This come in very handy for many applications, a real photographers friend when you work Aline and need that extra "hand"Published on November 17, 2013 by J.J.
Will make good use of it and will have to order a few more nnnnnnnnn bbbbbbb iiiiii kkkkkk mmmmmm pppppPublished on January 31, 2013 by wrobins45
I love this thing. I can put a ball head on it, attach the clamp to my tripod leg and have both of my cameras on the same tripod. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Judith M.
The bone-crushing power and leverage of this clamp assembly is nothing short of astonishing. Out of the box, I was clamping to everything, and each time it was secure as the next. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Randy A. Hnatkowicz
Purchased this to mount my GoPro off of my rollbar within the car. I couldn't stand the vibrations I was getting from other bar mounts and the 3M double sided tape stuff included... Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Senny B.
but not exactly what I was looking for. With this clamp you limit yourself to desks, doors, squared poles, I think I'll be using it to mount my 580ex but not my DSLR. Read morePublished on January 6, 2010 by Mark