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Manfrotto 237HD Heavy-Duty Flex Arm for Super Clamp (Black)
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- Infinitely flexible for exact positioning.
- Designed to fit the SuperClamp system.
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|The Manfrotto 237HD is a flexible arm that allows you to attach many items to it such as flashes, small monitors, light deflectors, radio triggers and more. Use it indoors or out and attach it to any surface using a Manfrotto Super Clamp. |
|Attachment ||16mm hexagonal + 1/4" threads attachment type|
|Attachment Top ||Type 18 |
|Diameter ||18 cm • 0.7 in |
|Length||55 cm • 21.65 in |
|Load Capacity||0.5 kg • 1.1 lbs|
|Weight||0.71 kg • 1.57 lbs|
Top Customer Reviews
I've since used it for all sorts of odd jobs outside its intended studio use, including sometimes as a makeshift tripod for my 50D DSLR. I've had it over a year, in and out of the ocean, and it is still as strong and rugged as when it was new. For those of you wondering how well it will hold up in the studio, I have no doubt that it will outlive you.
It should be noted that it is big and heavy, and it is not easy to bend the flex arm. I assume this is what gives it its strength to hold up whatever it is that needs to be help up, be it lighting, a DSLR or whatever odd job you find for it.
I bought this based on the information that it can hold 1.1 LBs - figuring this would hold a speedlight and not be TOO difficult to twist around.
It can definitely hold a speedlight - I'd imagine it can even hold a DSLR (But I'm not about to try it!) - the thing is, and I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not, the thing is REALLY tough and a bit hard to bend (it needs some force - you'll need 2 hands to bend it). This is both a good thing (it won't bend on it's own!) but a negative if you need to do anything more than slight bends, or need to quickly adjust the angle.
One end has a standard stud-end for a Superclamp (with a 3/8" threaded hole, so you can attach it on top of a lightstand tip). The other end has a threaded 1/4" tip (to attach something like a wireless trigger for a flash).
The great thing about this is that while it's heavy, it gives some great flexibility (no pun intended). While you can always superclamp a flash to a railing, you're somewhat limited on it's angle/direction. This lets you superclamp a flash to a railing and position it EXACTLY how you need it.. angled, straight up, straight down, bend around, etc.. Sometimes the length is a bit too much (at close to 2 feet, you sometimes wish it were just a few inches). It's not the lightest thing to carry (superclamp + arm = 2 lbs), but compared to a lightstand and ballhead, it's much nicer.
I've been a bit mixed on it..Read more ›
Since this happened to at least one other person, Manfrotto should check this issue before distributing these.
I still gave the product four stars because it is quite a useful tool. I am attaching it with a superclamp to a Manfrotto monopod and attaching a shotgun mic to it, as well as a Zoom H2. This setup makes me look like a professional news reporter. Pretty cool. :-) It will be great for recording bands, as the whole unit doesn't take up anymore room than my profile.
UPDATE 3/13/12: After using this item for a while longer in the field, I found that the hand tightening of the troublesome bolt has held.
It can be attached to the receptacle of a super clamp or screwed to a 1/4 (I think is 1/4... could be 3/4 don't remember at the moment) adapter. I have mine screwed to the end of a light stand to provide a flexible support for a light fixture. The build quality seems pretty solid and I would not doubt recommending it.
I must mention that I also tested the non-HD version, which is lighter (but not a lot), but it was unable to hold my lamp in the position I set with arm bent ~90 degrees in the form of an "r". The non HD version might be good for flags or light flash units, but struggles to keep heavier stuff in place.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome piece of equipment.
We use this in conjunction with our trupod and baby cam when traveling. Read more
Using this with a Manfrotto Super Clamp and either a Neewer 160 LED light or a Yongnuo YN-560 II flash. Gets the light right where I need it with no sagging.Published 4 months ago by Raildig
Heavy duty and works perfect for holding a speed light at the right spot.Published 6 months ago by jared c wolfe