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Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket - Replaces 2929
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- Variable friction control for accurate adjustment.
- Camera bracket allows easy attachment of equipment.
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|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 10.83 x 3.46 in||4.5 x 8.1 x 2.9 in||3.15 x 10.83 x 3.46 in||2.76 x 5.51 x 10.24 in||8.27 x 13.19 x 2.36 in||1.38 x 1.38 x 25.79 in|
This Manfrotto Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket features a large center locking knob. Variable friction and locking of arm obtained by adjusting knob. Comes complete with Camera/Umbrella Bracket 143BKT only. This replaces the Manfrotto 2929. Arm length: 20.87 in.; arm tube diameters: 20mm.; attachment: type 17; attachment 2: type 17.; color: black; load capacity: 6.61 lbs.; material: aluminum; weight: 2.40 lbs.
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Now I have a set point on my macro table for mounting the camera. Since focus and view angle is so critical in macro work, my tripod is a bit of a nuisance. This makes life a whole bunch more simpler. :)
The arm and clamp combo are also being used where tripods are not permitted/practical but where a solid mount point (e.g.fence post) is available.
Construction is solid, fit and finish are excellent and the usage is intuitive.
The Superclamp in the photos is not included, but unless you already have a mounting strategy figured out, you'll need one.
Quick edit: The knob on mine was fully assembled and there were no missing parts. Maybe they read the previous reviews.
The friction wheel controls arm and ball joint tension simultaneously. So you always need two hands for adjustment: one hand on your gear to keep it from flopping and the other to control the wheel. With moderate fiction, movements are smooth but, once locked down, it holds a medium sized DSLR or light head without budging.
I tried a friend's Magic Arm with the cam-lever. Same excellent build quality but the lever is more difficult to adjust than a friction wheel. You need to really muscle it too! However, I was surprised my Magic Arm arrived without the wheel installed. Probably Manfrotto wanted to reduce bulk and use a smaller box. No biggie, just spin the wheel on and you're golden. No assembly instructions provided or needed.
I didn't find the camera bracket terribly useful and should have bought the Magic Arm without the bracket. I use a ball head (Sunwayfoto) to mount LED lights, mics or cameras: the Magic Arm has a little settle with heavy loads and a ball head allows fine adjustments after lockdown. To attach a ball head, screw a 1/4 to 3/8" male stud adapter, e.g., Manfrotto 118 Male Spigot into the arm's baby stud and screw the head on it. You could also mount the ball head directly on the bracket if you don't mind the extra weight and bulk.
The Magic Arm is well designed, built like a bazooka and my most useful Super Clamp accessory. I'm often in cramped quarters and it works where light stands and tripods dare not tread.
All in all, an amazing piece of kit and really you can't do better... even with a scratch (from Manfrotto, not Amazon!).
The friction arms with the connecting knob can handle far greater weight load than the stated 6.61 lbs. It's the round shape spigot ends, however, that can't handle any load capacity beyond that point. Of course it can't, as the only thing that's holding this round shape spigot ends from turning is the tightening bolt which would eventually wear out at the tip or even break off. Since this Magic Arm is used primarily with the Manfrotto Super Clamp or other super clamps by so many users, all Manfrotto has to do is to come up with the Magic Arm with the hexagonal end spigots for the super clamp's hexagonal socket like the studs that come with the super clamp purchase (if you do purchase with one). It's that simple. There won't be any sagging or slippage with this simple fix. The load capacity, I'm certain, can be increased double or even triple-fold, easily.
I won't order another one until they address this design flaw. Yes, I do understand that they made the Magic Arm so the round shape end spigots can fit other products of their's. But as a company that can produce so many different versions of the same product, I don't see what's preventing them from making two different Magic Arm versions, one with the round shape end spigots and one with the hexagonal shape end spigots for the super clamp users.
For now, I'm limiting my use of the current Magic Arm for lighter weight stuff as I have no confidence in placing my very expensive photography gear and leave them dangling in air. Remember, if the tightening bolt gives way, say good bye to your expensive gear because, essentially, the bolt is the only thing that's holding your stuff in air.
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Thus I had to return the product.