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Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket - Replaces 2929

4.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
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Product Description

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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Product Dimensions 10.8 x 3.1 x 3.5 inches
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000J4FONU
Item model number 244
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4.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lighting & Studio > Lighting > Mounting Hardware
#2,077 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Video
Date first available at Amazon.com May 7, 2008

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By S. So on January 8, 2012
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I LOVE this Magic Arm, but there's one critical design flaw that, once addressed, could make this product even more strong, attractive and popular.

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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There are two studs on ball joints on either end of the arm. When the knob is turned counter-clockwise, the ball joints and the center 'elbow' all loosen. The loosing is gradual, so it won't suddenly collapse. Once you have it set, turn the knob clockwise and all the movable joints tighten. I was a little leery of hanging my DSLR in the air, but this arm locks up pretty solidly.

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.
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The Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm comes close to being a jack of all trades: umbrella bracket, hair light, back light, camera mount, mic stand, monitor/iPad mount, etc. I mainly use it with a Super Clamp, allowing it to be securely attached almost anywhere. The ends are male light stand tips and fit standard 5/8" female light stand sockets. It makes an excellent light stand when used with the Manfrotto 003 Backlight Base.

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.,
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This is an awesome bit of kit that no photographer should be without, when coupled with a super clamp this combo can be mounted practically anywhere, excellent for off camera flash use.
the reason why this didn't get a 4 was because the unit comes with the friction wheel disassembled, and there were no instructions for the correct assembly of the friction wheel, I was having difficulty tightening down the magic arm, when I happened to notice a bearing and two washers in the box, after these components were installed the unit functions perfectly.
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