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Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit

B&H # MA143 Mfr # 143
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Product Highlights
  • Consists of: Magic Arm, Camera Platform, Super Clamp & Backlite Base

The Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit is designed to hold a light fixture or camera in place, in a variety of situations. The heart of the kit is the Magic Arm -- an elbow arm, with sure locking lever control at the pivot. The removable camera mount pans and locks, and has a standard 1/4-20" thread mount. With the camera mount removed, it will accept any light fixture up to 6.6 lbs that has a baby (5/8") receptor.

The Magic Arm is modular -- Stand it on the floor or a table with the included Backlite base.
The Magic Arm is modular -- Lock it into the included Super Clamp, on a pipe or shelf from 1/2 - 2" in diameter or thickness.
Capacity 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Weight 3 lbs (1.4 kg)
Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit
  • Magic Arm (143N)
  • Super Clamp (2915)
  • Backlite Base (3095)
  • Camera Bracket (143BKT)
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    Manfrotto143 Magic Arm Kit
     
    4.7

    (based on 82 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (63)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (46)
    • Easy to set up (36)
    • Lightweight (27)
    • Durable (24)
    • Consistent (20)

    Cons

    • Heavy (6)

    Best Uses

    • Photography (35)
    • Portraits (20)
    • Strobe lighting (18)
    • Artificial lighting (17)
    • Weddings (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (29), Semi-pro photographer (20), Photo enthusiast (6), Professional (6), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (56)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Not all Magic arms are equal

    I bought 2 of these kits to solve a lighting problem at a fashion event I was shooting at a place with a relatively low beamed ceiling (call it between 8-10 depending on...Read complete review

    I bought 2 of these kits to solve a lighting problem at a fashion event I was shooting at a place with a relatively low beamed ceiling (call it between 8-10 depending on if you were on the stage or not).

    Essentially using the clamp to connect to the ceiling beams, and then using the magic arm to connect from the clamp to my Einstein moonlight (4 lbs) and UMF modifier - then running the cord along the beam with some clamps. The magic arm allowed me to position the lights roughly where I wanted them, and high enough to be out of harms way for the event (and a plug for the Einstein's here, the wireless control allowed me to adjust them without climbing a ladder).

    The kit is interesting because it contains both a stand and a super clamp and a camera adapter in addition the Magic Arm, this gives you a lot of options. However, this Magic Arm is not a variable friction model and utilized a leaver you must flip 180 degrees to lock. That's different from the Magic Arm with the knob and friction control (which helps you position heavier things a little better and doesn't require the space to flip the leaver). I own both (now) - 2 of the leaver with/kit, and one variable friction model for cases where the levers may not cut it for space reasons (which so far I haven't found).

    Bottom line here is there is a lot of value in the kit given the stands an clamps, with a slight loss in function in the Magic Arm compared to the more expensive variable friction model. It would be nice if they had the variable friction as a kit as well, but I suspect given the cost and feature deltas I'd still end up with 2 of these and one of those. It's hard to fault the value here, and the usefulness is outstanding - it's going to solve rigging problems by giving you options.

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    Nice in theory

    I purchased this product to use with my 8" monitor. I loved it at first. Within a few uses, it tightens up, so much so that I can no longer use...Read complete review

    I purchased this product to use with my 8" monitor. I loved it at first. Within a few uses, it tightens up, so much so that I can no longer use it. Manfrotto has been very supportive and sent me two replacements so far. I used my most recent one about a month and a half and it is failing. I may replace it with the Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket. I love Manfrotto, but not this product.

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    5.0

    Magic Arm Kit truly is MAGIC!

    By Dylan Sunshine Saliba

    from Colorado Springs, CO

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Plastic Handle On Clamp

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

    I got this to mount a 10 inch LCD monitor to my tripod or light stand when needed. Works wonderfully for that purpose and I can see a bunch of other uses for the additional parts. Typical Manfrotto build quality with the small exception of the handle on the clamp. It's made out of plastic and not ratcheting. I guess I'm just spoiled with the rest of my Manfrotto gear. Great product and totally worth the money!

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    4.0

    Great Piece of Equipment

    By Ph0t0finish

    from Chicago, Illinois

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Low Light
      • Night Time
      • Special Events

      Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

      I use my Manfrotto Magic Arm anytime I'm photographing in an area where tripods aren't allowed.

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      5.0

      Like magic!

      By Firstlight

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Everything Unlocks

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Night Time
      • Outdoors
      • Special Events

      Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

      I use product to remotely mount flash and camera. Holds very steady with minimal vibration. HOWEVER, be careful when unlocking arm that you have either removed weight (camera, other equip) from arm, otherwise it WILL topple it and drop quickly. When removed, then repositioning is easy. For micro-adjusting, attach equipment, then hold it very carefully then adjust arm and lock.I have not tried mounting in unusual circumstances (yet), but seems sturdy enough for moving vehicles (appropriately anchored and secured with safety cable).Heavy construction, stable, but heavy for portable use.

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      5.0

      The Magic Arm with Super Clamp is great!

      By Larry

      from College Station, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Outdoors
        • Special Events

        Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

        Being able to use the Super Clamp to clamp the Magic Arm to anything, mount my camera (Canon 5D Mark III with a 70-200 f/2.8 II lens), clamp it down and have it locked in place, is great. Now I can get the remote shots I want without worry.

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        5.0

        A must have for every ditty bag

        By Freddy

        from Tacoma

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

            This will always come in handy as a third arm.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Amazingly Versatile

            By Ann Ominous

            from Washington DC

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Outdoors
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting
            • Tight Spaces

            Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

            Good to use for situations where a typical light stand is too large or inconvenient. The super clamp is very handy for mounting a light source in unconventional places. The product is very durable and easy to use with unlimited creative possibilities.

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            5.0

            Not just a clever name

            By Chronique

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting
              • Weddings
              • What Can It Not Do

              Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

              I can't imagine how I went all this time in the video world without owning one of these. It'll hold a production monitor, small light, small camera and about a million other things, just about anywhere you want to stick it. WOW. This makes Noga arms look flimsy and worthless, and I've owned tons of those!

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              5.0

              super duper

              By the equalizer

              from Utah

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Could Be Better Quality
              • Probably Short Longevity

              Best Uses

              • Acessories
              • Ground Level Light Stand
              • Lights
              • Small Camera Mount

              Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

              Really solid, more heavy duty than I imagined. Heavy for perhaps "on camera" or rig application, but this thing actually held a xl2 to a pole perfectly solid. Amazing for mounting cameras (and other production gear--lights, mics, etc) and placing them in virtually any direction. Everything locks up easily with 1 move.

              My biggest thing is hoping that it lasts :) fingers are crossed it's at least a 3-5 year thing, it doesn't feel so amazingly made that it seems like it won't start slipping under weight eventually.

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              5.0

              Great combo

              By Carl

              from New Zealand

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Incredibly Versatile
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mounting to bikes
                • Photography
                • Strobe Lighting

                Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                I've used this product for mounting my SLRs and speedlites on anything from another tripod to a mountain-bike or car. Everything has worked perfectly and met my expectations. I also bought the variable friction magic arm separately, and while that is easier to position and adjust in some situations, I have no concerns at all with the lever version and happily use them both.

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                5.0

                Magically stiff!

                By Ruffboy

                from Fort Worth, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video monitor mount

                  Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                  It magically locks your position in one swift turn of the lock lever. Make that one 'tight' turn. The lever is tough to lock, but does the job. I believe the lever tension is adjustable, so I will try that before claiming it is too tough.I use it for mounting a monitor on my jib support.

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                  5.0

                  Another great Manfrotto product

                  By MikeFromNJ

                  from Hoboken, NJ

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                    I swear by Manfrotto and this is no different. I love the Magic Arm for attaching things in tricky places. I could go on and on about examples, but my suggestion is to get this, play with it, and you'd be surprised what you can do with it. The worst thing is needing it and not having it. You may not have a use for it right now, but you will. And if you have it when you need, you'll be glad you do.

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                    1.0

                    Nice in theory

                    By lisa the videographer

                    from boston, ma

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                    • Short Lifespan
                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                      I purchased this product to use with my 8" monitor. I loved it at first. Within a few uses, it tightens up, so much so that I can no longer use it. Manfrotto has been very supportive and sent me two replacements so far. I used my most recent one about a month and a half and it is failing. I may replace it with the Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket. I love Manfrotto, but not this product.

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                      5.0

                      Great For Hiking and Portability

                      By fMix

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                        The kit is awesome. I took it out on a hike, fit in my backpack no problem. I was able to mount the arm to fallen branches, logs, rocks, posts, and with the tripod legs I could even use the ground. Not as good as a decent tripod, but for portability and compactability you can't beat this.

                        I'm also using it on my motorcycle and car to make rolling videos. Holds very firm, just need image stabilized lenses for the rest of the shake.

                        Weight wise the kit supports my 5D2 and 17-40L without and problems, even on my bike. I plan on using it on fences during sports events to record video while I shoot photos with another camera. I have no doubt the Magic Arm will work great.

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                        5.0

                        Works like a charm!

                        By Gustavo

                        from Pleasant Hill, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography

                          Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                          Used to place a Canon 1D Mark 3 up high in a tent to shoot a time lapse for 8 hours. Worked perfectly!

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                          5.0

                          It was magic!

                          By Jannet

                          from Murdock, Minn.

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Worked Great

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                            I recently purchased the magic arm to have it ready for bike photos, or other events. I tried it out by attaching to my snow shovel, snow shovel cam! It worked out great. You need to make sure you have it all tight, but after that it worked like a charm!

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                            5.0

                            Great Kit!

                            By RJLane

                            from Portland, OR

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography
                              • Videography

                              Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                              Wanted to try some video and stills on my Mountain Bike. Wasn't sure if this would do the trick but it works perfectly! Highly recommend it.

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                              5.0

                              magic arm

                              By browndog77

                              from Orange,ca

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Night Time
                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                                I like this little baby. works great for indoor sports shooting when you can't blast people in the face but still need accent lighting from the stands so you don't have to shoot at a high ISO Setting!

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                                5.0

                                Wish I had two more!!

                                By Thetechbear

                                from Reno, NV

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                                  The Magic Arm is is great for shooting DSLR Video from mounting the camera, monitor, or lights anywhere any time. I mainly use it for monitors and lights.

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                                  5.0

                                  "I would buy this product again and agai

                                  By Peter

                                  from Switzerland

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                                      Very robust!

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Well built!

                                      By Rob (AKA The Old Dog)

                                      from Tacoma, WA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Reliable
                                      • Rugged Tough

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit:

                                        Like most things Manfrotto, this is built well, tough and durable. Took me a bit to figure out the arm lock.

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