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Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm

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The Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm differs from the regular Magic Arm, in that the Variable Friction Arm allows partial locking in place of a light, grip, or a camera. This comes in handy when using a light or camera to track a subject. It is a pivot arm with a large locking knob. One end will support a light that has a baby (5/8") receptor. The other end is designed to fit into a Super Clamp socket, or other 5/8" receptor.

The Variable Friction Magic Arm is modular -- Stand it on the floor or a table with an optional Backlite base (3095).
The Variable Friction Magic Arm is modular -- Lock it into an optional Super (2915), or Maffer Clamp, on a pipe or shelf from 1/2 - 2" in diameter or thickness.
The Variable Friction Magic Arm is modular -- Use it to mount a camera with the optional camera bracket (143BKT), or order #2929 which includes a camera mount, or #2930QR, which has a Quick Release Camera Plate.
Capacity 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1 kg)

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Manfrotto244N Variable Friction Magic Arm
 
4.8

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (25)
  • Durable (21)
  • Professional quality (18)
  • Reliable (18)
  • Lightweight (16)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (19)
    • Photography (13)
    • In the studio (12)
    • Complex projects (11)
    • Outdoors (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (10), Casual photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5), Business owner (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Outstanding arm

    This is my second Variable Friction Magic Arm. I had the 196 base and super clamp and would switch back and forth. No more switching now. I use it to hold my D800E...Read complete review

    This is my second Variable Friction Magic Arm. I had the 196 base and super clamp and would switch back and forth. No more switching now. I use it to hold my D800E camera. The variable friction holds the camera securely in the exact position I want when it is tightened. There is no play or slipping. It is built solid. It's a great product!

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    Good gear to have around

    The magic arm is a good piece of gear to have. Well made and functions well. It says it'll hold up to 6 pounds but I wouldn't go more than 5lb.

    The magic arm is a good piece of gear to have. Well made and functions well. It says it'll hold up to 6 pounds but I wouldn't go more than 5lb.

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    4.0

    Works great

    By Mike

    from Seattle

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

        Does a good job of holding an LCD monitor on the front of our studio cameras

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        5.0

        Very useful

        By Captain Pixel

        from London Uk

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

          Used this for positioning flash for macro photography

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          • No

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          4.0

          Solid for light loads

          By wesley

          from utah

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

              If this thing could handle 10 pounds, it'd be perfect. As it is, it's very good.

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              4.0

              As described

              By Eaglepress

              from New york

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                holding lights

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                • No

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                5.0

                The right choice!

                By S2F Photoman

                from Western NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                  With my ongoing desire to re-invent my photography styles, I decided to research and purchase the 244N Variable Friction Arm by Manfrotto. In the past I had borrowed the 143 model for overhead lighting with a large softbox and it worked very well for getting the exact angle I was looking for. When reading the reviews between the two, it was apparent that this model has a little more precise angle with the adjustment wheel opposed to the arm on the 143 model.
                  The main reason I purchased it was to be used on a beauty dish that I use on a regular basis for fitness model portfolios and the standard clamp was really limiting the angles in which could be achieved. This past week the 244 really impressed me with the quality, durability and functionality that you would expect from Manfrotto. I easily added it to the end of my boom stand and was able to get the exact angle I was looking to achieve with this product. The advice my pro photographer friend gave me was accurate. He claimed this one has a more precise lock down capability and he was right on the money.
                  The part that really is interesting is the technology of the item. Looking at it you don't expect the stainless ends to firm up when you use it but to my surprise, the entire unit becomes one solid piece once you tighten the locking wheel.
                  I would highly recommend this item despite the price being a little more than you would expect from such a small piece of equipment. But once you use it you will figure out that the design is quite interesting and performs very well and smoothly in the shooting conditions I was hoping for. Thumbs up to Manfrotto!

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                  5.0

                  Off-the-wall use

                  By Iridology Guru

                  from NYC

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Portable
                  • Total 3d Freedom
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Tighten For Some

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                  I'm an iridologist--think, like an optometrist, but better--and I look at eyes up-close all day. Holding the face steady while moving equipment, cameras and microscopes around near either eye is a perennial problem and thousand dollar chin rests lack essential features.
                  Magic Arm solved all my issues, elegantly, inexpensively, professionally. Super-clamped to my exam table the Magic Arm swivels anywhere I want holding the subject's face comfortably on a chin rest that is a Manfrotto Camera Mountlined with a leather cushion. Clients love the freedom after the cow-stanchion-like bars of the chin rest, and I can approach the eye from any angle w/o upright bars and cross members to work around. See the pics. I love the ease and unexpected sturdiness of the Magic Arm, able to hold a patient's head in any 3D position formerly impossible with units ten times the price.

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                  5.0

                  Great tool

                  By rdw

                  from Concord, NC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                    these are great we use them for holding antennaes, wireless access points and microphones

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                    5.0

                    Best Arm Ever

                    By James

                    from Philadelphia, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                      This grip/arm works so well, I bought a second one. Definitely buy the clamp along with the camera mount as this one doesn't come with those.

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                      5.0

                      Super useful piece of kit.

                      By Steve

                      from Sydney Australia

                      About Me Business Owner, Digital Design Studio

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adaptable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Extremely Useful
                      • Precise Control
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Fast Set-ups
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio
                        • Mounting Camera Equipment
                        • Mounting Studio Tools
                        • Precise Placement

                        Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                        We do lots of photography for a variety of products including jewellery, home wares, electronics etc. The Magic Arms are used with Super Clamps and are extremely useful for positioning small flash heads and small reflectors, holding light cutters, backgrounds etc. The great thing about these is being able to position things very precisely and then lock them in position. We have also used these to hold small cameras (DSLR, GoPro etc) for set ups in vehicles, in studio etc.

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                        4.0

                        Excellent!

                        By Jeremy

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                          Excellent product. It wasn't put together in the box, pieces were loose, and no instructions (only reason 4 stars instead of 5).

                          I hung a 5D w/SmallHD DP4 connected upside down off a deck and was confident it was safe and secure (still used a safety line of course). I then connected to a ladder using it straight up and felt equally safe/secure with no slippage.

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                          5.0

                          The Gold Standard

                          By Tyson H

                          from Kansas

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                            These things are bullet proof! If you're thinking about other "cheaper" alternatives, you will sadly get what you pay for. There's a reason all the pro's use these arms!

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                            5.0

                            Versatile piece of equipment

                            By Steve

                            from Manitou Springs, CO

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                                Multiple use product that can be combined with other equipment to act as mini tripod, camera mount, flash mount etc. Very versatile and well built. No instructions included in box but directions are available on line.

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                                5.0

                                1001 Wheelchair Uses

                                By Spike Da Peke

                                from Jersey+

                                About Me Curmudgeon, Polymath

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • 1001 Uses
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Camera Support
                                  • Lighting Support
                                  • Replace Brooklyn Bridge
                                  • Small Tethered Monitor

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                                  I now have six of these, one in the regular form and the other five in this, the "variable friction" format. I use the conventional arm only rarely. The "variable friction" form is much easier to use.As a wheelchair user I use these arms to support cameras and flashes both in the studio and attached to my wheelchair when outside. I've also been known to use these arms to support my iPhone or iPad, a music stand (used for every thing from a writing desk and book support, to a place to put my lunch), and a MIDI controller.Now if Manfrotto could just raise the weight capacity 25 or 30 pounds, I'd be really happy. Pay attention to the company's stated weight capacity. I find that I can safely exceed them on occasion. But, I've also gone too far at times and found an over-extended and over-weighted arm pointing at the floor instead of the sky. Never use a setup that can cause catastophic loss. A fully extended Magic Arm holding up your shiny new $ Canon EOS-1D with a fat long lens is a really, really bad idea.I once bought a low-cost versions of this product. It was trash. I'd rather pay full freight and get something that works.

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                                  5.0

                                  Variable Friction Magic Arm by Manfrotto

                                  By Crick

                                  from Bunker Hill, IN

                                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Gymnasiums

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                                    I use this Magic Arm with the clamp, Buff Einstein lights and a Buff Vagabond to shoot basketball and I'd say I've found the perfect combination for shooting sports in dimly lit gymnasiums. I also have the older style lever action Magic Arm and without careful maintenance and use, the older style jams up. This turn knob style Friction Magic Arm is rock solid and can hold several pounds where you want it. I would definitely recommend purchasing this Manfrotto Magic Arm.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good product

                                    By Photo Rockie

                                    from denver, co

                                    About Me Business Owner

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • No instructions

                                    Best Uses

                                    • In The Studio
                                    • Remotes

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                                    The magic arm is a useful tool to hang camera remotes. It is relatively easy to use. I have only a couple of issues. The first is that there are no instructions in the box on how to assemble it--just a pile of washers and knobs. Thank goodness for the Internet. Second, Manfrotto needs to redesign the super clamp to make it a little easier to set up. Otherwise, I had no issues hanging a camera and a 400mm f4 lens with it. Overall, no major complaints.

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                                    5.0

                                    Holds my camera firmly

                                    By GWH

                                    from Brainerd, Minnesota

                                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Complex Projects
                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                                      I use this arm to attach to my D-600 and a super clamp mounted behind the glass of a basketball backboard. Tightens down vey well.

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                                      5.0

                                      Fits the bill

                                      By Tim

                                      from Hudson, Ohio

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Complex Projects

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                                        Setting up industrial vision systems.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Outstanding arm

                                        By Larry

                                        from Eureka, CA

                                        About Me Business Owner, professional photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Complex Projects
                                          • Indoor
                                          • In The Studio
                                          • Outdoors
                                          • Photography

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                                          This is my second Variable Friction Magic Arm. I had the 196 base and super clamp and would switch back and forth. No more switching now. I use it to hold my D800E camera. The variable friction holds the camera securely in the exact position I want when it is tightened. There is no play or slipping. It is built solid. It's a great product!

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                                          • No

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                                          4.0

                                          big, but solid

                                          By Banner Man

                                          from Boston, MA

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Highly Compatible
                                          • Professional Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                                              was looking for a sturdy grip arm to attach a small monitor (with add'l hardware) or c-stand knuckle to other gear (a mayfer works well for this). This is sturdy and solid. The knuckle on it is perfect, allowing me to leave it adjustable, or lock it down tight. When I do adjust it, it's not completely open and floppy (unless I want it that loose). It's a bit heavy duty / big though to put on top of a camera, though I guess it could work. The Zacuto arms are much better suited for on-camera mounts, but are obviously much more expensive.

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                                              5.0

                                              This Heavy Duty Arm is Magical !

                                              By Julien

                                              from Qc, Canada.

                                              About Me Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Heavy duty
                                              • Professional Quality
                                              • Useful

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • In The Studio
                                                • On Location

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm:

                                                I use this arm to place my studio strobe inside my 7'umbrella and it's just super !!

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