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Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket

B&H # MA143N Mfr # 143N
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The Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket is designed to hold a light fixture in place, in a variety of situations. It is an elbow arm, with sure locking lever control at the pivot. 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 an optional Backlite base (3095).
The 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 Magic Arm is modular -- Use it to mount a camera with the optional camera bracket (143BKT), or order #2930 which includes the mount.
Capacity 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1 kg)

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Manfrotto143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (10)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Easy to setup (4)
  • Easy to set up (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artificial lighting (9)
    • Photography (6)
    • Strobe lighting (6)
    • Portraits (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Big powerful arm to hold about anything.

    Use it with super clamps, or a camera platform.
    Used it to secure a microphone, walkie talkies, cameras, ballheads, strobe heads, camera platforms, video cameras, tripod support, computer...Read complete review

    Use it with super clamps, or a camera platform.
    Used it to secure a microphone, walkie talkies, cameras, ballheads, strobe heads, camera platforms, video cameras, tripod support, computer support, just about anything. I own three in my kit. Great to mount flashes out of reach without stands. Recommend for any still lifer, location photographer, and grip.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not for precision work

    While excellent for coarse placement of lights and/or cameras, the lock lever requires considerable force to operate, and the act of locking the arm sends a considerable shock through the arm, making...Read complete review

    While excellent for coarse placement of lights and/or cameras, the lock lever requires considerable force to operate, and the act of locking the arm sends a considerable shock through the arm, making precision positioning impossible. For more precise placement, consider using the variable friction arm, which functions more like a typical ball head.

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    5.0

    Solid Well Designed Unit

    By NorthWestPassage

    from Seattle, WA USA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable
    • Solid Position Hold
    • Well engineered

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Digital Monitor Mount
      • Photography
      • Portable Setups
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

      I am actually using this to support a custom built frame holding an 18" and 2 7" monitors. The Magic arm is Perfect for this since the two arms can be right next to each other for storage.. but extended fully when I use the monitors. It is actually lighter than I expected. It has some "heft" and a great solid feel though. The actual locking method is 1st class all the way.. very well engineered. NO down side AT ALL. Only thing I would ever think of changing about it would be to make the Locking Lever spring loaded so the Handle would fold in more towards the arms for storage, but hey... I'm happy with it as it is too.

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      5.0

      Strong, Durable and well built

      By JohnnyMilk

      from Vancouver, Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

          The product is absolutely what I was looking for. Easy to maneuver and position when in tight spaces especially a car. The camera (5D MK III) sits solid on the base plate and never a worry of it falling. You will end up using this more than you thought.

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          5.0

          Bombproof and well designed

          By pete the hulk

          from houston tx

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Reliable
          • Solid

          Cons

          • A tad bit heavy

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography

          Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

          From the moment I opened the box, to the fine tuning, this Manfrotto product is well made. I mean impressive. Keeps it's form once you set it. But don't try and attach your kitchen sink.

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          5.0

          these things are great

          By barracuda13

          from VT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

            solid, well built, very handy. So there.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Product!

            By Chad

            from Grand Rapids, MI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Flexible Mounting Sensors

              Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

              I use this product as a sensor saleslman. It works excellent for clamping to ANY surface, and then all of my sensors clamp to the other end. The never ending angles this clamp can adjust to make this an invaluable tool.

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              5.0

              Fantastic clamp

              By rn

              from Vancouver

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

              Very durable

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Industry Standard

              By menace8000

              from Brisbane Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy Setup
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Camera mounts
              • Microphone placement

              Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

              These are extremely useful items, we have a whole arsenal of them, used for holding microphones, antennas and even mini cameras, we would suffer without them!!

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              5.0

              Good and Solid

              By Steve

              from Baltimore, MD

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Setup
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Lock Down Camera
                • Tight Space

                Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

                Just got this arm and it was just in time. Had a shoot that that I had a balcony shot. Most of the time I would use a tripod for this shot, not this time with the Super Clamp and Camera Platform I added to the Magic Arm, it allowed me to clamp to the railing and get a nice steady locked down shot with my Sony NX5U.

                I have used this combination in the past with hanging lights and cameras from difficult spots that a tripod or light stand just wouldn't work. This has been a great addition to my camera kit.

                I'm looking forward to using this with many of my future shoots.

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                5.0

                wow... it's pretty neat!

                By dblitz70

                from Washington DC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy Setup
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

                  I was pretty impressed with this thing right out of the box. The whole arm is movable and twistable when it's unlocked. You can adjust the arm angle, and the ends too. Then you use the locking lever and the whole thing turns rigid. It wasn't until I was in a pinch to attach something with a 3/8in male stud when I realized that one end has 1/4 female and the other is 3/8 female and I was blown away. Sounds silly maybe but I was so happy they had though this out so well. So far I've used to to attach a video camera to a bike and a kayak. Both worked out better than I could have imagined. Say what you will about Bogen stuff, but this one is a winner.

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                  5.0

                  100s of uses

                  By Larry

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Setup
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

                    I always cary two or three of these in my grip bag. I use them for flags, gobos, small flashes, diffusers and reflectors. They make stands out of doors, chairs, shelves, pipes, just about anything you can clamp them to.

                    Mate them with super clamps and studs and position a light just about anywhere you need it or use it when a stand just won't fit. I've even mounted strobes to these with a small softbox or an umbrella.

                    Wouldn't leave home without it.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Not for precision work

                    By SeattleProductFoto

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Sturdy

                    Cons

                    • Crude controls

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

                    While excellent for coarse placement of lights and/or cameras, the lock lever requires considerable force to operate, and the act of locking the arm sends a considerable shock through the arm, making precision positioning impossible. For more precise placement, consider using the variable friction arm, which functions more like a typical ball head.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Item for Lighting Control

                    By DeeZer

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

                      I have eleven (11) of these puppies which I use liberally about my studio. Each holds a light of one type or another, and each is rooted into a Manfrotto Super Clamp.

                      Ever hear of a 'sky hook'? Well, this is as close as you are ever going to get to having one. As it wears, it is adjustable so as to keep that new tight factory feeling.

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                      5.0

                      Big powerful arm to hold about anything.

                      By KB

                      from New York, New York

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fun
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Portable
                      • Quick Setup
                      • Sexy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Location photography
                        • Music Videos
                        • StillLife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket:

                        Use it with super clamps, or a camera platform.
                        Used it to secure a microphone, walkie talkies, cameras, ballheads, strobe heads, camera platforms, video cameras, tripod support, computer support, just about anything. I own three in my kit. Great to mount flashes out of reach without stands. Recommend for any still lifer, location photographer, and grip.

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