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Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket

You Pay: $32.19

The two-section Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm articulated arm supports 3.3 lbs @ full extension and weighs less than 1 lb. It also benefits from the extra versatility given by the sliding extension system which allows easier positioning of lighting fixtures even in awkward and tight spaces.

Maximum Length is 23.8 inches, and the bottom 5/8" spigot (compatible with the Superclamp, sold separately), also has a 1/4" thread.

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Manfrotto196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (14)
  • Reliable (14)
  • Easy to set up (9)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artificial lighting (6)
    • Photography (6)
    • Strobe lighting (5)
    • Portraits (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5), Experienced (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Reviewed by 21 customers

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    5.0

    Very Versatile

    By Seth

    from So. Cal.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

          This arm is very versatile allowing all sorts of articulations and lengths. I often use it as a flash support.

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          5.0

          Monitor Support

          By Rusty

          from Dallas Fort Worth

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Monitor Support

            Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

            I have struggled with support of my ikan VH8. I tried several 11" Articulating Israeli arms. Some with 20lb load ratings. When fully extended they simply don't work. You might get them to stablize, but when you try to slide or pan, there is always the risk of them losing their grip.

            I had an old one if these laying around and decided to rig it to my mini clamp with a few thread adapters and a camera bracket. It works great and gives much more flexibility on monitor positioning than an 11" arm. And it is easier to position and tighten.

            I like attaching the monitor to the tripod rather than the camera. It takes the weight off the head and keeps the viewing angle consistent for the camera operator during pans and slides. A mini clamp attached to the top leg bracket of a Manfrotto MVT502 tripod serves as the base. Using a 3/8 to 1/4 adapter on the mini bracket creates a secure mounting base. Then a camera bracket on the other end is a platform for attaching the monitor.

            Now the camera operator can position the monitor to his liking and get it clear of a pan. You need a handful of these in your gear bags. They are incredibly versatile.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great, useful gear

            By Garry

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                Manfrotto hit a home run with this articulated arm. Strong, lightweight and completely flexible. I use it to hang lights, extend light stands, even to boom a microphone. I have three and I'll probably buy a couple more just because they are so valuable to have on location.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Fantastically useful

                By Voice and Sax

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                  Love this two-piece articulated arm. I use it for all kinds of odds-and-ends and the threaded ends really come in handy. B&H has the best price on these.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Versatile unit

                  By veedgo

                  from McMinnville, OR

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                    I like how versatile and handy this is. Once can manipulate it to do about any angle and position. I even could change the orientation of the connections some to make left and right handed pairs for holding clamps on opposing sides of an item. The pins going into something like the super clamps takes a little figuring out, but that's mostly paying attention to orientation of the flat sides of the pins and how they line up with screw down knobs of the clamps.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    great for the studio

                    By michaelf64

                    from burlington, VT

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                      great for rigging cards or reflectors for tabletop photography.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Bracket

                      By DougC

                      from Houston

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography

                        Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                        Handy little device with a multitude of uses.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works well for battery strobes

                        By JEMIII

                        from Topeka, Kansas

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                          I purchased four of them for LumaPro 160 strobes to light a gymnasium for high school basketball games. They stay tight and in place and are light weight.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Light, solid, and flexible

                          By Pablo

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                            I'm very happy with this articulated arm by Manfrotto. It was very reasonably priced and the build quality is solid. The different female threads on each end provide added flexibility.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Good product

                            By T.O.

                            from Maryland

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                This is my second articulated from Manfrotto.
                                As always, well built.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A little stronger that I thought

                                By Topbunk

                                from Burlington, NJ

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                    supports the weight of my T2i. I use it with suction cups for mounting camera in moving car.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Gimme' a hand..Naw..forget it....

                                    By Wanchese

                                    from Malibu, California

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Photography
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                      These handy arms are just what the physician described for getting camera/lighting kit into juuust the right location. They neeed a super clamp to be most useful.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great quality and function.

                                      By Danny

                                      from Long Beach, CA

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                          This review may not be all that helpful to photographers, but I am an artist and use this double articulated arm in conjunction with the Manfrotto super clamp to mount an umbrella to my paint box for outdoor painting. The quality of the arm and super clamp is like American made used to be, and I have found it to be the best setup so far for attaching an umbrella to an outdoor easel or paint box. The articulated arm stays where I adjust it, as do the adjustments on the super clamp, even in fairly windy conditions. It is very lightweight, and easy to carry in my backpack. I highly recommend it for the application I have described.

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                                          • No

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Lifesaver

                                          By photo runner

                                          from Farmington, Maine

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Easy Setup
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits
                                            • Strobe Lighting

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                            I use two of these with Bogen super clamps to put small strobes (Nikon SB-800s) into spaces that are too small for light stands. Use it with super clamps and Manfroto rapid adaptors, plus FLM mini-ball heads.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • Yes

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                                            5.0

                                            Lightweight and excellent hold power

                                            By Scotty

                                            from Baltimore,MD

                                            About Me Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Great hold in place power
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Everyday use

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                              Holds Bar code reader very firmly, in places that are hard to get to.

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                                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              you can't get them in the UK

                                              By smartkookie

                                              from milton keynes england

                                              About Me Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Flexible
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Film or video lightin

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                                visit [@] and you will see my invention 'the kookikit' which relies on the fexibility and lightweight portability of the articulated arm by manfrotto. I have been selling this around the world for over twelve years and in all that time not a single complaint from any film or video camera user.

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                                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Its wonderful!

                                                By rastasean

                                                from austin, texas

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Good Value
                                                • High Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                                    Do you have a light you want to mount without using a light stand? Do you want to use your camera without a tripod? Do you have microphones you want to mount?
                                                    Chances are, at least one of those is yes.

                                                    Get yourself the Bogen superclamp and you can mount this puppy just about anywhere.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Great Product

                                                    By Evan D'Arpino

                                                    from New York, NY

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

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

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Could hold more weight

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Product photography

                                                    Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                                    Great product with a number of uses. Easy to use and combines nicely with a wide range of other grip equipment. Wish it could hold a bit more weight but it does the job again and again.

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                                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    5.0

                                                    An Absolute Must

                                                    By Danny

                                                    from Boston, MA

                                                    About Me Experienced

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Portable
                                                    • Quick Setup

                                                    Cons

                                                    • No central attachment

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Macro Flash Photography

                                                    Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                                    The Arm allows complete 3D placement
                                                    of the shoe mounted flashes which are
                                                    so useful because of the modern TTL
                                                    features of the DSLR cameras. It is very
                                                    thought out for universal operation having
                                                    1/4x20" in one end and 3/8" in the other.
                                                    Add the Bogen miniclamp allows the Arm to be
                                                    placed on any simple pole or tripod leg. I would
                                                    hope Bogen would make the Arm with longer
                                                    tubes(see figure) or at least one to be double
                                                    their present length( ca 11")

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Recommended

                                                    By BRuggles

                                                    from Prospect, KY

                                                    About Me Experienced

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

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

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Photography

                                                      Comments about Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket:

                                                      Works very well so far with SuperClamp for mounting Speedlights, gobos, etc. to a lightstand or anything else a SuperClamp can grip. Very flexible placement and holds well.

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