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Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket

B&H # MA396B3 Mfr # 396B-3
You Pay: $117.88

The Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm has three adjustable sections. The 396 Series of arms is more rigid that the 196 range to support heavier loads -- up to 11 lbs. Its extendable sliding arm system extends up to 34 inches in length, and features a quick lock system.

The bottom spigot is hexagonal, for a sure fit into a Manfrotto or Avenger Super Clamp, or a Matthew Mafer. It also has a universal adapter section for attaching to a wide range of stands, clamps and other grip equipment. This arm also includes a camera platform (bracket) with a standard 5/8 inch spigot receptor and 1/4-20 inch mounting screw.

Easy to use, even in reduced spaces.
Quick lock mechanism needs only a quarter-turn to lock firmly.
Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket
  • Camera Platform with 1/4-20 in mounting screw (2933)
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    ManfrottoDouble Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (7)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Attach securely (3)
    • Long-lasting (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Well made arm.

      By Derek

      from STL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket:

        Every knuckle locks, can support a good deal of weight, is adjustable, really useful little bit.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great item to keep on hand!

        By TurboTigerJaws

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Trick shots

          Comments about Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket:

          I am really impressed with this, and continue to be satisfied and more impressed with every new Manfrotto item I buy. This is a great tool to have on hand, even though you might not use it very often. I bought this to get a few trick angles using a few different cameras on a bicycle, and to possibly use for a makeshift Snorricam. So far, so good! The uses for this are limitless.

          What? You can't quite get that one spot over there lit just right? BOOM! Bust out the 3 section double articulated arm, a few twists and turns, a small camera light, problem solved!

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          4.0

          Some great features, could be better...

          By instaimage

          from Minden, NV

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket:

              I used this for a remote rig for a baseball shoot... the short turns for the clamps are GREAT! I bought this one because you can/should be able to take it apart to make it a two section arm... well... because Manfrotto doesn't want you loosing the plastic end caps on the tubing... they dimpled the metal into the plastic so you have to dismantle the entire joint to remove a section... so much for that concept.... The Hex shaped post that goes in the super clamp is hex shaped... this is great if you happen to get lucky and have it set up in position where the hexes meet up but if you're in-between, moving the clamp is your option or snarf both pieces and hope it works. The camera mount is great, I do wish the post of the arm and the hole of the camera mount were more in sync with each other, I understand there is a lot of variety out there for equipment but ALL my gear could use some "refining" to make parts that are "universal" mate up better, this is no exception.

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              Flexible Support

              By Dr SCSI

              from Mannheim, Germany

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attach Securely
              • Can Use with LightStands

              Cons

              • Plastic Clamps

              Best Uses

              • General Use

              Comments about Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket:

              A flexible support that is easy to use and very versitile. I use this for holding my speed light flashes as support. The tough nylon clamps work well, but I am concearned about the durability of the product over the long run.

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              5.0

              Saves Money

              By Ufema

              from Lynchburg, VA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Special Events

                Comments about Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket:

                I used this to attach to operate a second camera. I use the super clamp to attach the unit to a tripod leg, which you find in the accessories for this arm.

                The arm is easy to use, solid, and flexible.

                A nice substitute for a second camera operator.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Versitile, Team Player

                By M.P. Barth

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Professional

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Lighting - Grip Gear
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket:

                  I recently added this arm to my grip kit, initially for holding medium sized lights and flash heads. I already had one Magic Arm which has also proven itself worth it's weight in gold when lighting on small sets, cramped quarters or unusual locations.

                  My initial reaction was one of surprise that the joints were mostly made up of plastic - but never fear it has proven to be the good, resilient, tough-type of plastic.

                  I've also used this arm to capture some video footage mounted on the exterior of my truck, once you lock the joints they stay locked! (I've got to add that the new quarter-turn "Quick Lock" levers rock!) The double bars in each section give quite a bit of rigidity to the arm and the combo round mounting stud with hex collar makes for a lot of placement options in use. The camera I used (Sony A1u) is well under the arm's 11-pound limit and I felt pretty confident in the arm's ability to support it safely, that said I didn't try it at high speeds - just 10-15mph in our parking lot. A lighter (or cheaper) camera would probably inspire even more confidence... ;)

                  If you already have some pieces of Manfrotto's grip gear: super clamps, magic arms, double ball joints, etc... then try one of these arms to really add more flexibility to your grip gear!

                  -Highly recommended.

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                  5.0

                  Another great and very versatile arm!

                  By DLEvans

                  from NW Corner CT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket:

                    Because I was so pleased with the 2 section arm, I bought this one too. It's every bit as rugged and again, solidly built. Depending on it's configured position, it can handle varying amounts of weight. As with the 2 section arm, this is really versatile! A small dSLR and flash units, no trouble - I tested it with a d700 and 24-70 - but absolutely advise against this - I had a very sure, solid setup I was confidant with. Also, you will need a fresh bogen super clamp (critical), have a well used old clamp, buy a new one. Multiple flash setups are no trouble for this arm - it will twist and turn into any conceivable angle. My favorite Bogen / Manfrotto arm is the magic arm - that thing is a rock!

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                    5.0

                    Great Product

                    By REJJ

                    from Pembroke Pines, FL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Value
                    • Portable
                    • Quick Setup

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Manfrotto Double Articulated Arm - 3 Sections With Camera Bracket:

                      I purchased this product w/o completely knowing how I would use it. I knew it would have great potential and the flexibility presents is true to form. Using a Manfrotto Super Clamp I am now using it to support my Focus FS-4ProHD DTE Unit attached to the tripod leg just low enough not to impede panning my camera.

                      The easy lock/unlock knobs makes adjustments easy. And the durability of the design gives me the added security I always get using Manfrotto/Bogen products.

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