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Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black)

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  • Replaces #3153B

The Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads mounts onto the center column of tripods with 3/8" threads. The platforms feature 3/8" screws, which allow a standard tripod head to be mounted on either or both sides. In addition, the horizontal bar features 3/8" screws on both ends, allowing mounting of tripod heads from the sides.

Replaces part number 3153B.

Horizontal Arm Travel 12" (30.7cm)
Length 23.6" (60cm)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1.1kg)
Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black)
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    Manfrotto131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves tripod function (25)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Solid/sturdy (20)
    • Fits well (16)
    • Stable (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (6)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (25)
    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Video (12)
    • Night shots (9)
    • Sports/action (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (17)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (27)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Untapped Market

    With this recent boom in 3d film making, I used this product in an rather unconventional way. I recently shot a thesis film in 3d using this to hold both of my cameras close...Read complete review

    With this recent boom in 3d film making, I used this product in an rather unconventional way. I recently shot a thesis film in 3d using this to hold both of my cameras close to each other.

    Since I didn't spring for a 3d adapter for an hvx200a, I mounted two right next to each other. It was able to mount both, conveniently, but there were several design flaws.

    The grayish pot casted metal parts don't tighten and lock in place once the camera is mounted. So that is, the camera will wiggle around. I figure you could remedy this with a large washer strategically placed. Another flaw I had to overcome for my shoot is that I had to buy a step-down ring for the 3/8 male screws to 1/4 male screws, seeing how most video cameras are 1/4 thread.

    Don't let the flaws make it sound worse than it is. There really isn't a product like this on the market and if used for photography and not film, I'm sure it'll do everything you ask of it. Even 3d photography would be a snap on this mount.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Strong and stable but with problems

    It is strong and stable but due to size and weight of accessories you attach to it shakes your tripod, I mean a strong tripod with 3 straight legs. You either need a super...Read complete review

    It is strong and stable but due to size and weight of accessories you attach to it shakes your tripod, I mean a strong tripod with 3 straight legs. You either need a super strong tripod or don't mind the shake. Also if you remove an item from it, there is a risk of it tipping over due to change in the balance. You definately need sand bags hanging from your tripod. Over all, I was wondering if I would be better off if I bought a separate tripod.
    The attachments on the top has no small screws to fix the attachments (end attachments have it), so attachments can get loose easily.

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    5.0

    A Kelby toy

    By AvalosPhoto

    from Woodland

    Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

    Rig a laptop and your camera to a tripod. Let your client ooh an ahhhhhh in real time. Problems, additional weight and cell phone etiquette. Expect people to pull out a cell and take a pick of your monitor, effectively loosing sales or being disappointed before retouching. Still well made and I love it.

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    5.0

    Extremely Sturdy and Functional!!

    By Jrvid

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Sturdy Functional

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Mounting Multiple Cameras
    • Sports/Action
    • Video

    Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

    I usually don't write reviews, but this product is so GREAT, I had to share the experience. I needed a rig that I could mount two small cameras on one tripod head (for recording sporting events where I needed a wide angle shot and a close up shot that tracked together). I know this is NOT the intended use of this product, however, if you are using small lightweight cameras and a heavy duty tripod with a solid head, this works great! Up until now I was using a homemade rig out of spare parts, and was eventually going to make a custom platform that was more sturdy. Then I discovered the Manfrotto 131DDB Accessory Arm. This item is everything I was looking for and more. It's extremely sturdy, incredibly functional, and easy to set-up and tear down!! The camera mounts, slide horizontally as well as pivot (i.e. tilt) on the arm to allow for easy alignment of two cameras. It also has mounts on both ends to mount additional accessories. All of the screws are 3/8-16 inch so you will need 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 screw adapters to mount standard accessories. I purchased (from B&H) two Desmond DTR-1 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 adapters that were a perfect match with this accessory arm. If you are going to mount this to a standard quick release plate, you will also need a reducing bushing (i.e. Manfrotto 148KN Reducing Bushing, or equiv). Again, keep in mind that this is NOT the intended use of this arm, but for light weight cameras and accessories, along with a good sturdy tripod, it worked for me fine. I would also recommend purchasing a small tripod bag to store the accessory arm and for easy transport to field events. This is one of the best purchases and pieces of equipment I own, and I'm sure it will be used extensively and diversely for many years!!

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    5.0

    Impressive

    By Canon_Cookie

    from Fallbrook, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Video

    Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

    Solid construction and many configuration options. You will have to buy or construct a spacer plate attachment to lock the thread in. I had a 3/8 inch panning base that I used to attach an iPad in a
    K&M 19742 Tablet PC Stand Holder.

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    5.0

    Portable solution

    By Jarnvarg

    from Lima,Peru

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

      This is the ultimate tripod accesorie for me, not just to atach many cameras, I use it with my notebook to process images instantly, can use a plataform as a portable macro studio and many other options, a versatile tool

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      5.0

      Solid, solid, solid!

      By SBVideoDude

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

        This accessory arm is just the ticket if you need to mount multiple items on your tripod. It's rock-solid, and the large wheels and levers making tightening and loosening a snap. It's heavy, but that's a plus for stability.

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        5.0

        Better than having four hands

        By Ken W

        from Montclair, NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Tethered Shooting
        • Time Lapse

        Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

        Terrific product. Allows for mounting of ballheads on both ends plus Double platforms. The platforms can be removed independently of each other. Great flexibility in usage.

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        5.0

        Does EXACTLY what it is supposed to do.

        By FireFly

        from Mason Ohio

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

          I use the 131DDB along with a 131DB for a tethering setup as well as unconventional tripod angles. It's sturdy and versatile.

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          5.0

          Very Versatile

          By Steveo

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

            This is a great addition to my tripod and has made it a lot more versatile in the ways i can set it up and use it. I also purchased the other Manfrotto arm and both together are unbelievably useful.

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            4.0

            Very well made

            By Burt

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

              This is great for when you need to mount two cameras on one head. The piece is very well made, solid. The only thing I would change is that the middle piece is a little wide so the cameras (I was using 5D's) can't get as close as I would have liked.

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              5.0

              Rock Solid

              By Schmitz

              from Chicago

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

              I've been using this for mounting two and three cameras on. Really easy to use. Great construction. Stable. Glad I went with this one over other brands that were less expensive. Fits my Manfrotto heads tripods and acessories.

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              5.0

              Manfrotto Tripod accessory arm

              By Lance

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                This accessory arm is very well built and easy to use. Good robust design to fit onto your tripod to allow for a laptop tray and camera mount as well. gives versatility to your set up, easy to install for many different applications.

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                4.0

                Good

                By Gene

                from Philadelphia, PA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Video

                  Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                  The Arm worked wonderfully at my shoot. I had a laptop platform and a camera on one tripod. It's a great set up for still video or product photography!

                  I had no problems with it, but it feels like the product is a bit dated. Handles could be better designed.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By J dubya

                  from Tampa Fl

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                    I tether shoot a lot this was the best thing I could have gotten. If you tether shoot or just work with a laptop near by this arm is essential.

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                    5.0

                    Rock solid

                    By TTGator

                    from Greensboro, NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                      This thing is the perfect solution for me shooting tethered, combined with the Gitzo Monitor Platform. Easy to connect to the tripod and extremely steady and professional build quality.

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                      5.0

                      Indispensable for tethered shooting

                      By daver

                      from Plano, TX

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Built like a brick
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Light table
                        • Macro
                        • Portraits
                        • Still life

                        Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                        I use this with a Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform when shooting tethered. This has made my life so much easier. And I am more likely to shoot tethered now since it greatly improves my workflow and speed.

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                        4.0

                        "Nice and Sturdy construction"

                        By MTC Photography

                        from Morristown, NJ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                        Useful for Portraits sessions

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                        4.0

                        Pricey, but, it is a good tool

                        By Fcianflone

                        from Malden, MA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                        • Pricey

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                        You can find cheaper from other brands
                        It is very important tool for my video Shooting
                        Very solid and heavy. Well made

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                        5.0

                        As in my dreams

                        By Zé De Boni

                        from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Solid/Sturdy
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • 3D Imaging
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                          I was planning to build such an accessory arm but before I waste my time in my workshop I found this excelent solution from Manfrotto. The only weak link may be the tripod head on which this arm is mounted, thus my recomendation of a heavy duty geared head. I use it in two ways:
                          - Mounting two similar cameras with exactly the same lenses and settings to capture two simultaneous frames or video clips, which I later blend to view on a 3D monitor. It is easy to set the distance between the two lenses so I can get natural or hiper-3D results. The two cameras can be easily aligned with high precision required by this technique. So, for 3D, it is better not to use other tripod heads between arm and cameras; I use instead two identical panorama plates, so I can position the two cameras with any degree of convergence to shoot close subjects ;-)
                          - The other use for this arm is for outdoors, mounting up to 4 bodies with different prime lenses to get ready for any event that is rather quick or requires my attention and I would rathes not miss while changing lenses, like sunrise, sunset, twilight or eclipse, or for long exposure night shots. Same way, it is useful for studio or sports, so you can follow the subject with many cameras and different lenses simultaneously.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Product and Service

                          By Dick's Digital

                          from West Linn, OR

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                          • A little heavy

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                            I use this arm mounted on my tripod to support my camera and computer for tethered shooting. Note: the computer tray is sold separately.

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                            5.0

                            Great for tethered shooting.

                            By JP in BP

                            from Brooklyn Park

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Real Estate

                              Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                              This is a solid accessory and works great when I have my camera tethered to my Macbook and need to shoot real estate or still life photos. Easy to adjust to get the correct balance between camera and laptop, as well as connect to the tripod in general. I would usually have my laptop only on a tripod and handhold the camera, but there are situations where I like to have both mounted and this does the trick.

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