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Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket

B&H # MA244 Mfr # 244
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Product Highlights
  • Locking Knob
  • Requires Super Clamp or Base
  • Replaces #2929

The Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm is a fully articulated arm with 90° pivotable and 360° rotatable ends, and an elbow that rotates 360°. The knob allows partial loosening for safe and precise positioning of a light head or camera. It has 5/8" studs on ball joints at both ends with 3/8 and 1/4" female threads. Although it is supplied with a camera platform, it requires a Super Clamp or Base (available separately) for use.

Length 20.87" (53cm)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1.1kg)
Load Capacity 6.61 lbs (3 kg)
Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket
  • 143BKT Camera Platform for Magic Arm
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket
     
    4.7

    (based on 83 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (46)
    • Solid/sturdy (40)
    • Durable (26)
    • Fits well (25)
    • Improves tripod function (24)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (19)
    • General purpose (14)
    • Indoors (13)
    • Outdoor events / games (13)
    • Portraits (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (36), Semi-pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (13)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (57)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Arm for my remote camera

    I use this arm when setting up a remote camera for shooting NBA games. I like it much better than the arm with the lever because it gives me much more control when adjusting...Read complete review

    I use this arm when setting up a remote camera for shooting NBA games. I like it much better than the arm with the lever because it gives me much more control when adjusting it in close quarters and making small changes.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works ok, not a replacement for a tripod

    Although it does grip super tight and does not slip or become loose whatsoever, I found that when I attached a Canon 5D and a 24-205mm lens, the whole rig wobbles slightly,...Read complete review

    Although it does grip super tight and does not slip or become loose whatsoever, I found that when I attached a Canon 5D and a 24-205mm lens, the whole rig wobbles slightly, and it shows up in the photos with blurring and smearing when using it for long exposures, especially when zooming in. I wouldn't recommend it for long exposures with heavier cameras on the end of it.
    Also the Empire State Building would not allow it past the security check point no matter what I told them- they knew what it was and don't want cameras being clamped to the fencing.

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    5.0

    Well built

    By Matt

    from Winter Park, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

        Manfrotto is top quality. Very stable and secure

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        5.0

        Well built and many Uses

        By JP

        from Greenfield ,MA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

            I bought this Magic Arm to hold my camera for a "photo Booth" I take to Weddings I shoot.It worked great and is built like a tank.

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            5.0

            Best product for mounting remotes.

            By Steven

            from New York, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors

              Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

              I would not mount a remote camera without this product. Have set up remote cameras on cat walks and backboards with the magic arm and it is always 100% secure as long as you set it up correctly.

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              4.0

              Good arm - ships weird!

              By John F. Producer

              from Corvallis, OR

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                  Just unpacked it report:
                  • Haven't used it yet, the 4 stars is based soley on my previous good experiences with Manfrotto products purchased from B&H. That said, this unit feels like tough, heavy quality. Much better than the non-Manfrotto units I've used.
                  • But it's hard to understand why it arrived in the condition it did – which seems common to other buyers: with the locking joint almost completely disassembled, and floating freely in the box, NOT contained in a plastic bag to keep small parts from going astray.
                  • The "General Instructions & Warnings" document provided offered only warnings, of the "don't put beans up your nose" variety. NO instructions, guide, picture or diagram of how to assemble the parts. Nothing.
                  • Fortunately, information is available. But I didn't find it at the Manfrotto site, I found it at http://www.snappyjoeblog.com/personal/ma244n_assembly/ . Thanks, Stephen Joe!
                  • I do wish I could swap the female-ended spigots at the ends with male units instead of adding a double-ended spigot, but that's not possible because the ball joints and female spigots are cast as one piece. Means I have to use another piece to hang the arm off a 3/8" female mount in the top of my tripods.

                  Other than that, I look forward to using this item, and will update the review when I've put some use-hours in.

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                  5.0

                  Why didn't I buy this before?

                  By photomize

                  from Quad Cities, Illinois

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Multifaceted Tool

                    Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                    I am not sure why I never spent the money for a magic arm before now but I am very glad I finally did. I have only scratched the surface of its uses but it has already come in very handy on some assignments. Once use has been to attach a LED video light to my tripod allowing for a nice light ratio on my subject and eliminating the need for an extra light stand in the field. I wish I had one when I was lighting high school basketball gyms every friday night.

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                    5.0

                    Extension of anything!

                    By Chris in C'ville

                    from Charlottesville, VA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                      This is a great extension for your camera, lights, props, etc. Very handy indeed!

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                      5.0

                      Perfect and useful

                      By Francisco Rullan

                      from Manfrotto

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • None It's perfect

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                      Strong, steady, simple, useful... Should be in everybody's bag.

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                      5.0

                      Does what it says

                      By Robin

                      from Maryland

                      Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                      I needed to take Santa pictures for a school event. Keeping gears to minimum, I wanted something to attach to a light stand. This does the job very well. It is sturdy, and versatile. My concern was about it holding camera well without making me feel it could fall. Platform works well for that. Having one central point to tighten all movement around the arm was really great if I needed to move camera to different position, I could loosen the big nob, move camera to another position and tighten it. It would stay there very securely. Only other feature I wish was there was a quick removal plate on platform. There were time I took camera off the platform and that meant unscrewing it completely. I have only used it once in field but I have no reason to believe it would have any problems in future.

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                      5.0

                      Part of a great remote camera system

                      By Mike

                      from Canyon Lake, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                        The Magic Arm allows great control over remote camera positioning for my sports photography. Package comes with all accessories necessary to mount my remote camera in a variety of unusual circumstances and positions. Great product for a reasonable price!

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                        5.0

                        Stable Remote Camera Bracket

                        By Gravy

                        from Lincolnshire, IL

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                          I use this for a remote camera triggered via PocketWizard for weddings.

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                          5.0

                          Very sturdy, reliable product

                          By B2 Photo LLC

                          from Pittsburgh, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Special Events
                            • Sports

                            Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                            This is a great product for mounting a dSLR camera pretty much anywhere the clamp can fit. My main use is for mounting on the backboard at basketball games and mounting it in banquet halls and rooms of the sort for weddings. Very sturdy (can hold a dSLR with battery pack no problem) and hardly moves once you tighten it. Definitely recommend this over the other mounting arm without variable friction. The camera mount supports the camera very well because it is long enough to cover most of the surface area of the bottom of the camera.

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                            1.0

                            stabilization

                            By Pat

                            from MD

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                            I bought this product on recommendation of a user. The clamp was not tight enough to stabilize the arm for use on a wheelchair. I was hoping for stabilization like a tripod which this certanly was not.

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                            5.0

                            Great

                            By Tchuca

                            from NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                            I used for a ery small camera and it's very strong. I like how it's made.

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                            5.0

                            Extremely useful tool

                            By Gopi

                            from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Portable
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Macro
                              • Night Time
                              • Outdoors
                              • Portraits
                              • Special Events
                              • Time Lapse

                              Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                              This is an extremely useful and well designed photographers tool. Holds my Sony A57 with 75-300mm lens firmly in any position that I place it.
                              The Impact super clamp must be purchased as an accessory to the Magic Arm. It clamps well on to any surface or railing and holds the Magic Arm and attached camera firmly without any wobble. The whole assembly is very light and portable.
                              Definitely a 'must have' item for any serious photographer

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                              5.0

                              Very adjustable!

                              By Lindsey

                              from Martha's Vineyard, MA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                                  I am using this adjustable tripod arm with iPads in the classroom. Along with a Graffiti Nottle this tripod is a perfect way to secure the iPads for stop-motion animation. The product is well designed, totally flexible and adjustable in all directions.

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                                    5.0

                                    solid piece of equipment

                                    By endfracking

                                    from upstate, ny

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                                    -sturdy
                                    -does what is says
                                    -so many uses

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                                    5.0

                                    Great product, very solid.

                                    By Nicodemus

                                    from Westminster, MD

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fits Well
                                    • Solid/Sturdy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                                      I bought this product for an automitive rig I built, in addition to a super clamp. Positions easily, tightens perfectly, very solid equipment.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great piece of gear!

                                      By Phil

                                      from Seattle

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Odd Mount Situations
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Travel
                                        • Video
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                                        With this Pro-quality bracket and a super clamp, I can easily & reliably mount a piece of equipment to a door, pipe, railing or other structure, and then adjust its position for best effect. It is sturdy enough to mount a remote camera(with the camera bracket)or a flash (without). Can be used as a sturdy mini-tripod, or mini-boom. Always in my bag.

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                                        5.0

                                        Very nice Friction Arm

                                        By bosco

                                        from Montreal CA

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                                        Very nice + very solid + very durable = 244 variable friction arm

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                                        5.0

                                        Strong

                                        By Kayjay

                                        from Bozeman, MT

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fits Well
                                        • Solid/Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Sports/Action

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                                          It seems small and lightweight but the 244 Magic Arm can carry weight. We use it primarily to hold remotes for sports, e.g.. backboard camera. Make sure to always use safety cables as extra security.

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