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Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket

B&H # MA244 Mfr # 244
You Pay: $109.90
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 79 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (65)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 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)
    • Fits well (25)
    • Improves tripod function (24)
    • Durable (22)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Video (19)
    • General purpose (13)
    • Outdoor events / games (13)
    • Portraits (13)
    • Sports/action (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (35), Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (13)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (53)

    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

    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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        • No

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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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        • No

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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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            • No

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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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              • No

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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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                      • No

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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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                        • No

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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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                            5.0

                            you must have it

                            By savignan

                            from reunion island

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              i use for my camera or my light, on tripod or slider, and it goes everywhere, and its good for so many things, you must have it.

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                              5.0

                              you must have it

                              By paul

                              from Reunion island

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I use for my camera or my light, with a grip or on slider. It's just what i need when i need it and it happen fluently.

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                                  5.0

                                  One use and you'll admire it's utility

                                  By Funduro

                                  from Tampa Bay, Florida

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

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

                                    Chosen over lever lock version and satisfied with decision. Think of it as a very crafty tripod, with countless other uses. Pairs perfectly with Super Clamp.

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                                    5.0

                                    Works as expected.

                                    By Joshua the freelancer

                                    from Portales, NM

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Solid/Sturdy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action

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

                                      This may not be the most useful review as I have only used the arm once, but it did very well. I mounted the arm behind a backboard for a college basketball game in New Mexico and it didn't budge at all. I had one of my 5d mark III's with the battery grip and a 15mm fisheye mounted on it and it put up with the weight of it just fine even through multiple dunks, warm-ups, and players colliding with the goal. No complaints so far, will be using it again many times this season and so far I trust it to continue getting the job done.

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