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Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket

B&H # MA143A MFR # 143A
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You Pay: $108.88
Product Highlights
  • Locking Lever
  • Requires Super Clamp or Base
  • Replaces #2930

The Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm is a fully articulated arm with 90° pivotable and 360° rotatable ends, and an elbow that rotates 360°. The lever tightens and locks for precise positioning of a small light head or camera. The Magic Arm 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, this item requires a Super Clamp or Base (available separately) for use. This item replaces old catalog #2930.

Length 20.9" (53cm)
Weight 1.97 lbs (0.89kg)
Load Capacity 5.43 lbs (2.5kg)
Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket
  • 143BKT Camera Platform for Magic Arm
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket
     
    4.3

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Solid/sturdy (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Fits well (5)
    • Improves tripod function (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      a great tool for serious people.

      143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket by Manfrotto is a great tool for serious professional vidoe/camera folks. This tool gives a lot of room for adjustment and for use in many angles. Once...Read complete review

      143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket by Manfrotto is a great tool for serious professional vidoe/camera folks. This tool gives a lot of room for adjustment and for use in many angles. Once you adjust it even if you put your heavy camera screen you know it won't fall off.

      NB= To use the Magic Arm make sure that you have a strong tripod that will be able to support it.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Stays right where you put it.

      It would be nice to be able to adjust without completly releasing all tension of arm.

      It would be nice to be able to adjust without completly releasing all tension of arm.

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      5.0

      Perfect !!!

      By Rapha

      from Brazil

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

        The best Arm to work with Macro Movies !!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        can't live without it

        By imaginefilms

        from Thunder Bay, ON

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Tripod Function

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

        This unit is like having a second had (or arm) on a shoot. Very sturdy and versitile.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Magic Arm

        By Mandy

        from Utah

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

            I work on a documentary editing project where we frequently need to take images of old documents but don't have much time. We have the Magic Arm set up on a desk (using a desk clamp). It's extremely convenient because it stays set up in the right position, and we just have to slide the documents under the camera and snap the picture. It's also easy to maneuver when we need to make adjustments.It's a little bit shorter than we expected. But we have two of them and found that we could connect them together and use that to get the necessary height or distance to take pictures of larger documents.

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            4.0

            awesome

            By Shadow Mei

            from LA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                best quality in its line

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                • No

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                5.0

                Nothing on the market works as well!

                By Bella

                from Greenville, South Carolina

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                  The company I work for develops high speed vision systems for manufacturing companies where the placement of the camera is essential to finding and eliminating mechanical error. The Magic Arm is the only thing we have found that makes this possible. Once you attach the arm you can move it anyway to get the best angle for the best shot. Not one of our systems is sold without one.

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                  • No

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Could be better...

                  By stewa1dt

                  from Traverse City, MI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fits Well

                  Cons

                  • Hard to Level
                  • Loose Clamp
                  • Poor Design

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                  [...] it couldn't hold the weight of my 15" laptop and platform. I bought the extension arm instead.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Stays right where you put it.

                  By Markss396

                  from Eugene, OR

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                    It would be nice to be able to adjust without completly releasing all tension of arm.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Love these

                    By Martin

                    from Halifax, NS, Canada

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                    • Expensive

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                      General studio uses,
                      holds everything that needs holding and stability.
                      Love the camera bracket and when used with a grip, it's useful on location when a tripod or monopod is inconvenient.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best invention since sliced bread

                      By Fred

                      from Henderson, KY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                        I've had this piece of equipment for over twenty years and it's still going strong, it's so well made and tough that it's almost bomb proof. I may have used it with a camera a few times but generally it's been used in the studio on on location to hold props, lights, gels etc or anything that's heavy and needs precise placement for a shot. For me it once held an antique muzzle loader at the angle I required for a shot, just add one of those inexpensive hand spring clamps from a hardware store and you're set to go. Great for hobby work to hold anything for gluing etc. If I never shoot another image I would never ever sell or giveaway this great little tool!!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        does a good job

                        By rob featherstone

                        from Beacon, NY

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                          I have been using the magic arm to hold small monitors to either a panasonic hdx 900 or my canon 7d. when shooting with the hdx900 I use a maffer clamp on one end and clamp the arm to the handle of the camera. With the 7d I usually clamp it to the tripod. It does a great job and does not drift. I especially like the lever device for fixing the movement.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good to have

                          By TOK

                          from Tampa, FL

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                            This is a good piece of equipment to have for many reasons. It has many uses and works well! Well build and easy to use!

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            a great tool for serious people.

                            By KEN LUVAI

                            from KEN LUVAI, NEW JERSEY

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                            143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket by Manfrotto is a great tool for serious professional vidoe/camera folks. This tool gives a lot of room for adjustment and for use in many angles. Once you adjust it even if you put your heavy camera screen you know it won't fall off.

                            NB= To use the Magic Arm make sure that you have a strong tripod that will be able to support it.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great support

                            By Mark

                            from Redondo Beach, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                                I use these supports for a wide variety of functions - in some cases to hold flashes, but in other cases to hold portable monitors or heavy cameras. They are rock solid - no flexure - really great pieces of gear. You get what you pay for -

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A handy must

                                By jimmyd

                                from South Carolina

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Photography
                                  • Stabilization

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                                  This item has been around for several years. It continues to be as handy now as ever. I use it for as much as my imagination and it's attachments can make it do.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  just awsome

                                  By john

                                  from anchorage AK

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Stabilization

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm with Camera Bracket:

                                      one switch locks the magic arm locks it in place. its little bit hard to lock it in place and i wish it was lighter.

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