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Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform

B&H # MA183 Mfr # 183
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Product Highlights
  • Replaces #3290

The Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Platform is a stable platform for monitors and projectors. It has a reversible mount with 3/8" and 1/4" threads. This platform requires a #143BKT for stand-mounting. See the Accessories Tab for ordering.

Replaces part number 3290.

Note! Requires #143BKT for Mounting on a Stand

Construction
Black painted aluminum to match other mounting equipment
Dimensions 9.84 x 13.78" (25 x 35cm)
Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg)
Load Capacity 44 lbs (20kg)
Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto183 Aluminum Projector Platform
     
    4.4

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 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 (10)
    • Fits well (9)
    • Improves tripod function (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (4)
      • Home (3)
      • Video (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for laptops as well (12

      I use it as a laptop tray with a Gitzo tripod. It could also be used with a light stand but you need the 2933 Camera Platform for Magic Arm by Bogen or else...Read complete review

      I use it as a laptop tray with a Gitzo tripod. It could also be used with a light stand but you need the 2933 Camera Platform for Magic Arm by Bogen or else it will not be secure (wobbles on lightstands with 3/8" and 1/4" screws on top) . I love it and costs half as much as the other brands that have the word "Laptop" in the name.
      Cons: Made a little too well, a little thick but still light. I could just squeeze it next to my laptop (in a sleeve so it does not scratch) in my bag. The center mount is loose when not mounted on tripod and could fall out of the tray but this is a minor con.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good for what it is...

      I had to buy an extra piece to actually use the platform. When I first got it I thought it was broken. Be sure to buy the camera platform if you are attaching to...Read complete review

      I had to buy an extra piece to actually use the platform. When I first got it I thought it was broken. Be sure to buy the camera platform if you are attaching to anything other than a tripod.

      It's also heavy and loud with a computer because it's metal. I had to add pads to help with the comfort of my computer.

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      4.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By David Preta

      from New York

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Secure

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Slippery

      Best Uses

      • Ipad Stand
      • Laptop Stand

      Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

      I have a nice set of Manfrotto tripod legs that I've used for the past few years for photography, but I wanted to see if I could find a way to put the legs to use as a standing desk, since they're very stable and could support my laptop quite easily--with the right platform.

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      4.0

      Stability achieved.

      By Sean

      from Jemez Springs, NM

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

      • No Padding

      Best Uses

      • Support laptop

      Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

      I often shoot portraits with my Canon 60D. Certain you CAN use the small monitor on the camera to see what you have achieved. But with a small screen it's easy to overlook flaws that seem obvious once I begin to process each photo. But by using this platform to mount my laptop on my tripod, I can tether the camera to the laptop and see the photos on a larger monitor and easily see the flaws that need fixing.

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      2.0

      This isn't the best product of Manfrotto

      By Valério

      from Vitória, ES-Brazil

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Set Up
        • No Image Improvement

        Best Uses

        • Notebook

        Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

        My son brings this product from USA to me. He didn't brings the manual. After a long time thinking how I could mount this platform, I resolved to consult the Google. Then I discovered how it works: you need the Manfrotto 143BKT Bracket; without this you can't mount the platform on a tripod. I think Manfrotto must offer the 143 BKT with the 183 platform.
        The piece is very strong and heavy, but the italians don't think enough time about it. There are no straps to secure your notebook or projector over it.

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        5.0

        Great for tethering

        By John B

        from New York , NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

            This platform when combined with a trusted tripod will serve as a very convenient base for a 13.3" MacBook. It appears to be made for this application (even though I know that it was desighed for a projector)and is more sturdy than some platforms that are purpose-built for computers. Take off the tripod head and screw the platform directly onto the column. If you can't do that with your tripod, get another one. Only con is lack of any sort of restrain against slippage. Use gaffer's tape.

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            • No

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            4.0

            sturdy, utilitarian

            By kjk

            from nyc, ny

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

              i use this platform on a ball head and sturdy bogen legs with a large epson projector. it was the cheapest and best way to tilt the unit 60 degrees so it would square with a slanted ceiling i use as a screen. i use car straps to keep the unit from sliding off.

              it's great!

              it would be nice if manfrotto made some kind of fitted rubber surface to keep the things from sliding around. i just used some closed cell packing foam to cushion my electronics and keep the platform from scratching them.

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              • No

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              5.0

              "The Perfect Solution"!

              By Michael

              from Louisville, Kentucky

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Needs Rubber pad

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portable Stage
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

              I needed a platform to mount on a tripod so that I could take my sculptures into different environments and adjust their positions within the desired setting. Along with a Ball Head, this Platform can be adjusted exactly the way I need it. It works perfectly. I was going to create one until I found out that Manfrotto made exactly what I needed!

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              • No

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              3.0

              Good for what it is...

              By stewa1dt

              from Traverse City, MI

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Heavy bulky
              • Loud

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

              I had to buy an extra piece to actually use the platform. When I first got it I thought it was broken. Be sure to buy the camera platform if you are attaching to anything other than a tripod.

              It's also heavy and loud with a computer because it's metal. I had to add pads to help with the comfort of my computer.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Manfrotto Laptop platform

              By ben71

              from singapore

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Lightweight
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Tethered photography

              Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

              I decided on this against the more expensive Leica version. This one seems more solid. It is just nice to fit a 14 inch laptop. I use it with my 13" macbook pro.
              It is a solid single piece die-cast alluminum yet quite light in weight.

              I gave it 4 stars because if it were half its current size in thickness i would rate it 5 stars.

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              5.0

              Perfect accessory for mobile projection

              By Pastor

              from New Jersey

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

                The Manfrotto platform is a helpful addition to their tripod, providing wide range in height and projection angle for mobile projection. While a projector stays on the platform "as is," it would be advisable to buy straps to secure the projector to the platform - but this was expected.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Solid work surface

                By Brandon

                from Twin Cities, MN

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

                    Easily holds my 17" Toshiba

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Exactly what I was looking for!

                    By Mike Mahoney Media

                    from Lakeside, AZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy bulky

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

                      I had been looking for a way to mount my laptop next to my camera on my tripod to make shooting tethered easier. I figured that if Joe McNally does it, it must be the hot set up! This platform combined with the "131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads" mounted to a good tripod is the answer. Very solid and stable. Obviously it adds some weight to your gear if you're on location, but if you're shooting tethered, you're probably already packing a car load of gear anyway. It's great to be able to fine tune your lighting and settings using a 15" screen rather than the 3" LCD on the back of the camera!

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      High Quality Build

                      By Photonetworx[@]

                      from Danville, KY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

                        I use this platform on a dual camera support arm attached to my tripod so that I can keep my MacBook Pro 15" close to camera during studio shooting sessions.
                        The build quality is what you expect from Manfrotto and it supports firmly to the arm with a 131DDB mount.
                        The only issue I have with the platform is that it is slightly smaller than my laptop so I have to use a firm rubber band or small clamps to lock it down on the platform surface.
                        The application of shooting portraiture or product photography with a tethered laptop next to the camera is invaluable.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great For Tethering

                        By Dark Horse Imaging

                        from South Hadley, MA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Studio Tethered

                          Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

                          I use this on top of my Manfrotto 190probx to support my laptop in the studio.

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                          5.0

                          Manfrotto Keep it Simple-Platform

                          By Pgooden2 County Photog

                          from El Cajon, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

                            I like to shoot tethered from time to time but often run into stability and safety problem with my gear. The worry was whether the tethered cable would pull my laptop off the table and go crashing on to the floor. Well, since I have purchased and mounted the Manfrotto projector platform on to my tripod with my laptop firmly attached - I am left without the worry of crashing the computer because it is camera close. It is a fear saver.

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                            5.0

                            multiuse Platform

                            By gemialex

                            from elizabeth, NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

                                I have an old tripod leg (bescor) and was looking for a table to put my projector and dvd player. I used to use a plastic table but it never looked professional during my events. That is why I decided to spend a little and bought this Platform to put my projector on it. I attached it to the old tripod leg using manfrotto pieces(# RAPID ADAPTER 5/8 to LONG 3/8 ...and...# 013 DOUBLE END STUD ADAPTER SPIGOT) and in the middle I put the dvd player. Now It look nice. my next step is to buy the Manfrotto 103 Caster Set to attach it to the tripod leg.

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great for laptops as well (12

                                By Tully

                                from New York,NY -so nice they named it twice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                • Cumbersome

                                Best Uses

                                • Laptop tray with tripod

                                Comments about Manfrotto 183 Aluminum Projector Platform:

                                I use it as a laptop tray with a Gitzo tripod. It could also be used with a light stand but you need the 2933 Camera Platform for Magic Arm by Bogen or else it will not be secure (wobbles on lightstands with 3/8" and 1/4" screws on top) . I love it and costs half as much as the other brands that have the word "Laptop" in the name.
                                Cons: Made a little too well, a little thick but still light. I could just squeeze it next to my laptop (in a sleeve so it does not scratch) in my bag. The center mount is loose when not mounted on tripod and could fall out of the tray but this is a minor con.

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