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Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black)

B&H # MA131DB MFR # 131DB
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Product Highlights
  • To Mount 2 Cameras at 90°
  • Replaces #3059B

The Manfrotto 131D Side Arm mounts on the center post of tripods with a 3/8" thread. It allows easy shooting straight down to the ground without having to get the tripod column and legs into the picture. Double-sided screws (1/4-20" on one side, 3/8" on other) enable cameras to be mounted on either or both ends.

Replaces part number 3059B.

Length 23.6" (60cm)
Weight 2.6 lbs (1.2kg)
Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black)
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    Manfrotto131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves tripod function (11)
    • Solid/sturdy (11)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Fits well (8)
    • Stable (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro (4)
      • Home (3)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (19)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Works well, could use a few minor improv

      I like this product for the most part. It does what I need it to do, and is what you would expect from Manfrotto in terms of quality. I agree with other reviews...Read complete review

      I like this product for the most part. It does what I need it to do, and is what you would expect from Manfrotto in terms of quality. I agree with other reviews in regard to the locking wheel used to secure the side arm to the tripod. It's very difficult to turn, and not very usable. I wish they would have used a better design to lock it down. It would be nice to have the ability to swing it back and forth as well, since Manfrotto tripods have a keyed center column that does not allow it to twist. As it is now you have to loosen it, move it, then tighten it again... which is a big pain since the locking knob is such a pain to use.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Solid arm, slight mounting issue

      Great extension for your field or studio tripod. The dual head mount option allows for 2 cameras to be mounted or any other 3/8 thread block. I have some difficulty cinching the mounting...Read complete review

      Great extension for your field or studio tripod. The dual head mount option allows for 2 cameras to be mounted or any other 3/8 thread block. I have some difficulty cinching the mounting head to my tripod. The lock wheel is located a little too tight to the head, making a good grip challenging. Once it is secured, the whole unit is solid.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Side Arm

      By Michael

      from Manchester, VT

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Table Top Photography

        Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

        The Manfrotto 131DB Side Arm is very sturdy and easy to use. The black finish removes the possibilities of any unwanted reflections. I use this product for table top photography and I am very pleased.

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        5.0

        Works well

        By frozenmouse

        from Arlington, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

            I haven't tried a really long exposure, but for fairly short exposures, it has gotten the job done.

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            5.0

            Lateral Side Arm for Tripods

            By Brenda Lashua

            from Groton, MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                This is a very handy product to have. It is so useful.

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                5.0

                Works great.

                By Scott

                from Columbia, SC

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                    Works well for top down shots. Glad I bought it.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Worked well.

                    By Bob

                    from Harrisburg, PA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function

                    Cons

                    • A Little Shaky

                    Best Uses

                    • Food Beverage
                    • Small Product

                    Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                    This side arm certainly solves the problem of rigging a camera to shoot over head on a set. I used it for location food photography and even in situations where the camera wasn't quite overhead but at a 45 degree angle or less to the set it worked well too because it allowed me and my food stylist access to the items being shot without having to work around a tripod leg or two. But I suggest buying the Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance 3 lbs weight to use on the opposite side of the arm from the camera. I can grip around the arm itself although it would be nice to have some sort of weight that used the 3/8" stud on the end of the arm. Only reason I gave this a 4 star not 5 rating. I also used a lead weight bag on the tripod leg opposite the camera as extra insurance. Also either use a cable release or fire the camera from your laptop to eliminate any camera shake.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    It Looked Good, But...

                    By Devyn

                    from Houston

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                        Well, the product looked good when I received it, but I suppose it's only useful for Manafrotto products. It did not fit my tripod at all, so I would need a much more versatile lateral arm. Other than that, I'm sure the reviews by others are pretty accurate, I just wish I knew before hand what the specifications were. Perhaps I missed them while reading and got over excited. Other than that, if I had the right tripod, I probably would have loved it.

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                        5.0

                        Well Made and Sturdy

                        By Digital Color Wrangler

                        from Fort Worth TX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                            I use this, attached to my very heavy manfrotto tripod, to place the camera, in the field, in positions that are otherwise very hard to achieve.
                            It easily converts a tripod to a copy stand.
                            A versatile accessory.

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy tool for down shots.

                            By Jim

                            from Dallas

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Outdoor Detail Shots
                              • Product Shots

                              Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                              I do a fair number of shots where I need to have the camera pointing straight down on the subject. For years I used a Cambo studio stand for this, but as I no longer am shooting with a view camera, I don't need something that massive cluttering my small space. I find that this side arm lets me get the angle I need fairly adeptly and provides plenty of support for the way I shoot now (with strobe lights and digital camera).

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                              5.0

                              Great modification to an existing tripod

                              By BMello

                              from NYC, NY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Table Top Work

                                Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                I bought this to shoot table top work instead of buys another tripod. It works great and is quite sturdy.

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                                5.0

                                Manfrotto Extension Arm

                                By haasrw1031

                                from Gainesville, Florida

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                  I will use this for macro photography

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Works well, could use a few minor improv

                                  By IR Cincy Jim

                                  from Cincinnati, OH

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor design

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                  I like this product for the most part. It does what I need it to do, and is what you would expect from Manfrotto in terms of quality. I agree with other reviews in regard to the locking wheel used to secure the side arm to the tripod. It's very difficult to turn, and not very usable. I wish they would have used a better design to lock it down. It would be nice to have the ability to swing it back and forth as well, since Manfrotto tripods have a keyed center column that does not allow it to twist. As it is now you have to loosen it, move it, then tighten it again... which is a big pain since the locking knob is such a pain to use.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great fot macro shots looking down

                                  By Costa Rican Photographer

                                  from San Jose, Costa Rica

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Improves Tripod Function
                                  • Solid/Sturdy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                    This allows to mount my camera facing down to a tabletop for macro photography, or doing the same in the field. This way I can have the capabilities of specialty tripods in my own conventional tripod.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good to Have for Tethered Shooting

                                    By Chemerson

                                    from Bayside, NY

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky
                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio
                                    • Tethered Shooting

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                    THe 131D Lateral Side Arm is an useful accessory for tethered shooters, especially in conjunction with 131DDB Tripod Accessory with Four Heads.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great for horizontal table shots

                                    By Philip

                                    from CT

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Tabletop still-life

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                      Purchased this for top view horizontal table top shots. Great addition to my Manfrotto Tripod. Great build quality and great overall value. Essential for the enthusiast still-life photographer.

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                                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Solid Arm

                                      By marthabisme

                                      from Los Angeles, CA

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Ideal Weight
                                      • Strong Clamp

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Copy work

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                        Used with the 055XPROB tripod to shoot 2D objects on the floor. A great solid setup but with my heavy medium format camera setup, along with a corresponding counterweight, there was quite a bit of sway, so this is best for lightweight cameras up to compact SLRs.

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                                        5.0

                                        Yes would buy this again!

                                        By B&HFRank

                                        from Steveston,B.C.

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                          This is a great add on to my tripod. It really helps to have the right tools for the job.

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                                          5.0

                                          "Don't judge by the price but usability"

                                          By Big Guy

                                          from Honolulu, HI

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                          • You may need more space

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Travel
                                          • Video
                                          • Weddings/Events
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                          I use this side arm with my Manfrotto 190 tripod mainly for architectural images, close-ups & wild life shootings. It may be beneficial if I use this item either with 2 cameras or a camera plus a camcorder at the same time.

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                                          5.0

                                          great product for several uses

                                          By Garford Media

                                          from San Diego, CA

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                              I bought this arm simply for its overhead shooting capabilities. I use it while shooting food so I can get my tripod legs out of the way and have the camera directly over the top of a dish. Works wonderfully. I've also seen it used with a tray plus another head adapter to set up your laptop right on your tripod while you shoot teathered.

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                                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Top Quality Piece Of Equipment

                                              By Photopacific

                                              from Sunset Beach, CA

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Overhead product shots

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                                The 131D is an extremely well made precision accessory. Attachment to a Manfrotto Tri-Pod takes less than 5 minutes requiring only a quick removal and re-installation of 3 set screws. If you intend to use the side arm at full extension be sure to order a medium counter-weight for maximum stability.

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                                                4.0

                                                Simple, durable & effective

                                                By Soneill

                                                from Toronto, Canada

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Products

                                                  Comments about Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black):

                                                  Product is excellent. Works the way it should, durable and affordable. Manfrotto does an awesome job.

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