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Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket

B&H # MA244RC Mfr # 244RC
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Product Highlights
  • Locking Knob
  • Requires Super Clamp or Base
  • Replaces #2929QR

The Manfrotto Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release is a fully articulated arm with 90° pivotable and 360° rotatable ends, and an elbow that rotates 360°. Its camera platform has a quick release mechanism and removable camera plate. The camera plate has a 1/4"-20 thread.

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 quick-release camera platform, it requires a Super Clamp or Base (available separately) for use.

Replaces part number 2929QR.

Length 19.29" (49cm)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1.1kg)
Load Capacity 8.82 lbs (4kg)
Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket
  • Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 screw (200PL-14)
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket
     
    4.8

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (26)
    • Solid/sturdy (21)
    • Fits well (18)
    • Improves tripod function (13)
    • Durable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night shots (9)
      • Sports/action (8)
      • Video (8)
      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Portraits (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (19)

      Reviewed by 32 customers

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      5.0

      Product was correct

      By GM Parts Man

      from Evansville IN

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

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

        Service was great. We have used this product several times and are pleased with product quality and durability.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Does The Job

        By Darlene

        from Trussville, AL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

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

          I have a large window that allows for great natural light shooting. Main Manfrotto tripod just couldn't get the angles, tabletop tripod not sturdy enough. This fits the bill!! I love that one knob controls all movements. I use with the super clamp but plan to purchase the tabletop stand.

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          • No

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          4.0

          very versatile, stronger than it appears

          By btweedd

          from massachusetts

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Studio

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

            i'm using this in the studio as a general purpose mount on a boom. i had a hard time believing it would be strong enough for a 5d mk ii plus battery pack plus substantial lens. in fact, though i've only been using it for a few weeks, it appears to fit my requirements completely. it is solid even at nearly full extension, although i always use a safety cable to guard against failure. so far, it's great.

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            • No

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            5.0

            remote camera neccesity

            By jrash168

            from nebraska

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

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

              This is a fantastic item used for using a remote camera. It is very sturdy and adjust very easily.

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              • No

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              5.0

              An odd looking product that works well

              By Di

              from Heddon Greta Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Wildlife

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

                With the clamp this arm attaches firmly and can be used in places where you cannot get a tripod. The fast release plate works beautifully.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Love it.

                By ISD

                from NY, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Awesome. I wish it could hold more weight. But sill awesome.

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                      5.0

                      Great Item

                      By Andres l'epicure

                      from Caracas, Venezuela

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video

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

                        This magic arm is so flexible and handy I couldn't think of not having bought it before. It's great and useful for any photo purposes.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        The Real Deal

                        By Foucault's Archive

                        from USA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches quickly
                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Broad Variety of Uses
                        • Durable
                        • Thoughtfully Designed

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Broad Application
                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Light Support
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Outdoors
                          • Reflector Support
                          • Special Events

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

                          As a partial quad, I have only limited use of my hands. This crazy wonderful device has made photography a joy again. To newbies - when tightened, the twist handle in the middle locks both end joints as well as the middle. I attach the super clamp to any tube on my wheelchair, or to the table where I do macro work, attach the arm and then the camera, The system requires little strength and gives enormous stability. Even when attached to my powerchair (not nearly as stable as a tripod or table) I can get good, crisp results down to 1/30 of a second, 1/15th if I hold my breath - really, it works! With limited arm strength, I can't wrestle my equipment, but it takes only a little practice to master the "variable friction" aspect of the arm - a ponderous phrase for saying that when it's loosened it becomes increasingly easy to re-position, and when tightened it becomes increasingly resistant to changes of position - tight-tight/loose-loose.

                          A final note - I had to return one of these recently. On opening, it was clear that the unit was previously used and damaged. A quick phone call and B&H had a new unit to me in just a couple days.

                          B&H has been a favorite store for photo and computers for many years. I've always found them to be purveyors of quality goods at very good prices. As I've said before: Good stuff. Cheap. What's not to like?

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          GREAT

                          By Video Rich

                          from Philly, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

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

                            I use Manfrotto arms and clamps for a variety of production purposes and I have never been disappointed. Really solid products!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Very versatile and powerful

                            By joesy13

                            from Providence, RI

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                We are using this magic arms in a research lab where we often have to mount several cameras in confined spaces. We also need to switch between different camera position setups. The magic arms give us all the flexibility we need for that. Since our cameras are more on the heavy side, we use two arms for each camera to keep them in place which works just fine for us.

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                                4.0

                                Freaking awesome

                                By Mike

                                from Chapel Hill, NC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Travel

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

                                  Time lapse videos and places where they do not allow tripods.

                                  Very small size and incredibly flexible.
                                  I just wish it was able to hold a bit more weight.

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                                  5.0

                                  This product is worth every penny!!!

                                  By Eric

                                  from Potomac, MD

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Wildlife

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

                                    Incredible flexibility, use it to enhance your lighting solutions and as a portable and extremely versatile tripod!

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Every one should have one1

                                    By Digby Brown

                                    from NSW, Australia

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel

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

                                      This is tripod worth is weight in gold. It allow you to get your camera stable in a number of positions so you an get interesting and great shots.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      NICE

                                      By JUAN

                                      from LONG BEACH NY

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                      • Bulky

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home

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

                                      I LIKE IT

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • Yes

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                                      4.0

                                      Versatile and easy to use

                                      By EMStaudacher

                                      from Morgantown, WV

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Folds nicely
                                      • Relatively lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Travel

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

                                        Use instead of a tripod with camera or sometimes to hold a flash.

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                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        Magic arm

                                        By SDK

                                        from Aspen, CO

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • Heavy

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Portraits
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Travel
                                        • Wildlife

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

                                        great for pov shots on dirt bikes and mountain bikes

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Wow, Simply Amazing

                                        By Clint Decker

                                        from Saratoga Springs, UT

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Product shots

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

                                          I had another arm before but it has 3 adjustments to control each joint. Since this has one quick release to loose all the joints, this is by far my favorite photo accessory now. Especially useful when you are doing upclose small item photography.

                                          Well worth the money.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Italian wizadry

                                          By Marcotrov

                                          from Cairns, Australia

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fits Well
                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                          • Heavy

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Shots
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Video
                                          • Weddings/Events
                                          • Wildlife

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

                                          Beautifully designed and crafted. Solidly built and easy to use. Adjust to taste at eache end then tighten the ONE wheel and everything locks tight. Brilliant!
                                          Used in conjunction with the Manfrotto 035RL Clamp and it is ready to connect anywhere and very securely too! Great combo for remote camera setup(what i actually bought it for) extra lighting etc, etc...

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Versitile, excellent build quality

                                          By AJ

                                          from Toronto, ON

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

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

                                                Bought it for automotive rig photography and this thing is awesome! I've only used it a handful of times since I just got it, but it works very well.

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                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                Really is Magic!!!

                                                By Sarah6ft2

                                                from Huntington Beach, CA

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

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

                                                Cons

                                                • Need a bit more arm lengt
                                                • Would like wider clamp

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home
                                                • Macro
                                                • Portraits
                                                • Repeat photos on axis

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

                                                The Magic Arm is amazing! It is everything I hoped for! Helps make taking Macro Pics a cinch! Combined with the Super Clamp this is a close up Photographers dream come true! Just clamp it to a beam, bar or rod, adjust your camera position and tighten the easy to use knob and shoot away!! Would like to see Manfrotto come out with a slightly longer one in the future. Would also like the see the Super Clamp in different sizes so it could grip on wider tables easier. But really those are things that are easy to work around.

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