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

B&H # MA244RC Mfr # 244RC
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You Pay: $159.88
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 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (27)
    • Solid/sturdy (21)
    • Fits well (18)
    • Improves tripod function (13)
    • Durable (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night shots (9)
      • Portraits (8)
      • Sports/action (8)
      • Video (8)
      • General purpose (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (22)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Loving the Magic Arm

      I beat the hell out of my equipment. I shoot cars in all type of weather. I use the magic arm to connect my camera rig to cars for motion shots. It's been...Read complete review

      I beat the hell out of my equipment. I shoot cars in all type of weather. I use the magic arm to connect my camera rig to cars for motion shots. It's been very reliable. I trust my cameras on this arm. The 635 quick action clamp is the perfect mount for this item. You'll need the right size stud for your clamp. This is a pro level piece of equipment. I don't think I'll be wearing it out soon.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Manfrotto...Imagine More...Instructions!

      Magic Arm arrived with a torn hole in the box, and loose pieces (washers, ball bearing, plastic tab). The product arrived with a generic "general instructions and warnings", but...Read complete review

      Magic Arm arrived with a torn hole in the box, and loose pieces (washers, ball bearing, plastic tab). The product arrived with a generic "general instructions and warnings", but no assembly instructions or diagram, and no specific instructions for using the magic arm. A simple diagram showing the correct assembly of the arm would be helpful.I did find a Manfrotto video on YouTube that indicated the plastic pull tab is only used during shipping to hold the washers in place (it didn't!) and not used when the Magic Arm is assembled for actual use.I hope the ball-end tension is adjustable; not just the arm "elbow"; otherwise the arm won't really be locked into position with a heavy camera.

      Reviewed by 36 customers

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      5.0

      easy and quick

      By ameripol

      from Birmingham, Alabama

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

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

        bought it to attach to my tripod with a super clamp to hold a tether tools laptop tray. It worked fine. Attaching it to the tripod wasn't the best solution but sometimes on location I can't set up a second tripod for my laptop. The arm is easy to lock down and holds well. The problem I ran into was getting the arm to lock tightly to the super clamp stud. It slipped from the weight of the laptop table. I can see many ways I could use this and probably will explore them all sooner or later.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Manfrotto...Imagine More...Instructions!

        By Outdoor Photog

        from Southern NH

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Loose Pieces
          • No Instructions

          Best Uses

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

            Magic Arm arrived with a torn hole in the box, and loose pieces (washers, ball bearing, plastic tab). The product arrived with a generic "general instructions and warnings", but no assembly instructions or diagram, and no specific instructions for using the magic arm. A simple diagram showing the correct assembly of the arm would be helpful.I did find a Manfrotto video on YouTube that indicated the plastic pull tab is only used during shipping to hold the washers in place (it didn't!) and not used when the Magic Arm is assembled for actual use.I hope the ball-end tension is adjustable; not just the arm "elbow"; otherwise the arm won't really be locked into position with a heavy camera.

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            5.0

            244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm

            By Smile

            from N.Calif.

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Night Time
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

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

              These arms are a great assist for our photgraphic abilities, they maintain their position and accuracy for close up shots and when taking movies. A plus buy!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Amazing product!

              By WorldTraveler

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Ease of use
              • Flexible
              • Secure
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Hdr
                • Light holder
                • Night Time
                • Outdoors
                • Portable Camera Holder

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

                This arm is amazing! When you pair it with a Super Clamp, it allows you to put either the camera or a light anywhere you want! I used it in Paris, France to clamp my camera to my hotel room balcony railing and hold the camera securely over the street while capturing a 3-frame HDR image of the Eiffel Tower. Back at home, I screw a post onto the mounting plate screw and use it to hold an extra studio light. It's really a great product and it folds compactly for easy transport.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • 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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • 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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • 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!

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • 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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                                            • No

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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!

                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • 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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