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Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod

B&H # MA243 MFR # 243
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  • With 3/8" Screw
  • Replaces #3292

You Pay: $35.50

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The Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod clamps gently but firmly onto a car window or a window sill, and permits photography or videography from the comfort and safety of your automobile. It features a 3/8" thread, which allows it to accept any of the Manfrotto heads. Ideal heads for this clamp are the 492 Micro Ballhead, the 3232/234 Swivel/Tilt Head, or the 700RC2 Mini Video Fluid Head.

Replaces old part number 3292.

Clamp Range 0.5" (13mm)
Weight 6 oz (180g)
Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Manfrotto243 Car Window Pod
     
    4.6

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong clamp (20)
    • Attaches firmly (19)
    • Stable (17)
    • Large range of motion (7)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife (16)
      • Landscape/scenery (10)
      • Travel (6)
      • Shooting outdoors (3)
      • Sports/action (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (14), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good Quality

      I bought this for use for "shoot and run" photography. I often drive by a lake where there are some nice birds or a scenic place where I cannot get out...Read complete review

      I bought this for use for "shoot and run" photography. I often drive by a lake where there are some nice birds or a scenic place where I cannot get out and setup a tripod to take an HDR. This window mount lets me pull over and quickly mount a telephoto or camera to the window. As long as I shut the engine off and sit still, the window mount is pretty good. It is not a tripod and you are essentially sitting on your mount (the car) so camera shake can happen more but it gets the job done. I have only used this a few times and have not put it thought the paces yet but it feels very sturdy and tough.

      I was looking at several other mounts like the nikon and bushnell versions which include tripod heads but they seemed to be weaker. The Manfrotto is made of very tough materials and feels very rugged and solid. Two set screws are on the underside to firmly attach a tripod head. I mounted a Manfroto 496RC2 ball head to mine and it is a very nice combination. True the Manfrotto window mount does not come with a head or mount but this makes it even more solid since you can choose which one you want.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Inferior with telephoto lens on camera

      I bought this car window pod to take wildlife photos while driving the levies of Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge with my 500mm telephoto lens attached to the camera. It was a waste of...Read complete review

      I bought this car window pod to take wildlife photos while driving the levies of Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge with my 500mm telephoto lens attached to the camera. It was a waste of $$. The weight of the lens made for too much weight for the device. It is better to roll window down half way and put a towel over the glass and rest your camera and lens on the towel.

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      5.0

      Great to deal with B&H

      By wildfoto

      from Halifax,Pa

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel

        Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

        I have stated in past reviews that after 20 plus years of dealing with B&H I have never had a problem with any order.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great piece of equipment

        By EconoBob

        from Marin County, CA

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

          Ordered for use with my GoPro, but works on the 5D III really well. Solid, well designed and well made--typical Manfrotto.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nifty function for the price

          By Jon

          from Brooklyn, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Car Interiors

            Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

            This item works quite well for what I bought it for, given the price. Limits your framing somewhat, but with a little warp stabilizer it gives me really usable results with super-easy set up. Glad I bought it.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Nice item

            By Steve Gauthier

            from Rouyn-noranda

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

              Nice if the lens/camera is not too big

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              • No

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              5.0

              A++++++++

              By Jr

              from TN

              Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

              This is a neat addition to my gear. I use it for wildlife and it is great. Manfrotto is tops

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              5.0

              very well made

              By CJ

              from VA BEACH, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                Very well made window pod. Made of heavy gauge metal and should last a lifetime. Rubberized on both flat side and the screw down disk to protect glass.Sometimes it's easier to use this instead of getting out of the car and setting up a tripod.

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                5.0

                Window mount that delivers the goods

                By Chuck

                from Suburban Chicago

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                    You pay less for junk and you pay more for junk. This unit delivers more than you thought you wanted. For example, the extended curved lip goes on the outside of the window and allows you to toggle down on the window until the curve mates with the car, giving a rock-solid platform that is far beyond glass-only stability. Also, the stud is 3/8 brass with a large screwdriver slot for secure tightening. Beyond that- well, there is no beyond that- that's all that you could desire and then some from a window mount (did I mention the two mating screws to commit the ballhead to a "permanent" fit?) This is essential gear, like the Syrp ballhead...

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                    3.0

                    Puncture Problems

                    By Jack

                    from Perth, Ontario, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                      The squarish corners on the inside tend to puncture leather on what i would call the window sill, rounded corners with some kind of cushioning would be helpful, aside from that it clamps very securily.

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                      5.0

                      Exactly what I needed!

                      By John P.

                      from Ludington, MI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                        On occassion, while photographing birds and other wildlife, I need to use my automobile as a "blind". This car window pod allows me to do that effortlessly. Before my purchase camera shake was an issue from handholding my 300mm telephoto out the window. Very well made, solid and stable but not too heavy. Very easy to mount my tripod head.

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                        5.0

                        Exactly what I needed!

                        By John P.

                        from Ludington, MI

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                          There are times when photographing birds and other wildlife, I need to use my car as a "blind." This window pod was exactly what I needed. Not too expensive, stable but not too heavy, and easy to attach my tripod head.

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                          5.0

                          that'a what i want

                          By boudhabear

                          from canada

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                            i use it in a photo tour.

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                            5.0

                            Manfrotto 243 window clamp

                            By Ken the photographer

                            from Brick, New Jersey

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                            This is great for mounting a ball head to for shooting from a car window.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Works as adverised

                            By Wandering Shutterbug

                            from Ontario, Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                              When it is below zero 'F, and I don't feel like trekking through the Provincial Park and freezing, I attach this product to my car window and cruise slowly, looking for birds and other wildlife to photograph. Even though the car window is open, I am comfortably warm with my parka on and the heater blasting away on "high."

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                              1.0

                              Inferior with telephoto lens on camera

                              By Digidi

                              from Central Florida

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                                    I bought this car window pod to take wildlife photos while driving the levies of Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge with my 500mm telephoto lens attached to the camera. It was a waste of $$. The weight of the lens made for too much weight for the device. It is better to roll window down half way and put a towel over the glass and rest your camera and lens on the towel.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    I Would Buy Again

                                    By Bob

                                    from Saint Paul MN.

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                                      Worked Great Strong Clamp.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Awesome clamp!

                                      By Ben

                                      from Millville, NJ

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Good Quality
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Inexpensive
                                      • Large Range of Motion
                                      • Strong Clamp

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                                        This is the best car window mount I've ever used. It's easy to put on the window and esy to connect your tripod head to it. Plus it can be used just about anywhere the clamp will fit. I'm buying another one so I can keep my spotting scope attached.

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                                        5.0

                                        Unique camera support

                                        By Henk

                                        from Toronto, Canada

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Large Range of Motion
                                        • Strong Clamp

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                                          This car window pod allows you to unobtrusively "shoot" wildlife from the comfort of your car. So do many others, though none quite like this one. This is the only car window support that allows you to mount a full tripod head with quick release. No other window pod does this. It works well and will not break the bank. I looked for just this kind of item for several years. Now I know it exists.

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Strong grip on window

                                          By KennethJohnsonPhotograpny

                                          from Surprise, AZ

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Firmly
                                          • Strong Clamp

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                                              Good grip on the window. Feels very secure. Will use this when I'm chasing storms and need to fool myself into believing I'm safe inside the car.

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                                              4.0

                                              "I would buy this product again and agai

                                              By NJVNY

                                              from Oregon

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Strong Clamp

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Wildlife

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                                                Use for bird photography

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                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                works great

                                                By gunner

                                                from Aberdeen, SD

                                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Attaches Firmly
                                                • Good Stability
                                                • Large Range of Motion
                                                • Strong Clamp

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Sports/Action
                                                  • Wildlife

                                                  Comments about Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod:

                                                  Everything works perfect. Built heavy duty, keeps my camera solid.

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