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Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar

B&H # VAMM6 Mfr # MULTI-MOUNT 6
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Product Highlights
  • Mount Two or More Devices to Your Tripod

The Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar is an accessory that allows you to mount two cameras or other devices such as a flash units, spotting scopes, or tripod heads to a single tripod.

The bar attaches quickly and easily to your tripod with a 1/4"-20 or 3/8" threaded screw via the included adapter. Adaptors are also provided so that you can and can either screw size to attach your camera, flash, spotting scope, etc., to the Multi-Mount 6's sliding bar heads. At the each end of the bar there is a 3/8"-16 screw for attaching a ball head or pan head.

This handy accessory is well suited for a broad range of shooting situations. It is great for wildlife or bird photographers, for example, who want to mount a spotting scope and a camera on one tripod for finding one of nature's creatures in the wild and then capturing an image of it before it walks or flies away.

Dimensions (Diam. x L) 1.13 x 24" (28 x 450mm)
Weight 2.36 lb (1.07 kg)
Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar
  • 3 x 3/8"-16 Adapters (Reducer Bushings) for 1/4"-20
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardMulti-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar
     
    3.7

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Solid/sturdy (8)
    • Improves tripod function (6)
    • Fits well (4)

    Cons

    • Loose clamp (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Quality item at a great price

    I ordered this for a carpet shooting job i do every year. The shoot involves shooting straight down from a platform to photograph entire area carpets. This arm feels very secure and has all...Read complete review

    I ordered this for a carpet shooting job i do every year. The shoot involves shooting straight down from a platform to photograph entire area carpets. This arm feels very secure and has all the adjustments needed. The extra camera mounts are a bonus.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I wanted to like this device, but can't

    It's half the price of the Manfrotto 131DDB. It looks the part. It's even got two adapters on the inside mounts so you can mount gear with either 3/8" or...Read complete review

    It's half the price of the Manfrotto 131DDB. It looks the part. It's even got two adapters on the inside mounts so you can mount gear with either 3/8" or 1/4" tripod threads upon it.

    BUT...there is a huge, gaping open wound of a problem with this unit. The mounting clamps do not hold to the bar tightly. This applies to ALL the clamps, even the center tripod mount. Consequentially, any gear that you attach that isn't light as a feather or needs to be handled will cause the bar to rotate within the mount(s). My mounted camera (Canon 5DMK II on a 70-200mm lens mounted to a Manfrotto 501HDV head) flopped around like a fish when I attached it and tried to pan or tilt with it. This device, as attractively priced as it is, is less than useless to me. I returned this, bit the bullet, and bought the Manfrotto unit instead. I'd recommend others do the same.

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    3.0

    A useful addition to a sturdy tripod

    By Paul C

    from Boston

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Latches Securely
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

    • A little short

    Best Uses

    • Macro
    • Still life

    Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

    I don't really need the multi-mount (so far) but this seemed like a relatively low-cost way to get a decent boom arm for my tripod. I'm happy with it although in the future, I could see getting something with a bit more reach. I read other reviews where people had difficulty locking the arm or their camera in a fixed position, but I haven't had any of those issues. I put a Nikon D800 with a 200mm lens hanging off the end fully extended and I was surprised at how stable it was. No slippage at all. I would definitely recommend a very sturdy tripod and for some uses a counterweight.

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    4.0

    Spectacular for the price!

    By Quality on a Tight Budget

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Loose Clamp

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

    I got this product because I needed to film the same scene with both my nice camcorder and with a specialty video camera (i.e. a cellphone, an ancient miniDV camcorder). Both cameras mount extremely easily and solidly onto the product. I do not worry at all about one of them falling off. Also, it is very easy to adjust both cameras on the bar such that they record nearly identical images. I give it four stars, though, because it occasionally slips on the tripod head and spins to one side or the other. I believe, however, that this is a function of the screw on my tripod head and is not purely the fault of the product. And, given how much less this costs than a Manfrotto equivalent, I really have no complaints.

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    5.0

    Great device!

    By Gary

    from Wilmington, MA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Portraits
    • Video

    Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

    I have my own studio and I use the utility bar to mount 2 video cameras (for different zoom levels)and two microphones (stereo) onto one tripod.
    Each connection point has a nice thumbwheel to tighten the 3/8" fittings together. Once assembled it makes a nice compact unit that keeps everything in position without needing multiple tripods.
    I really have nothing bad to say about this device. Great tool!

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    4.0

    Best deal at great price

    By Jahbooty

    from San Diego

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

      Comes with everything needed to set up and shoot. I use this with my 100 -400 canon lense and a small canon Video Camera. Panning with surfers through my 20D and video tape at the same time. It took a while to get the hang of it. just remember to always stop video recording in between sets.Smooth enough to get the job done. video looks great and photos are in focus.

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      1.0

      I wanted to like this device, but can't

      By Tim the Enchanter

      from Orange, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Looks Pro

      Cons

      • Loose Clamp
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • None I Can Think Of

      Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

      It's half the price of the Manfrotto 131DDB. It looks the part. It's even got two adapters on the inside mounts so you can mount gear with either 3/8" or 1/4" tripod threads upon it.

      BUT...there is a huge, gaping open wound of a problem with this unit. The mounting clamps do not hold to the bar tightly. This applies to ALL the clamps, even the center tripod mount. Consequentially, any gear that you attach that isn't light as a feather or needs to be handled will cause the bar to rotate within the mount(s). My mounted camera (Canon 5DMK II on a 70-200mm lens mounted to a Manfrotto 501HDV head) flopped around like a fish when I attached it and tried to pan or tilt with it. This device, as attractively priced as it is, is less than useless to me. I returned this, bit the bullet, and bought the Manfrotto unit instead. I'd recommend others do the same.

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      1.0

      Looks the part, but isn't.

      By What just happened?

      from Orange, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Looks Professional

      Cons

      • Clamps Do Not Hold Tight
      • Loose Clamp

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

        This mount looks and feels sturdy and well made. The problem is that the bar is slightly undersized (or the clamps are slightly oversized), such that no matter how much force you apply, the clamps cannot be adequately tightened and if you have anything attached to them, it will spin as soon as it is touched. I tried to attach my Manfrotto 501 head and that was an exercise in futility - even the bare head was too much weight for the clamp to hold in one place securely.

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        5.0

        Great tool

        By superseer

        from Victoria BC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Good design
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Video

          Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

          Exactly what I was looking for, to mount an Atomos Ninja 2 together with my camcorder. Good construction. Good to have adaptors for both screw sizes (which the more expensive Manfrotto alternative didn't have). And a nice bag for carrying it around. Good value.

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          5.0

          A quality product at a bargain price

          By Noam

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

            I shoot many video interviews where I don't have a lot of time to set up. I use the Vanguard Multi Mount to mount 2 cameras on my tripod. I also mount a Zoom H4n on the side. This way I can still do a multi-cam shot and set up very quickly.

            The Multi-Mount bar is sturdy but not heavy, it ads no significant weight to an already heavy tripod.

            The price is very reasonable, and B&H will ship it for free (standard shipping).
            You can't beat that.

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            4.0

            Useful tripod accessory

            By Hiplew

            from Alexandria, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

                I don't have space for a copy stand anymore so I bought this to extend the usefulness of my old Gitzo Reporter. I can hang my camera over any flat surface to set up my product photos.
                I'm impressed with the good design and workmanship of this reasonably-priced item. If I ever needed another tripod I'd check out Vanguard.
                I docked the bar one star because the studs at the end of the bar are 3/8" thread. This precludes the use of cameras withe a 1/4" socket.
                They could have easily used a 1/4" stud with a 3/8" adapter.

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                4.0

                Heavy but does what I want

                By audio/video/photo one man show

                from Reading Pa

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

                Vanguard makes very affordable equipment and durable as well. I bought this bar so I can setup all my audio/video/photo gear on one tripod. I have to lug all this stuff into some very remote locations in Peru. I was shocked at the weight of this thing as well as the length. The one notable downfall is the (2) ends are 3/8" whereas all other mountings on the bar conform to 1/4"-20 (standard tripod/photo threading). If you want to keep with the 1/4"-20, B&H sells adapters to do the conversion for ~$4 ea. Very stable once mounted on the tripod and I can stay concelled in the blind and trigger all my gear remotely all from 1 tripod.

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                5.0

                Quality item at a great price

                By LilDoug

                from Ontario, Canada

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Affordable
                • Excellent construction
                • includes case

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Tripod Utility Bar:

                    I ordered this for a carpet shooting job i do every year. The shoot involves shooting straight down from a platform to photograph entire area carpets. This arm feels very secure and has all the adjustments needed. The extra camera mounts are a bonus.

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