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Manfrotto131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 41 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves tripod function (25)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Solid/sturdy (20)
  • Fits well (16)
  • Stable (7)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (25)
  • Landscape/scenery (13)
  • Video (12)
  • Night shots (9)
  • Sports/action (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Untapped Market

With this recent boom in 3d film making, I used this product in an rather unconventional way. I recently shot a thesis film in 3d using this to hold both of my cameras close...Read complete review

With this recent boom in 3d film making, I used this product in an rather unconventional way. I recently shot a thesis film in 3d using this to hold both of my cameras close to each other.

Since I didn't spring for a 3d adapter for an hvx200a, I mounted two right next to each other. It was able to mount both, conveniently, but there were several design flaws.

The grayish pot casted metal parts don't tighten and lock in place once the camera is mounted. So that is, the camera will wiggle around. I figure you could remedy this with a large washer strategically placed. Another flaw I had to overcome for my shoot is that I had to buy a step-down ring for the 3/8 male screws to 1/4 male screws, seeing how most video cameras are 1/4 thread.

Don't let the flaws make it sound worse than it is. There really isn't a product like this on the market and if used for photography and not film, I'm sure it'll do everything you ask of it. Even 3d photography would be a snap on this mount.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Strong and stable but with problems

It is strong and stable but due to size and weight of accessories you attach to it shakes your tripod, I mean a strong tripod with 3 straight legs. You either need a super...Read complete review

It is strong and stable but due to size and weight of accessories you attach to it shakes your tripod, I mean a strong tripod with 3 straight legs. You either need a super strong tripod or don't mind the shake. Also if you remove an item from it, there is a risk of it tipping over due to change in the balance. You definately need sand bags hanging from your tripod. Over all, I was wondering if I would be better off if I bought a separate tripod.
The attachments on the top has no small screws to fix the attachments (end attachments have it), so attachments can get loose easily.

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5.0

Awesome tool for tethering tools

By Geoff

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

Works great on location or in the studio. Makes shooting tethered easier and compact.

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5.0

A Kelby toy

By AvalosPhoto

from Woodland

Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

Rig a laptop and your camera to a tripod. Let your client ooh an ahhhhhh in real time. Problems, additional weight and cell phone etiquette. Expect people to pull out a cell and take a pick of your monitor, effectively loosing sales or being disappointed before retouching. Still well made and I love it.

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5.0

Extremely Sturdy and Functional!!

By Jrvid

from Chicago, IL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Sturdy Functional

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Mounting Multiple Cameras
  • Sports/Action
  • Video

Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

I usually don't write reviews, but this product is so GREAT, I had to share the experience. I needed a rig that I could mount two small cameras on one tripod head (for recording sporting events where I needed a wide angle shot and a close up shot that tracked together). I know this is NOT the intended use of this product, however, if you are using small lightweight cameras and a heavy duty tripod with a solid head, this works great! Up until now I was using a homemade rig out of spare parts, and was eventually going to make a custom platform that was more sturdy. Then I discovered the Manfrotto 131DDB Accessory Arm. This item is everything I was looking for and more. It's extremely sturdy, incredibly functional, and easy to set-up and tear down!! The camera mounts, slide horizontally as well as pivot (i.e. tilt) on the arm to allow for easy alignment of two cameras. It also has mounts on both ends to mount additional accessories. All of the screws are 3/8-16 inch so you will need 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 screw adapters to mount standard accessories. I purchased (from B&H) two Desmond DTR-1 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 adapters that were a perfect match with this accessory arm. If you are going to mount this to a standard quick release plate, you will also need a reducing bushing (i.e. Manfrotto 148KN Reducing Bushing, or equiv). Again, keep in mind that this is NOT the intended use of this arm, but for light weight cameras and accessories, along with a good sturdy tripod, it worked for me fine. I would also recommend purchasing a small tripod bag to store the accessory arm and for easy transport to field events. This is one of the best purchases and pieces of equipment I own, and I'm sure it will be used extensively and diversely for many years!!

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5.0

Impressive

By Canon_Cookie

from Fallbrook, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

Solid construction and many configuration options. You will have to buy or construct a spacer plate attachment to lock the thread in. I had a 3/8 inch panning base that I used to attach an iPad in a
K&M 19742 Tablet PC Stand Holder.

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5.0

Portable solution

By Jarnvarg

from Lima,Peru

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

    This is the ultimate tripod accesorie for me, not just to atach many cameras, I use it with my notebook to process images instantly, can use a plataform as a portable macro studio and many other options, a versatile tool

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    5.0

    Solid, solid, solid!

    By SBVideoDude

    from Santa Barbara, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

      This accessory arm is just the ticket if you need to mount multiple items on your tripod. It's rock-solid, and the large wheels and levers making tightening and loosening a snap. It's heavy, but that's a plus for stability.

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      5.0

      Better than having four hands

      By Ken W

      from Montclair, NJ

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Tethered Shooting
      • Time Lapse

      Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

      Terrific product. Allows for mounting of ballheads on both ends plus Double platforms. The platforms can be removed independently of each other. Great flexibility in usage.

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      5.0

      Does EXACTLY what it is supposed to do.

      By FireFly

      from Mason Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

        I use the 131DDB along with a 131DB for a tethering setup as well as unconventional tripod angles. It's sturdy and versatile.

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        5.0

        Very Versatile

        By Steveo

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

          This is a great addition to my tripod and has made it a lot more versatile in the ways i can set it up and use it. I also purchased the other Manfrotto arm and both together are unbelievably useful.

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          4.0

          Very well made

          By Burt

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

            This is great for when you need to mount two cameras on one head. The piece is very well made, solid. The only thing I would change is that the middle piece is a little wide so the cameras (I was using 5D's) can't get as close as I would have liked.

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            5.0

            Rock Solid

            By Schmitz

            from Chicago

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

            I've been using this for mounting two and three cameras on. Really easy to use. Great construction. Stable. Glad I went with this one over other brands that were less expensive. Fits my Manfrotto heads tripods and acessories.

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            5.0

            Manfrotto Tripod accessory arm

            By Lance

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

              This accessory arm is very well built and easy to use. Good robust design to fit onto your tripod to allow for a laptop tray and camera mount as well. gives versatility to your set up, easy to install for many different applications.

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              4.0

              Good

              By Gene

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                The Arm worked wonderfully at my shoot. I had a laptop platform and a camera on one tripod. It's a great set up for still video or product photography!

                I had no problems with it, but it feels like the product is a bit dated. Handles could be better designed.

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                5.0

                Awesome

                By J dubya

                from Tampa Fl

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                  I tether shoot a lot this was the best thing I could have gotten. If you tether shoot or just work with a laptop near by this arm is essential.

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                  5.0

                  Rock solid

                  By TTGator

                  from Greensboro, NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                    This thing is the perfect solution for me shooting tethered, combined with the Gitzo Monitor Platform. Easy to connect to the tripod and extremely steady and professional build quality.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Indispensable for tethered shooting

                    By daver

                    from Plano, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Built like a brick
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Light table
                      • Macro
                      • Portraits
                      • Still life

                      Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                      I use this with a Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform when shooting tethered. This has made my life so much easier. And I am more likely to shoot tethered now since it greatly improves my workflow and speed.

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                      4.0

                      "Nice and Sturdy construction"

                      By MTC Photography

                      from Morristown, NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                      Useful for Portraits sessions

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                      4.0

                      Pricey, but, it is a good tool

                      By Fcianflone

                      from Malden, MA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                      • Pricey

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                      You can find cheaper from other brands
                      It is very important tool for my video Shooting
                      Very solid and heavy. Well made

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                      5.0

                      As in my dreams

                      By Zé De Boni

                      from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Solid/Sturdy
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • 3D Imaging
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                        I was planning to build such an accessory arm but before I waste my time in my workshop I found this excelent solution from Manfrotto. The only weak link may be the tripod head on which this arm is mounted, thus my recomendation of a heavy duty geared head. I use it in two ways:
                        - Mounting two similar cameras with exactly the same lenses and settings to capture two simultaneous frames or video clips, which I later blend to view on a 3D monitor. It is easy to set the distance between the two lenses so I can get natural or hiper-3D results. The two cameras can be easily aligned with high precision required by this technique. So, for 3D, it is better not to use other tripod heads between arm and cameras; I use instead two identical panorama plates, so I can position the two cameras with any degree of convergence to shoot close subjects ;-)
                        - The other use for this arm is for outdoors, mounting up to 4 bodies with different prime lenses to get ready for any event that is rather quick or requires my attention and I would rathes not miss while changing lenses, like sunrise, sunset, twilight or eclipse, or for long exposure night shots. Same way, it is useful for studio or sports, so you can follow the subject with many cameras and different lenses simultaneously.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Product and Service

                        By Dick's Digital

                        from West Linn, OR

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • A little heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                          I use this arm mounted on my tripod to support my camera and computer for tethered shooting. Note: the computer tray is sold separately.

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                          • No

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