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Manfrotto244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket
 
4.8

(based on 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (91)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (46)
  • Easy to use (46)
  • Solid/sturdy (40)
  • Attaches securely (29)
  • Fits well (25)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (27)
  • Indoors (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (19)
  • Video (19)
  • Outdoors (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (47), Semi-pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (77)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

should have bought one years ago

holding lights, holding cameras, reinforcing a large 60 inch Varavon slider so I can use just one tripod vs. two.... had it out 5 times since I bought it and have...Read complete review

holding lights, holding cameras, reinforcing a large 60 inch Varavon slider so I can use just one tripod vs. two.... had it out 5 times since I bought it and have used it for 5 different things. Solid! for cameras I have mounted a d4/50mm 1.4 and even a Sony FS100/Tokina 12-24 from it without issue. I used it to mount a White Lightning X1600 from a rafter and even a large LED light from a tripod leg for video Folds up small and needs no padding or anything (can't see it getting damaged even if I let it roll around in the trunk for years) so it travels wellWish Manfrotto would just get with the times and go with ARCA style pates and clamps as an option for all of the products they offer

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works ok, not a replacement for a tripod

Although it does grip super tight and does not slip or become loose whatsoever, I found that when I attached a Canon 5D and a 24-205mm lens, the whole rig wobbles slightly,...Read complete review

Although it does grip super tight and does not slip or become loose whatsoever, I found that when I attached a Canon 5D and a 24-205mm lens, the whole rig wobbles slightly, and it shows up in the photos with blurring and smearing when using it for long exposures, especially when zooming in. I wouldn't recommend it for long exposures with heavier cameras on the end of it.
Also the Empire State Building would not allow it past the security check point no matter what I told them- they knew what it was and don't want cameras being clamped to the fencing.

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4.0

Very good product.

By Sean

from Aurora Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

I use this as an adjustable flash arm for my macro photography and it's very useful. But it's good that I work out because the weight is something to consider when using it in the manner I am. The arm its self isn't bad but when you combine it with the entire rig I use everything adds up. The only other complaint would be that the camera plate can slip on the camera body if you only tighten by hand. But so far it's tough and I love the lighting options it gives me in my photography.

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5.0

Incredible!

By bjsrocket

from Las Veges

Verified Reviewer

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

AH…PERFECTION…

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5.0

My clients love this off-the-wall chinrest; so do I

By Loperman

from NY NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

  • a bit hard to tighten for some

Best Uses

  • General Use
  • Indoors
  • Night Time
  • Portraits

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

Simply affix a piece of quality leather to the surface of the camera bracket and you have a sturdy chin rest free from the claustrophobic, stanchion-like models Optometrists use.

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  • No

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5.0

Worth it

By Jake

from DC

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

I love these. We use these at my work all the time... They get abused and keep working. They work great for anything, but we use them in sporting events. Inside at gyms and Outside in the rain, cold weather. You name it.

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5.0

Great for my projects

By Fiber Girl

from San Diego, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Fair Price
  • Flexible
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Over Table Setup

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

I purchased this primarily to use for over table video filming. I have the arm clamped to a pipe (using the Manfrotto Super Clamp), the pipe is attached to my design table. I used to trip over tripod legs and bump my camera during filming. This has been the best product I could have purchased for my needs. Study and easy to use; I can get my camera into position quickly.

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  • No

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5.0

Always reliable

By cmeidia

from Chicago, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Lighting
    • Outdoors
    • Time Lapse

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

    combo this with a super clamp/mafer clamp and it's a gem.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Good Stuff

    By p8photos

    from Wallingford, CT

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Remote Camera Setups
      • Special Events
      • Sports Photography

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

      So far this product has been nothing short of awesome for me. I shoot a lot of hockey, and sometimes the only place to clamp is the underside of a dasher board (always use safety cables), but so far, the clamp has been fantastic.

      It took me a couple of practice runs to be quick about setting it up...but it's SO easy and very convenient for my remote camera shots.

      Not sure why I waited so long to buy one.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect Product

      By All-Pro Sparks

      from Morgantown, WV

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Special Events

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

        This Manfrotto Magic Arm works perfectly! I couldn't be happier with the results from our remote camera at a NCAA Div. 1 basketball game! Perfect angle and perfect photos!!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        So Useful!

        By Nouns

        from Queens

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

        This product is so great and stable. Easy to install

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        5.0

        Works perfectly

        By Bobby A.

        from Myrtle Beach, SC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors

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

          I bought this to attach my camera to a bicycle. It works great. Easy to Adjust and holds a full size SLR and pro lens no problem.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Bigger than expected

          By Micah

          from Oklahoma City

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Night Time
            • Outdoors
            • Special Events

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

            So having used small, cheap friction arms for a while now, I thought I'd get this name-brand one. My personal and work tripods both have "quick connects" for just such a device. However, this is MUCH larger than the ones I've been working with. It doesn't fit directly into a 3/8 thread, but needs a bit of extra hardware. That said, coupled with the super clamp, it's nearly as useful as a second tripod.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Beefy

            By Geo

            from Pacific Northwest

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use

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

              Thing is built like a tank and heavy, but can easily hold the weight of my D810+MB-D12+14-24mm f/2.8 lens and more. It allows me to position my camera securely over railings, on high ladders and other places where a tripod won't do.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Indispensable tool

              By john manini

              from Olympia Wa

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

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

                I wish I bought this ages ago. The simplicity is every bit as astonishing as the versatility. The Magic Arm not only helps me get great shots on my small budget, but it is super fun to use and interact with.

                It is incredibly well built and durable while being lightweight... They say it hold 6.5 pounds but after holding it, I really want to put it to the test because that number seems low. Of course, I won't, but that illustrates the quality of the build.

                I am considering giving them out as Christmas presents to my 2 closest video friends, but they already own one.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Perfect

                By Bob

                from Maryland

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

                I bought the camera adapter with it because I may use it someday. Locks well, articulates well. It does exactly what it is suppose to do

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                5.0

                SOLID!

                By Aztecphotos

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Great for attaching a remote camera to just about anything. Versatile and solid!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Magic Arm Indeed

                    By BryanAck

                    from Athens, GA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Outdoors

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

                      I've used this product to mount cameras on the exterior of vehicles for video and photo shoots. It attaches securely and is very sturdy. I am very pleased with the versitility of this product. It was openned up many more options for mounting my cameras.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Nice camera mount

                      By kln

                      from IA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Nice device for the price to quickly mount cameras to many different surfaces.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Perfect mount for machine builder mock-ups

                        By kcm

                        from Spencer, IN

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            I use these units to mock up barcode readers when I'm laying out a new piece of equipment. They are perfect for that; great flexibility.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great versatility!

                            By Jared the Operator

                            from Lincoln, NE

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

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

                              This is just a great piece of equipment to have. It's a Manfrotto so you know it's a quality piece of gear. There's always something that needs to be mounted and placed in such a way that it's not IN THE WAY of something else and this magic arm solves both problems. I often use it to mount a smaller monitor onto a rig for the camera operator to use in case they can't use the camera's own screen.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great device

                              By Keith

                              from Massachusetts

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

                              Works well to support LED lighting or a camera. I have 3 of them, they are sturdy and lock well. The variable friction ones are the way to go. You can attach the camera support to the top of a light stand as well or use a super clamp to mount it to a sturdy, non crushable, support or tripod. More adjustable than a crossbar style support. Only down side is sometimes I wish it were longer but that hasn't been a real obstacle.

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