Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit

Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit

Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit

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  • Consists of: Magic Arm, Camera Platform, Super Clamp & Backlite Base

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Manfrotto 143 overview

  • 1Description

The Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit is designed to hold a light fixture or camera in place, in a variety of situations. The heart of the kit is the Magic Arm -- an elbow arm, with sure locking lever control at the pivot. The removable camera mount pans and locks, and has a standard 1/4-20" thread mount. With the camera mount removed, it will accept any light fixture up to 6.6 lbs that has a baby (5/8") receptor.

The Magic Arm is modular -- Stand it on the floor or a table with the included Backlite base.
The Magic Arm is modular -- Lock it into the included Super Clamp, on a pipe or shelf from 1/2 - 2" in diameter or thickness.
UPC: 719821242048
In the Box
Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit
  • Magic Arm (143N)
  • Super Clamp (2915)
  • Backlite Base (3095)
  • Camera Bracket (143BKT)
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Manfrotto 143 specs

    Capacity 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
    Weight 3 lbs (1.4 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.0 x 8.5 x 2.5"

    Manfrotto 143 reviews

    143 Magic Arm Kit is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 93.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid lighting solution To start, this is a great package for this price. The base, arm, clamp and camera mount combo makes this an extremely versatile item. While the clamp mechanism is strong enough to support my 40D, I could see where the variable friction model might work a bit better. Also, the locking arm can be awkward to use at times, especially when paired with a soft box. All minor quibbles. I'll continue to use this one for very quick set-ups, and eventually get the variable friction arm as well. It's also very heavy, but that is a reflection of the quality of materials used. I could see this item lasting me a very long time.
    Date published: 2010-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great For Hiking and Portability The kit is awesome. I took it out on a hike, fit in my backpack no problem. I was able to mount the arm to fallen branches, logs, rocks, posts, and with the tripod legs I could even use the ground. Not as good as a decent tripod, but for portability and compactability you can't beat this. I'm also using it on my motorcycle and car to make rolling videos. Holds very firm, just need image stabilized lenses for the rest of the shake. Weight wise the kit supports my 5D2 and 17-40L without and problems, even on my bike. I plan on using it on fences during sports events to record video while I shoot photos with another camera. I have no doubt the Magic Arm will work great.
    Date published: 2012-04-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile & Sturdy Camera Mount I have been looking for an arm like this to mount on tubing and different frames for custom camera mounting and flexible locations. I was pleased with how strong the arm was, nicely engineered. It is very sturdy and when it's locked - very stable. The super clamp is much stronger than I thought it would be, again, very solid. One lever locks/unlocks all pivot points in the arm - why I deducted 1 star, would have been perfect if there were separate locks for each joint. Longer segments or extension options would also have been nice. Overall, for what it is - high quality, very solid, very stable piece of equipment. A few more accessories would make this product an easy 5 stars - but still, worth every penny as is.
    Date published: 2008-06-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not all Magic arms are equal I bought 2 of these kits to solve a lighting problem at a fashion event I was shooting at a place with a relatively low beamed ceiling (call it between 8-10 depending on if you were on the stage or not). Essentially using the clamp to connect to the ceiling beams, and then using the magic arm to connect from the clamp to my Einstein moonlight (4 lbs) and UMF modifier - then running the cord along the beam with some clamps. The magic arm allowed me to position the lights roughly where I wanted them, and high enough to be out of harms way for the event (and a plug for the Einstein's here, the wireless control allowed me to adjust them without climbing a ladder). The kit is interesting because it contains both a stand and a super clamp and a camera adapter in addition the Magic Arm, this gives you a lot of options. However, this Magic Arm is not a variable friction model and utilized a leaver you must flip 180 degrees to lock. That's different from the Magic Arm with the knob and friction control (which helps you position heavier things a little better and doesn't require the space to flip the leaver). I own both (now) - 2 of the leaver with/kit, and one variable friction model for cases where the levers may not cut it for space reasons (which so far I haven't found). Bottom line here is there is a lot of value in the kit given the stands an clamps, with a slight loss in function in the Magic Arm compared to the more expensive variable friction model. It would be nice if they had the variable friction as a kit as well, but I suspect given the cost and feature deltas I'd still end up with 2 of these and one of those. It's hard to fault the value here, and the usefulness is outstanding - it's going to solve rigging problems by giving you options.
    Date published: 2011-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like magic! I use product to remotely mount flash and camera. Holds very steady with minimal vibration. HOWEVER, be careful when unlocking arm that you have either removed weight (camera, other equip) from arm, otherwise it WILL topple it and drop quickly. When removed, then repositioning is easy. For micro-adjusting, attach equipment, then hold it very carefully then adjust arm and lock.I have not tried mounting in unusual circumstances (yet), but seems sturdy enough for moving vehicles (appropriately anchored and secured with safety cable).Heavy construction, stable, but heavy for portable use.
    Date published: 2013-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock solid I am kind of a dunce with new things. I could not figure out how the lever worked from the lousy instruction pamphlet that comes with this thing. Eventually I realized I had to give it a forceful clockwise pull to lock all three joints simultaneously. I also figured out you could use this as a simple steadicam with a Canon 7D perched on top - of course this would tire your arm out after just a few minutes, but it will do in a pinch - just bend the magicarm until things feel balanced. So far I've locked this puppy to rails, bicycles, fences, tables and fire escapes.
    Date published: 2010-09-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Manfrotto Matic arm kit This is a great product, it is far bigger than i expected from the pictures. The super clamp is very solid and the arm is made of quite solid tube. The lever is an over center type spring loaded design. You release the lever against a spring, adjust the arm to the required position and relock the handle, all 3 pivot points are locked at the same time. It also has a slot cutout on the end balls so you can rotate the mount to portrait orintation ( as per ball head tripods). I have not yet put it to hard use, but my initial testing shows it will support my 7d with ease.
    Date published: 2011-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Manfrotto Magic Arm Kit Love the Manfrotto Magic Arm Kit. It was well worth the money. Along with the Super Clamp, it provides articulation so that the camera can be mounted in remote locations, which is especially-helpful in sports photography or any other typse of photography where remote mounting on the finish line is desired. Use it with a cold shoe, and it provides the same remote capabilities for Speedlights. The possibilities are endless. The fit and finish are typical of Manfrotto. The baby pins on each end lock firmly with one pull of the locking lever. The Super Clamp is ideal for mounting on pipes, conduit, railings wood beams and other non-traditional mounting surfaces. The background light stand adds versatility to all background lighting tasks. Makes it easy to hide the background light in back of the model at or near floor level.
    Date published: 2011-02-21
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