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Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit

BH #MA143 • MFR #143
Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit
Key Features
  • 1 x Magic Arm
  • 1 x Camera Platform
  • 1 x Super Clamp
  • 1 x Backlite Base
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 lb that has a baby (5/8") receptor.
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What's the max payload this can hold? Want to mount a C300 MKII with Canon 24 -70mm
Asked by: James
Since the Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm can hold up to 6.6 lbs, the Super Clamp holds 33 lbs and the BackLight Base can also hold up to 33 lbs, the Canon C300 Mark II and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM can definitely be held securely with this kit.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will this support a Canon 1D MK4 with a 70-200mm lens?
Asked by: Dianne O.
That setup can support no more than 6.6 lbs.If you mean the canon 5d Mark IV and lens it is about 5.28 lbs combined. It is too close to the maximum in my opinion and at the least will tip over.I would not recommend that set up with that camera and lens.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2023-08-01


Will it work on Odyssey 7Q+ and Sony FS700? Or should I use another Magic Arm? Thanks.
Asked by: Christian S.
Being that the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ and the Sony NEX-FS700R Super 35 Camcorder both have a threading that is compatible with the Manfrotto 143BKT bracket in this kit, you can use the 143N Magic Arm with them. This would be especially good to use if you are attaching the Odyssey 7Q + to the leg of your tripod with the Super Clamp or the camera to a flat or rounded surface with the same clamp.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Manfrotto 143 vs 244? Pros/Cons of each?

Manfrotto 143 vs 244? Pros/Cons of each?
Asked by: Alexander
The Manfrotto 244N has a variable friction control, so you can essentially loosen on portion of the arm while the other remains tight. If you do not need that sort of control, the 143N would have a single locking lever that loosens all the joints equally.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-10-29

Are the two sections of arm telescoping?

Are the two sections of arm telescoping?
Asked by: Mark
Unfortunately, the arm sections are fixed to one length.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-12-26

I can adjust the locking handle with two allen ...

I can adjust the locking handle with two allen wrenches, but how do I adjust the tension at the ball joints at the ends?
Asked by: James
The ball joint tension can't be adjusted. I would recommend not placing anything over 6.61 lbs. Which is the rated payload.
Answered by: Davidb
Date published: 2024-01-07


how long is the arm at full extension?
Asked by: Joe B.
The arm is 17 inches long fully extended and not including the pivot mounts. It is 20 and 3/4 inches if you include the mounts on each end. The unit is considerably heavier than I thought it would be. That said, it is made to last the rigors of production.
Answered by: Dylan S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Hi. How long is the arm end to end, not counting the connectors on each end?
Asked by: Jim
Not counting the connectors, you're looking at about 17.25
Answered by: Dideo M. Manfrotto Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27
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