Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm

Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm

Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm

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The Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm differs from the regular Magic Arm, in that the Variable Friction Arm allows partial locking in place of a light, grip, or a camera. This comes in handy when using a light or camera to track a subject. It is a pivot arm with a large locking knob. One end will support a light that has a baby (5/8") receptor. The other end is designed to fit into a Super Clamp socket, or other 5/8" receptor.

The Variable Friction Magic Arm is modular -- Stand it on the floor or a table with an optional Backlite base (3095).
The Variable Friction Magic Arm is modular -- Lock it into an optional Super (2915), or Maffer Clamp, on a pipe or shelf from 1/2 - 2" in diameter or thickness.
The Variable Friction Magic Arm is modular -- Use it to mount a camera with the optional camera bracket (143BKT), or order #2929 which includes a camera mount, or #2930QR, which has a Quick Release Camera Plate.
UPC: 719821235385
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Capacity 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1 kg)
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Package Weight 2.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.181 x 3.701 x 3.622"
244N Variable Friction Magic Arm is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 83.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one is not enough i use this to support flashes, and light bodied 35mm cameras with macro lenses. it can't support the weight of heavy lenses or bellows, but it is still incredibly versatile. Compatibility with super clamp could be improved if they added a hex stud to one of the ends. this would prevent the arm from rotating in the super clamp socket, and allow the arm to hold more weight at certain angles.the variable friction knob is chunky and can be used with gloves on. it can really take a beating. the whole arm feels well made, but not excessively heavy.other than forgetting to put a hex stud, this arm has a million uses. an essential piece to keep handy in your kit.
Date published: 2012-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving this thing! Like a few other reviewers I'm using the 244N as part of a wheelchair camera mount solution. I originally purchased the Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Kit (the arm with the locking lever with a Super Clamp etc.) but found that, with my reduced physical strength, I had difficulty locking the unit in the right position. The variable friction mechanism on the 244N makes adjustments and locking a breeze. The arms on my wheelchair have play in them so I have to attach the Super Clamp/244N lower on my chair. I'm fairly tall so to get the right height I used a couple of Manfrotto 118 male spigots with a 119 female spigot in between with a 494 Mini Ball Head w/RC2 QR Plate. This combination is perfect for me.
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Magic Arm This is the one to get! If you are tying to get your remote camera or even lights into new and exciting places (ie: behind the backboard of a basketball game, third base fence, etc) this is the friction arm you want. It's the one the pros use most often. Why? Because of the locking knob. Don't get the other one. You won't feel comfortable putting your expensive camera or lighting equipment on it. Oh yea, you will need a super clamp or a base to use it, so don't forget that!
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding arm This is my second Variable Friction Magic Arm. I had the 196 base and super clamp and would switch back and forth. No more switching now. I use it to hold my D800E camera. The variable friction holds the camera securely in the exact position I want when it is tightened. There is no play or slipping. It is built solid. It's a great product!
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great improvement from the old Magic Arm I just got the variable friction Magic Arm after having used the old locking lever version for many years. The old design is great, but I find the new design to be even more useful. You no longer have to support the entire weight of the payload (with one hand) when adjusting the Magic Arm position. The friction allows the Magic Arm to support part of that weight for you. The downside of the new design is it takes a little longer to tighten the joint because you have to twist the knob two or three times. To me that's a minor issue.
Date published: 2011-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing third hand This thing is amazing. I someone use one and I had to have one for myself. easy to use. Gets my flash out where I want it and holds it there securely. Now secure, that's an important word when yuor attaching an expensinve flash and don't want to worry that it will fall. Turning the knob loosens each end and allows for the user to adjust the arm where yuo want it. Then just tighten that one knob and yuor done. Now how easy was that?
Date published: 2008-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Fabulous product, would like several more. The only thing that's a bit annoying is the lack of even a pictorial assembly page. It is only two washers, a bearing and a plastic tab (which I still don't know where that goes), but the items are integral to proper function. Had to Google around, but found another annoyed buyer who found another annoyed guy who figured it out. Works great when together!
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from big, but solid was looking for a sturdy grip arm to attach a small monitor (with add'l hardware) or c-stand knuckle to other gear (a mayfer works well for this). This is sturdy and solid. The knuckle on it is perfect, allowing me to leave it adjustable, or lock it down tight. When I do adjust it, it's not completely open and floppy (unless I want it that loose). It's a bit heavy duty / big though to put on top of a camera, though I guess it could work. The Zacuto arms are much better suited for on-camera mounts, but are obviously much more expensive.
Date published: 2012-11-27
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