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Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm

BH #MA244N • MFR #244N
Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm
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Manfrotto 244N Overview

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

Manfrotto 244N Specs

Load Capacity6.6 lb / 3 kg
Length20" / 508 mm
Weight2.4 lb / 1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.181 x 3.701 x 3.622"

Manfrotto 244N Reviews

These are great

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-07

So many uses for these arms. Rock solid. I use on my cart to mount my iPad plus myriad other scenarios when you need to position something just so but don't have a lot of room or need that extra articulation.

Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-23

These are really versatile. I have three, and wouldn't like to be without them in my kits. My most frequent for these Magic Arms is to mount Atomos Shoguns to video tripods and to my video crane. They are also perfect for holding cameras when they need to be in difficult places such as for some overhead shots.

Perfect for small lights

By Joe
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-16

I use this in tandem with the clamp and shoot products. Perfect!

Well worth it.

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-22

I was told this 'Magic Arm' was a necessity. So, I order one. The information was correct. Now I must order another. The arm is extremely useful, well worth the cost.

One Flaw

By Brett
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-01

This item does exactly what it is designed to do, hold just about any kind of camera in any possible position. There is one fabrication flaw. After using for two years the tightening knob failed rendering the device useless . The threads on the brass nut which is embedded in the plastic tightening knob, were stripped. You simply cannot use a soft brass nut to tension with a hardened steel bolt. The harder steel bolt threads ripped out the softer brass nut threads. This can potentially happen on any of these arms. The fix was to replace the knob with a steel nut. I have to use an open end wrench to tighten. I am looking for a lever nut so I don't have to use a wrench. The lever nut is easier to tighten and made of steel.

Seems really good

By Jordan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-30

So far, this has worked really well; I used it with one of my existing SuperClamps to attach a 26 octabox to a fence. I think it should be able to hold my 5D Mk IV + 24-105 or 17-40, but I haven't tried that for real yet.

Been a winner piece of kit for decades

By Frederic
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-08

It's solid and brilliant.

Good as it gets

By Graham
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-25

Best mounting arm for remotes.

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Can I bring this as a carry on item on a flight?

Can I bring this as a carry on item on a flight?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm may be carried in a carry-on case for flight travel.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2022-02-16

Will this REALLY hold 6.6 lbs. if it is extended ...

Will this REALLY hold 6.6 lbs. if it is extended all the way out horizontally 20" with the weight at the end?
Asked by: John
Without knowing particulars, that sounds like an unsafe application, especially if it’s mounted overhead. Magic arms are designed like human arms, with two sections connected by an elbow joint. A 90 degree angle between the two sections is strong and reliable. The further one moves toward 0 degrees, the less stable the rig becomes.
Answered by: Robert W
Date published: 2020-10-02

How much weight will this effectively hold?

How much weight will this effectively hold?
Asked by: Durham
The most I've put on one is an FS-7 with a lens. I'm sure it will hold more. They are incredibly useful
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2020-01-10

Can this model be attached to the Easy Link on ...

Can this model be attached to the Easy Link on the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 ?
Asked by: Steven
The Manfrotto 3/8" + 3/8" Adapter Spigot, B&H # MA125 can allow this arm to connect to the Easy-Link on select Manfrotto tripods. https://bhpho.to/2QlhTJZ
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-12-26

I'm getting a lot of cracking / creaking noise ...

I'm getting a lot of cracking / creaking noise when tightening the knob. Is this normal?
Asked by: Ian
You need to re-lube the tightening mechanism with a small amount of grease.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-09-01

Manfrotto 143 vs 244? Pros/Cons of each?

Manfrotto 143 vs 244? Pros/Cons of each?
Asked by: Alexander
The 143 has a lever that locks the arm, it's either locked or unlocked. The 244 has variable friction controlled by the big knob. With the 143, you have to use a fair amount of force to 'pop' it into the locked position, so if you're trying to position something very exact or delicate, it's tricky because that force can move things. The 244 allows you to loosen it just enough to make minor adjustments. Both are solid up to their capacities, so I use them sometimes for small fixtures like Dedolights but more often for dots, fingers, etc. With lighting fixtures, sometimes I find I'm limited more by the stand going off balance or whatever is holding the arm than by the arm itself. I prefer the 244.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2021-10-29

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How do you attach the magic arm to the Manfrotto tripod?
Asked by: Anonymous
I don't attach a Manfrotto tripod to this, but I can attach lights, microphones, and even a camcorder that has a female connector on the handle, such as the Canon XF105 <a href= http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/733535-REG/Canon_4885B001_XF105_HD_Professional_Camcorder.html target= _blank >http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/733535-REG/Canon_4885B001_XF105_HD_Professional_Camcorder.html</a>
Answered by: Kenneth K.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Could this item be used to attach a small shelf ...

Could this item be used to attach a small shelf or mouse tray to a tether table? I need to find a solution that will support the weight of the mouse and my arm.
Asked by: Sarah
I'd sure try it. I'm very impressed with it's hold
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-12-25
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