Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket

Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket

Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket

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Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket

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The Manfrotto 143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket is designed to hold a light fixture in place, in a variety of situations. It is an elbow arm, with sure locking lever control at the pivot. 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 an optional Backlite base (3095).
The 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 Magic Arm is modular -- Use it to mount a camera with the optional camera bracket (143BKT), or order #2930 which includes the mount.
UPC: 719821235392
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Manfrotto 143N specs

Capacity 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.395 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.4 x 6.3 x 2.0"

Manfrotto 143N reviews

143N Magic Arm without Camera Bracket is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow... it's pretty neat! I was pretty impressed with this thing right out of the box. The whole arm is movable and twistable when it's unlocked. You can adjust the arm angle, and the ends too. Then you use the locking lever and the whole thing turns rigid. It wasn't until I was in a pinch to attach something with a 3/8in male stud when I realized that one end has 1/4 female and the other is 3/8 female and I was blown away. Sounds silly maybe but I was so happy they had though this out so well. So far I've used to to attach a video camera to a bike and a kayak. Both worked out better than I could have imagined. Say what you will about Bogen stuff, but this one is a winner.
Date published: 2010-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for precision work While excellent for coarse placement of lights and/or cameras, the lock lever requires considerable force to operate, and the act of locking the arm sends a considerable shock through the arm, making precision positioning impossible. For more precise placement, consider using the variable friction arm, which functions more like a typical ball head.
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Well Designed Unit I am actually using this to support a custom built frame holding an 18 and 2 7 monitors. The Magic arm is Perfect for this since the two arms can be right next to each other for storage.. but extended fully when I use the monitors. It is actually lighter than I expected. It has some heft and a great solid feel though. The actual locking method is 1st class all the way.. very well engineered. NO down side AT ALL. Only thing I would ever think of changing about it would be to make the Locking Lever spring loaded so the Handle would fold in more towards the arms for storage, but hey... I'm happy with it as it is too.
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good and Solid Just got this arm and it was just in time. Had a shoot that that I had a balcony shot. Most of the time I would use a tripod for this shot, not this time with the Super Clamp and Camera Platform I added to the Magic Arm, it allowed me to clamp to the railing and get a nice steady locked down shot with my Sony NX5U. I have used this combination in the past with hanging lights and cameras from difficult spots that a tripod or light stand just wouldn't work. This has been a great addition to my camera kit. I'm looking forward to using this with many of my future shoots.
Date published: 2010-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big powerful arm to hold about anything. Use it with super clamps, or a camera platform. Used it to secure a microphone, walkie talkies, cameras, ballheads, strobe heads, camera platforms, video cameras, tripod support, computer support, just about anything. I own three in my kit. Great to mount flashes out of reach without stands. Recommend for any still lifer, location photographer, and grip.
Date published: 2008-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Item for Lighting Control I have eleven (11) of these puppies which I use liberally about my studio. Each holds a light of one type or another, and each is rooted into a Manfrotto Super Clamp. Ever hear of a 'sky hook'? Well, this is as close as you are ever going to get to having one. As it wears, it is adjustable so as to keep that new tight factory feeling.
Date published: 2009-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100s of uses I always cary two or three of these in my grip bag. I use them for flags, gobos, small flashes, diffusers and reflectors. They make stands out of doors, chairs, shelves, pipes, just about anything you can clamp them to. Mate them with super clamps and studs and position a light just about anywhere you need it or use it when a stand just won't fit. I've even mounted strobes to these with a small softbox or an umbrella. Wouldn't leave home without it.
Date published: 2010-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Industry Standard These are extremely useful items, we have a whole arsenal of them, used for holding microphones, antennas and even mini cameras, we would suffer without them!!
Date published: 2010-09-21
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