Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket

Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket

Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket

B&H # MA196AB2 MFR # 196AB-2
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The two-section Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm articulated arm supports 3.3 lbs @ full extension and weighs less than 1 lb. It also benefits from the extra versatility given by the sliding extension system which allows easier positioning of lighting fixtures even in awkward and tight spaces.

Maximum Length is 23.8 inches, and the bottom 5/8" spigot (compatible with the Superclamp, sold separately), also has a 1/4" thread.

UPC: 719821244431
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Manfrotto 196AB-2 specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.5 x 12.0 x 5.5"

Manfrotto 196AB-2 reviews

196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and function. This review may not be all that helpful to photographers, but I am an artist and use this double articulated arm in conjunction with the Manfrotto super clamp to mount an umbrella to my paint box for outdoor painting. The quality of the arm and super clamp is like American made used to be, and I have found it to be the best setup so far for attaching an umbrella to an outdoor easel or paint box. The articulated arm stays where I adjust it, as do the adjustments on the super clamp, even in fairly windy conditions. It is very lightweight, and easy to carry in my backpack. I highly recommend it for the application I have described.
Date published: 2011-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Indispensible grip equipment The middle joint is the only one that is adjustable for length and rotation. The two end joints cannot be adjusted for length, only rotation.
Date published: 2008-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolute Must The Arm allows complete 3D placement of the shoe mounted flashes which are so useful because of the modern TTL features of the DSLR cameras. It is very thought out for universal operation having 1/4x20 in one end and 3/8 in the other. Add the Bogen miniclamp allows the Arm to be placed on any simple pole or tripod leg. I would hope Bogen would make the Arm with longer tubes(see figure) or at least one to be double their present length( ca 11)
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its wonderful! Do you have a light you want to mount without using a light stand? Do you want to use your camera without a tripod? Do you have microphones you want to mount? Chances are, at least one of those is yes. Get yourself the Bogen superclamp and you can mount this puppy just about anywhere.
Date published: 2009-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, useful gear Manfrotto hit a home run with this articulated arm. Strong, lightweight and completely flexible. I use it to hang lights, extend light stands, even to boom a microphone. I have three and I'll probably buy a couple more just because they are so valuable to have on location.
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lifesaver I use two of these with Bogen super clamps to put small strobes (Nikon SB-800s) into spaces that are too small for light stands. Use it with super clamps and Manfroto rapid adaptors, plus FLM mini-ball heads.
Date published: 2011-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastically useful Love this two-piece articulated arm. I use it for all kinds of odds-and-ends and the threaded ends really come in handy. B&H has the best price on these.
Date published: 2013-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monitor Support I have struggled with support of my ikan VH8. I tried several 11 Articulating Israeli arms. Some with 20lb load ratings. When fully extended they simply don't work. You might get them to stablize, but when you try to slide or pan, there is always the risk of them losing their grip. I had an old one if these laying around and decided to rig it to my mini clamp with a few thread adapters and a camera bracket. It works great and gives much more flexibility on monitor positioning than an 11 arm. And it is easier to position and tighten. I like attaching the monitor to the tripod rather than the camera. It takes the weight off the head and keeps the viewing angle consistent for the camera operator during pans and slides. A mini clamp attached to the top leg bracket of a Manfrotto MVT502 tripod serves as the base. Using a 3/8 to 1/4 adapter on the mini bracket creates a secure mounting base. Then a camera bracket on the other end is a platform for attaching the monitor. Now the camera operator can position the monitor to his liking and get it clear of a pan. You need a handful of these in your gear bags. They are incredibly versatile.
Date published: 2014-03-06
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