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

BH #MA196AB2 • MFR #196AB-2
Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm - 2 Sections, Without Camera Bracket
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Manfrotto 196AB Overview

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

Manfrotto 196AB Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight1.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.75 x 3.5 x 3.5"

Manfrotto 196AB Reviews

Manfrotto Rocks

By Jibu
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-01

Used it with my several gears to hold light, mic and monitors. Well built. No wobbling and premium quality. The knobs and well made and holds well. Nothing to complain. Worth Recommending..

Does what we need.

By VisionMan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-06

It adjusts easily and holds its place well.

1,002 uses

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-26

1,002 uses in a commercial photo/video studio. I own two and use them all the time for rigging on set.

Very Versatile

By Seth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-10-12

This arm is very versatile allowing all sorts of articulations and lengths. I often use it as a flash support.

Monitor Support

By Russell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-03-06

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.

Great, useful gear

By Garry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-02-07

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.

Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-02

I purchased this arm hoping that it was going to do what I needed and WOW!! what an awesome piece of metal. It works way better than I guessed it would. I use it for my Atomos Shogun and I can position it where ever I like. It really looks professional as well when I am out filming with my Sony FS5 Rig. It also has that 'build quality' that Manfrotto is known for. This is a 'MUST BUY' because I am sure the price will go up by the manufacturer soon. These are actually cheap enough you could easily buy 2 or 3 just to keep them for any unexpected emergency or use them to support other gear. Buy one or two today from B&H. You will not be disappointed.

Stupidly missed this gem for years.

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-02

17 years of filmmaking documentary and never used this until now. Comes on every shoot for endless options. Not stoked on the plastic but found it light and strong. No brainer for any kit. Just buy it you will not regret it.

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Are the Manfrotto articulated arms made in Italy ...

Are the Manfrotto articulated arms made in Italy or elsewhere (like China)? Thanks for any information.
Asked by: Gary
The one I purchased here says made in Italy. If you zoom in on the photo here on B&H in the middle of the front arm to the right of the Manfrotto logo you can see it has the model number on the top line and made in Italy in the bottom left portion of the box. Look carefully you can read it.
Answered by: Aaron
Date published: 2021-01-30

Will this Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm ...

Will this Manfrotto 196AB-2 Articulated Arm support a Atomos Shogun without batteries attached? If so, does it come with the proper screws, etc to attach to my Mafrotto N8 Fluid Video Head and tripod? Thank you.
Asked by: Gary
This arm would not be recommended. It would be better to use one of these arms.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2020-02-14


Can anyone tell me if this would be solid enough to support an elinchrom rx400 flash that would be fixed on an autopole as background lightning?
Asked by: Anonymous
Hi, it is tough enough to support my speedlight. The more you extend the arm the more flexible it becomes. I do not know the wieght of you elichrom but if this is about canon 600 ex weight then yes, i will recomend it.
Answered by: Przemyslaw W.
Date published: 2018-08-27


How long is each section of the arm? Thanks!
Asked by: Barry S.
11 inches
Answered by: Ricardo L.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does this attach to the easylink connection on the manfrotto tripod?
Asked by: Matthew
Not by itself, no. You could use a 125 adapter to screw one one of this arm into the Easylink, but it might rotate on you if you have the majority of the weight on the counter-clockwise side. You're better off using a Super Clamp to attach it directly to one of the legs..
Answered by: Dideo M. Manfrotto Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27
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