Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black)

Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black)

Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black)

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  • Replaces #3153B

Color: black

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The Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads mounts onto the center column of tripods with 3/8" threads. The platforms feature 3/8" screws, which allow a standard tripod head to be mounted on either or both sides. In addition, the horizontal bar features 3/8" screws on both ends, allowing mounting of tripod heads from the sides.

Replaces part number 3153B.

UPC: 719821287858
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Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black)
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3 Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    • 1Description

    Manfrotto 131DDB specs

    Horizontal Arm Travel 12" (30.7cm)
    Length 23.6" (60cm)
    Weight 2.4 lbs (1.1kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.5 x 4.2 x 3.25"

    Manfrotto 131DDB reviews

    131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 73.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is the way to go for professional vid I would like to thank B&H Photo that the customer service is very helpful to respond all the questions. I received the product right on time. I really like it. Also, thanks to Manfrotto. It is very sturdy material. I would prefer the silver color not the black and it is less expensive. I would suggest to buy some adapters that are compatible with your camera in order to be able to attach securely. Manfrotto Male 1/4 to female 3/8 for the small camcorders, etc... Also, Manfrotto 117B tripod is the one of the best for this arm. I highly recommend it for professional video recording with simultaneously using two (up to 4) cameras.
    Date published: 2012-06-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strong and stable but with problems It is strong and stable but due to size and weight of accessories you attach to it shakes your tripod, I mean a strong tripod with 3 straight legs. You either need a super strong tripod or don't mind the shake. Also if you remove an item from it, there is a risk of it tipping over due to change in the balance. You definately need sand bags hanging from your tripod. Over all, I was wondering if I would be better off if I bought a separate tripod. The attachments on the top has no small screws to fix the attachments (end attachments have it), so attachments can get loose easily.
    Date published: 2010-11-15
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Uneven Bearing Surfaces A solid piece of equipment with a fatal flaw. On the arm I received both cast aluminum heads had a very uneven top surface, not only front to back, but also side to side. Even with the thumb wheels tightened as much as possible, my ball head see-sawed backwards and forwards alarmingly. Rather than go through the hassle of a return, I decided to file the high points down. Being aluminum it is easy enough to file, but it required the removal of a significant amount of material before it was flat enough to seat the ball head securely. If it is not possible to ensure that the cast aluminum surfaces are consistently flat, then either quality control should weed our the bad ones, or the surfaces should be machined. Grub screws in the bearing plate would also help.
    Date published: 2016-02-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'd buy another one in a heartbeat! I bought this as a poor man's alternative to a studio stand (see Manfrotto Mini Salon). I have it mounted on a heavy Manfrotto 475B geared tripod. On one of the camera mounts I have a Manfrotto 410 geared head and the whole thing is as stable as I could hope for. I plan to add a laptop platform on the 2nd camera mount and will tether the camera and laptop. By the way, you will want to mount the arm on top of a panning base as I did. I also bought a Feisol 60mm panning base that is attached to the tripod. On to this I attach the arm. So now I have a camera mount that moves vertically via the tripod gear and rotates via the panning base. All in all very happy.
    Date published: 2016-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for tethered and photobooth I use the 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm by Manfrotto along with the Gitzo G065 MONITOR PLATFORM - GIG065 for tethered shooting. It is solid, versitile, and much more than I expected for such a low price. When mounted as a crossbar on top of a sturdy tripod I put a camera on one mount and the monitor platform on the other. You can really lean on this thing!Recently I used one for a photo booth setup at a wedding. Check it out at @ was very easy to setup and was a big hit! As far as being sturdy, kids literally hung on it trying to see the monitor and it didn't bend, break, or fall over. (It was on a sturdy, but light carbon fiber Gitzo tripod that had a decent weight holding it down.)
    Date published: 2010-11-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best on heavier tripod As others have already mentioned, this is a great solution for tethered shooting. It is a hefty item and I would only recommend using it on a heavier tripod. For tethering to a laptop, I would recommend the Manfrotto 183 Projection table. It mounts directly to the mounts and is large enough for a small-to-medium laptop. My main con is that the bracket handles are plastic albeit thick. Only time will tell how well they hold up. Indexing marks would also be nice for lining up the brackets (although easily added). Another note is that the mounts are not really meant for direct camera mounting but rather for mounting tripod heads which mount quite securely.
    Date published: 2010-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slick and sturdy I use the arm for my in-studio work for tethered shooting. I set my camera on one side of the arm and have a laptop with running software on the other side. The setup is very sturdy coupled with Manfrotto tripod. Make sure that clamps/fixtures are tighten properly. No clutter, I can fold everything down very quickly and take it to work on-location. Good product. Thanks, Bogen and BH Photo.
    Date published: 2008-07-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great idea, execution a little weak The Manfrotto 131DD Cross Arm is a useful device for either mounting multiple cameras on one tripod or providing a means aim one or two cameras directly down. There are two carriages on which tripod heads may be mounted and slid back and forth so that, for example, two different cameras can be used to photograph the same scene. In addition, the ends of the arm have 3/8 screws onto which one or two other tripod heads may be attached. These could support cameras pointing down, or alternatively by rotating the head 90 degrees support two more cameras upright. Once set up properly, this device can be very versatile and useful. The overall construction is quite rugged and well made. However, there are some glaring oversights in the execution of the design. Normally, Manfrotto products are well thought-out, but someone really dropped the ball here. Fortunately, it is not too difficult to arrive at some work-arounds to deal with these shortcomings: 1. The two movable carriages and the center cross arm holder all consist of two separate pieces of metal held together at one edge by two fixed screws, and on the other edge there is a single screw with a handle to open the pair to allow motion or to lock the screw to fix the carriages the cross arm in place. The problem is that as delivered the two sides are not well aligned, with the result that there is no well-defined surface on which a tripod head can be solidly affixed. In simplest form, there is a high spot at the dividing line between the two halves, so the tripod head can rock back and forth across this ridge, no matter how hard one tries to tighten the screws by hand. 2. This problem is easily solved, at least as described above. For the carriages, loosen the hand screw completely and using a 4 mm Allen wrench loosen the two affixing screws just barely enough to allow the two halves to move slightly. Place a tripod head with a flat bottom on the carriage and tighten the center screw to pull the head firmly into place. This will assure that the two halves of the carriage match at the interface. Now tighten the two Allen screws completely, preserving this alignment. This is the first-order solution to the ridge problem. 3. Now tighten the hand screw that would fix the location of the carriage on the arm. In turn, this brings to light the second ridge problem: In tightening the hand screw, the two pieces of metal bend a little and that splays out the two halves, forming a new ridge that is now part of the design. 4. If Manfrotto had been consistent in their tripod design, there would have been three grub screws on the bottom of the carriage. Their center posts have them, and affixing a tripod head to a center post is made very solid by tightening these screws that rest in little valleys on the bottom of the tripod head. These prevent the head from coming unscrewed in use and it also assures that it does not rock. However the carriages do not have such grub screws, and one is stuck with a high center. 5. The right design would have four screws at the top to clamp together two flat surfaces. This or some other method would give a useful lever arm to resist tightening the bottom hand screw and the concomitant effect at the top. This flexing may be the reason that grub screws are not used, because their efficacy would depend upon how much the hand screw was tightened, and it is possible that excessive forces could be applied to the head when tightening or loosening the hand screw. 6. A simple, but crude fix is to make some small shims to put between the bottom of the tripod head and the top of the carriage. A discarded film box was cut into two pieces round the outside to match the circle of the carriage top and leaving a gap of about 2 cm between the two pieces for the ridge. These could be affixed with rubber cement to the top of the carriage to keep them from running away. At least for my unit, this fix was sufficient. 7. There is a similar problem for the center support. The simple mismatch of the assembly can be addressed as above. When the hand screw is tightened, again there is no flat surface offered to the tripod column and there is severe wobbling. However, the shim solution described for the carriages will not work here, because it is not possible to hand tighten the affixing screw sufficiently to prevent the whole assembly from rotating on the tripod in use. Because of the long lever arm, even modest forces on the arm or camera are enough to overcome the friction of the center screw. In this case, however, one can use the grub screws of a Manfrotto tripod to provide more security. However, once again Manfrotto did not follow its normal design, and there are no little valleys on the bottom of the center support to provide positive restraint against rotation. Now one must rely on brute force to tighten the screws enough to keep things snug but not do damage either. There will most likely still be some slippage during use, because of the large lever arm. One must just live with it. (Yes, this solution conflicts with the previous speculation on why grub screws were not used for the carriages. I don't see an alternative here, however. In any case, the force that the simple screw tightened by fingers is much less than the screw with the handle.) Some side notes on the use of the cross arm: 1. The arm and carriages slide very smoothly, and it appears that this may be in part due to what looks like talcum powder on the felt lining of the bearings. This is a very clever way to provide lubrication without a sticky mess. In the long run, however, it could be that the talcum needs to be replenished, but this is just speculation. 2. Care must be exercised when loosening either the carriages, or especially the center holder to slide things. The reason is that if the load is unbalanced, the cameras may lurch forward or backward as the arm/carriage itself becomes free to rotate as well as slide. This would not normally be a problem with small, light cameras, but it could be serious with something large and/or heavy, particularly if they are looking down, leading to an unbalanced load towards the front. The bottom line is that with the investment of a little hand work, this can be made into a very useful device, but without that investment, the wobbly nature will be unsatisfactory. Keep in mind that securing the center part depended upon the grub screws of the Manfrotto tripod design. The results may be less satisfactory if the arm is used with another tripod that does not have this facility or a logical equivalent thereof.
    Date published: 2014-01-18
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