Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black)

Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black)

Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black)

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  • To Mount 2 Cameras at 90°
  • Replaces #3059B
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The Manfrotto 131D Side Arm mounts on the center post of tripods with a 3/8" thread. It allows easy shooting straight down to the ground without having to get the tripod column and legs into the picture. Double-sided screws (1/4-20" on one side, 3/8" on other) enable cameras to be mounted on either or both ends.

Replaces part number 3059B.

UPC: 719821287803
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Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black)
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    Manfrotto 131DB Specs

    Length 23.6" (60cm)
    Weight 2.6 lbs (1.2kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.5 x 4.3 x 4.25"

    Manfrotto 131DB Reviews

    131D Lateral Side Arm for Tripods (Black) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 50.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well, could use a few minor improv I like this product for the most part. It does what I need it to do, and is what you would expect from Manfrotto in terms of quality. I agree with other reviews in regard to the locking wheel used to secure the side arm to the tripod. It's very difficult to turn, and not very usable. I wish they would have used a better design to lock it down. It would be nice to have the ability to swing it back and forth as well, since Manfrotto tripods have a keyed center column that does not allow it to twist. As it is now you have to loosen it, move it, then tighten it again... which is a big pain since the locking knob is such a pain to use.
    Date published: 2012-05-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could have been designed better I purchased this side arm, despite the reviews which stated that it suffered from some design flaws. I was hoping that they would be minor enough to not bother me. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. It does not sit flush on the tripod mount when locked locked in. The locking wheel has very shallow indentations, making it hard to turn and fully lock. And if you overtighten it somehow, it will be very hard to unlock, as it'll be hard to get a good grip on the wheel. I later purchased the Tether Tools cross bar, which looks similar upon first glance, but is a much better product. It does away with all the flaws that the Manfrotto has.
    Date published: 2017-02-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid arm, slight mounting issue Great extension for your field or studio tripod. The dual head mount option allows for 2 cameras to be mounted or any other 3/8 thread block. I have some difficulty cinching the mounting head to my tripod. The lock wheel is located a little too tight to the head, making a good grip challenging. Once it is secured, the whole unit is solid.
    Date published: 2010-02-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked well. This side arm certainly solves the problem of rigging a camera to shoot over head on a set. I used it for location food photography and even in situations where the camera wasn't quite overhead but at a 45 degree angle or less to the set it worked well too because it allowed me and my food stylist access to the items being shot without having to work around a tripod leg or two. But I suggest buying the Manfrotto 172 Counter Balance 3 lbs weight to use on the opposite side of the arm from the camera. I can grip around the arm itself although it would be nice to have some sort of weight that used the 3/8 stud on the end of the arm. Only reason I gave this a 4 star not 5 rating. I also used a lead weight bag on the tripod leg opposite the camera as extra insurance. Also either use a cable release or fire the camera from your laptop to eliminate any camera shake.
    Date published: 2013-10-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great tool to have! Opens up many options in a safe sturdy way. A couple of small downsides like not having a pad on the surface of the end that has the smaller thread type for connecting to dslr type cameras, thus scratching the base of your camera when you screw it in. A bit of soft Velcro will fix this Also it's very expensive for only extending 24 inches. My tripod can easily withstand a 32 inch extension with a 7 pound camera on it however the 24 inches will suffice
    Date published: 2016-06-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Arm Used with the 055XPROB tripod to shoot 2D objects on the floor. A great solid setup but with my heavy medium format camera setup, along with a corresponding counterweight, there was quite a bit of sway, so this is best for lightweight cameras up to compact SLRs.
    Date published: 2011-11-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy tool for down shots. I do a fair number of shots where I need to have the camera pointing straight down on the subject. For years I used a Cambo studio stand for this, but as I no longer am shooting with a view camera, I don't need something that massive cluttering my small space. I find that this side arm lets me get the angle I need fairly adeptly and provides plenty of support for the way I shoot now (with strobe lights and digital camera).
    Date published: 2013-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Arm for Product Photography We purchased this Manfroto lateral side arm for product and food photography. It is great and does the job. We used it with our Nikon D4S and 105mm macro (with counter weights on tripod). It held up to this test.
    Date published: 2017-03-30
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