Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket

Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket

Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket

B&H # MA244RC MFR # 244RC
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Product Highlights

  • Locking Knob
  • Requires Super Clamp or Base
  • Replaces #2929QR
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  • 1Description

The Manfrotto Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release is a fully articulated arm with 90° pivotable and 360° rotatable ends, and an elbow that rotates 360°. Its camera platform has a quick release mechanism and removable camera plate. The camera plate has a 1/4"-20 thread.

The knob allows partial loosening for safe and precise positioning of a light head or camera. It has 5/8" studs on ball joints at both ends with 3/8 and 1/4" female threads. Although it is supplied with a quick-release camera platform, it requires a Super Clamp or Base (available separately) for use.

Replaces part number 2929QR.

UPC: 719821287537
In the Box
Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket
  • Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 screw (200PL-14)
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Length 19.29" (49cm)
    Weight 2.4 lbs (1.1kg)
    Load Capacity 8.82 lbs (4kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.43 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.1 x 3.7 x 3.6"
    244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 45.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't over-tighten! I use them to hang remote cameras behind backboards at basketball games. Never had one fail, but don't get overly paranoid and tighten it too much as the ball will crack the clamps on the ends. That's why I'm here ordering another one. Never had one fail, but I posted a link below to a safety cable, I'd always use one with it. In some places you may have regulations that require it.
    Date published: 2010-01-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Manfrotto...Imagine More...Instructions! Magic Arm arrived with a torn hole in the box, and loose pieces (washers, ball bearing, plastic tab). The product arrived with a generic general instructions and warnings, but no assembly instructions or diagram, and no specific instructions for using the magic arm. A simple diagram showing the correct assembly of the arm would be helpful.I did find a Manfrotto video on YouTube that indicated the plastic pull tab is only used during shipping to hold the washers in place (it didn't!) and not used when the Magic Arm is assembled for actual use.I hope the ball-end tension is adjustable; not just the arm elbow; otherwise the arm won't really be locked into position with a heavy camera.
    Date published: 2014-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving the Magic Arm I beat the hell out of my equipment. I shoot cars in all type of weather. I use the magic arm to connect my camera rig to cars for motion shots. It's been very reliable. I trust my cameras on this arm. The 635 quick action clamp is the perfect mount for this item. You'll need the right size stud for your clamp. This is a pro level piece of equipment. I don't think I'll be wearing it out soon.
    Date published: 2009-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would definetly get one agian I am in a wheelchair.I just brougth a pentax 645,which is 3 lbs camera.I needed a sturdy mount to support it. I also got a manfrotto supper clamp along with the magic arm ,and atached it to a heavy duty seat borad ,which I made up. I went to local park,and me ,and the camera bounced around the whole park for three hours,and the camera survived in good order.It also made great tripod,a sort of tripod on wheels if you will
    Date published: 2009-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy and quick bought it to attach to my tripod with a super clamp to hold a tether tools laptop tray. It worked fine. Attaching it to the tripod wasn't the best solution but sometimes on location I can't set up a second tripod for my laptop. The arm is easy to lock down and holds well. The problem I ran into was getting the arm to lock tightly to the super clamp stud. It slipped from the weight of the laptop table. I can see many ways I could use this and probably will explore them all sooner or later.
    Date published: 2014-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock solid It showed up a jumbled mess of parts. Thankfully there's not that many parts and intuition set things right in 15 minutes. So far I've tested this puppy in conjunction with a super clamp and it holds our DLRS and lens just fine in even the most awkward positions. Heaviest weight so far was just under 5 pounds and it came through like a champ. It'd be nice if the stud of this clamp was screw on removable so I use the standard stud that comes with the super clamp. The advantage of that would be the standard stud on the super clamp has a hex shape head that locks into place, whereas this arm's stud is circular and therefor will spin inside the super clamp. Not a deal breaker by any means, just be mindful when you set up.
    Date published: 2015-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It really is magic... I use this product in combination with the Avenger F1000 suction mounts to mount cameras to cars. This thing is pure magic and I don't know what I would do without it. It is strong, rigid and can be contorted into just about any shape/position that I need it. Only down side is it would be nice if the camera mount was removable so that I could use it for different tasks, such as a mini-boom on a light stand. But no biggie. It's a great product.
    Date published: 2010-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Real Deal As a partial quad, I have only limited use of my hands. This crazy wonderful device has made photography a joy again. To newbies - when tightened, the twist handle in the middle locks both end joints as well as the middle. I attach the super clamp to any tube on my wheelchair, or to the table where I do macro work, attach the arm and then the camera, The system requires little strength and gives enormous stability. Even when attached to my powerchair (not nearly as stable as a tripod or table) I can get good, crisp results down to 1/30 of a second, 1/15th if I hold my breath - really, it works! With limited arm strength, I can't wrestle my equipment, but it takes only a little practice to master the variable friction aspect of the arm - a ponderous phrase for saying that when it's loosened it becomes increasingly easy to re-position, and when tightened it becomes increasingly resistant to changes of position - tight-tight/loose-loose. A final note - I had to return one of these recently. On opening, it was clear that the unit was previously used and damaged. A quick phone call and B&H had a new unit to me in just a couple days. B&H has been a favorite store for photo and computers for many years. I've always found them to be purveyors of quality goods at very good prices. As I've said before: Good stuff. Cheap. What's not to like?
    Date published: 2012-01-24
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