Manfrotto FF3512N86 Pantograph with Wire Cable

BH #MAFF3512N86 • MFR #FF3512N86
Manfrotto FF3512N86 Pantograph with Wire Cable
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Manfrotto FF3512N86 Overview

This is the Manfrotto FF3512N86 Pantograph with Wire Cable (Old Cat. No: 3250/2). The pantograph is made of aluminum and manufactured according to DIN 15560-46. The attachments at both ends of the pantograph are 5/8" (16 mm), female on the top and male on the bottom. The load is supported by a steel cable of 0.08 inch. diameter (safety factor 12). It extends from a closed length of 10.6" (27cm) to a maximum extension of 6.5 feet (200cm)

Loads of up to 26 lb can be suspended using only the friction device, while loads up to a maximum of 40 lb require the use of the optional springs. The pantograph can be adjusted to keep suspended loads from 2 lb to 10 lb perfectly balanced.

The colored notched ring can adjust the pantograph's friction; this will ensure that the load remains stable when set in position, but that it will move smoothly up and down when necessary. It is advisable to use springs to aid raising the pantograph.

When choosing the additional spring (s) for your pantograph, you will first need to know exactly which model of pantograph you have, in order that you can select the spring of the correct length. If you have the new compact pantograph, the TOP 2 version (above) has a red notched ring, while the TOP 4 version has a blue notched ring.

UPC: 719821231462

Manfrotto FF3512N86 Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight14 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)24 x 18 x 7.3"
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What would be the best way to attach a camera, ...

What would be the best way to attach a camera, not a light, to this?
By mounting a Rapid Baby to 3/8" Male Threaded Adapter BH #IMCA102 and then mount a ball head or similar.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-12-30

Can I mount this horizontallhy on a wall, if so ...

Can I mount this horizontallhy on a wall, if so what hardware would I need?
Asked by: michael
No, its vertical mount unit.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-09-03


The bottom of this has a non-threaded hole. I can not find the adapter that includes a 5/8 spigot adapter for mounting our lights too. Can anyone share a link or suggestion on getting a light mounted here?
Asked by: Timothy
This pantograph has a 5/8 male pin at one end to accept a lighting fixture while the end with the 5/8 female receiver would secure to the dedicated carriage for the Manfrotto SkyTrack system. If you wanted to use a spigot on the 5/8 receiver then it would be the Manfrotto 013 Double Ended Spigot. Please see the image below for reference.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Does either the pin or the spigot on this rotate ...

Does either the pin or the spigot on this rotate freely, or are they both fixed?
Asked by: Eleanor
You have to loosen a mounting screw to rotate.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2019-04-12


This Manfrotto FF3512N86 Pantograph looks just like Foba ROBAE Short Pantograph F-ROBAEThis same design is only different brands?I have Foba ROBAE Short Pantograph F-ROBAEI can insert the Manfrotto Spring for Counter Balancing (Manfrotto FF3533 and Manfrotto FF3531) in Foba ROBAE Short Pantograph F-ROBAE?
Asked by: IEVGEN
While the Manfrotto and Foba pantographs look quite similar, we are not aware of any tests that confirm that their parts are interchangeable. Your results may vary.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-28


HiI have this short Manfrotto FF3512N86 Pantograph. What spring I need to be able to work within 6-11 kilogram?
Asked by: IEVGEN
If you get the Type 4 Red springs (B&H # MAFF3531) that provides a counterbalanced weight of 3kg to 8kg. If you use two of those springs, it goes from 8kg to 14kg of counterbalanced weight.
Answered by: Dideo M. Manfrotto Expert
Date published: 2019-08-30


Does this include the carriage or is that a separate item?
Asked by: Timothy
The Carriage is a separate item. We usually order the Carriage with a brake FF3236 for this pantograph.
Answered by: Joseph T.
Date published: 2018-08-28


i was looking into attaching a Kino light set to this but the bottom spigot isn't long enough. is there a longer one availible?
Asked by: Anonymous
We mount an digital x-ray system to this unit and it is very easy to attach just about anything to the bottom mounting holeprovided or additional holes can be drilled and tapped. Excellent product.
Answered by: Gary K.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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