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Manfrotto131DD Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Silver)
 
4.6

(based on 68 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves tripod function (38)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Solid/sturdy (30)
  • Fits well (22)
  • Stable (11)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (36)
  • Video (18)
  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Night shots (11)
  • Sports/action (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (25), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Extremely Sturdy and Functional!!

I usually don't write reviews, but this product is so GREAT, I had to share the experience. I needed a rig that I could mount two small cameras on one tripod head (for...Read complete review

I usually don't write reviews, but this product is so GREAT, I had to share the experience. I needed a rig that I could mount two small cameras on one tripod head (for recording sporting events where I needed a wide angle shot and a close up shot that tracked together). I know this is NOT the intended use of this product, however, if you are using small lightweight cameras and a heavy duty tripod with a solid head, this works great! Up until now I was using a homemade rig out of spare parts, and was eventually going to make a custom platform that was more sturdy. Then I discovered the Manfrotto 131DDB Accessory Arm. This item is everything I was looking for and more. It's extremely sturdy, incredibly functional, and easy to set-up and tear down!! The camera mounts, slide horizontally as well as pivot (i.e. tilt) on the arm to allow for easy alignment of two cameras. It also has mounts on both ends to mount additional accessories. All of the screws are 3/8-16 inch so you will need 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 screw adapters to mount standard accessories. I purchased (from B&H) two Desmond DTR-1 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 adapters that were a perfect match with this accessory arm. If you are going to mount this to a standard quick release plate, you will also need a reducing bushing (i.e. Manfrotto 148KN Reducing Bushing, or equiv). Again, keep in mind that this is NOT the intended use of this arm, but for light weight cameras and accessories, along with a good sturdy tripod, it worked for me fine. I would also recommend purchasing a small tripod bag to store the accessory arm and for easy transport to field events. This is one of the best purchases and pieces of equipment I own, and I'm sure it will be used extensively and diversely for many years!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

I'd buy another one in a heartbeat!

By Baab

from Ottawa, Canada

Verified Buyer

Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

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.

 
3.0

For video NO....for Photography Yes

By James

from Norfolk, Va

Verified Buyer

Comments about 131DD Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Silver):

I gave this 3 stars because the Monfranto is a good build and probably suited well for photography but I would
not recommend it for two camera video on a single tripod.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Fatal Flaw

By Peter

from Edmonton, Alberta

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

I bought this in order to be able to mount a camera and a laptop tray on the same tripod so as to be able to view images immediately on a tethered laptop. The whole assembly is solidly built, and the large ratcheted handles on the two heads and the tripod that clamp against sliding action work very well. However, I can't say the same for the thumb wheels that are used to attach the arm to the tripod and the equipment to the arm, as I found it very difficult to tighten these to the degree necessary to avoid movement at the joints. While this is irritating and detracts from the ease in using the arm, it is not the fatal flaw mentioned in the heading to this post. The fatal flaw is that the three surfaces that interface with other equipment are not flat. I presume that this is a quality control issue that does not apply to each unit as only one other reviewer commented on this. That reviewer described how he had overcome the problem on his unit, but my issue was more severe than his, with the surface uneven not only front to back but also side to side. Even with the thumb screw tightened to the maximum possible, my ball head rotated backwards and forwards with virtually no pressure making the arm useless for the intended function. I recognize that I should have returned the item. However, I dislike the hassle of returns and was impatient besides, so elected to file the surfaces flat. This was easy enough to do as the sliding arms are made from cast aluminum. While I was able to produce a serviceably flat surface this way, I had to remove a significant amount of material to do so, both at the high centre and the high edge. While I wanted to like this arm, there is no way I could recommend it given the poor quality control that enabled it to be produced this way, and then passed and shipped with this very obvious fault.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Uneven Bearing Surfaces

By Peter

from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Sized Handles

Cons

  • Uneven Bearing Surfaces

Best Uses

    Comments about 131DD Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Silver):

    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great ADD

    By camiloramirezphotographer

    from Medellin Colombia

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Studio

      Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

      Great add for your tripod. Sometimes I work in studio sit all day, and the tripod legs are not comfortable in front of you. with this you can sit and shoot without legs on front of you, you can add second camera, flash, radios, lights, computer base, screens, anything you want. Just be sure to secure or balance the weight with sandbags or something to prevent accidents. It is very well build as you can expect from a manfrotto product.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Perfect accessory for my studio tripod

      By JDrago Photography

      from Nederland, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Travel

        Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

        I use this mainly to attach my camera and my tether tools table top to the same tripod. It makes it a more compact setup when I have to do a client shoot on location. This has really allowed me to be more mobile with my setup while looking 100% professional.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Wish it came with 1/4" threads, perfect in other ways

        By Sam the lens man

        from Colorado

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

            For several things
            To make a copy stand
            To fire several things at one time
            Cameras,videos, and flashes

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Excellent Item

            By Coach

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Any

            Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

            I purchased this in order to film sports games from multiple angles. It is very sturdy and attached easily.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            handy accessorie

            By doug1408

            from mililani, hawaii

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

              great when in the studio or out and about....i put my camera on one side and my laptop ( on a table) on the other side....now i can see the focus and composition much clearer, since i'm viewing throught the macbook...when using lightroom, you can just concentrate on the larger screen image and trigger your camera from there...i'm tethered of course....definitely a winner...

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Solid Piece of Gear

              By dave@

              from Kansas City, MO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Two Camera Mount
                • Video

                Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                Great, solid piece of gear. I needed an option for mounting two cameras with limited real estate - and this option from Manfrotto filled the bill. Rugged, metal construction. Lots of flexibility. Might need to pair it with a couple of camera mount/plate options. Or a couple of simple head options. But, all-around, well worth the investment!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Does the job

                By Big Sky

                from Bozeman, MT

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Improves Tripod Function

                Cons

                • Loose Clamp

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                I love the setup. My only complaint is that it is very difficult to get a tight connection using the knobs.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Manfrotto quality comes through

                By dguff

                from greenville sc

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Improves Tripod Function

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                  Bought this to use with a 131 D for use as a support arm for a tethered setup to support notebook and camera

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Solid and flexible

                  By Bruce F Press Photography

                  from Ellicott City, MD

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about 131DD Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Silver):

                    Perfect for creating my tethered studio set up.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    super handy

                    By rinze van brug

                    from new York

                    Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                    I love this Super handy for shooting witb a crank arm tripod

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome tool for tethering tools

                    By Geoff

                    from San Francisco

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                    Works great on location or in the studio. Makes shooting tethered easier and compact.

                     
                    5.0

                    A Kelby toy

                    By AvalosPhoto

                    from Woodland

                    Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                    Rig a laptop and your camera to a tripod. Let your client ooh an ahhhhhh in real time. Problems, additional weight and cell phone etiquette. Expect people to pull out a cell and take a pick of your monitor, effectively loosing sales or being disappointed before retouching. Still well made and I love it.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Extremely Sturdy and Functional!!

                    By Jrvid

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Sturdy Functional

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Mounting Multiple Cameras
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                    I usually don't write reviews, but this product is so GREAT, I had to share the experience. I needed a rig that I could mount two small cameras on one tripod head (for recording sporting events where I needed a wide angle shot and a close up shot that tracked together). I know this is NOT the intended use of this product, however, if you are using small lightweight cameras and a heavy duty tripod with a solid head, this works great! Up until now I was using a homemade rig out of spare parts, and was eventually going to make a custom platform that was more sturdy. Then I discovered the Manfrotto 131DDB Accessory Arm. This item is everything I was looking for and more. It's extremely sturdy, incredibly functional, and easy to set-up and tear down!! The camera mounts, slide horizontally as well as pivot (i.e. tilt) on the arm to allow for easy alignment of two cameras. It also has mounts on both ends to mount additional accessories. All of the screws are 3/8-16 inch so you will need 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 screw adapters to mount standard accessories. I purchased (from B&H) two Desmond DTR-1 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 adapters that were a perfect match with this accessory arm. If you are going to mount this to a standard quick release plate, you will also need a reducing bushing (i.e. Manfrotto 148KN Reducing Bushing, or equiv). Again, keep in mind that this is NOT the intended use of this arm, but for light weight cameras and accessories, along with a good sturdy tripod, it worked for me fine. I would also recommend purchasing a small tripod bag to store the accessory arm and for easy transport to field events. This is one of the best purchases and pieces of equipment I own, and I'm sure it will be used extensively and diversely for many years!!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Works great.

                    By The Photog

                    from San Diego, California

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about 131DD Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Silver):

                        The 131DD arm is mounted on my 058B tripod and has a 410 head. Together this set-up makes for very precise camera positioning especially for small products/ objects as well as macro photography. The four heads mounts gives me incredible flexibility with camera angles. It is well designed and manufactured.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Great idea, execution a little weak

                        By Graf von Foto

                        from Menlo Park CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Useful Tool

                        Cons

                        • Unstable Design

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about 131DD Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Silver):

                          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.

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                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Impressive

                          By Canon_Cookie

                          from Fallbrook, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video

                          Comments about 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black):

                          Solid construction and many configuration options. You will have to buy or construct a spacer plate attachment to lock the thread in. I had a 3/8 inch panning base that I used to attach an iPad in a
                          K&M 19742 Tablet PC Stand Holder.

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                          • No

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