Rated 5 out of
Ross Chevalier from
Better than the other Magic Arm"I've used the Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm for some time and once it is locked it stays where you set it. But if that locking lever is an awkward position you can spend a lot of time futzing around in fine adjustment.
Enter the 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm. It's a natural evolution from the 143 with the same capability, and reliability but significantly easier to work with in confined spaces and when you are on the clock.
It is very stable, and the camera plate can be used to hold more than a camera. I often use mine with a Super Clamp on one end and a speed light or strobe on the other, to get the light exactly where I need it. I've also used it with a Super Clamp and the camera plate to get a stable shooting position where a tripod or monopod isn't viable.
You probably won't use it every day, but for that time when you need what it does, it's awesome and the build quality if far beyond any of the offshore clones I have seen."