View Full Version : Adjustable camera arms

10-05-2011, 12:57 PM
We are looking to purchase some adjustable camera arms for our Vicon MX cameras that are now just clamped on bars connected to the walls.

Vicon has recommended the Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/553830-REG/Manfrotto_143A_143A_Magic_Arm_with.html), but I have found in the specs on a separate website that these have a load capacity of only 2.5 kg. With having to be moved around on occasion, that low threshold worries me over the long run.

I have found another product by Manfrotto (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/354653-REG/Manfrotto_396B_3_Double_Articulated_Arm.html) that looks sturdier and has a load capacity of 11 lbs. This sounds great.

Has anyone had experience with either of these camera arms or some other arms? Any recommendations would be great.


10-06-2011, 04:40 AM
Hi Robert - I purchased quite a few magic arms for the lab I used to work in and I can attest that it is a quality, albeit expensive, product that is ideal for use with Vicon MX cameras. Their multi-articular construction makes positioning, orientating and adjusting each camera very easy.

10-07-2011, 07:25 AM
Hi Robert,

I have the arm that Vicon has recommended. I have not used it with Vicon cams, but have used it with digital SLRs and for non-photographic uses as well. I really like it because it is fully adjustable with the one locking lever. The other one you suggested will probably remain stiffer if you are facing a vibration issue, but I didn't pick it for my applications because it is much more challenging to adjust.

I think the 143A should hold a single Vicon camera just fine. In ~8 years of use with an SLR where we were moving it almost every day I never noticed it "wearing out" at all.


Ajit Chaudhari, PhD
The Ohio State University