Magic Arm with Clamp
One of the cool camera accessories that I recently purchased was the Fomito 11 inch Inch Articulating Magic Arm + Super Clamp for Camera, LCD Monitor, LED Video Light. (Otherwise known as a Magic Arm) I have found this to be a really cool camera tool.
A magic arm is basically a tool that has a clamp on one end. and a tripod mounts on the other end.
I have found it serves two useful services:
- It gives you the power to extend your tripod by having having a second camera on the tripod.
- Mount a camera and then angle the camera any way that you want.
This camera tool allows me to control two cameras on a tripod.
Previously I had two cameras set up to record a church event on two tripods. This was a problem because it involved managing both tripods, it also means that at some point I would have to move two tripods so they wouldn't get in the way. It was also difficult to manage the content between the two tripods.
Now with the Magic Arm, I can better manage two cameras. One camera controls the wide shot and the other controls the close-up shots. Now it happens on one tripod.
Production Tip: Having a second camera is great for filler shots or with audio as some camera handle audio better than others.
The nice thing about the magic arm is that you can mount it anyplace. Even in a tree. The grip is very strong and can hold an iPhone or a GoPro for hours. ( I wouldn’t put a DSLR on it. )
However, the magic arm isn’t safe for wet conditions as I suspect over time it could get rusty or the joint may not work well. If you are doing this for a rainy, damp environment. You'll probably better off with a Joby GorillaPod.
Magic Arm is Great to Have
I highly recommend getting one of these for your photography toolkit. It can come in handy for a variety of reasons.
There are different manufactors for the magic arm, I found the Fomito 11 inch Inch Articulating Magic Arm + Super Clamp for Camera, LCD Monitor, LED Video Light best for my needs. The Pluto Magic Arm with Clamp over at B&H looks good.
You never know when you need to have a second camera mount on a tripod. The magic arm is a great tool to have, just in case you need it.
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