Magic Arm clamp that will work on table?

2 months 1 week ago #665476 by Alvin Pignotti
Hey guys, I'm trying to find a way to clamp my Magic Arm to a table, but the clamp that came with this is for poles.  I don't even know what to look for at this point.  

This is the photo of what I have.  When you try to clamp this to a table, it because of it's design, it turns upwards.  

Help please




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2 months 1 week ago - 2 months 1 week ago #665477 by Nikon Shooter
The design is very ok. Alvin…
but maybe not your observational skills!  :rofl:

Remove the triangular part from the clamp…



 and relocate between the jaws of the clamp.


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2 months 1 week ago #665491 by Roy Wilson
Mine doesn't have that triangle part?  I must have an older one??

I wondered the same thing as OP.  

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2 months 1 week ago #665495 by Nikon Shooter
They're pretty easy to lose, Roy, but they can
still be bought in stores.

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2 months 1 week ago #665566 by Roy Wilson

Nikon Shooter wrote: They're pretty easy to lose, Roy, but they can
still be bought in stores.



Very possible, I just looked and honestly no luck and kind of not surprised.  I bought this nearly 8 years ago.  

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2 months 1 week ago #665573 by Nikon Shooter

Roy Wilson wrote: Very possible, I just looked and honestly no luck and kind of not surprised.  I bought this nearly 8 years ago.  

Have a look here, Roy…
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2 months 1 week ago - 2 months 1 week ago #665583 by effron
I have a couple of those clamps, for flat surfaces I just use a piece of 5/8" garden hose cut to size....

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2 months 1 week ago #665663 by Missy J

effron wrote: I have a couple of those clamps, for flat surfaces I just use a piece of 5/8" garden hose cut to size....


You mean under the triangle part? 


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2 months 1 week ago #665666 by effron

Missy J wrote:

effron wrote: I have a couple of those clamps, for flat surfaces I just use a piece of 5/8" garden hose cut to size....


You mean under the triangle part? 


Why yes, of course.....I actually made a couple triangular pieces to fit, out of scrap wood but the hose worked better. Lots of things can be used to fill that gap.....

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2 months 1 week ago #665751 by Garbo
Reminds me about picking up another one of these.  These are a great tool for the studio.  

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2 months 1 week ago #665899 by Neil Dulay
I just looked up what is a 'Magic Arm', man those things are pricey for what they are!  


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2 months 1 week ago #665907 by Nikon Shooter

Neil Dulay wrote: I just looked up what is a 'Magic Arm', man those things are pricey for what they are!  


You are right but if you're like me – born with only 2 arms
and hands — these tools are priceless every day in studio.

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2 months 6 days ago #665937 by effron
Yup, for studio and product work they are worth every cent.

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2 months 6 days ago #666021 by Frisco
The problem with using a Magic Arm on a table is that any vibrations on the table will come up through to your camera.  Just put your hands down on the table to see what I'm talking about.  Unless you have a 1000lb table, your going to see vibrations.  So you'll need to be careful.  UNLESS you find some sort of shock mount that goes between your table and the Magic Arm.

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2 months 6 days ago #666023 by Nikon Shooter

Frisco wrote: The problem with using a Magic Arm on a table is that any vibrations on the table will come up through to your camera.  Just put your hands down on the table to see what I'm talking about.  Unless you have a 1000lb table, your going to see vibrations.  So you'll need to be careful.  UNLESS you find some sort of shock mount that goes between your table and the Magic Arm.



Really??? I think you got something wrong here, Frisco!

I would not trust it my gripped DSLR — nobody would! But a
flash head, a gobo. a flag, diffusor, reflection. mirror… for sure.

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