How an Articulating Arm can help with your camera slider shots.

Have you ever found that you want to conduct a specific shot, but the end of your slider is in the way? You could raise the height of the camera on the platform, but if you are shooting at a wide angle it might not be suitable. Or that you just can't get close enough to your subject, like for example you want to have blades of grass or wheat in a field brush past the camera lens as the camera moves forward through it. You could try to mount the camera slider upside down but then the tripod legs might be in the way. The alternative would be to use an articulating arm. Articulating arms are useful for mounting individual cameras or monitors in any position and at any angle with ease (depending on the length). They are normally constructed of two sections and have a pivot joint in the centre and two joints and mounting options at either end.

Here are two examples:

Manfrotto Single Arm 2 Section - 53cm/21" arm length - 1.5kg load capacity at maximum extension

Manfrotto Single Arm 2 Section articulating magic arm

Requires three separate adjustments to move to the desired position and angle. with mounting bracket - approx £37/$60 - amazon.co.uk

Manfrotto Friction Arm - 244N or 143N - 53cm/21" arm length - 3kg load capacity at maximum extension

Manfrotto Friction Arm 244N articulating magic arm

Easier and quicker to use as it only needs one adjustment to move to the desired position and angle. with mounting bracket - approx £80/$130 - amazon.co.uk


Forward mounting - if the front of the slider is in the way of the shot you want.

Manfrotto 244n on Digislider


Side Mounting - for low shots. You can even flip the camera upside down to get really close to the ground.

Manfrotto 244n on Digislider Side You will need the Adjustable Feet for this type of shot, and you may have to counterbalance if there is too much weight on one side.




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