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Old November 30th, 2015, 10:53 AM   #1
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Articulated Arm Noga vs Manfrotto

I need to mount a 7" lilliput monitor to a tripod leg or head. I narrowed it down to

Manfrotto Variable Friction Magic Arm 244N
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Noga CineArm DG (Medium) DG9038CA

The manfrotto is heavier and has 5/8 studs on each end.
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Old November 30th, 2015, 11:23 AM   #2
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I think if you look at both in person you will lean towards the Noga. I regularly use the Manfrotto arms for rigging but they are much too chunky and big to use for such a small monitor. I don't think you will like them for that application.
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Old November 30th, 2015, 12:33 PM   #3
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Thx. I noticed the manfrotto is 3x heavier and was thinking the same thing.

I read a review someone warning to be careful not over tighten Noga because threads are aluminum and susceptible to snapping off. Is this a valid criticism?
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Old November 30th, 2015, 03:49 PM   #4
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It is. Once you overtighten it once you've weakened the metal and it won't hold tight at the joint ever again.
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Old December 1st, 2015, 12:50 PM   #5
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For what it's worth, these "mini" arms are mostly... underbuilt. Secretly I think they're all made in the same factory in China. Then again, 3/4 of my Manfrotto Magic Arms are dead or in the repair bin as well so... you're kind of damned either way. :)
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Old December 14th, 2015, 10:19 AM   #6
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I got the Noga and I'm happy with it. Feels solid but without being large or heavy. Although the clamp it's a little tricky tightening it to hold without damaging the tripod leg.
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