Articulated arms to mount accessories are something of a necessary evil if you’ve rigged up your camera – disappointingly though I’ve not had any magical experiences with so called ‘magic arms,’ instead finding that they tend to spin off in unfortunate directions and generally misbehave at crucial moments during shoots.
Grip company Xtender’s new friction mounts look like they could be a flexible alternative to mounting your monitor on an articulated arm, and these versions also offer lockable pan and tilt controls for whatever you have mounted on them.
The Xtender-210 is available in four different mounts: shoe mount, 1/4″-20, lighting stand adapter and 15mm rod clamp. Each version also includes offset and right angle adapters to make sure it’s compatible with your recorder wherever its mounting points are located.
The mounts are available to order now from Xtender’s website and start at $169 US.