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About Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod

Used for attaching heads to window or narrow sill. 3/8" attachment screw accepts most small heads.
Still Photography Yes
Video Yes

The Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod is commonly used for Long exposures, Photography, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod: Attaches firmly, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Attaches firmly (8),Stable (7),Strong clamp (7)
Best Uses:
Photography (5),Long exposures (4),Wildlife (4),Reducing noise (ISO reduction) (3),Stabilization (3),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5),Enthusiast (3)

Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 10 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very strong

I use this to hold my E-520 & 50-500 lens while taking wildlife shots from my pickup on country roads. It clamps on to enough of the glass so it holds securily even with the long lenses.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great for Wildlife from a vehicle

Combine this clamp with a 484 Mini ballhead and you have a great car "tripod" for wildlife from a vehicle.

Reviewed by 10 customers

(1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Wrong Screw Size

By

from Dallas, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this before going to Yellowstone to shoot wildlife from car, but the screw supplied with the head did not fit my camera. There were no instructions on the website when purchasing it or with the package. I would not recommend it unless there are fixes for this. I missed my chance of using it at Yellowstone.

 
5.0

Solid!

By

from River Falls, WI  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works great for taking pictures from your car, or a board up 3/4" for those unusual shots with a remote. Very, very solid.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best car window pod. The only one?

By

from Livermore, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I first starting using Manfrotto tripods and accessories 30 years ago and they continue to be my go-to source for camera mounting both professionally and for my personal photos. Parts continue to be well designed, well made, good looking, good feeling, and reasonably priced. I went looking for a window clamp (actually a half dozen window clamps for a really complex setup but that is another story). In short this Manfrotto part popped up, sturdy and reasonalby priced and I ordered 6. They have worked really well and I will make only two small negative observations here: -the 3/8" retaining screw is a brass slotted screw and cannot be removed - the clamp mechanism is in the way. This prevented be from replacing the brass slotted screw with a hex-socket screw. The brass screw works fine but it is difficult to poke a big screwdriver in there to really sock it down. -the rubber pad peels away at the end of the clamp. It sticks inside the clamp and so does not get lost but it looks a little odd with the rubber bit flapping like that. I think some contact cement will fix it, but still.... happened to all 6 of my window clamps. These two nits kept it to 4 stars and not the usual 5 stars that Manfrotto stuff usually elicits from me.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very strong

By

from Tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this to hold my E-520 & 50-500 lens while taking wildlife shots from my pickup on country roads. It clamps on to enough of the glass so it holds securily even with the long lenses.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It Functions Well

By

from Santa Cruz, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

paired this up with the Manfrotto ball head for wildlife shots in Africa. Tested at home and seems very stable. Could only give a 4 for now because it needs to be tested thoroughly in the field. Leaving day after tomorrow.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This is a great & easy to use platform

By

from Bothell, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

We recently returned from a trip to Kruger National Park in Africa. We had one window mount that worked great, but realized we needed one for each side of the vehicle. We got the Manfrotto because it is compact and works well with our gear. These are a must have for shots from your vehicle!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works well for me!

By

from Savannah, GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

It took a bit of getting used to, but once I had a comfortable position it worked quite well. I use it with an Induro quick release medium ball head. I leave it slightly loose for target acquisition, then either steady it by hand or lock down, depending on the light and the target. I would advise anyone using this to turn the engine off before shooting, as the engine vibration will certainly travel to the clamp through the car window.

 
4.0

works well with proper head

By

from near Phila, PA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Used with a Bogen head, this can do a good job when doing wildlife photography from the car. Offers stability for slower shutter speeds/ lower ISO

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Quality Build

By

from Big Pine, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Honestly, I have not used it yet. I bought for use down the road. But I can tell you that the quality is top notch. From all appearances and handling, it will work just fine for me.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great for Wildlife from a vehicle

By

from Harrison, AR  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Combine this clamp with a 484 Mini ballhead and you have a great car "tripod" for wildlife from a vehicle.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES B  Works Great
Shopper  What head do you use for this mount? Will they hold a dslr with a 38 oz lens?
DENNIS H  I had a Manfrotto 484RC2 that I used with this and mounted my Sony 70-400G on it and it works fine for me.
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