Friction Arms

Keep in mind, that I do design products that are sold through, so this entire post might seem biased. Hopefully you'll consider this post to be more informational about the various products out there. Earlier this week, YouTube member NitsanPictures pointed out the differences between the Variable Friction Arms carried by and another one he purchased elsewhere.

I have mentioned that the P&C friction arms were different than others a few times through the blog comments, but I don't know if it's fairly obvious to everyone out there. does not manufacture these friction arms, but has worked directly with the manufacturer to ensure that small changes were made to improve the overall design. There are other manufacturers making similar friction arms, but lack the toothed joint to prevent slippage. So wherever you make your purchase, be aware of this small design change which is the better ones on the market.

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22 thoughts on “ Friction Arms

  1. I will have to try these it appears that I'm late to the game (P&C Arms) but after my 2nd Redrock 7" magic arm failing (sent the 1st one back to RR got it replaced for free but the 2nd one failed too) I really need a good solution for my should rig.

  2. Steven

    I see rosette teeth on the joint between the two arms in one of the photos. Though it could be that's just a product picture and not the actual arm you might be getting.

  3. Wow, I have never been a big fan of my friction arms due to the slippage when holding my external monitor. I have to try yours Emm, those teeth probably make a world of difference.

  4. any chance you can come out with a design that puts the rubber on both ends of the feet? I feel like that has a better grab on what we are attaching the arms to.

  5. Emm

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    @J Hanna - P&C doesn't make the ones they sell now. Working on a better looking and stronger arm. It will be a bit more expensive, but it ties into another use.

  6. J Hanna

    I have two friction arms that only have the metal ring in the middle that I use A LOT and they are great. I'm kinda curious about the P&C ones now.
    But what is this about an upgrade emm? About 4 comments back? Whens that coming out?

  7. Rob S.

    @DaveT I agree. The Manfrotto Nano clamps are amazing and very light. Also expensive but worth it.

    My friction arms have been disappointing and now I know why. I guess I'll have to buy a few of these.

  8. DL

    @Brendan - you probably had the same QC/finishing problem I had... the retaining spring inside the ball joint may have a tail sticking out that prevents proper seating. That spring is very hard and will actually dig into the ball. You'll have to dismantle the whole thing and grind down the thing yourself. After that, it should be quite strong.

    I have to say that I was impressed with the shipping service insofar as they forgot to send mine the first time around, then expressed one to me when I let them know.

    On the other hand, as solid as the arm is, the finishing leaves a lot to be desired. The mechanicals, while strong, feel a comparatively rough around the edges, even excluding the aforementioned retaining clip.

  9. Emm

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    @Greg - These are not the new friction arms. The new one will be a much much stronger build, but it will be just a bit more expensive.

  10. Greg

    You mentioned to me in a previous post's comment about a month ago that you'll have another version out soon. Are these it? I'm ready to get an 11" My current small naga arm is from SmallHD and it has worked great for me.

  11. I'd be lost without my P&C friction arms. I use them for everything from mounting GoPro cameras to my NEX-7 to microphones and recorders.

    If you have some, do yourself a favour and buy some Manfrotto Nano clamps...they are a match made in heaven!

  12. Ron Baselice

    Just ordered a 7" for my iPhone rig, hopefully this will last longer that the last two 11 inch arms I bought. They weren't P&C but where ordered from a company based in houston ,Texas

  13. Emm

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    @dim3m - The friction arms have been improving over time. The latest ones have the more defined teeth.

  14. @Emm the short friction arm has teeth in them in that video. Does the longer one have teeth too? Are these new friction arms. i have several friction arms that came with the grip and pico dolly. I notice some of the long friction arm i have has no teeth. Just plain flat sand smooth. I do have one friction arm, a long one that has teeth. But the teeth doesn't seem to be deep enough to create a lock. It still kinda shifts. Anyways, are these new friction arms?


  15. Robert

    I've actually been using the other brands for awhile and have been disappointed with how tight I had to turn the knob to stop it from slipping, even completely stripped one out at a wedding once. Just placed my order for an 11" and 7" P and C version. Thanks for the advise!

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