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Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« on: October 08, 2021, 04:59:50 PM »
Does anyone know of a *quality* alternative to Manfrotto's Nano Clamp (386B)?

I'm working on making my rig smaller/lighter, so I have started taking my one Nano Clamp instead of one of the heavy Mafer Clamps (Manf 035) I usually carry, but I'd like to replace the rest of my big clamps too. I also have some SmallRig mini clamps, but they don't feel as solid as Manfrotto's. Someone must make a baby clamp for <$40...
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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2021, 12:21:29 AM »
I haven't tried one of these ( Impact Atom clamp ME-100 ) but they appear to be a Nano clone for 1/2 the price (at B&H), has anyone used one?

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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2021, 02:42:16 AM »
^^Nice find. It looks like they may have a better rubber pad inside the jaws compared to Manfrotto---my Manfrotto one has a very thin rubber pad that still lets the clamp scratch stuff---had to be 'improved' with gaffer's tape.
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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2021, 08:47:18 AM »
9.solutions makes the best clamps I have ever seen. I own the Savior Clamp With Stud.
https://9.solutions/products/clamps/

For a Nano alternative, you might try the Savior Mini.
https://9.solutions/portfolio-item/savior-clamp-mini/
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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2021, 01:16:23 PM »

I picked up one of these not long ago. Tiny and lightweight - nothing fancy but it sure is cheap.

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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2021, 01:57:16 PM »
^ And surprisingly compact and strong, too. There are a number a variations sold on amazon/ebay. Mine's been a great addition to the rowi and manfrotto suite.   

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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2021, 05:50:34 PM »
While I dont have a rowi  I second the amazon ebay   style mini clamp  Goodcooker linked to.  In fact  I like mine better than my Windtech clamps used for similar purposes. 

 
 
 

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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2021, 08:28:31 PM »
Those Amazon clamps are knock offs of the Smallrig mini clamps that OP mentioned he doesn't find robust enough. I use them and I like them but that's why I didn't suggest them. To each their own.

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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2021, 09:09:06 PM »
I say again, if you want robust get the 9.solutions clamps I linked. They are totally solid; more so than Manfrotto.

To OP: I feel very strongly that clamps are one area where you do not want to save money buying a cheap clone. Consider that you are trusting this clamp to securely hold what is usually the most expensive part of your rig, your mics. There may be additional stresses placed on the mic if using an extension arm. Cheapie clamps may be made with lower-quality parts that are much more likely to fail.

Would you rather pay a little bit more for a high-quality clamp, or replace your mics after they come crashing down?
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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2021, 10:15:24 PM »

I would only use a little clamp like this to hold my active setup which maybe weighs 8 ounces.

If I was hanging an extension arm or clamping out over a balcony rail I would use a superclamp and safety cable. Like a lot of people I prefer to clamp onto the top tube of my (or others) stand instead of use the top threads. These little clamps are perfect for that.
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Re: Quality alternative to Manfrotto Nano Clamps?
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2021, 08:51:48 PM »
I haven't tried one of these ( Impact Atom clamp ME-100 ) but they appear to be a Nano clone for 1/2 the price (at B&H), has anyone used one?

I have a couple of the Atome Clamps and I think they are great.
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