When I tried a friction arm around three years ago, I thought of very few applications that I could do with one, and mostly, they were just mounting my camera on unusual surfaces and angles. Later on, by simply having it with me during shoots, I found so many more applications for it not just with my cameras but also with peripheral accessories that have helped me in performing various photo and video-related tasks. Here are some of them.
One of the most important specs of your tripod that you should be reading before purchasing is its payload or simply its weight capacity. Usually, a high-quality tripod can carry most kits, but heavier and longer lenses may be too much for them. The majority of this limitation is actually due to the friction applied by the tripod’s head. A friction arm mounted on a tripod with a dedicated port can off-load some of that weight from the ball head to the hip of the tripod. This hack can allow you to use a smaller tripod, especially when traveling. Having the arm will, of course, imply an additional step to setting up and positioning your camera, so use this with proper care based on the pace of your shooting workflow.