Review LS24 Desk Boom Arm
VIJIM LS24 Desk Boom Arm is a solid, hollow, three-piece, multi-angle, aluminum alloy adjustable boom arm. Perfect for mounting a camera, phone or microphone (no heavier than 1.5kg) for top-down product shots, unboxing videos, effective voice-overs, moving desk cameras, podcast microphones or additional lighting if required. As you can see, the uses are only limited by your innovation.
The extension arm is equipped with a careful spring balancing system so that it can be intuitively positioned and stays in place. Most of the parts are aluminum (arms, mounts, and base), while the dials and cable clips are hard plastic.
The arm attaches to a table, desk or shelf with a screw clamp. The clamp opens to a maximum width of 50mm and is secured to the desk with a screw that tightens the clamp's handle. The two inner sides of the clamp are covered with a soft, non-slip material that helps the clamp hold and minimizes possible damage to the surface.
Each of the three arm sections is of different lengths. The first section (1) (from the base) is 305mm long measured from the height of the table it is attached to to the center of the focusing screen. The second arm section (2) extends 370 mm from the center of the lower shim to the center of the upper shim. The last arm (3) between the dials has a length of 320 mm.
The arm part 1 consists of two parts. The lower part of section 1 is attached to the clamp. 248mm from the desk is a connector to which attaches the short upper part of Section 1 which contains the first focusing screen. The purpose of this connection is that the entire arm can be rotated 360 degrees to meet the needs of the user. In this position, a screw located at the top of the bottom piece can be used to attach the rest of the arm. The two parts are held together by a screw that starts from the top part and is inserted into a hole in the bottom part.
The top dial (between sections 2 and 3) also has a range of 180 degrees (not even the advertised 215 degrees). This can also be secured by tightening the large, built-in adjustment screw. The two built-in rotary knobs have a diameter of 50 mm. The arm sections are 24mm wide and square.
On the top of the VIJIM LS24 Desk Boom Arm, at the end of the third arm section, there is a smaller (38mm), built-in dial to adjust the angle of the camera /light/microphone attachment can be adjusted. The mounting arm measures 70mm from the center of the small dial to the base of the mounting screw. It can be rotated a full 240 degrees, in line with the axis of the arm.
The attachment itself is fairly simple, consisting of a ¼ 20" mounting screw that sits in a 360 degree rotating bracket that can be locked in place. It's worth noting that the first limitation of the boom arm is that the fixing screw can only be positioned with respect to the direction the arm is pointing.
So you can move a camera or a light in any of the 360 degrees, but only around one axis. If you mount a camera from the base plate under the camera to take a top-down shot and your arm is on the side of your desk, you can only shoot your subject in portrait mode on your desk.It would be a great addition to this product if it could be positioned 360 degrees on both the horizontal and vertical axes
Another minor frustration I've experienced is that the boom arm is supposed to hold a camera weighing 1-1.5kg. I found it difficult to attach the camera firmly. Once the camera is almost fully screwed in and aligned to the desired angle, the 360 degree rotating mount is tightened. This is supposed to secure the camera in place, but I found it often couldn't hold the weight of the camera at the desired angle.
The VIJIM LS24 Desk Boom Arm comes with some very useful accessories that make assembly easier. In the box you will find a phone holder that has a bracket on the bottom and on the back. This allows you to position your phone at any angle for a top-down shot, alleviating the aforementioned problem of mounting a camera. The phone clamp is spring loaded and can easily hold an iPhone 13 Pro Max. It has a cold shoe on the top so you can also mount a light or microphone to accompany any filming you want to do on your phone.
The set-up also includes:
- ¼ 20" female to 3/8 male thread converter screw.
- ¼ 20" female to 5/8 male thread converter screw (good for microphones).
- GoPro mounting adapter and thread.
To finish off this clever little device, you'll find three clip holders on the back of each VIJIM LS24 Desk Boom Arm part that hold cables from accessories like microphones that you mount. When using the clips in this way, it is important to note that there are no corresponding grooves on the back of the dials to accommodate them. This could be a good addition for future models.
Another improvement would have been the ability to connect sections 2 and 3 together like base section 1 does. This would give the user full creative power in choosing the direction in which the extension arm could be folded up.
Also, it would be helpful if the extension arm could be easily folded so that it doesn't take up too much desk space when not in use. Due to the spring-loaded arms and the length of each section, it can be folded up a little, but not completely.
The VIJIM LS24 Desk Boom Arm looks sleek and sleek with a modern design, feels sturdy and well-made, secures well to a desk of your choice, and moves very little once locked. At €68.74 this product,found here, will likely solve several problems you may be experiencing without breaking the budget..