Personal Gear Guru – Tom C.

This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Tom, asking about stand and boom options for his 7′ Profoto Giant Umbrella. 

Q:  TOM C.

I would like to “boom” a 7′ Profoto Umbrella on casters so that the center of the umbrella would be at a height of 8 feet from the floor. The center of the umbrella would need to be about 5 feet out from the stand measured horizontally.

Can you recommend a Kupo product/products for my application?

Thanks in advance.


Hey Tom,
The stand I’d recommend would be the High Roller (KS300112)
It will be plenty strong (88 lb. capacity) to hold the light, modifier and the 7B clamped to the riser section. 
I do have a simple alternative that may work for you. You can use a Junior offset arm which is about 18″ in length. That will be enough to get you enough lateral separation from the stand so you can locate the light directly above your lens for flat lighting such as Butterfly or Clamshell lighting. The male junior pin would go into the junior receiver in the High Roller Stand’s Combo Head and use a Stand Adapter (KG006312) to mount the umbrella clamp. 
The other advantage of this is that you’d need no counter weights to balance your load. 
For a larger Boom, Matthew’s and Avenger make junior booms if you’d prefer to go that route. 
Of course, you could always use multiple stands, rig a crossbar across the two and then mount your Giant in the center. It will be super secure, but equipment intensive and more expensive. If this option interests you, I’d recommend the following gear. 
2 X Junior Roller Stands
2 X Convi Clamp with Adjustable Handle to attach the cross bar. 
1 X Aluminum Core as a crossbar
1 X 4″ Super Viser Clamp to mount the umbrella.
If you have any other questions, just let me know.


You’re the best! That Junior Offset Arm is perfect! I just need to have enough room to shoot directly under the light with the umbrella and this affords me more than enough space.
Tom C.



Personal Gear Guru – Cal

This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Cal, asking about our Runway Base to give his C stands the ability to roll.


Hi, we are currently using your C stands, they are solid! We were wondering about adding casters to these C stands to make them more flexible in the studio. Can this be done and do you have casters that fit?

Thank you, Cal.


Hey Cal,

The Runway Base will take you mobile! Simply just remove the riser section from the turtle base and insert it into the runway base and you are ready to roll!

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Personal Gear Guru – Randolph

This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Randolph, asking about our 5″ Grip Pin to mount a lighting fixture in the 40″ Grip Arm that comes with a C Stand Kit.


First I’d like to say thank you for all the wonderful videos you have on this site. They’re very informative and easy to follow.
I was going to buy the Avenger A2030D 9.8′ Turtle Base kit + Avenger E650 Baby (5/8″) Pin with Collar to use with a beauty dish.
Instead of the Avenger stand, I would like to buy the Kupo 40″ Master C Stand with Turtle Base Kit. Is the Kupo Baby 5/8″ (16mm) Snap-in Pin the pin I’ll need to purchase?



Hey Randolph,

You will need the 5″ Grip Arm Pin to support your lighting fixture. Just place it in the baby (5/8″) opening in the grip head, position the pin angle, tighten the grip head, and you’re ready to rock!

5" Grip Pin (KG002212) | Kupo Grip - Never Let Go!

5″ Grip Pin (KG002212)

Remember to place one of the legs in-line with the grip arm so it won’t tip and to use a sandbag on the turtle base for safety! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

Thank you for the inquiry, your comments on our videos and for supporting Kupo Grip!


Jason Friedman – Your Personal Gear Guru

Never Let Go!


Personal Gear Guru – Charles J.

This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Charles J. asking about booming an Elinchrom Quadra head and 2×3′ softbox using a Master C-Stand, Grip Head & Grip Arm combination. 
I’m looking for a boom stand and to support and Elinchrom Ranger Quadra head (very light) with a Elincrom deep octa box (27.5″) or an Elinchrom soft box (approx 2′ x 3′). Would a Master C stand 30″ with a grip arm work fine? As for the grip arm with big handle, would 40″ be too big or 20″? By the way, great videos! Very instructive and good tips.

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Personal Gear Guru – Frederick

This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Frederick, asking about hanging a strobe power pack from a light stand using a clamp.
I need a heavy duty clamp to hold my power packs to a light stand? 
I would like to keep them off the floor. 
I’m using Profoto Acute 2400R packs.

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