Another new entry to Kupo USA’s line of grip gear is the Side Arm with Baby Pin & Receiver. This arm is designed for smaller diameter riser sections 1.25-1.50″ (31-38cm) such as C-Stands. This side arm allows you to mount a light fixture anywhere along the riser section in just seconds, perfect for when you want to mount your light fixture lower than the height of the light stand itself. It also helps you save space and expense by allowing you to mount multiple light fixtures onto the same light stand. This is particularly useful when you need multiple fixtures to light a tall background evenly. It features a baby 5/8″ (16mm) stud on top and directly below a baby receiver to give you multiple mounting options. It is 19.5″ (50cm) in length to give you ample clearance to mount your light fixture or accessory away from the riser position. The arm features steel square tubing that is rigid and won’t flex under load.
Side Arm with Baby Pin/Receiver (KG809012)
Side Arm with Baby Pin/Receiver on C-Stand Riser
Side Arm with Baby Pin/Receiver Supporting Silk in Front of Strobe
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This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Mike, asking about using two Master C-Stand Kits to support a roll of seamless background paper.
Can two Master 40-in C Stand with Turtle Base Kit be used to support a paper background roll. If they can, what kind of load can they support. In one of your online videos, you use light stands with arms to support a paper background roll.
A: GEAR GURU
Yes. Two 40″ Master C-Stand with Turtle Base Kits can support any roll up to 44 lb. (20 kg) in weight (each stand has a load capacity of 22 lb. (10 kg). This would include even the 12′ wide seamless from Savage. A couple of things to keep in consideration:
- Always place the large leg in line with the roll of seamless (paper background roll).
- Use at least one 15 lb. sandbag on each stand to prevent tipping
- Remember the “Righty Tighty” Rule. The load must always go to the right side of the grip head when the handle is facing you. This means that on one stand the handle of the grip head will be facing the camera and on the other, the handle of the grip head will be facing behind the background.
- You can always secure the background to the grip arms with a couple of medium, 2″ “A” Clamps. But you will need a ladder to unroll and re-roll the paper. To make your life easier, especially in a studio situation, you may want to consider the Paper Drive Baby Stand Adapters – Sold as a pair (KG084911) http://www.kupogrip.com/paper-drive-baby-stand-adapter/ and a Background Paper Drive Set (KG084411) http://www.kupogrip.com/background-paper-drive-set/ that will allow you to raise and lower the paper comfortably from the ground.
- Last but not least, if you plan on leaving a large roll of paper suspended, to avoid the core from bending due to gravity, every day the paper should be given half a turn.
I hope this answers your question. Let me know if I can help you any further.
Jason – Your Gear Guru
Thanks for the really useful info. One last question, if you use the paper drive set what is actually going thru the paper tube is it an arm or a pole?
One suggestion I have is why not sell a paper support system as a complete kit, then I don’t have figure out all the parts I need to order.
A: GEAR GURU
The Paper Drive Set expands into the cardboard core of the paper roll. If you are going to use this method, you wouldn’t even need grip arms or grip heads, just the two stands and you would be good to go.
As far as creating a kit for the Paper Drive System, it’s an excellent idea. There are just so many combinations (using them with Light Stands or Kupoles, using a single roll versus a three rolls on a multi-bracket, etc.) that it’s a challenge to find the most popular kits for everybody’s needs. I’ll be adding new products and updating the catalog and website towards the end of the summer. I’ll definitely take you suggestion in consideration and see if I can create a couple of kits.
Standard Alli Clamps are an all-purpose steel spring clamps with a baby (5/8” – 16mm) receiver to accept any baby 5/8” (16mm) stud. The regular size clamps also feature a baby stud for mounting into a baby receiver. The baby stud is tapped with a 3/8″-16 female thread for mounting to a 3/8″-16 male thread.
The clamp’s jaws pack quite a bite with a strong spring to hold them closed. This clamp can be mounted to both flat and round surfaces. This is the perfect accessory to hold a fill card or flag.
There are two sizes available, both the regular and the mini.
Black Standard Alli Clamp – KG302011
Silver Standard Alli Clamp – KG302412
The mini is physically smaller and doesn’t have the baby stud.
Black Mini Alli Clamp – KG301411
Silver Mini Alli Clamp – KG301712
Check out the Standard Alli Clamp Video.
Kupo Standard Alli Clamps from Kupo Grip on Vimeo.
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The Universal Stand with Air Cushioning is not your average light stand. Kupo delivers the goods when it comes to quality. From the all metal locking collars, to the twin leg braces for additional support. Assembled with nuts and bolts as opposed to rivets, giving the user a solid light stand that could easily be self-serviced as well as tension adjusted to the user’s preferences. The mounting stud is attached with two cross pins at right angles to prevent any movement whatsoever. All these details will keep you shooting long after lesser stands have given up the ghost.
The Air Cushion feature is the product of precision manufacturing so that the risers are supported with a cushion of air, slowly letting the risers come down at a very slow pace, so as not to damage your lighting equipment. This is a great safety feature for your lighting gear as well as your fingers!
Universal Stand with Air Cushion – KS140911
Check out the video and see the Air Cushioning in action!
Kupo Universal Stand Air Cushion from Kupo Grip on Vimeo.
For more information and technical specifications, click here.
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