Kupo is at NAB Show in Las Vegas!

2014 promises to be another exciting year for digital imaging. For attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, you will have the opportunity to meet Kupo Gear Guru Jason Friedman in-person. Feel free to pick his brain or try and stump him with your technical questions. Unlike other companies manufacturing grip equipment, Kupo has flexibility in not having to adhere to the status-quo. Kupo’s innovations include the Kwik Kollar upgrade for the traditional C-Stand that rapidly speeds up deployment and breakdown on set. So if you have any mods or hacks that you want to share, talk to our Gear Guru.

Kupo Grip will have a lot of our latest gear on display at our booth at NAB in the Central Hall,  booth 11133. Feel free to fondle and test Kupo’s gear to determine if you are ready to accept the Kupo Advantage and add our rugged and reliable gear to your own studio.

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Win a C-Stand Kit!

HEY KUPO KOMPADRES!

Sign up today for our monthly newsletter and you’ll be automatically entered to win a Master 40″ C-Stand Kit with Turtle Base (Cat.# KS743712), a $177.00 value! 

Kupo Master C-Stand Kit - KS743712

Kupo Master C-Stand Kit (KS743712)

THIS IS NOT YOUR DADDY’S C-STAND!

Ever find yourself struggling to open and close a C-Stand? Besides the professional grips who open and close these bad boys everyday, most everybody at one point or another has struggled to open or close a C-Stand. Not any more! With the game changing innovation of Kupo’s Master C-Stand, you can open or close your stand in just a second! The unique spring loaded Kwik Collar makes the task a snap and saves you both time and frustration. 

Just one second to open or close the Kupo Master C-Stand!

Just one second to open or close the Kupo Master C-Stand!

For those unfamiliar with C-Stands in general, they are the most common and useful of all grip equipment. You can support lights, light modifiers, backgrounds, accessories etc. Our Master C-Stand has a “turtle base” which means that it removes from the riser sections quickly and easily for transportation or storage. 

Click on the link below and check out both the video and the features of our Master C-Stand with Turtle Base. Just fill out the quick form to receive our newsletter and you could be the winner of our monthly c-stand kit giveaway. 

http://www.kupogrip.com/content/master-c/

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Ten Ways Kupo Grip Will Rock Your Production

Kupo Grip is an innovative grip company with unparalleled quality that has something for everyone. Whether you are a photographer using just off camera flash and want a quick and convenient way to rig your flashes, or your a cinematographer with a cast and crew so big you can’t remember everybody’s name, Kupo has a piece of gear that will offer you tons of flexibility and make your productions faster and easier. Let’s take a quick look at ten ways it can help you with your production.

1 – MASTER C-STAND WITH TURTLE BASE

KS742512, KS742612, KS742712, KS742811, KS742911, KS743011

Kupo C-Stands with Turtle Base

 

Kwik Collar Detail

Kwik Collar in Action!

 

The Kupo Master C Stand with Turtle Base features a unique innovation in the world of C Stands that enables the still or moving image-maker of any skill level to open and collapse the legs of the base in under a second! The Master C Stand is outfitted with a patented spring ring locking system that removes all tension from the legs so that gravity can do the work for you. A “turtle base” is an industry term where the riser section can be quickly removed from the base for easy transportation and the base can be used with a stand adapter for a low mounting position.

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The Kupo Master C-Stands are available in three sizes, (20″, 30″ & 40″) both in silver chrome plate or matte black powder coat. Also available in 20″ or 40″ kits complete with a 2 1/2″ Grip Head and 40″ Grip Arm.

 2 – GRIP ARM WITH HEX STUD

Kupo just introduced an exciting innovation in grip arm design. At the end of our 40″ grip arm, you will find a baby hex pin with six milled flat surfaces. So now you can mount your light fixtures or accessories on the end of your grip arm like a mini boom and they won’t rotate due to the set-screw of that fixture or accessory, locking onto one of the sides of the hex pin.

40" Hex Grip Arm in Action

40″ Hex Grip Arm Supporting a 1K Fresnel

 

Hex Pin Detail

Hex Pin Detail

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3 – CONVI CLAMP WITH ADJUSTABLE HANDLE

 The Convi Clamp is more than just an amazing clamp, it’s the foundation of an entire grip system. It features a hexagonal receiver that accepts dozens of Convi accessories from a simple stud to the versatile Max Arm to mount almost any light fixture, camera or accessory. The hex receiver features a spring locking safety system to ensure that the Convi accessory won’t separate from the clamp if the locking screw loosens unexpectedly. It also comes with a saddle to securely mount it on flat surfaces.

Convi Clamp with Adjustable Handle

Convi Clamp with Adjustable Handle

 

Convi Clamp with Adjustable Handle, Baby Snap-In Hex Pin & Profoto Head

Convi Clamp with Adjustable Handle, Baby Snap-In Hex Pin & Profoto Head

THE KUPO ADVANTAGE

While there may be other manufacturers with a similar style of clamp, Kupo’s Convi Clamp has some distinct advantages. Here are some of the reasons that make our Convi Clamps stand above the crowd:

  • The all-metal Convi Clamp is made from a strong lightweight alloy.
  • The Convi Clamps are certified with a TÜV Rheinland safety rating up to 44 lbs (20 Kg) making it 25% stronger than the competition.
  • All three Convi Clamp styles come clad in a silver alloy or stealthy black powder coated finish.
  • The Adjustable Handle model’s handle can be quickly repositioned when in tight spaces.

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4 – MAX ARM

Kupo Max Arm with Adjustable Handle (KG100211)

Max Arm with Adjustable Handle (KG100211)

 

Max Arm with Big Hand Wheel (KG100911)

Max Arm with Big Hand Wheel (KG100911)

The Max Arm is an adjustable arm that allows you to position a camera, lighting fixture or accessory in any position within seconds!

The two 5/8″ (16mm) studs at either end are attached to ball joints that rotate 360 degrees, plus a cut-out in the sleeve surrounding the ball allows the stud to be bent 90 degrees. One stud is tapped to receive a 3/8″-16 thread, while the other is tapped to receive a 1/4″-20 thread. Each stud has six milled flat surfaces, so whatever you mount on the Max Arm will not rotate. The central elbow rotates 360 degrees for infinite adjustability.

The Max Arm is equipped with user-replaceable special friction discs with anti-slip rosettes prevent unwanted movement. You have the choice between two models, one with a ratcheting adjustment handle and the other has large rubberized hand wheel. They both slowly increase tension until all three joints lock at once making precise positioning a breeze.

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5 – GRIP ARM SUPPORT

Kupo Grip Arm Support (KG200912)

Grip Arm Support (KG200912)

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Generally when you extend a large accessory such a flag or light fixture laterally past the center column of a C stand, the increased leverage may be too much for the grip head to bear. In the old days you could rectify this situation using another C stand as an additional support, or a combination of clamps, grip heads and grip arms.

Today Kupo has developed an innovative solution that rapidly mounts between both the riser section of a Master C Stand with help of either a Kupo 3 or 4 Way Clamp, and to a grip arm with the help of the included Kupo Tiny clamp already mounted on the other side of the Grip Arm Support. The Grip Arm Support has a built in ball joint that rotates 360 degrees for infinite flexibility and extends from 22 Œï_ 30.7″ (56 Œï_ 78cm). With the addition of the Grip Arm Support, the load capacity at the end of your grip arm is greatly increased.

Grip Arm Support

6 – 3 & 4 WAY CLAMPS

Kupo Grip - 3-Way Clamp (KG900412) - Never Let Go!

3-Way Clamp (KG900412)

 

Kupo Grip -  4-Way Clamp (KG900712) - Never Let Go

4-Way Clamp (KG900712)

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The 3 Way Clamp is another ingenious Kupo innovation. This all metal cast aluminum clamp features a unique spring locking mechanism that allows you to instantly latch and release the locking collar around any tubing sized from 1.0 Œï_ 1.4″ (25 Œï_ 35mm) in diameter. Just a quick turn of the tension handle to secure it in place and your ready to mount any light fixture or accessory up to 66 lbs (30 Kg) to light stands, scaffolds or Kupoles in a snap! The 3 Way Clamp has three recessed mounting locations distributed in 90 degree increments in to accept a series of interchangeable accessories.

The 4 Way Clamp is identical except it has four recessed mounting locations and can accept a larger tube diameter between 1.4″ – 2.0″ (35-50mm).

7 – SUPER VISER CLAMPS

4" Super Viser Clamp with Profoto Pro Head (KG601512)

4″ Super Viser Clamp with Profoto Pro Head (KG601512)

 

Kupo Grip - 4" Super Viser Clamp (KG601512) - Never Let Go!

4″ Super Viser Clamp (KG601512)

 

Kupo Grip - 9" Super Viser Clamp (KG601512) - Never Let Go!

9″ Super Viser Clamp (KG601512)

Fashioned after the famous Cardellini Clamp, the 4″ Super Viser is an extremely strong and versatile clamp. It can mount securely onto round and square objects, or just about any unique shape up to 2.5″ (6.4 cm) in diameter. The jaw position remains fixed on one side of the clamp, enabling it to be mounted where limited space is available. The specially formulated grip pad provides a strong grip, yet protects the surface it’s clamped around. Besides the built-in baby pin, another Kupo innovation outfits this clamp with a hexagonal receiver that accepts the full compliment of Convi Clamp accessories. Another advantage of this clamp is has a chamfered slot running down the back of the main bolt. This keeps the jaws from rotating freely, around the threaded central bolt, maintaining their locations so you can easily mount the clamp with one hand. These clamps boasts an impressive load capacity of 66.1 lbs (30 Kg) and comes in a silver aluminum finish.

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8 – OFF CAMERA FLASH ALLI CLAMP

Kupo Grip - Off Camera Flash Alli Clamp (KG302511) - Never Let Go!

Off Camera Flash Alli Clamp (KG302511)

 

Kupo Grip - Off Camera Flash Alli Clamp (KG302511) - Never Let Go!

Off Camera Flash Alli Clamp Clamped to Table Top.

The Off Camera Flash Alli Clamp is an incredibly handy accessory that consists of an Alli Clamp with a mini ball head and cold shoe enabling the user to mount and position an on-camera flash virtually anywhere in seconds! The Off Camera Alli clamp can be mounted on both round objects such as the riser sections on your light stands as well as flat mounted objects such as a table, door or the back of a chair.

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Off Camera Flash Alli Clamp

9 – QUALITY OF MANUFACTURE & WARRANTY

Kupo Grip - C-Stand Tops with Brake Castings

C Stand Tops with Brake Castings

 All Kupo, products have been painstakingly machined to give you incredible strength you can count on and long lasting durability in harsh production environments. So durable in fact, that they create a history of their own, and of course, safety to the experience giving some peace of mind, all backed by an unprecedented five year warranty. Don’t take my word for it, head to your local dealer, and grab one of our 2.5″ Grip Heads and compare it to the competition. Feel it in your hands, see it with your eyes, there is no better judge than experiencing Kupo Grip first hand!

When it comes to your vision and your grip equipment, we like to say at Kupo Grip: Never Let Go!

10 – INNOVATION

The Famous Kupo Turtle Base

The Famous Kupo Turtle Base

Kupo has forged its own path in the world of grip by crafting innovative tools with unparalleled quality sought after and guided by industry professionals worldwide. Offering unique products such as the game changing Master C-Stand with Turtle Base, The Grip Arm Support, 3 & 4 Way Clamp system and the Hex Grip Arm to name a few.

The success of Kupo Grip is a result of the commitment to those who work behind the scenes in motion pictures, television and photography. We consider you, the image – maker, an integral partner in our innovative process. We greatly value your experience and carefully listen to your needs and desires to create better tools to help you do your job with greater ease and efficiency.

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Kupo’s Revolutionary Turtle Bases

Anybody who has ever tried to open or close a C-Stand (Century Stand) more than likely has had an experience that wouldn’t be described as “fast and easy”. Kupo has revolutionized the Turtle Base with it’s Kwik Kollar that allows you to open and close the base in under a second with just the force of gravity.

Watch this video to see just how easy they are to operate and how they can save you time and hassle making your set-up and breakdown a snap!

Kupo – Master C Stand from Kupo Grip on Vimeo.

Here is the link for the blog post:

http://blog.kupogrip.com/not-your-daddys-c-stand/

I think Sir Issac Newton must have been the first professional grip! A turtle base simply means that you can quickly remove the base from the riser section. This is great for multiple reasons such as:

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Not Your Daddy’s C-Stand!

Have you ever struggled to open or close a C-Stand and almost wanted to give up despite the great versatility it offered you once you finally got the legs open? Well if you have, you certainly are not alone! The only guys that make it look easy are professional grips who certainly have the experience of opening and closing many of them on a daily basis. How would you like a C-Stand that you can open and close in under a second, hassle free? While other crews are still struggling with their C-Stands after a long production day, you’ll already be at your local bar with an ice cold drink! Check out the following video to see how.

The Kupo Master C Stand with Turtle Base features a unique innovation in the world of C-Stands that enables the still or moving image-maker of any skill level to open and collapse the legs of the base in under a second! The Master C-Stand is outfitted with a patented spring ring locking system that removes all tension from the legs so that gravity can do the work for you.

The Kupo Master C-Stand with Turtle Base comes in 20, 30 & 40″ double riser versions. Each size is available in a stealthy black powder coat or a chome plated steel finish. 

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