Why You Need C-Stands

Kupo Grip - C-Stand Tops with Brake Castings

C-Stand Tops with Brake Castings

Century Stands, or C-Stands as they are most commonly called, are the quintessential multi-tasker when it comes to a piece of grip equipment that can be used for so many applications that are only limited by the imagination of the user!

C-Stands get their name go back to the pre-electric days of film production where the studios would use rotating stages to utilize the daylight coming from above and redirect it with large 100″ “century” sized reflectors to redirect the light where it was needed.

C-Stands are have a unique base where their three legs are each a different height. This enables you to place two stands just inches away from another to allow you to place lights and or accessories in close proximity to one another. Other lightstands with angled legs are really limited to how close they can get to one another. This ability to place one right next to the other is sometimes referred to as “soldiering” as soldiers would line up in formation.

The Famous Kupo Turtle Base

The Famous Kupo Turtle Base

Their are two types of C-Stands, Turtle Base & Sliding Leg. Turtle Base stands allow you to remove the riser section for easy transportation, storage and the ability to place light fixtures, modifiers and accessories at super low mounting positions just above the base.

Riser Section and Standard Turtle Base

Riser Section and Standard Turtle Base

Sliding Leg stands allow you to alter the height of one leg to help you level your stand on inclines, stairs, or uneven surfaces.

Kupo Grip - Master C Stand with Sliding Leg - Never Let Go!

Master C Stand with Sliding Leg

This is not your daddy’s c-stand! Anybody who’s tried to open or close a c-stand may have had some difficulty, especially if they are not well maintained. Professional grips do this day in and day out and make it look simple. Kupo has come up with an ingenious solution to open or close our turtle base models in under a second! Check out this video!

Their height are described by the length of the riser section. C-Stands come in either 20″ or 40″ double riser models. Just triple the number (the main riser section plus the two adjustable riser sections) and add the base height to get an idea of their total height.

Obviously these stands can hold lighting fixtures, but with standard accessories such as Grip Head & Grip Arm, these stands become:

  • Reflector Holders
  • Background Holders
  • Gobo Holders
  • Prop Holders
  • Camera Support
  • And a whole lot more!

Other advantages of c-stands besides the ability to “soldier” up next to other and their awesome multi-tasking flexibility are:

  • They are made of solid steel, won’t fall apart and will last you for decades!
  • They can hold more weight than light weight aluminum kit stands.
  • They won’t crush or bend like aluminum stands will.
  • For Turtle Base models, the base removes for easy transport and storage as well as you can mount adapters directly into the base for low mounting positions.

Some grips joke that c-stands got their name because it will take a century to learn all the ways to use one. Buy one (or several) today and you’ll have a reliable multi-tasker that will serve all your imaging needs until your c-stand develops a history all its own!

 

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Personal Gear Guru – Mike

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. 

Q:  MIKE

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.

Thanks

A: GEAR GURU

Hey Mike,
 
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:
  1. Always place the large leg in line with the roll of seamless (paper background roll).
  2. Use at least one 15 lb. sandbag on each stand to prevent tipping
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
 
Thanks!
 
Jason – Your Gear Guru
 
Q: MIKE 
 
Jason,

 
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.
 
Thanks,
 
Mike
 
A: GEAR GURU
 
Hey Mike,
 
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.
 
Thanks!
 
Jason

 

 
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