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.
 
Q: FREDERICK
 
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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Kit Stands – Backlite Base Stand

BACKLIGHT BASE STAND

The fold away Backlite Base Stand is a great addition to your stand bag. This small but mighty stand brings your lighting fixtures or cameras just inches above the ground. The solid steel construction will support a hefty load and folds up in a jiffy for easy transport and storage. This stand is accompanied by the Kupo Universal Reversible Stud Adapter (KG001212) allowing you to mount lighting fixtures, various grip equipment directly and cameras with the addition of the Kupo Camera / Umbrella Bracket (KG006411).

Backlite Base Stand (KS040211)

 

Stud Low Mounting Position and Storage

Technical specifications for the Backlite Base Stand

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Kit Stands – Low Mini Kit Stand

LOW MINI KIT STAND

Are you tired of stands that are just a bit too tall for your purposes? This provides the perfect solution for background lights so that you can easily hide behind your subject.  It’s ideal for mounting any light fixture or accessory close to the ground. It takes up almost no space in your grip bag so it’s your perfect ultra compact travel companion for location shoots. Just like the Midi Pro and Universal Kit Stands, this stand features all metal locking collars and 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. This stand comes equipped with the 3/8″-16 F to 1/4″-20 M Adapter (KG003912).

Low Mini Kit STand (KS041211)

Low Mini Kit Stand (KS041211)

 

Technical specifications for the Low Mini Kit Stand

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Light Stands in Depth – 3 of 4

Purchasing a Light Stand

When purchasing a light stand, most stands will seem alike until you check out the specifications and find out what makes one stand differ from the next. Here is a list of specifications and their definitions to help you decide which light stand is best for your needs.

 

Stand Specifications

 

Risers and Sections

Risers & Sections

 

Risers – Each section that extends above the main section is called a riser or riser section. You can tell how many risers a stand has by how many knuckles (knobs) it has.

 

Sections – When a stand is collapsed, the risers all fit inside a main riser section. When extended, each riser that extends is considered another riser section. So counting the main riser section as the first one, a stand with two additional risers sections has a total of two risers and three sections. This is also known as a double riser stand.

 

Weight – This is the physical weight of the stand. This is good to know if you are going to travel with your stands. Steel stands add up quickly in weight, and carrying a cart or a case with wheels or finding some burly grips is always a good idea!

 

Load Capacity – This is how much your stand can physically support. This is fairly straightforward in most cases, however in the case of a boom, you have to account for the weight of the light fixture, the boom itself and its counterweight. The load capacity is a combination of the maximum operating height, the material the stand is constructed from, the diameter of the risers and the size of its base.

 

Closed Length – This is the longest dimension of the stand when collapsed and is necessary to either allocate space on a grip truck or other vehicle not to mention selecting the right equipment cases to transport your stands.

 

Minimum Operating Height – This is generally shorter than the “Closed Length”. It is the minimum height that you can mount a light fixture or accessory.

 

Maximum Operating Height – This is the maximum height that your stand can operate at. The load capacity is usually calculated at this height.

 

Footprint Diameter

Footprint Diameter

 

Footprint Diameter – If you were to draw a circle on the ground around the legs when the stand is fully opened, and measure the diameter across the circle, this would be the area that the base of the stand occupies. This is good to know, especially if you have limited floor space.

 

 

Sliding Leg

Leveling Leg

 

Leveling Leg – This is a feature that allows one leg’s height to be adjusted independently from the other two allowing the risers to remain vertical while on an incline or uneven terrain. This is extremely handy when you have to place a light on a flight of stairs. Other terms you may encounter to describe this feature are sliding leg and rocky mountain leg.

 

Stand Adapters

Stand Adapters – Combo, Lollipop & Baby

 

Stand Adapter – This is the type of mount the stand has at the end of its top riser section. This is important to know if your stand is compatible with whatever mount the fixture or accessory has that you mount on top of it.

 

Casters - Wheels

Caster with Brake

 

Casters Available – This tells you if there are casters (wheels) available for your stand. If you are moving heavy loads around, casters are an indispensible feature.

 

Special Features – Some stands have special features such as Wind-Up stands.

 

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Photographer, Meet Grip Gear . . . Grip Gear, Meet Photographer

There has always been a cross over between equipment used by filmmakers and equipment used by photographers. In reality, filmmaking is photography at 24 fps. Each still frame created by a cinematographer is identical to that of a still photographer except he is adding to his story telling with movement of his subjects and camera. After all, the filmmaker in charge of the camera and lighting crews responsible for making artistic and technical decisions related to the image is called the DP, or Director of Photography. I think I’ll let that title speak for itself.

When it comes to rigging cameras and lighting, the same tools are used by both disciplines. Of course each industry has specialized tools for their craft such as strobes for still photography and dollies for smooth camera movements in cinematography, but the huge variety of gear that filmmakers have been using for decades such as clamps, adapters, stands, light control, booms and arms are found in professional photography studios worldwide.

Especially now, with the hybridization of the DSLR and its amazing video capabilities, investing in grip equipment that can easily serve both purposes is an obvious choice for the imaging professional. Another advantage of purchasing grip equipment is that it known for its incredible flexibility, strength and durability.

To show you how flexible grip equipment can be, with one C Stand Kit that consists of a C Stand, Grip Arm and Grip Head, one can use it in hundreds of different ways. Here are a couple of ideas just to name a few!

Kupo Master C Stands with Turtle Base Kits

Kupo Master C Stands with Turtle Base, 2-1/2" Grip Head & Grip Arm

  • Boom
  • Background Stand
  • Light Stand
  • Reflector Holder
  • Gel Holder
  • Flag Holder
  • Camera Support

As far as strength is concerned, grip equipment is built to endure the intense demands of film production. From rigging cameras that cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars onto speeding vehicles, to rigging incredibly heavy, burning hot lights above the heads of your talent, you have to be able to depend on your grip equipment.

When it comes to durability, Kupo has an unprecedented five-year warranty. We stand behind our equipment and want our gear to last long enough to have its own history, just like the images and films that it helps to create.

Kupo Grip – Never Let Go!

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