Personal Gear Guru – Cesar

This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Cesar B., asking about rigging a Nikon SB-900 flash using the included plastic stand. 

Q: CESAR B. 

Hi, 

What size of a hex stud for a stand of a Nikon SB-900 flash, please?

A: GEAR GURU

Hey Cesar,
 
If you are looking to mount your flash to a clamp with a hex receiver such as a Convi Clamp, http://www.kupogrip.com/convi-clamp-1/ or Super Viser Clamp, http://www.kupogrip.com/super-viser-clamp/ and you are using the small plastic stand that comes with your SB-900 flash, http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/570532-REG/Nikon_4951_AS_21_Speedlight_Stand_for.html, the stud you’d need would be the Camera Hex Stud 1/4″-20M, http://www.kupogrip.com/camera-hex-stud-1-4in/ that would thread into the bottom of the plastic speedlight stand. 
 
In addition to the the Hex Stud, a lot of people choose the Tilting Umbrella Adapter with KG000912 & KG001112 studs, http://www.kupogrip.com/tilting-umbrella-adapter-studs/. This gives you the ability to angle your flash and use an umbrella to get a large soft light source from your speedlight, as well as mount it on a light stand.
 
If you want something a bit stronger then the plastic base, you could always pick up the hot shoe adapter as well, http://www.kupogrip.com/hot-shoe-adapter/ which is all metal, is much stronger, and locks positively around the shoe, whereas the speedlight stand is plastic, and the flash is only pressure fit. 
 
I hope I answered your question. If I can help you any further, please let me know!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jason – Your Gear Guru
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Live “Ask the Gear Guru” Session with The Phoblographer

Hey Kupo Kompadres,

 Tomorrow Wednesday, August 7, 2013, I’ll be joining Chris Gampat of The Phoblographer during an hour long Q&A “Ask the Gear Guru” session at 1:00 PM EST (6:00 PM BST). For those of you who don’t know yet, here at Kupo Grip, we offer a free service called the “Gear Guru“. What is a Gear Guru you may ask? The word “Guru” is Hindi for teacher. With years of experience both as a professional photographer and selling photographic equipment for over 15 years gives me a unique understanding of both the tools and technique of photography. 

ASK JASON – PERSONAL GEAR GURU – AT YOUR SERVICE

Gear Guru

Jason – Your Gear Guru

 Have you ever…

  • Needed a solution to support lighting or cameras in a certain way but wasn’t sure how to go about it?
  • Wanted to re-create an image but didn’t know how it was lit?
  • Wanted to buy a camera system, but needed some advice?
  • Needed to equip your studio with the right gear?
  • Had a gear budget but still needed professional results?
  • Just started photography and didn’t know where to begin?
  • Struggled over which lighting to buy? Continuous or Flash?
  • Needed to know which light modifier would be perfect for your needs?

 So if you have any photo questions from gear to technique, stop on by and I’ll be happy to answer your question live! If you can’t make it, don’t fret. The service is always available whenever you need it. 

See you there!

Jason – The Gear Guru

  

Jason Friedman is a professional photographer with over 20 years experience concentrating on fashion and beauty photography. He specializes in lighting for both studio and location, using both strobes and continuous lighting sources. Over the past couple of years, due to the hybridization of the DSLR in respect to film making, he has become passionate about the moving image and has embraced the new technology with open arms. Jason acquired a ton of gear knowledge as a 15 year previous employee of B&H Photo Video Pro-Audio where he has worked in several positions, including manager of the lighting department as well as a marketing representative involved in trade-shows and seminars both domestic and internationally. Jason loves to teach and has taught seminars in subjects ranging from photography, lighting and his last gig, teaching Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom aboard the National Geographic Explorer for Lindblad Expeditions. Jason is also a vegan foodie and has embraced food photography as his latest photographic pursuit. Currently Jason works as as the Kupo Product Marketing Manager for the MAC Group.

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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.

Q: CAL

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.

A: GEAR GURU

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.

Q: RANDOLPH

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?

Thanks

A: GEAR GURU

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!

http://www.kupogrip.com/baby-grip-arm-pin/

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!

Sincerely,

Jason Friedman – Your Personal Gear Guru

Never Let Go!

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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. 
 
Q: CHARLES J.
 
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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