Personal Gear Guru – Bob M.

This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Bob M., asking about rigging both a speedlight and a studio strobe to the 40″ Grip Arm of a 40″ Master C-Stand Kit. 


I’m new to this so here is my question:

All I need to make a 40″ master c stand kit work with a speedlight or studio strobe would be a “5” baby pin”?

Any videos/webinars on using c stands and speed lights?



Hey Bob,
For mounting a studio strobe with a standard baby (5/8″) receiver, yes all you would need is a 5″ Baby Grip Pin 
For mounting your off-camera flash to the 5″ Grip Pin, you will need two more adapters.
First you will need a a 5/8″ (16mm) Receiver with 1/4″-20 Thread
The second adapter you’ll need is a Hot Shoe Adapter to mount the speed light to the 5/8″ Receiver with 1/4″-20 Thread
As an alternative to the 5/8″ Receiver with 1/4″-20 Thread, you can use the Tilting Umbrella Adapter with the Hot Shoe Adapter to mount your speed light to the 5″ Grip Pin and this also gives you the ability to mount an umbrella to give you a large soft light source. 
As far as videos/webinars are concerned, we have a couple for you. 
This is the 5″ Grip Pin Video which shows using the combination listed above.
Webinar: Using Grip Equipment to Rig Off-Camera Flash
I hope this answered your questions. Please let me know if I can help you any further.
Jason – Your Gear Guru




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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. Previously employed at B&H Photo Video Pro-Audio, Jason worked in several positions, including manager of the lighting department, professional photo sales, and marketing. He loves to teach and has taught seminars in subjects ranging from photography, lighting, and DSLR video, and he has taught Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom aboard the National Geographic Explorer for Lindblad Expeditions. Currently Jason is the Product Marketing Manager of Kupo Grip USA. He is a native of New York City and currently resides there.