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!



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.


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.


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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 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


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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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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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).


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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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


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!


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.


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.

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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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Kupo Factory Visit – Wuxi China

About a month ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Wuxi China, the home of our Kupo Factory. Wuxi is located 125 km from Shanghai. We took a bullet train from Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai and a quick 45 minutes later, we arrived at our destination. The building that houses the factory spans 6 entire floors housing different departments from manufacturing, parts storage, packaging, warehousing, etc. Quality control is paramount and they control every part of the manufacturing process from purchasing aluminum and zinc ingots to be later formed into the many different castings, to the testing of each product once manufactured. Kupo is committed to creating an incredible product, and customer satisfaction is always a top priority. We stand behind all our products with a 5 year warranty and we know that Kupo Grip Equipment will last long enough to create its own history.

Kupo Factory - Wuxi, China

Kupo Factory – Wuxi, China


Raw Steel C-Stand Legs

Raw Steel C-Stand Legs


Kupo Grip - C-Stand Tops with Brake Castings

C-Stand Tops with Brake Castings


Kupo Grip Arms - Never Let Go!

Kupo Grip Arms


Kupo Grip - Brake Castings - Never Let Go!

Brake Castings


Army of Kupoles Waiting for Handles


C-Stands All Soldiered Up


The Famous Kupo Turtle Base

We pride ourselves on listening to the demands of industry professionals and using their experience to further enhance and develop new innovative products to serve all image makers from still to motion, from amateur to professional, at Kupo Grip, we like to say, when it comes to your vision and your grip equipment . . . . Never Let Go!


VIDEO: Kupo – Master C Stand

Kupo Master C Stand with Turtle Base

C Stands, or Century Stands, have been the most common type of grip
equipment used by the filmmaking industry for decades due to their
strength and flexibility for mounting lighting equipment and a whole variety
of light shaping tools and accessories. The Kupo Master C Stand with
Turtle Base features a unique innovation in the world of C Stands enabling
photographers or filmmakers of any skill level to open and collapse the
legs in under two seconds! The Turtle Base is outfitted with a patented
spring locking system that removes all tension from the legs so gravity can
do the work for you. It enables you to remove the column for easy transport
and storage.

Kupo Master C Stand with Sliding Leg

The Sliding Leg feature enables users to adjust the height of one leg to
level the stand on uneven terrain, such as on a curb or incline. Base is

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