The Century Stand

Century Stands, more commonly known as “C” Stands, have been one of the most common types of grip equipment used by the filmmaking industry for decades due to their strength and flexibility. Used on its own or in combination with a grip head and grip arm, the C stand is used for mounting lighting equipment and a whole variety of light shaping tools and accessories.

Century Stands get their name from the early days in filmmaking where electric lighting was in its infancy and the light bulb had not yet become ubiquitous in film production. The film studios had instead employed skylights with hundred inch “century” reflectors, to reflect the light to where it needed to be. It is also said to take a century to master its use!

C Stands get their sizing from the length of their riser sections. This 20″ double riser stand has two telescoping risers and one main section for a total of 60″. Add the height of the base and you arrive at your maximum height.

All Century Stands feature a unique base specially designed with three varied leg heights. This enables the user to position, or “nest” the stand bases so that the risers are just inches apart from one another for use in close proximity mounting of lights and other grip equipment or easy storage.

All C stands are not created equal. There are some main types to choose from:

Standard Base – Standard Base C stands have a non-removable base and either has a knob that locks the legs in place, or is spring loaded and the legs open to pre-determined positions.

Kupo 20" C Stand with Lazy Leg (KS702511)

Kupo 20" Black Master C Stand with Sliding Leg (KS702511)

Sliding Leg – The Sliding Leg C Stand has one leg that you can adjust the height independently from the other legs. This comes in handy on uneven terrain such as an incline or a flight of stairs. Sliding Leg C Stands are also known as “Rocky Mountain” or “Lazy ” leg versions.

Kupo 40" Century Stand with Turtle Base - KS742712

Kupo 40" Silver Master C Stand with Turtle Base (KS742712)

Turtle Base – Removable Base that separates from the main riser section for easy transport. The other advantage of a turtle base is that once you remove the main riser section, you have a junior 1 1/8″ (28mm) receiver to accept any junior stud or accessory.

Kupo Master C Stand with Turtle (Quick Release) Base - KS742712

Kupo 40" Silver Master C Stand with Turtle Base (KS742712)

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 two seconds! 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.

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