Kupo is a leading manufacturer of professional lighting stand and grip accessories for the still and video market. Jason from Kupo shows me their latest grip gear and explains all of their new innovations and why they’re aimed at making your workflow easier.
The Kupo 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.
The Kupo 3-Way Clamp is an all metal cast aluminum clamp that features a unique spring locking mechanism that allows you to instantly latch and release the locking collar around any tubing sized from 1.0 ï_ 1.4″ (25 ï_ 35mm) in diameter. By turning the tension handle to secure it in place, you can then mount any light fixture or accessory up to 66 lbs (30 Kg) to light stands, scaffolds or Kupoles. The 3 Way Clamp has three recessed mounting locations distributed in 90 degree increments in to accept a series of interchangeable accessories.
The all-metal Kupo Convi Clamp is made from a lightweight alloy that will support loads of up to 44 lbs (20 Kg). 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 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. The Convi Clamp has a jaw that will extend from 0.2 ï_ 2.0″ (5 ï_ 51mm) in diameter. It also features a saddle to securely mount it on flat surfaces.
The Kupo Super Viser Clamp With Hex Receiver can mount securely onto round and square objects, or just about any unique shape up to 4″ (11cm) 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. Another Kupo innovation outfits this clamp with a hexagonal receiver that accepts the full compliment of Convi Clamp accessories. The Super Viser boasts an impressive load capacity of 66.1 lbs (30 Kg) and comes in a silver aluminum finish.
The Kupo Max Arm is an adjustable arm that allows you to position a camera, lighting fixture or accessory in any position. 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.
Kupo Grip Arm Support
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 ï_ 30.7″ (56 ï_ 78cm). With the addition of the Grip Arm Support, the load capacity at the end of your grip arm is greatly increased.
Kupo 40″ Grip Arm With Big Handle
Kupo recently introduced an exciting innovation in grip arm design, the Hex Pin Grip Arm. At the end of their 40″ grip arm, you will find a baby hex pin with six milled flat surfaces. 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.
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Jason is the Kupo Grip Gear Guru! If you have any grip related questions, ask away on the KupoGrip.com Website [LINK HERE].
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