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Old March 26th, 2006, 10:12 AM   #1
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Super Clamp question

OK, this is perhaps a very naive question! I've just been given two superclamps - brand new but unboxed and with no instructions. I want to suspend a collapsible reflector from a lighting stand and I thought a super clamp would be ideal - however, I can't work out how to achieve what I thought would be a simple task! Do I need any other attachments?

I wonder if anyone has any instructions that show other ways these clamps can be used? Any chance of a scan? Couldn't find anything on the Manfrotto site.

Told you it was a naive question!

TIA for any advice.

Ian . . .
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Old March 28th, 2006, 01:25 AM   #2
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Did the clamps come with spuds? If so, you attach one clamp to the stand, and connect the second clamp to the first on the spud. (One end of the spud fixed in each clamp) Then attach the reflector to the second clamp.

If you didn't get a spud with the clamps, I can understand your problem!

A regular spud will work with something as light as a reflector but if you want to support something heavier with a double clamp set-up you really should by a special spud that has the hex-shape on both ends. Your rotation will be limited to 60 degree steps, but the clamps won't slip at all.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 01:48 AM   #3
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Duh!

Eric, you have successfully proved that I am an idiot!

I never considered using two together. (I'm clearly much more at home with software than hardware!).

Thanks for the sensible advice!

Cheers.

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Old March 29th, 2006, 10:58 AM   #4
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God, I love me some superclamps!

As long as you have a couple, check out the different accessory spuds for 'em. They have a 6"-ish octaganal stud, they have matthews-style spuds, a long arm with a 3/8" male screw, etc.

If you put one of the shorter spuds in them, you can clamp that into a C-stand knuckle (or even at the end of a boom) and hang all sorts of flags, scrims, etc. and rotate everything to the perfect spot. Just handy as heck.

I've hung 8" fresnels from location sprinkler pipes with 'em, but when you do something like that, back it up with cable or chain for safety.
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