Everybody probably knows the A-Clamp (A.K.A Pony Clamp), most know the Super Clamp, but how many of you know the Cardellini and the platypus clamps? (answer: anyone who is doing grip/gaffer work).
There are a few more grips and JP Morgan of The Slanted Lens is giving a great primer on what each of the grips are, how they work and what they do best. Hit the jump for the video and a list of the various clamps in the movie.
Just in case you need a written list, here is a one liner for each clamp:
- A-clamp – This is your versatile all around clamp, use it to attach gels to a light, backdrop to a poll, and just about anything that has little force needed
- Super Clamp – This is a sturdier clamp that can bite into doors, shelves, polls and has a strong gripping power, so it can accept heavier lights and cameras.
- Cardellini Clamp – This is kind of a small super clamp. it is not as strong, but it is very small and easy to work at tight spaces.
- Platypus – A wide clamp to hold foam boards, it has a wide “beak” that provide good holding power on big and light surfaces
- Adjustable Gaffer Grip – This is kind of an adjustable A-Clamp that can open very wide and has some rubber grips for better friction.
- C-Clamp – you know what that is :)
- Chain Vice Grip – This is the first time I am seeing this one and it is a very interesting item. It has a chain that goes around polls and locks. Think Ball Bungee on steroids.
Do you have other clamps that you use? I would love to hear.
[Clamps for Photo and Video: the Basics | The Slanted Lens]