All The Clamps You Would Need And How To Use Them – A Primer

Dec 18, 2015

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All The Clamps You Would Need And How To Use Them – A Primer

Dec 18, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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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.

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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]

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11 responses to “All The Clamps You Would Need And How To Use Them – A Primer”

  1. Rich Garcia Avatar
    Rich Garcia

    Wow that’s new I did not know you needed a hoe to use clamps!

    1. DIYPhotography Avatar
      DIYPhotography

      Hahaha, yea, that is fixed now

    2. Rich Garcia Avatar
      Rich Garcia

      DIYPhotography interesting it does not show as fixed. Still laughing.

    3. Bruce Comer Jr. Avatar
      Bruce Comer Jr.

      It’s actually not fixed

    4. Jack Thomas Avatar
      Jack Thomas

      DIYPhotography no it’s not fixed!

    5. Jim Thompson Avatar
      Jim Thompson

      Free Hoe with every pair of Vise Grips? Does anybody actually proofread anymore?

    6. Wesa Anderson Avatar
      Wesa Anderson

      Definitely not fixed lol

    7. Doug Gray Avatar
      Doug Gray

      Fixed on the site – not fixed on facebook.

  2. Chris Cameron Avatar
    Chris Cameron

    Here is a trick using a Manfrotto Nano clamp for Strobists out there…
    http://www.chriscameron.co.nz/cc/strobist-light-not-a-stand-trick/

  3. The Slanted Lens Avatar
    The Slanted Lens

    Also how to use them. :)

  4. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    The “super clamp” is actually a Mafer clamp.