Sunday, 22 March 2015

Fixing a Lastolite Trigrip Difflector to a Lighting Stand

You don't actually need special kit to rig a Lastolite Trigrip to a light stand to use as either a reflector, diffuser or even a flag.

The Super or Convi Clamp should be owned by any photographer serious about their lighting, mine even have their own case I have so many! The Swivel Extension arm adds functionality to the clamp as it has a hex stud which provides a direct, non-twist fit into the Super/Convi Clamp and a ⅝" 16mm female receptor which will fit most standard lighting stands.


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Kit List
  1. Lastolite Trigrip 30" soft gold difflector.
  2. Super or Convi Clamp - Manfrotto call this a Super Clamp, Kupo Grip and others a Convi Clamp.
  3. Swivel Extension Arm KS-019 from Kupo Grip.
  4. C-stand as they're sturdy. An absolute necessity when working with large light modifiers outside and on location. The other alternative is to work with a VAL (Voice Activated Light stand) with the rig on a 1420/painters pole boom or other handheld lighting boom.
  5. 1420 VAL Spigot with ¼"20 to ⅜"16 thread adaptor. Just below the swivel on the Swivel Extension Arm is a ⅜" female thread. This can be used to convert the rig into a reflected or diffused light source.
  6. 16mm metal tube.
  7. Umbrella Swivel Bracket, Kupo Grip KS-101
  8. Frio Cold Shoe off camera flash adaptor. This also works with Elinchrom Quadra heads. Other portable battery flash heads are too heavy (in my opinion) for this rig.

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I guess I'm lucky, as a working commercial photographer over the years I've collected a wide range of grip gear, adapted and improvised in a variety of situations and locations. The majority of my lighting grip has to be multi-functional, not just single function. That way I carry less kit. You wouldn't think so if you see the back of my car prior to an assignment!


The 1420 VAL Spigot is available from selected retailers in the UK and direct from me for US or UK customers.


In the UK Kupo Grip is available direct from Ianiro UK who also supply a wide range of seriously good lighting gear. 

Elinchrom flash is available from The Flash Centre. Email Simon Burfoot or call Brian Collier at the Birmingham branch.

If you're serious about your photographic lighting then maybe The LIGHT Side Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/thelightsidegroup/ will interest you. It's about all things to do with light and lighting. TLS is a closed group so someone will need to add you or you'll need to send a request to be added. It's a friendly group, with a degree of humour and some great photographers willing to share and contribute.

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