Avenger c-stand met gobo-arm

The C-stand has an infinite amount of possibilities. It can hold heavy light. It can hold a flag. It can clamp on to something like bead-board or show card. It can hold something up real high or down real low, or over head. It can work in a studio or it can work outside. It can withstand rain or be totally submerged under water, and it can do all of this at any angle or at any height.

The C-stand is not just a lighting and grip tool. Audio operators use C-stands to hold boom microphones in studio setups. Camera operators will use a C-stand with a piece of show card to block the sun from their view finders. Stage Managers use C-Stands to hold cue cards for easy access.

There are several different configurations to a C-stand. If you remove the stand from the base and add a Stand Adapter you now have a low stand, capable of holding a light for an effects shot or an up-light.

Anatomy of a C-Stand


  • the base
  • the stand with three risers
  • the gobo head
  • the gobo arm
  • the 1/8" to 5/8" stand adapter
  • variety of clamps and spigot adapters

How to use a C-stand


  • When facing the gobo head the arm always goes to the right. In the opposite arrangement (arm facing to the left) any downward force applied to the arm would actually loosen the gobo head causing the arm to slip and fall.
  • Tighten the head making sure that the arm is 10 – 15 degrees higher than parallel – this will cause the weight of the light or other accessory to add even more tightening power to the head.
  • Place the largest leg toward the direction of the arm of the stand (large leg directly below the arm).
  • Place a sand bag on the largest leg.
The video below demonstrates the most common mistake when using a C-stand – tightening the head.



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