Combo Stands: What the Hell is a Lollipop Head?

13 Mar

There are two stands which some people call combo stands, but only one of these is truly a combo.

A true combo stand has a junior receiver and a lollipop head, thus combo. This way, it can be used to mount larger instruments with junior pins, or for mounting large flags or overhead frames.

Combo Head

The stand that is often mislabeled a combo also has a junior receiver, but instead of a lollipop it has a baby pin and is called, well, a junior stand with a baby pop-up. This allowed one stand to handle both the larger fixtures with big old junior pins, and the smaller fixtures with the little baby receivers. (I think that a second term might also be “mimbo stand”, but due to poor note taking skills I’m not totally sure on that one.)

Junior Receiver with Baby Pop-Up pin

If you send out the wrong combo, you can really mess up a production, so always ask what the stand is going to be used for. If you’re not absolutely sure, you can always send out some handy accessories.

If you’re sending out a combo, include a Baby Pin. You’ve seen this one before, right?

If you’re sending out a Junior with a pop-up, send out a separate lollipop head.

That way, all your bases are covered, and you don’t have to make an emergency run out to location.

So hope this helps, and good luck!



Its been how long?

10 Jan

Yeah, its been a while, I know. I’ve been putting in a lot of work on the book, and had really hoped to have a solid draft by now, but do you have any idea how many instruments there are out there? Well neither did I. And there are a lot. A. Lot.

On the plus side, I have a great picture illustrating why you should never trust other people with your gear. I’m guessing that it had something to do with a service elevator and a careless bellhop that knew he wasn’t going to get much of a tip anyway.


I was able to replace the American Grip leg for around forty dollars and a few minutes of time. The Matthews stand with the orange feet was a spring loaded turtle base, however, and the snapped leg was part of the central shaft, so it couldn’t be replaced. I had to purchase a whole new base for around $120. I did keep the bits, just in case. Luckily, the crew member was quick on the ball and made sure that the hotel excepted liability for the damage.

My New Grip Area is so Purty!

15 Aug
Shots of my completed (finaly!) work area at the new Imagecraft location. The top shelves make nice place for naps.

C-Stands and Flags


Rags and Distro

From the Other Angle

Repair Station

Its been a long days night

4 Jul

And Imagecraft has been moving to a new building. Ugh. So sore. So many many bruises. We’ll be moved in by the end of the week and I hope to add some new posts once my back stops seizing up. I’m being melodramatic. Sort of.

Still having trouble remembering how to log in

20 Jun

Pretty sad, eh?

I have slowly and painfully come to the realization that I should probably learn more about camera grip. Bleh. Sometimes I just don’t feel like learning anything else. My job at Imagecraft has forced me to learn about all sorts of stuff I don’t want to know (audio for instance. There are so many parts!), and a lot of stuff I didn’t know I wanted to know (oddly, audio again), and a lot of stuff I didn’t know I didn’t want to know (you still following? That would be distro BTW).

Where was I?

Oh, so I think that having some posts on camera grip would be a good idea.

Free T-Shirt!

15 Jun

I have a T-Shirt to give away. Yes, I know, just one. I was trying out a new vendor. S’okay. Its black, XL Tee with the following (except with tighter spacing because if the blog setting):



plural grip·ol·o·gies

Etymology: New Latin gripologia,

from gripo- + -logia -logy

1: the science of grip and electric
2a: the mental or behavioral habits

of gaffers and electricians

b : the study of grip and electric in

relation to a particular field of knowledge

or activity
3: a theory or system of gripology

I’m going to try a second vendor to see if I can get a better deal, and then I’ll hopefully have a lot more!

How big is your meat axe?

14 Jun

Abouts 72 inches.

A Meat Axe is a type of adjustable arm that is often attached to a studio catwalk or lighting grid, though it can be attached to all sorts of things thanks to its handy C-Clamp. I haven’t seen many requests for this in the field, though.  Kinda anticlimactic, eh?

Meat Axe Arm (Matthews Studio)

 A Meat Axe Flag is a type of “cutter”, like a 4×4 Floppy or a 2×3 Solid Flag that goes on the Meat Axe Arm and is usualy either 24″x48″ or 30″x36..

Meat Axe Flag

Tip: When either asking for a Meat Axe or taking an order for one, make sure you clarify whether it is for the arm, the flag, or both.

Wooden Nick-EL

10 Jun

Apologies to the folks over at Wooden Nickel Lighting for my little mis-spelling of their name in my links.All better!

(If it weren’t for spell check, my posts would be waaay more interesting.)

Oh, and I added a Rental House Blues section for all you shop techs, rental agents, and of course, renters.

Invitation to become a Gripology Author

9 Jun

Apparently I can set up this site so that other people can post new, er, posts. If anyone is interested, just drop me an email at and we can talk!


designing a grip room from scratch

9 Jun

Since imagecraft may be moving to a new, more consolidated location in the next month, I have the opportunity to set up the grip area the way I want to. Or at least the way I want to and is approved by the big boss. So my question is, the best way to store c-stands, combo stands etc so that they are accessible, and don’t fall over like huge metal dominoes when I inevitably knock into them. Anyone encounter the same question? Solutions? Suggestions? Salutations?