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Master Clamp: 8 Ways to Use This Must Have Tool for Photographers

By Hanssie on September 8th 2014

There are many situations as a photographer where you are expected to Macgyver something by using whatever you have in your camera bag, in your car and on location to get set up a scene properly. Be it rigging your off camera light to a stand or securing your camera when you’ve left your tripod somewhere, there have been times, I am sure, that you’ve had to be creative in rigging up your gear (like attaching a secondary flash to the DJ’s speakers at a wedding reception), just to get the look and feel you want for your shot.


There’s a tool that is a must have in every photographer’s camera bag, and that is a master clamp. This indispensable piece of metal has many uses on set for both photographers and filmmakers.  Many times, we have to attach something we need to something else, and when you’re working with thousands and thousands of dollars in equipment, you have to make sure it’s secure. In the following video from RGG Edu, Rob Grimm shows us 8 ways you can use a master clamp, from mounting backgrounds to utilizing the master clamp with other tools like a magic arm.


If you’re a new photographer who has never heard of this ~$40 tool, or someone looking for new ideas to use your master clamp, check out the useful 5 and a half minute video below.

Th e master clamp that Rob is using in the video is made by Tether Tools and can be found here at B&H.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Greg Silver

    Love his T-Shirt!

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  2. fotosiamo

    I’ve owned several different companies’ super clamp (also known as the Mafer clamp in the film world), and hands down the Matthews and Kupo versions are much better than the manfrotto ones. They are more sturdy and they use the more ergonomic and more secure C-stand style grip knobs.

    The Manfrotto super clamps are almost the same price as the aforementioned clamps, but use the long single sided stem that feels like it’ll break and can get in the way because of its length if you’re trying to use the clamp in tight spaces.

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  3. John Cavan

    Any idea on how the Manfrotto Super Clamp compares? The Canadian price of that is pretty much a dollar match to the B&H price on the super clamp.

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  4. Ralph Hightower

    Okay, he’s convinced me!

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  5. Brandon Dewey

    Great video. I love my master clap and like Rob says in the video you can use them for just about anything. I’ve even used one to hold a perch for birds to land on.

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