As a photographer, there may be times when you may need more than just yourself and your camera to get the job done.   Maybe you just need to block the sun, or a boom to hold a light up above a model’s head.  This is where grip gear comes in.  It basically refers to all the non-electrical equipment on set such as stands, booms, clamps, light modifiers such as flags & scrims, etc…  There is a bewildering number of different pieces of equipment out there, and even many different terms for the same piece of gear.  To help you wade through all this, grip gear manufacturer Matthews has compiled the Griptionary to try and lessen the confusion.

Stands and other studio equipment.
per day
Stands
Manfrotto 004 stand5.
Manfrotto Backlight stand5.
Manfrotto steel roller for booms10.
40” C-stand w/grip arm10.
20” C-stand w/grip arm7.
Medium Hi roller stand16.
Hi Hi roller stand18.
Manfrotto Autopole10.
Booms
Matthews Mini boom w/weight10.
Manfrotto Super Boom w/weight25.
Matthews Mega Boom w/weight65.
Clamps
Matthelini clamp7.
Superclamp w/pin5.
Manfrotto Lite Tite5.
J-hook2.
A-clamp2.
Manfrotto Variable Friction Arm (magic arm)10.
Apple Box - Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/82.
Sandbag2.
Magliner cart with shelf35.
AC extension cord6.
Manfrotto Backdrop Support - 10’
Includes 2 stands, telescoping pole,
2 clamps, carrying bag
10.
Manfrotto Backdrop Support - 16’ -
Includes: 4 Alucore, 2 stands w/pins, 2 clamps, carrying bag
15.
6x6 silk or duvetyne only25.
12x12 silk or duvetyne only
6x6 frame25.
12x12 frame35.
6x6 Butterfly kit (light duty) -
Incl. 6x6 silk, 6x6 griffolyn, light duty frame w/2 stands
45.
6x6 Butterfly kit (heavy duty) -
Includes: 6x6 snap-a-part frame, 2 med. high rollers, 6x6 silk and 6x6 duvetyne
65.
12x12 Butterfly kit (heavy duty) -
Includes: 12x12 snap-a-part frame, 2 med. high rollers, 12x12 silk and 12x12 black
75.
Mattboard reflector 4’x4’ silver - w/pivoting yoke25.
18x24 open end scrim5.
24x36 open end scrim6.
Single flag5.
Flag kit - 2 each, small (12”x18”),
medium (16”x24”), large (24”x36”)
25.
Matthews 4x4 top hinge floppy22.
Slaves
Wein optical slave5.
Pocket Wizard Plus III / Plus IV radio slave
pair
15.
Extra transmitter or receiver10.
Pocket Wizard Multimax, 1 transceiver15.
Pocket Wizard Multimax, 2 transceivers25.
Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 pair - Canon/Nikon25.
Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 single - Canon/Nikon15.
Pocket Wizard remote cord - Canon/Nikon10.
Light Meters
Sekonic L-478DR20.
Sekonic L-35818.
Minolta Autometer IV18.
Minolta Flashmeter V / Sekonic L35818.
Minolta 5 degree spot attachment5.
Minolta Spotmeter F18.
Tripods
per day
Gitzo GT5531S w/Wimberly WH-200 head40.
Manfrotto monopod5.
Manfrotto tripod - 190 or 055 w/head15.
Manfrotto, Slik, Gitzo large tripod w/head25.
Manfrotto 303 SPH VR panoramic head w/leveling base35.
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon tripod w/ Magnesium ballhead25.
Manfrotto 055 Tripod w/ 701 HDV video head20.
Manfrotto 546B Video Tripod w/504HD Video Head30.
Backdrops
per day
Muslins
10'x20'25.
16'x20'40.
Drop it MODERN backdrop 9'x12'25.
Manfrotto 10’ backdrop support kit10.
Manfrotto 16’ backdrop support kit15.
Shooting Tent10.
Muslin Backdrop Colours

Below are examples of the muslin backdrops available in rentals. *Please note that the actual colour will not be exactly as pictured due to different monitor calibrations. Please come by and have a look in person if the colour is critical to your shoot.

Fans and Fog Machine
per day
Reel FX fan60.
Floor Fan20
Le Maitre Show Fogger w/fog fluid
*additional fog fluid - $24.50
40.
Clothing steamer35.
Softboxes, Umbrellas, Reflectors
per day
Chimera
Extra Small - 16” x 22”12.
Small - 24” x 32”12.
Small - for tungsten or HMI lights15.
Small Strip - 9” x 36”12.
Medium - 36” x 48” (3’ x 4’)18.
Medium - for tungsten or HMI lights22.
Medium Strip - 14” x 56” (1.1’ x 4.6’)18.
Large - 54” x 72” (4.5’ x 6’)28.
Large Strip - 21” x 84” (1.75’ x 7’)28.
*rental of a softbox includes a speedring
Dedicated speedring5.
Profoto RFi speedlight speedring10.
Egg crate - sm/sm strip 40˚12.
Egg crate - med/med strip 40˚18.
Egg crate - lg/lg strip 50˚28.
Chimera 3’ Octabank25.
Chimera 5’ Octabank35.
Profoto 4’ Octabank30.
Egg Crate for Profoto 4’ Octabank30.
Profoto 7’ Octabank45.
Profoto Giant 6’ (180cm) parabolic umbrella - fits Profoto only110.
Photoflex 7’ octabank45.
Umbrellas & Reflectors
Photoflex umbrella5.
Profoto Umbrella Deep White med. 41”12.
Profoto Diffusion for Deep Med. Umbrella7.
Profoto Umbrella Deep Silver XL12.
Profoto Diffusion for XL Umbrella10.
Photoflex Litedisc reflector5.
Photoflex Multidisc reflector10.
Sunbounce
Micro-Mini 2’x3’ zebra/white15.
Micro-Mini 2’x3’ silver/white15.
Mini kit 3’x4’ silver/white20.
Mini kit 3’x4’ zebra/white20.
Sun Swatter Mini 3’x4’25.
Pro kit 4’x6’ silver/white30.
4’x6’ zebra/white fabric12.
4’x6’ translucent fabric12.