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  • STA 01‐350 1

    CAUTION: Use leather work gloves and safety glasses when handling the box, when opening the box and when assembling the product.

    HAZARD: Strapping is under tension and can jump when cut. Strapping and Buckles, Protective Edging, Plastic Walls, Plastic Caps and Product Compo- nents and parts should be handled with care. Work slowly, use extra caution to avoid any sharp edges.

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    Rough Handling:

    Each package leaves our facility in perfect condition. The column boxes are constructed using thick cardboard, some packages in- clude engineered plastic walls, end caps and banded protection corners. The column is packed using dense foam to protect against reasonable impacts. If the box is handled roughly it will show signs of transit damage. Carefully inspect the column base, counter- weight securing strap and all components pri- or to assembly. If there are damaged parts, do not assemble the stand. If the damage is noticeable such as cracks or broken off parts contact your dealer for exchange. You can al- so contact Studio Titan America by email with images if you require a second opinion. If the damage is cosmetic and does not compro- mise the safe operation of the stand, please contact Studio Titan America by email with im- ages of the parts that are affected. We will make arrangements to provide you with re- placement parts to restore your stand to new condition.

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    Intended use:  

    This product is intended for use by profes- sional and commercial photographers in a studio environment with a high ceiling. The wheels are designed to be used indoors on a floor that is smooth, hard, flat and unobstruct- ed. The Studio Stands with internal counter- weight are designed to be used at all times with a load (Camera or laptop shelf or both). CAUTION: This product is not recom- mended for use by hobbyists or in a house- hold environment with a low ceiling or car- peted floors. Carpeting or pitted surfaces are not recommended because of the increased rolling resistance which can cause the stand to tip over. If the surface is not ideal, the stand must be moved with CAUTION, very slowly, using both hands one at the top and the other at the bottom to steady the stand in order to prevent the stand from tipping over. If the surface is not ideal, lower the load to waist level before moving the stand. We also recommend the use of a sandbag or weight attached at the base when conditions are not ideal to prevent tipping over. Ultimately it’s the users responsibility to understand how the stand operates and to use the stand with- in its specification limits, as intended to insure their own safety and the safety of their equip- ment. It is also recommended to use a short tether cable to secure the camera to the stand in the event that the head, head plate, attachment stud or camera adapter plate comes loose or fails. Some assembly is re- quired, we recommend using an assistant during the initial product assembly. Please read all documentation prior to assembly.

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    Component Identification:

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    Assembly Steps:

    1 Together with your Assistant……..Place the Column Box [long rectangular box] flat on floor. Do not stand the Vertical/Center Column vertically. Remove and Lay the Vertical/Center Column flat on the floor. At the Base, Visually inspect and Confirm that the Counterweight BOLT is present securing the counterweight to the counterweight stop pin. Do NOT remove the Counterweight strap until advised later. If the strap is present proceed to step 2 with as- sembly. If NOT, then:

    If Counterweight BOLT is NOT present, the counter weight is loose and can move inside the column. Do not stand the column vertical- ly. Either contact Studio Titan America for in- structions or if you feel comfortable you can follow this procedure: Roll up some of the foam packing material and insert it into the column at the base over the counterweight stop pin. The foam will act as a cushion for the counter weight. With the base end on the floor, Very slowly lift the column from the op- posite end. The objective is to gently return the counterweight to rest on the counter- weight stop pin. When the counterweight is on the counterweight stop pin, place a box at the opposite end of the Vertical/Center Column. Complete the assembly with the Vertical/ Center Column on an angle to insure that the Counterweight remains on the counterweight stop pin.

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    Assembly Steps:

    2 Attach and Turn the Vertical Carriage Knob/ brake fully Clock Wise to secure the vertical carriage. Try moving the vertical carriage by hand to confirm that it is secure.

    3 Attach the three Leg Assemblies to the base. The fasteners are supplied in the Base. Use the supplied fasteners and Allen Key to hand tighten]. See DIAGRAM: A

    4 Together with your Assistant……..Slowly raise and lift until the Vertical/Center Column is standing freely on its wheels, then while holding the Vertical Carriage turn the Vertical Carriage Knob/brake Counter Clock Wise to release the vertical carriage. Slowly allow the Vertical Carriage to travel down the Vertical/ Center Column to its natural resting position.

    5 Turn the Vertical Carriage Knob/brake fully Clock Wise to secure the vertical carriage. Try moving the vertical carriage by hand to con- firm that it is secure. DIAGRAM: B

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    Assembly Steps:

    6 Attach the Horizontal carriage to the Vertical carriage, using the supplied fasteners and M6 Allen key tool. Note the order of fastener con- nection: [Bolt, Spring washer and then Flat washer] See DIAGRAM: B

    7 Attach the Basket to the Vertical Carriage. Note the order of fastener connection: [Bolt, Flat washer, Basket Plate, Flat Washer]. See DIAGRAM: C

    8 Together with your Assistant……..while your assistant uses both hands to hold the Hori- zontal arm bar in place. Turn the Pulley Re- lease screw Counter Clockwise. This will allow the cable that is attached between the Coun- terweight and Vertical Carriage to move freely. CAUTION: While your assistant uses both hands to hold the Horizontal Arm/Bar in place, slowly release the Vertical Carriage Knob/ brake by turning it Counter Clock Wise. This will release the vertical carriage allowing it to travel freely up and down. Confirm that the Vertical Carriage is free to move in both direc- tions while using both hands to hold the Hori- zontal Arm/Bar. Turn the Vertical Carriage Knob/brake fully Clock Wise to secure the ver- tical carriage. Try moving the vertical carriage by hand to confirm that it is secure.


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    Assembly Steps:

    9. HAZARD: Stop and take a moment to under- stand the effect of the counterweight. HAZARD: The counterweight forces the verti- cal column to travel towards the top of the Studio Stand. Without a load [Camera, laptop, etc] on the horizontal Arm/Bar it can acceler- ate quickly towards the top of the stand. HAZARD: Never use the stand without a load [Camera, laptop, etc]. Always secure the Ver- tical Carriage by Turning the Vertical Carriage Knob/brake fully Clock Wise before and after re-positioning or before the stand is unloaded [removing Camera, laptop, etc].

    10 HAZARD: Work in such a way so your al- ways standing behind or in front of the stand so that you Always stand clear of the Horizon- tal Arm/Bar and accessories. Take extra notice of your body position when you are releasing the Vertical Carriage knob. With your free hand apply a downward force to the Horizon- tal Arm/Bar Simultaneously as you release the Vertical Carriage knob.

    11 Storage: with the load removed store the Studio Stand with a weight or sandbag on the Horizontal Arm/Bar to counteract the effect of the counterweight, in the event that non- trained personal attempt to use the Studio Stand. Train all Studio personal prior to oper- ating the Studio Stand.

    12 Re-tighten all fasteners AGAIN. Re-tighten all fasteners after the first shoot. Review year- ly and tighten as required.

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    Theory of Operation:

    A studio stand is used by professional and commercial photographers to capture images accurately and repeatably. It provides a rigid and stable platform for pro- fessional DSLR, Medium Format and Large Format imaging cameras. It allows the photographer to focus on the subject matter and image composition instead of holding the camera. It provides a variety of shooting angles and additional creative options that are unachieva- ble when hand holding a camera. A studio stand is a tool. It provides the user with added technical process steps that brings out the best in High Resolution Sen- sors. A studio stand reduces vibration which in- creases image sharpness and clarity. With a head, it allows the user to accurately zero or datum the camera and then maintain camera to subject flatness of field in both the vertical and horizontal planes of travel. The flatness of field is maintained as the user moves the stand both vertically and horizontally.

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    Tip Over Hazard:

    Caution must be used when moving the stand to prevent tip over. Move the stand slowly and avoid uneven surfaces as well as low and high level objects. Additional caution must be used when