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Mini C-pan arm
Designed and made in Denmark
This product complies with the CE directives.
Model number: 9.MCPA1
Max load capacity for horizontal movements: 11 lb / 5 kg
Max load capacity for vertical movements: 6.6 lb / 3 kg
Weight (body): 3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
Pan range (vertical and horizontal): 23.6 in / 60 cm
Minimum curve radius (outward): 23,6 in / 60 cm
Tripod mount: 3/8” -16" and 1/4” -20 female
Camera plate mount: 1/4"-20 and 3/8”-16
The Mini C-Pan Arm is a unique camera guide system that allows you to mechanically
move your camera in horizontal, vertical, and diagonal paths. The Mini C-Pan Arm is
capable of following curved camera paths as well, and its total movement range is 3.5
times its folded length.
When making a non-curved movement, the arm functions as a traditional, straight track
slider. Small adjustments to the arm allow the camera to move in a curved path.
Please read and follow these instructions before use:
Thanks for purchasing a 9.Solutions product. With great passion, we design our
products to be as versatile as possible. We hope that our products contribute to
your creative vision.
The 9.Solutions Team
Liability: The Mini C-Pan Arm should only be operated by someone who has read and fully
understands the instructions and applications for use and has adequately reviewed its cautions
and limitations. The Mini C-Pan Arm was designed to be used when the system has been
appropriately counterbalanced. The Mini C-Pan Arm is not meant to be used with loads for
horizontal movement exceeding 11 lbs/5 Kgs and loads for vertical movement exceeding 6,6 lbs/
3 kgs. Exceeding this weight capacity may trigger malfunction, which may result in Mini C-Pan
Arm damage or failure. Personal injury and damage to equipment attached or within close
proximity of the Mini C-Pan Arm may also result.
9.Solutions has made every effort to illustrate and describe the products and components in this
manual accurately. Illustrations and descriptions including instructions for proper use and
application as well as situations and practices to avoid are provided. This is a precision piece of
equipment designed for a specific purpose. Though it is a robustly built piece of equipment,
mishandling or failure to respect its limitations can cause damage and void its warranty.
Limitation of liability: Limits specified by 9.Solutions must be observed. Exceeding these limits
must be avoided under all circumstances. The manufacture will not be held liable for accidents,
personal injuries, or any and all equipment damages due to negligence or improper use of the
Mini C-Pan Arm. The sequence stated in this manual and by 9.Solutions for use, assembly and
disassembly must be observed.
Warranty: 9.Solutions products are warranted against defects for one year from the date of
purchase. This warranty provides for the repair (labor and parts) of defective products at no
charge. This warranty does not cover transportation costs, nor does it cover a product subjected
to misuse or accidental damage. Warranty does not cover corrosion from continued weather or
water exposure. Warranty repairs are subject to inspection and evaluation by 9.Solutions.
Service life of the device: The service life is limited by material wear and tear. Service life is
therefore dependent on the frequency of use and the environmental conditions to which the Mini
C-Pan Arm is exposed.
Camera screw slot
Camera screw slot end plug
Camera plate curvature adjustment indicator
Camera plate curvature indication scale
Base plate curvature adjustment indicator
Base plate curvature indication scale
10. 3/8” -16 tapped hole for counterweight rod attachment
11. Base plate 3/8” -16 and 1/4” -20 tapped mounting holes
12. Break/ drag control knob
13. Optional motor attachment points
14. Base plate
15. Camera plate curvature adjustment knob
16. Base plate curvature adjustment knob
It is recommended that you mount the Mini C-Pan Arm on a solid tripod. But its also possible
to mount it using a clamp or other equipment fitted with 1/4’ -20 or 3/8” -16 thread.
Insure that the max load capacity of the tripod is not exceeded.
For best stability, spread the legs on the tripod as wide as possible and make sure that all leg
and lock knobs are securely tightened.
If there is a need to use the Mini C-Pan
Arm for vertical movements on a tripod,
try to position the tripod legs so that there
is a free space on the left side of the arm.
This will allow it to travel uninterrupted
down the side of the tripod.
A tripod with centre column can also be
used to give the Mini C-Pan free vertical
For vertical movements it is
recommended that you mount the Mini C-
Pan Arm on a strong three-way head or a
90˚ tiltable video head and that you use a
ball head or other 90˚ tiltable equipment
or head on the camera plate.
The Mini C-Pan Arm can be mounted
directly on the 3/8” -16 thread of a tripod or
other equipment, but for best stability and
ease of frequent attachment and
detachment, it is recommended that you
use a quick release plate or other quick
If the Mini C-Pan Arm is to be used for
vertical movements, it is necessary to use
a quick release plate with a guide pin or
additional tightening screws to keep the
arm form accidentally rotating on the plate.
For vertical movements or for movements
where a counter balance is needed, it is
possible to screw a 3/8” -16 threaded rod
or pin in the left side hinge in front of the
arm and use it to hang weights in the form
of dumbbells, sandbags, water jugs or
other heavy objects.
To attach a camera or a ball head to the
camera plate, slide the camera or ball
head along the screw slot and into the
desired position. Then, tighten down the
If vertical shots are needed, its best to
position the ball head to the right side.
The camera screw features a 1/4”-20 thread
on one end and 3/8”-16 thread on the
opposite end. To change from one to the
other, pop out the rubber plug at the end of
the slot and turn the camera screw in the
For transport, tighten rear knob when it is
in a neutral position.
The knob can also be used to create drag
during shots or to lock down a certain
Straight and curved movements:
(for accurate movements, set both knobs to the same position on the scale).
Set adjustment knobs on both camera and
base plate to the mid position for straight.
movement (indicated by a straight line).
Curved movements (outward).
Curved movements (inward)
Setting the adjustment knobs at any position
towards the outward curved symbol creates
an outward curved movement.
Setting the adjustment knobs at any position
towards the inward symbol creates an inward
Set curved movements:
1. Align the camera
lens and Mini C-Pan’s
arms with the subject.
2. Move arm out to one side.
3. Loosen the adjustment
handle and slide it to the right.
Slide it until the camera lens
lines up with the subject again.
Tighten adjustment handle.
When operating the Mini C-Pan Arm, do not jolt the arms back and forth or make it
abruptly stop or start. This can damage its gears and lead to increased backlash in
the whole mechanism.
To maintain the most accurate curve, do not move the arms all the way to the outmost
positions. The curvature of the movement becomes parabolic the further it gets to the ends.
Do not move a fully loaded Mini C-Pan
Arm by lifting or pulling in the arms.
The Mini C-Pan Arm should only be
moved by its pedestal. It is also
recommended that you move it without
any counter weight or payload on it.
Do not drag or jolt the Mini C-Pan Arm
around when fully loaded with camera and
counter weights as doing so could lead to
damaged gears or joints.
Always keep fingers clear from the mechanical moving parts. Operate the Mini C-Pan Arm
from the outside of any crossing arms.
If the Mini C-Pan Arm is used in
environments where dust or sand is
present, joints and moving parts should
be cleaned of any debris using
compressed air and a moist cloth.
The joints and the gear mechanism is dry
Do not use any lubricants on any of the
Using lubricants will cause dust and sand
to accumulate which can damage the
Do not use any lubricants like grease or oils on any of the joints or
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