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Designed and made in Denmark
The C-pan Arm is a unique camera guide system that mechanically moves your camera in a variety of
different paths: horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The C-pan Arm is capable of 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.
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Model number: 9.CPA1
Max load capacity doing horizontal movements: 17 lb / 8 kg
Max load capacity doing vertical movements: 13 lb / 6 kg
Weight (Body): 11 lb / 5 kg
Weight (Dumbbells): 13 lb / 6 kg
Pan Range (Vertical and Horizontal): 62 in / 160 cm
Curve Radius (Outward): 59 in / 1.5 m
Tripod Mount: 3/8-16" Female
Camera Plate Mount: 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16
The C-Pan Arm should only be operated by someone who has read and fully understands the instructions and applications
for use along with any cautions or limitations. The C-Pan Arm was designed to be used when the system has been appropriately
counterbalanced. The C-Pan Arm is not meant to be used with loads for horizontal movement over 17 lbs/8 Kgs and vertical
movement over 13 lbs/6 kgs. Exceeding this weight capacity may trigger malfunction, which may result in C-Pan Arm damage or
failure. Personal injury and damage to equipment attached or within close proximity of the 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. This is a precision piece
of equipment designed for purpose. This is a robustly built piece of equipment though mishandling or failure to avoid it’s limitations can
cause damage and void our Warranty.
Limitation of liability:
Limits specified by 9.Solutions must be observed. Exceeding these limits must be avoided under all
circumstances. In the event of an accident or damages to equipment being used on or around The C-pan Arm, due to negligence or
improper use, the manufacturer cannot be held liable for damages or injuries. The sequence stated in this manual and by 9.Solutions
for use, assembly and disassembly must be observed.
9.Solutions products are warranted against defects for one year from date of purchase. Within this period of time
9.Solutions will repair it without charge for labor or parts. 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 Sea exposure. Warranty
repairs are subjected to inspection and evaluation by 9.Solutions.
Service life of the device:
The service life is limited by material wear and fatigue. Service life is therefore dependent on the frequency
of use and the environmental conditions to which the C-Pan Arm is exposed.
Please read and follow these instructions before use:
This product complies with the CE directives.
Counter weight tube
1. Camera screw
2. Camera plate
3. Camera plate forward/backwards tilt
4. Camera plate side to side slide and
angulation adjustment handle
6. Curvature adjustment handle
7. Curvature indication scale
8. Gearbox plate
10. Counterweight tube
11. Lock pin for counterweight tube
13. Fulcrum rosettes
14. Fulcrum tilt adjustable handle
15. Tripod plate
16. Tripod attachment knob
17. Level bubble
18. Attachment point for optional motor
19. 1/4”-20 tapped hole
20. Lock pin
A heavy duty tripod is required to mount the C-pan arm.
Insure that the max load capacity of the tripod is not
For best stability, spread the legs on the tripod as much as
it is possible and make sure all the leg and lock knobs are
During transportation or when not in use, lock the two
arms together with the lock pin. Align arms and push pin
down into the bottom arm. The pin can be used on either
side to lock the arms.
When operating the C-pan arm, lift the lock pin until its
bottom tip is flush with underside of arm.
The lock pin can be removed completely if it is in the way.
If there is a need to use the C-pan for vertical movements,
try to position the tripod legs so that there is a free space
on the left side of the C-pan arm. This will allow the arm to
travel uninterrupted down the side of the tripod.
When mounting the C-pan on a tripod, loosen the fulcrum
plate and tilt it at a 90 degree angle to the underside of the
Place the C-pan on the tripod
Tighten the finger nut onto the tripod’s 3/8” thread.
Securely tighten the nut with included Allen wrench.
Tilt fulcrum back until the lines on top of fulcrum and arm
base line up.
1 Attach the counter weight tube to the front of the C-pan.
2. Insert the lock pin
Place counter weights on tube. Place the weights as needed
(depending on camera weight) to reach a safe operating
balance. Weights can be set at different positions on the
tube to increase or decrease counter balance. It is important
to test the C-Pan arm at its maximum reach with the camera
mounted to set the right weight requirement.
Attach camera to the camera plate. The camera screw
has a 1/4” thread on one side and 3/8” on the other.
Use the camera plate tilt to position the camera lens in the
middle of the two arms
Check the levelling bubble to insure that the C-pan is set
level in all directions.
After every setup of the C-Pan arm: Double check that the arm always stays stable doing all its movements.
Do this by supporting the camera while guiding it through its initial movements into its maximum positions.
Straight and curved movements:
Set adjustment handle to mid position for straight
movement (indicated by a straight line)
Setting the adjustment handle at any position to the right
of center position creates an outward curved movement.
Any radius from 1,5m (59in) to straight can be achieved.
Setting the adjustment handle at any position to the left of
center position creates an inward curved movement.
Curved movements (outward).
Curved movements (inward)
Set curved movements:
When moving the C-pan arm in a straight or curved movement, do not
extend the arm all the way to where the two arms touch the hinges.
When operating the C-pan arm, do not jolt the arms back and forth or make it abruptly stop or start.
This could be damaging the gears and lead to increased backlash in the whole mechanism.
1. Align the camera lens and the
C-pan 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
To maintain the most accurate curve, do not move
the arms all the way to the maximum position.
The curvature of the movement becomes parabolic
the further it gets to the maximum position.
Tilted and vertical movements:
Set the arm at any desired angle from horizontal to vertical.
Adjust camera tilt plate to accommodate the position of
Always insure that the rosette teeth intermesh correctly
when tightening down the green handle. Do not let go of arm
before having insured that the fulcrum connection is
It is not recommended to make adjustments to the curvature
of the movement when the arm is in a vertical position. There
is a lot of pressure on the gears making readjustments
difficult to do. But if needed, try to ease the weight on the
gears by separating the two arms simultaneously while
making the adjustment.
Do show caution if the above is to be done.
C-Pan arm can be set at any sloped angle between 0 and
90 degrees at intervals of 15 degrees. Do not set it in-
between where rosette teeth don't lock it securely in
To easily tilt the C-pan arm into a vertical or sloped
position, move the arm out to the right side and (while
holding the arm firmly) loosen the green fulcrum handle
and tilt the arm to the desired position.
In and outs or Fly-over movements :
To make in and out shots or fly-overs, simply loosen the
camera screw and rotate the camera 90 degrees (or the
desired angle) on the camera plate and then tighten screw
The camera plate can then be titled to any angle,
depending on what kind of movement is desired.
In and out movement
Tilted and vertical movements:
Straight vertical movements.
Vertical curved movement
Sloped curved movement
To ease directional positioning, an optional rotating plate
can be placed between the C-pan and the tripod.
At the top of the right rear shaft, there is a 1/4-20”
attachment point to mount accessories such as external
The camera screw features a 1/4”-20 thread one one end
and 3/8”-16 thread on the opposite end.
To replace or switch the camera screw around, remove
plastic plug from slot end and slide camera screw to the
Attachment points for optional motor or drag control on
underside of gear box.
Always insure that the counter weight clamps are tight up
against the counter weights so that they can’t slide on
the tube. If they slide on the tube in vertical or in sloped
position, then they could interrupt a smooth movement.
Always keep fingers clear from any of the mechanical
moving parts. Operate the C-pan from the outside of any of
the crossing arms.
General cleaning of the C-pan arm can be done using a moist cloth. Do not use any chemicals of any kind on any of the surfaces.
The joints and the gear mechanism is dry running. Do not
use any lubricants. Using lubricants will cause dust and
sand to accumulate which can damage the mechanism.
Do not use any lubricants like grease or oils on any of the joints or moving parts.
(The bearings are sealed and the internal gears should stay dry.)
Do not move a fully loaded C-pan by lifting or pulling in the
The C-pan should only be moved by its pedestal - and if
so, it is recommended to move it without any counter
weight or payload.
Do not drag or jolt the C-pan around when fully loaded
with counter weights. This could lead to damaged gears or
If C-pan has to be lifted to be moved, unload all weights
and mounted equipment first.
If the C-pan has been used in environments where dust or
sand has gotten into areas around the joints and moving
parts, then it should be cleaned out using compressed air.
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