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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:34 pm

fixed now, I pasted the image URIs incorrectly
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby steamtrainfan » Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:23 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your idea. I also left my tripod at home on our last trip to KNP but your bean bag idea sound fantastic. I was thinking of buying a gorrila grip I think it is called.
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:30 pm

Gorillapod. They look pretty cool but I've never used one, they're too expensive for me (even though I bought an expensive tripod and head).

Thanks for the compliments
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby bushguy » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:00 am

Thanks Joshilewis

looks interesting! So the idea behind the 3 bags is that you can add or remove as needed? (using the velcro?) and then there is another strap that tightens the bags? The 3 together will give you a fair amount of height.

Of course I will be shooting :sniper: from a car, so the cammo may not be necessary! :wink: If the animals can't see a 2 ton red condor then they are not going to survive very long in the bush!

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Re: beanbag

Unread postby big5spotter » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:12 am

bushguy wrote: If the animals can't see a 2 ton red condor then they are not going to survive very long in the bush!
:lol: :lol:

We also have a red condor!I went to the camera shop and they have a bag for like R350 but allot smaller than the 1 in the pic!I need a bag for my new lens so I have to make a plan!
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:45 pm

bushguy wrote: So the idea behind the 3 bags is that you can add or remove as needed? (using the velcro?) and then there is another strap that tightens the bags? The 3 together will give you a fair amount of height.

Um, yeah, the idea is you can separate them, though in practice I don't (have the need). I don't use it 'one on top of the other', but rather 'side to side'. The rationale for having 3 bags is that the middle one will rest on top of the window sill, while the bigger, outside 2 bigs drape over either edge. This makes it quite stable. Also, because there's a dip in the top, it cushions/holds the camera/lens quite nicely. This also happens when using it on a flat surface (bird hide etc). The strap is used to change the
'spread' of the bag.

This might all be a bit hard to imagine, so I'll try take some action shots soon (will probably be in a couple of days only).


big5spotter wrote:I went to the camera shop and they have a bag for like R350 but allot smaller than the 1 in the pic!

That's exactly why I made my own one :)
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:18 pm

Some Ideas for bags:

Some Basmati Rice comes in linen/cotton bags (1 or 2 KG bags) which have a zip and are strong (you can take out what you don't need to make it more pliable) However there is one problem and that is if it gets wet the rice starts to go off and you might get some smell (I had that after mine got wet)

What I did after that was to find a company that does palstic injection moulding - I bought 2 KG of plastic beads (some have chips and that will also do) cost me R20.00 and that works really great - unfortunately 2 KG was to much so I now have to get a larger bag made - now I don't have to worry about the rice getting wet.

I have found a company in JHB that will sew canvas bags and will post the details when I have had a chat to them.

I will also try one of the canvas type Bank bags but one should really get a bag with a zip sewn in at the beginning

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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:34 pm

A lot of bead shops sell small plastic beads cheaply these days. PM me for specifics.

I chose rice because it was the cheapest, but also because its got quite a high density - much higher than plastic beads. This can make a difference in the stability of the bag.

For the wet problem, I either put my rice into zip-lock bags, or left it in the original sealed plastic packaging.
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby issi » Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:11 am

Just read your thread on beanbags! I had the same problem en read a lot about window mounts and beanbags, I came across a thing called Win-bag Pro. http://www.verygoods.co.za/windbag_pro.html.It worked very well and the best part is that you can leave it on the window when driving

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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Mellory » Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:22 am

I had a cushion that had tiny polystyrene balls in it it was ready for the bin as the outer case had developed holes as I was about to toss it I realised it would make the perfect bean bag with a new cover put over the old one it is perfect.

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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:51 am

I've also made my own custom window mounts in the past, which mainly took a tripod head. My biggest problem with window mounts is often you can't close the window quickly, or at all. Can become a problem when there are vervets and baboons around...
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby bert » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:28 am

I use different bean bags
Bought one from
Double beanbag
And made my own from a pillow casing
Always fill them with sunflower seeds (bird seeds for parrots for eg)
They are light and big

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Re: beanbag

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:10 am

joshilewis wrote:My biggest problem with window mounts is (...)

The height!

I have tried using a real windowmount, with ballhead. That really wasn't too pleasant as I lacked a hardhat and kept bumping my head against the handrest above the window. :|

So till I have a Wimberly I'll be using beanbags.
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Switchback » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:48 am

This is the one I use, has nice long extensions over the door for stabillity.

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Re: beanbag

Unread postby sandals » Sat Oct 24, 2009 1:23 pm

Hi there

I am just an amateur but use the following - bought a poolnoodle and cut it in two. Made a slit along one side to fit over the window - only problem is that you have to remove it if you want to close the window completely - but its good enough for us. :)


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