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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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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:58 pm

sandals wrote: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. :)

nice idea :)
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:59 pm

bert wrote: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

Also used this one as inspiration when designing mine
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Re: Tripod and tripod heads

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:59 am

Here is a link that may help

http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/man ... n/pid/2475

There are several How to tips

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Re: Tripod and tripod heads

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:08 pm

This is my tripod, which at ± R1500 is not a bad buy at all. It can go totally flat for low shots, and the center column is put in a horizontal position in 1 second. Well, maybe 2 if it's the first time you do it.

Here are 3 suggestions for a ballhead. It's going to be expensive, but will last you the rest of your life. (And your kids.)
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Kamadejo » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:15 pm

joshilewis wrote:right, here are the photos of my bean bag (first time I'm posting any of these details on the 'net in 2 years, so consider yourselves lucky :P )

Top view of bean bag:
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Side view of bean bag:
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Bean bag filling - rice in original bag:
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Pieces separated:
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Its designed to be used on car windows, car window sills, on ledges in bird hides etc etc. The velcro strap can be tightened or loosened for greater height etc.

I'm embarrassed to say I left it at home (along with my tripod) on my trip to Kruger last week :redface: .


I would like to sew one like this, could I get the sizes of the separated pieces please :pray: :pray:
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:24 pm

Kamadejo wrote:I would like to sew one like this, could I get the sizes of the separated pieces please :pray: :pray:

Will try measure them, but they weren't measured when they were made. Just make whatever sizes work for you :)
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Kamadejo » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:28 pm

I've got no idea which size I need. But your beanbag looks great :clap:
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:34 pm

Thanks. I still need to post some 'action shots' of it in use. The size of the beanbag should be determined by the size of your kit and how you're going to use it I guess. For example mine is too heavy to use while walking around, and useful only in the car or at a hide.
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Kamadejo » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:38 pm

That is exactly what I want to use it for. My SO bought a new lenses for me 150-500 Sigma, so I definitely need a beanbag. Would be great to see yours in use. :thumbs_up:
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Re: beanbag

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:39 pm

I made mine when I was using the Sigma 170-500mm ...
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