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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:29 pm

Could you explain why a bean bag is needed, I've read about
them but never understood the need. I rest the lens on my hand which is on the sill of the car window, would the bean bag be more stable?
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Unread postby bert » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:30 pm

Or buy a pillow casing , small one with a zipper.
The kinda fancy cushions for furniture.

And stuff with rice.
I always care one around and use it as well.

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Unread postby C. O'Dee » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:41 pm

Neil, I've used both my hand as well as my friends bean bag and believe me the difference is quite vast! The beanbag is definately more stable - or so I found!

Bert, I have tried filling it more, but it gets rather heavy with all the rice. Maybe I sould try the dried bean bit! You don't think maybe the fact that the material is a bit thin that that could be part of the problem too?

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Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:52 pm

Yep! A beanbag is way better than a hand. Better still is to use a windowmount, but I found you need fairly high windows for them, or live with a head full of dents. And you can easily transfer a beanbag from side to side, which you can't do with a windowmount. (And look like a bodybuilder after your vacation.)
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Unread postby j-ms » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:00 pm

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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:03 pm

Thanks, I mustl try and arrange something then. I read somewhere that bubble-plastic (package material) works well, and would certainly be lighter on the flight over.
Has anyone tried bubble plastic?
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Unread postby saraf » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:06 pm

It all depends on the material. Some lighter cottons/poly-cottons can fray when pressure is put on them. Most commercial beanbags are made from heavy-duty cotton like denim. I use calico, which I find is quite cheap and strong. Have a look in fabric shops for scraps and off-cuts which they sell off

Bert's idea of using cushion covers with a zip is a good idea too.
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Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:12 pm

Don't use package material! It's way too light! You need a steady rest, not something that blows away with a little wind.

Just bring over your beanbag, hit the shops, and come out with 3 kilos of rice. Fill the bag, have your trip, and at the end of it empty it into a plastic bag. That you hand to one of the staff, making them happy, and your beanbag very light and flightworthy again.

Saves a lot of volume as well. :wink:
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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:16 pm

In that other thread there was this link with lots of products.

http://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies.co.uk/dbbag.htm

What made me smile was the beautifully camouflaged camera,lens and beanbag perched on a bright red car!
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Unread postby C. O'Dee » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:21 pm

OK - done! Will just put MORE rice into my bag! Thanks guys & girls!

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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:41 pm

So if I buy a 3kg bag of rice in a shop, why can't I just use it
as it is?
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Unread postby saraf » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:48 pm

Because the plastic will rip. Or burst.
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Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:49 pm

You can, but the plastic will tear pretty fast... And then we can follow you all through the parks. :lol:
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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:00 pm

Should have guessed!
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Unread postby C. O'Dee » Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:22 pm

:lol: Don't worry Neil, we can't all be bright! :P


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