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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby hilda » Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:33 am

Hi Pumbaa. Unfortunately I will not be able to tell you where in Europe you can buy one, but I will buy it here and give it to you in February when we meet at Satara. :D You can also use one of those polysterene things (I don't know what you call it, but I will show you). You cut a slit in it and fit it over the window. This does not slip off like a bean bag normally does, and if it falls outside the vehicle, you might not be able to pick it up due to whatever is outside. :roll:

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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby Lionspoon » Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:34 am

Hi Pumbaa! :yaya:

I always take a pillowcase (40x40) with me. It's made of cotton, not the jersey kind that you get,
but the one that doesn't go out of square. And I buy a 5kg rice bag in SA which I put in. Always did the trick for me and I don't have to haul more weight over to SA. :thumbs_up:

Although I'm considering buying only 2kg of rice next time around. :hmz:
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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby granjan » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:24 pm

Hi Pumbaa,
You can see mine strapped to the veranda railing at Punda Maria to take pics of the butterfly bush.
I bought it for about £25 and bring it empty, fill it with rice [about 4kg] and give the rice to the cleaning lady at the last place I stay in.
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At home, I fill it with polystyrene beads to make it very light.

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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:19 pm

Thanks so much for your prompt replies and good advices here :k :gflower:

@Lionspoon - The hint with the pillowcase is a great idea especially having the weight limitation on flights in mind :thumbs_up:

@granjan - Yours do look amazing - Just the thing we are looking for although when in camp we also do use our tripod :dance:

@hilda - My angel and hero(ess) :k :k :k You are more than kind and I do understand what you mean with these polysterene things and for sure already looking forward to our meeting in Satara :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks also to Duke and Muhammad for their pm's and for the link and that was exactly the bean bags we are looking for :dance: :dance: :dance: Unfortunately such things are not available here in Germany :wall: :wall:

You are all great :gflower:

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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby H. erectus » Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:06 pm

Hah, just love your honesty P'baa.
Worth millions.

Pumbaa even a small bag of potatoes
will do the trick.
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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby Caracal » Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:58 am

Hi Pumbaa

I have an awesome beanbag..designed by a lady that has made many a trip to the KTP..and in my opinion it is way better than anything else I have seen.
I will PM you details but not quite right now...just got back from Rio and after travelling for 30 hrs non stop I don't think I am capable of writing a pm right now. If you do not hear from me a day or two pls take it that this thought of a PM has gone into oblivion..pls send me a PM to remind me to send you a PM.....:) :) :) :)

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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:12 pm

Thanks also to H. erectus, Caracal and Mutiman :clap: :clap: :clap:

@H.erectus - For sure there are several things which can be abused as bean bag which we did until now but a bean bag is a bean bag :thumbs_up:

@Caracal - Will surely do and show us the birds :clap:

@Mutiman - Perfect one :dance:

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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby okie » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:17 pm

I have several beanbags , all homemade . One even made from the sleeve of an old shirt , tied off at both ends , filled with beans . Works great :thumbs_up:
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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby anne catherine » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:59 pm

Pumbaa,

I first begun with a homemade one and finish to buy one,not as nice as the one on birdsasart,though...
Make sure you buy enough rice to fill it,this year i didn't :whistle:
Though you have lenses with IS,i think it's always better to use the bean-bag when you can :)

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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby H. erectus » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:05 pm

I'm only human, just luuv schleppin
dead weight around!!
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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby H. erectus » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:08 pm

Just overdose your make-up bag
and take it along. Believe me it will
suffice.
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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread postby UKbadger » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:04 am

Hi Pumba

Here is your answer!

http://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies.co.uk/retail/acatalog/Bean_Bags_1.html

C14-ST Double bean bags with shoulder strap
C14.6-ST Large inc liners with strap


Fill with rice on arrival and use in the car by raising the window 5cm or so and the BB fits snugly over and stays put when driving along!

If necessary you can raise the window up with the BB still on and it still works, though not as stable.

It’s not too big and unwieldy though, to pull into the car when the dust is raised by other vehicles or you need to get to the other window fast.

We have one with a strap that is quickly removable and one without and find the strap very useful for going into hides etc.

Once you have used one there is no going back, the BB is essential!!!!!

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Re: Where to find a Window Car mount for a camcorder

Unread postby normana53 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:59 pm

I have the manfrotto window mount with a small ballhead that my wife loves, we also have a giotto's window mount that doesn't have a ball head but rotates side to side and up/down - I use it for my DSLR, but we generally leave one mounted on each side window so we can quickly get a shot. We also have a large novoflex mount that works on the side bars of open safari vehicles, but it was very expensive and has only been used a couple of times. I agree with Hawk get a window mount and ball head - manfrotto's window mount is #243 it is inexpensive, but then you need a small ball head to attach for your camera - It is a very worthwhile investment!
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Is the ergorest still available?

Unread postby htid » Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:53 pm

Hi all,

I saw recommendations for the ergorest on here, but having searched for it online I can find nowhere that I'm able to purchase it! Is it no longer in production? I've done a search on here and found nothing mentioning that it's been discontinued.

Thanks in advance!


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