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Unread post by icurrie » Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:26 am

francoisd wrote:
icurrie wrote:.... it's more me ... I am short

Sit on the bean bag :P


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Unread post by rayb » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:25 am

I use one of these clamps Ridiculously cheap and works well.
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Unread post by UKbadger » Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:01 pm

Been bag is the only way,

get/make minimum of 2, the loss of your only one on holiday would be too horrible to contemplate. :shock: :shock:

if you do get a door pod of some sort, make sure that you put it in a really INACCESSIBLE place so that you only try to use it when the action is very slow or nonexistent. :wink:

If you don't do this, you will loose far more shots than you gain!

Could the making of been bags be a small but good little business op. for community near to the parks? They could be sold in the camp shops for people who hadn’t thought of the idea before, or who have lost theirs out the window. In an emergency the latter would seriously PAY for that kind of salvation!!!!!!

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Unread post by UKbadger » Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:01 pm

It’s not just a mater of having a steady hand Giraffe, It’s more about how long you can have a steady hand for!!! :?

I have a very strong cord on mine with plastic dog clip on the end. This means that I can attach it to something in the car and use the cord to pull the bag back in if it falls out the window, which it does at the worst possible moment of course.
:redface:

It also means that all my sightings are on the wrong side of the car and the cord slows things down.
:(

Some people have two bags, one for each side!!
:D

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Unread post by rayb » Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:22 pm

I don't want to alarm you Giraffe but having a steady hand is a classic symptom of alcohol deficiency. :D
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Unread post by saraf » Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:31 pm

Giraffe - beanbags (or any other rest for that matter) make a huge difference, more than you would think.

And the 70-200 is a relatively heavy lens. It can be hand-held, but not for very long and while the results are acceptable, you will see a difference. I've started to take my (homemade) beanbag into hides with me.

Try taking 2 pictures of a scene - one with the beanbag and one without. You will be able to see the difference.

Oh and always remember to turn off the car engine.
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Unread post by UKbadger » Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:53 pm

The pain of paying for the 2.8 will only last until the first time you get some fast action in less than ideal light!!

No tripod or been bag can hellp you like that extra stop and from what I've heard about that lens, any minimal drop in IQ at 2.8 is more than made up for by that faster shutter speed.

:D :D

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Unread post by bert » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:31 pm

I own a 100-400 5.6 L IS
Use the IS when the action is on the wrong side of the car.
Use the headrest of the seat next to me with IS on.
Very happy with the results

But from a bean bag, IS turned of and cable release do produce sharper images.

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Re: Tripod, Beanbags & Other Rests

Unread post by iLoveMeerkats! » Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:38 pm

I am curious if others turn off the IS when using a beanbag???

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Re: Tripod, Beanbags & Other Rests

Unread post by richardharris » Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:25 pm

Definitely not! I have the 500; the bean bag give you somewhere to rest this lens, does not keep it steady. You still need to hold the lens as steady as possible with IS on.

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Unread post by rayb » Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:12 am

The beanbag is a big help in getting a steady shot but it doesn't remove all of the shake. So leave the IS on. If you turn it off and then there is some sudden action on the other side of the car and you need to react quickly you may be sorry. The only time I turn off the IS on my video camera is when it is on the tripod and I'm panning. I should stress that is OIS if it was EIS I would leave it off all of the time.
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Ergorest or bean bags.

Unread post by weesy » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:16 pm

I am returning to Kruger in Feb 2009, yes only 113 days left, and have been toying with the idea of buying the Ergorest window tripod. Any ideas and thoughts on the benefits of the ergorest as opposed to bean bags. I am travelling with two cameras one digital with an 18 X zoom and one SLR 35 to 210 zoom :dance: :dance: Is it worth buying for either cameras?? Any comments appreciated :huh: :huh:

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Re: Ergorest or bean bags.

Unread post by maddie2312 » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:37 pm

Hi Weesy,
Sorry can't help you but might be better to post on the photography section on the main page to get specialist advice. I have just had authorisation from work to have time off at the end of January so like you will now be counting down the time til Kruger again.

Enjoy!
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Re: Ergorest or bean bags.

Unread post by weesy » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:49 pm

Thanx Maddie for that advice :D U Will well know the feeling of longing to be in the park , may u have a wonderfull holiday in kruger :dance: :dance:


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