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Re: beanbag

Unread post by Bennievis » Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:56 pm

I'm using the SO's "bed warmer" as a bean bag. What is a bed warmer? simular to a warm bottle, but its filled with beads/seeds and you heat it for 3 mins in the micro. Works very well as a bean bag too. :thumbs_up:

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Re: beanbag

Unread post by charles83015 » Thu Jun 17, 2010 4:14 pm

i bought some flexible material (really cheap from a fabric store) and some beans a while back, intending to cut 2 squares from the material and then sew 3 sides shut, fill with beans and sew 4th side shut.

that, however, never materialised. i ended up buying one from a company in Saldanha Bay - it's called "Lenzz Rezzt". awesome quality @ R280.

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Tripod

Unread post by Massimo » Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:39 pm

Hey guys! I know have bought myself a sigma 170-500 lens but as im sure you all know it has no OS so i need to look at buying myself a tripod to take of birds! I have a bean bag that my mom made for me :tongue: so need to test it out!

What tripod do you guys have ? I went to outdoorphoto and they showed me the benro tripod which costs R 1159. It looks nice and it opens so that you can get really close to the ground level!

Im looking at buying one that allows me to get to ground level but looking to spend no more then R800 as i spent all my money on the lens :wall: :wall: !

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Re: Tripod

Unread post by JDW » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:02 pm

Massimo
A good quality tripod, made by somebody like Manfrotto and brand new will cost a lot of money. New modern tripods are made from carbon material
Consider second hand - look in camera type shops, charity shops and pawnbrokers.
A cheap alternative is to consider a monopod.
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Re: Tripod

Unread post by bert » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:04 pm

You pay more for groundlevel shots
The question is:
Are you into mushrooms, plants etc.
Shooting birds and wildlife generaly happens from the waist up

Could be that you were offered a carbon one
try for aluminum. much cheaper, a little heavier but still great

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Re: Tripod

Unread post by Massimo » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:08 pm

Iv been to catz and other stores and they all have cheap ones and expensive ones! I had a look at the cheap ones and thats what they are CHEAP! complete plastic and looks like they will break within a week! I had a look at the expensive one's and they go for R4k! and they also dont look the greatest! So i dont really think that R1.2 k for a carbon fiber M8 Tripod lens is to expensive! and it looks pretty decent also !!
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Re: Tripod

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:47 pm

With a tripod you have to watch at what weight it will take.
Your 500 mm plus camera, flash etc will weigh at least 2.5 kilo. So the tripod must be able to comfortably carry at least that weight.

My setup, 100-400, 20D and Grip and such weigh like that, so I bought a Manfrotto 190XPROB, which is built to carry up to 5 kilos.
I know the locks won't slip, it won't be blown over, and I can still extend the camera away from the center of the tripod.
Not unimportantly for me as international visitor (and for on walks) it only weighs 1.8 kilo itself.
Cost me around R2000, but will last a lifetime.

Don't go for cheap, go for what you need! And the stability of course, that's what a tripod is for...
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Re: Tripod

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:37 am

Massimo, I shoot hand-held with a 170-500mm all the time and have no problem. I also use my beanbag, and a split pool noodle on the window, quite a lot. I have no problems using it this way (should be posting latest photos tonight).

Years ago when I started out, I bought a R50 tripod from Stax. I used to use it a lot. It was light, easy to set up and did the job. I even used it with the large Sigma on occasion. Eventually the column gear mechanism gave up and I stopped using it. I then bought a Manfrotto 055 Pro BX which is pretty much a professional tripod. I don't use it that often these days (except for sunrise, sunset photos and with a spotting scope).

I'd say I'm not sure you need a tripod, especially for birds, since they move a lot. Buy a cheap one to see if you need, then save up for a decent one if you do need it.
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Re: beanbag

Unread post by Massimo » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:35 pm

Hey guys!

I asked my mom when she had the sowing maching out and asked her to make me some bean bags! Well she did as i asked her and this is what she did for me:

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I think i might have given my mom the wrong measurement because its weighs over 35kg :wall: :wall:! I started to use rice and it took 6kg and it was not even half way!! So i resorted to take out all the rice and fill it with sand!! I think we can now use it as a foundation for a house! Anyone building a house i have a foundation for you!! I think im gonna have to ask my mom to half it for me! The current dimensions are 16 cm long 8.5 cm high and 6 cm thick!!

What else would you recommend i fill it with? something light!! cause im never gonna take it with me or else!!
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These work very well !! happy with these!
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Re: beanbag

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:37 pm

:lol:

A light filling will not work, then it's not a stable platform.

:hmz: I think she was looking at the future. Are you planning on buying a secondhand 1200 mm f/5.6 for instance? Than they are the proper size...
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Re: beanbag

Unread post by Massimo » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:44 pm

second hand? im getting one brand new!! :tongue:

I suppose its time to throw out the sand and half it!
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Re: beanbag

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:58 pm

Problem for you, it is out of production. Cost a measly R1.2 million, so probably people thought it was not good.
Your best option now is the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM, which you can get for $ 10,900.00.
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Re: beanbag

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:35 am

Looks great Massimo. Could you ask your mom for a pattern which I could use?
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Re: beanbag

Unread post by Massimo » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:41 am

Hi Joshilewis!

I Went to the fabric shop here around the corner! I got 1 meter of material and then turn it over and drew all the parts on it with a pencil! So i drew the top as a rectangular and cut it out then the sides then the front and so forth! If you do get one made make sure that you leave about 3cm on each side of every piece so that this where it get sown on! So if your top is 15 cm long then you would make it 21cm long and fold it 3cm on each side... Then the arc you leave for last get it all sown up then measure the hole and cut out and plug it in!

I wont lie my mom said that is a big mission to make but then she does not like sowing! I made mine a bit big! :wall: :wall: Weighs 35kg!! Its way to heave to carry around!! I think im gonna look for polystyrene balls to fill it with! Hope it works!!
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Re: beanbag

Unread post by mikef » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:18 pm

Massimo - I have never tried this myself but I remember reading (think on ODP) that crunched up plastic grocery bags work very well as a filling and are also very light.


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