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Re: accessory

Unread post by EOS_User » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:45 am

For anyone who's interested; thought I'd just post-up my experience of testing out the Pod...

Test kit; 40D + 100-400 - mostly fully extended at 400mm... In-car in a safari park in the UK...

Net overall impression; pretty-good. Clearly has plusses & minuses like any other piece of kit. I've yet to find the perfect solution to all eventualities :D

Major plus over a beanbag;
- Fixed to the lens; so when you move the kit from one side of the car to the other; the Pod moves with you and you can settle the lens immediately without needing to re-seat a beanbag.

Major downside;
- Fixed to the lens; so when you want to hand-hold the lens, it's added weight that you need to take into account.

I didn't find the levelling or portrait use an issue. Levelling just needed a jiggle about - just as you would on a beanbag; while using in portrait mode just required slackening off the tripod collar. I did find though that keeping the Pod on the collar in portrait mode worked well when bracing against the car door jam... not something easily done with a beanbag.

In short - I will be taking both the Pod and a beanbag with me in just three weeks time - yippee!

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Where to find a Window Car mount for a camcorder

Unread post by leander09 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:57 am

HI

I have just bought a camcorder and looking to buy a window mount. I live in the JHB area. Does any one no where i can buy such support?
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Re: Where to find a Window Car mount for a camcorder

Unread post by Hawk » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:58 pm

Hi Leander09, if you camcorder is a small fairly light model, the simplest and least expensive device is a window clamp. It clamps onto the window glass and onto this you attach a ball head and quick release plate to which you just clip your camera.

Most camera shops sell these and they are not too costly. The ball head part comes in various sizes depending on the weight and size of your camera. The "Manfrotto" brand is quite common. Google Manfrotto ball head and you will get all the details including pics. OutdoorPhoto's website is also a good place to look. Problem with the ball head type is panning, as they don't have any accurate means to level the camera.

If your camera is big and fairly heavy you may need something more substantial. After years of using a window clamp and ball head I am making my own setup. It consists of a much bigger platform with an attached tripod head with a cup and ball leveller. I used my prototype on our recent trip and it worked beautifully, but needs some mods. It's a bit cumbersome though.

If I can help with any more info please let me know.
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Re: Where to find a Window Car mount for a camcorder

Unread post by leander09 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:56 am

Thank you for your feed back I will defnitly have a look
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Adequate Bean Bag

Unread post by Pumbaa » Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:06 am

Okay, we are definitely no phographic newbies but we up to now did not use any beanbag but we experienced during our last trip to Kruger some time whilst observing a couple of hours a leopard in a tree where such a thing would have come handy as to hold the camera with the long lens on and to wait for a single muscle tic of the leopard is hard work.

So we decided to buy a bean bag for our next trip which can be used at least for such sightings but although searched in the worldwide web nothing suitable came across. Any hints where to buy such things at an adequate price most like somewhere in Europe???

One photographer gave us the tip to sew it according to our likings but believe me Pumbaa cannot sew and the thing which might come out is for sure not usable :whistle:

Thanks for help here :gflower:

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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

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

Hah, just love your honesty P'baa.
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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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