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Re: Adequate Bean Bag

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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!!!!!

UKB

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

Unread post by 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 post by 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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Re: Is the ergorest still available?

Unread post by bert » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:49 pm

Indeed not produced anymore :cry:
Good alernative is the Gorillapod by Joby
More flexible and the strongest can handle 5 kg
but wont work as a window tripod

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Re: Is the ergorest still available?

Unread post by htid » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:57 pm

What a shame! I wonder why they'd stop producing it, it seems to have a lot of good reviews and recommendations! Oh well, maybe Ebay can help me! Thanks :)

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Re: Is the ergorest still available?

Unread post by WarrenP » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:30 pm

Hi

You can try the Windbag Pro.
http://www.verygoods.co.za/

Or if you really in a rush and need support, buy a pool noodle for R25, cut into sections. Cut a slice down the middle and slip it onto the window pane. ;)

Else there are lots of commercial bean bags that work really well
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Proper Camera/Lens mount

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:34 pm

I was recently in KNP and at Lake Panic saw a very good looking camera mount. It was not a bean bag, but mounted on a flat base with a swivelhead like a tri pod attached.

The gentleman told me it was made by Badger Gear and bought from a photo shop in Pretoria for circa R900. I've been searching the web and can't find anything like it.

Could anybody assists?
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Re: Proper Camera/Lens mount

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:37 pm

That's an easy one. :D Click! and you are there, and you can find the shop.
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Re: Proper Camera/Lens mount

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:32 pm

Thanks for the reply Duques. Alas the product I'm after isn't shown on their website. See the below extract from Outdoorphoto as received via email:

'We do stock the ground pod. Selling price is R 900 incl.
The product is not currently active on our web.'

I'll have to make a detour there prior to my next KNP trip.This product will be a hit with birders and photography buffs who are looking for stability with big lenses.

Get it to the European market as I believe it will sell, nevermind the Yanks and also Asia.
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Re: Proper Camera/Lens mount

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:36 pm

Do you have a photo of it?

I have a window mount, locally produced in SA, which also could be handy for you.
Madach has a description, photos and contacts on his site: Click!. I mean the CamSteady.
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Re: Proper Camera/Lens mount

Unread post by JimS » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:06 pm

Hi

Another option for use in a Lake Panic type hide is offered by Benro. They have a dinner plate size metal base as the base that then takes a gimbal head mount, this provides a lot of flexibility for big lenses. i use a gimbal head on a tripod, but at Lake Panic I still prefer a large heavy bean bag for my 500mm lens.

Jim

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Re: Tripod or monopod headache

Unread post by bert » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:10 pm

good news for those traveling to SA (plane) or those wanting to have a small,packable tripod
New line of tripods (made in China, but with european quality)
Sirui
Bought myself the t-005 with C-10 head
Paid 99 euros
Tested it
A sturdy, quality, well manufactured tripod/head.
And fits into my backpack
Weight: just over 1 kilo
http://www.sirui-photo.us/Sirui/Sirui-T ... eries.html

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Window Mount Camera Stands

Unread post by sroy » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:41 pm

After viewing the "gallery of shame" I noted that there were a few photos of park vistors getting posted for manually adjusting their lens on car window mounted cameras.

I think there is a big difference between leaning out a window and potentially putting yourself in harms way vs. adjusting a len however I don't want my don't want to be the cause of any issue with park staff.

What are other peoples thoughts? I'm getting mixed messages from what I'm reading and what I'm seeing.

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