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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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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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Re: beanbag

Unread post by Massimo » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:41 pm

:thumbs_up: been looking at options so will keep that in mind :thumbs_up:
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Re: beanbag

Unread post by CliveK » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:28 pm

My 2c worth on this subject.

Fill your bag with Vermiculite (obtainable for a few rand at most garden shops and nurseries). You will have a bag that is lightweight, portable and is user friendly on electrically operated car windows.

As all wildlife photographers are aware, the action always occurs with split second timing and does not allow time for setting up, or operating, some complicated devise before firing away. Having tried (at great expense) most of these devises, I have found that the most reliable solution is “the bean bag”. However, the larger the bag, the better. This especially for the longer, heavy lens. The bag should provide more of a platform than a pivot point for the best stability and again should be light weight for maneuverability. To this set up, add a remote control trigger to the camera and you should get a reasonably stable shot.

I have used this set up for years now and it works the best for me. And I believe that if it works for me; pass it on so others too can benefit.
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Re: beanbag

Unread post by Hippo-fan » Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:38 pm

Some pictures of the beanbag I use. The bag was developed by a Dutch wildlife photographer. I've already seen people with their own creations after seeing this bag. They use a pair of old trousers. :D :D


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Re: beanbag

Unread post by mikef » Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:47 pm

CliveK wrote:My 2c worth on this subject.

Fill your bag with Vermiculite (obtainable for a few rand at most garden shops and nurseries). You will have a bag that is lightweight, portable and is user friendly on electrically operated car windows.

I have used this set up for years now and it works the best for me. And I believe that if it works for me; pass it on so others too can benefit.


:thumbs_up: Sounds like a great idea.

Clive does Vermiculte release much dust when used as a filling? If not it sounds like a very effective filling material.

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Re: beanbag

Unread post by michel367 » Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:49 pm

I tried a lightweight beanbag like that and quickly changed it to one filled with 3 kg's of rice.
At least it did not blow away while driving and if I get stuck in the bush I still have something to eat. :lol: :lol:

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Re: beanbag

Unread post by Shutterbug » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:53 pm

Here is a bean bag I have just made, don't know if its going to work in the "real" world but seems great in my garage :) basically it is three tubes all joined together, the bottom two tubes are filled to capacity and the weight combined with the pinching action holds the whole thing very sturdy on the window, in fact I can slam the car door and it doesn't budge, the top tube is then filled about 3/4 capacity and this gives a really nice base for the camera, if I was to make another one the top tube would be twice the size so its a nice big flat beanbag.
I would love to hear if anyone has any thoughts, modifications or questions, as I said I have not used this in the park yet.

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