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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!!!!!

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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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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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Re: Window Mount Camera Stands

Unread post by NJVermaak » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:27 am

Hi sroy,

As a photographer myself I don't see the wrong in a piece of your arm leaving the vehicle to adjust your lens, as long as the rest of your body is inside the vehicle.

My issue is when people "sit on" doors and lean out of the vehicle to get the best view, standing through sun roofs etc is taking a risk, for your own safety and those in the vehicle with you and the others around you, especially with ellies.

The lenses are so sensitive that we need to lean them on the window with a bean bag or window mount of some sort to get a nice pic.
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Re: Window Mount Camera Stands

Unread post by Shushin » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:42 am

This is the reply from Sanparks to a earlier discussion.

Lesego posted
Protruding in the park:

If an arm is outside the car because one is genuinely taking a picture, this cannot be against the rule. When body parts like head, shoulders etc protrude from an open window, sunroof or door on undesignated areas, then they’ll be breaching the rule.
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