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Sep 19, 2013 11:14 |  #1

I like the idea of using a bean bag as sort of a travel tripod when I don't feel like lugging a tripod. Any suggestions?

The Green pod looks decent.
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Sep 19, 2013 11:19 |  #2

Tommydigi wrote in post #16309147 (external link)
I like the idea of using a bean bag as sort of a travel tripod when I don't feel like lugging a tripod. Any suggestions?

The Green pod looks decent.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …The_Green_Pod_C​amera.html (external link)

That's a very nice looking product Tommy and it will certainly do the trick.

Another alternative is to make your own although it will lack the lens strap. Take an old nylon sock - no holes of course - cut off the ankle portion so you just have the "foot", fill it with hard small beans or even coffee beans, sew the end shut and it should cost you less than $2.00 .


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Sep 19, 2013 11:21 |  #3

sapearl wrote in post #16309156 (external link)
That's a very nice looking product Tommy and it will certainly do the trick.

Another alternative is to make your own although it will lack the lens strap. Take an old nylon sock - no holes of course - cut off the ankle portion so you just have the "foot", fill it with hard small beans or even coffee beans, sew the end shut and it should cost you less than $2.00 .

Thanks, I like how this one you can attach the camera to it. For $20 bucks I think I will just give it a shot. I am going to Memphis in a few weeks and I don't want to take a tripod but I want to take a few long exposures. I have a little table top tripod and it does the job but a bean bag seems more versatile


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Sep 19, 2013 11:23 as a reply to  @ sapearl's post |  #4

I agree with the DIY method for this piece of gear. I made one before my recent trip to NYC and was able to make it to a size that fit a specific compartment on my travel camera bag. I used rice instead of beans and tested quite a bit of different fullnesses before I settled on the final filled amount. I used it 90% more than my tripod in NYC just due to it's convenience and being inconspicuous. I didn't add a strap to mine and I don't think it's necessary. If your camera is gonna be at precarious angles you probably should be using a tripod for that shot.


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Sep 19, 2013 12:42 |  #5

I can recommend the DIY beanbag. Here is my DIY bean bag that I've used many times and carry it with my bags.

Super simple, just a regular sock, ziplock sandwich bag, and rice. Add rice to the sandwich bag, but not too much, seal the ziplock, and enclose the ziplock in the sock with an end tied. Used a sock I found that DOES NOT match my other socks, so free to me.

that's a 6D with 24-70 VC fully extended. No issues with long exposures, just funny to use a sock in public. Usually use it near dusk, and no one notices. The thing I like about this approach is it's free/super cheap, and you can get a feel for the bean bag based on experimentation. It easily tilts up and down reasonable amounts, and there are ways to manipulate it as you please. It's very small, but flexible as well.


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Sep 19, 2013 13:02 as a reply to  @ Charlie's post |  #6

I read once where someone uses a string tied to the lens and the other end is held tight by your foot on the ground, keeping the string taught it keeps things stable . He called it his portable tripod.


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Sep 19, 2013 13:04 |  #7

Bianchi wrote in post #16309394 (external link)
I read once where someone uses a string tied to the lens and the other end is held tight by your foot on the ground, keeping the string taught it keeps things stable . He called it his portable tripod.

Yikes! No thanks. :confused:


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Sep 19, 2013 13:07 |  #8

Bianchi wrote in post #16309394 (external link)
I read once where someone uses a string tied to the lens and the other end is held tight by your foot on the ground, keeping the string taught it keeps things stable . He called it his portable tripod.

I recall that post Bianchi - somewhere here in the past 12 months or so.

It worked to a point......you'd have to maintain absolutely perfect, even pressure while pulling up or you would get "camera shake" at slow shutter speeds. The bean bag came out ahead. Also, when it was time for an "upgrade" you could boil it for snack ;).


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Sep 19, 2013 13:19 |  #9

Before I got a Green Pod and when travelling abroad (outside the country usually), I would often take several zip lock bags with me. Whenever I would be in the destination country, I would buy a small bag of rice and fill my zip lock bags and use them to support my camera for long exposures or even family portraits (including myself) while travelling. I'd throw them away before getting back on the plane so as not to take any food item back with me and reduce the bulk.

One word of caution when using bags with beans, rice, sand or any similar type of filling: let the camera sit for a few seconds before taking the shot. The filling tends to settle a bit (very small amounts), but may be visible with exposures less than 2-3s (inside a cathedral or basilica, for instance). Doesn't matter as much for longer exposures. By waiting 3 or 4 seconds for the filling to settle around the camera and lens, you will avoid blurred images. Ask me how I know. :)


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Sep 19, 2013 13:21 |  #10

Is using a beanbag any better than using a tiny table top tripod?


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Sep 19, 2013 13:29 |  #11

Tommydigi wrote in post #16309459 (external link)
Is using a beanbag any better than using a tiny table top tripod?

The table top tripods work with mostly flat surfaces. A beanbag can conform to any surface you put it on like rocks etc.


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Sep 19, 2013 15:09 |  #12

Tommydigi wrote in post #16309459 (external link)
Is using a beanbag any better than using a tiny table top tripod?

Yes, as Mesmer stated, a bean bag conforms to most surfaces. I've placed my Green Pod on top of a 3" diameter metal post to take a 72-second exposure of Symi, a Greek port at night. A mini tripod would have had a hard time staying put. Here's the pic:

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A bean bag is often lighter and easier to carry in a bag than many mini-tripods. It's also less conspicuous when taking photographs in a church, museum or other dimly-lit indoor venue where tripods and flash are frowned upon. My Green Pod is the one accessory I take absolutely everywhere and move it from bag to bag. It's lightweight and always very convenient.

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Sep 19, 2013 15:12 |  #13

Thanks, I ordered the Green Pod.

- By the way, the sock thing is pretty funny. Seems to work but I don't want to keep socks in my camera bag


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Sep 19, 2013 16:10 |  #14

I read that the heavier the fill, the more stable it can be. I use a large bean bag and when filled with beans it weighs around 20 pounds, but I have the 500L resting on it.


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Sep 19, 2013 16:50 |  #15

I also have a manfrotto tabletop, but no way does it compare to a bean bag. bean bag > manfrotto tabletop by far.


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