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Suggestions for beanbag for Africa trip?

 
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Apr 04, 2006 16:22 |  #1

Hi all,
I'm going on a safari in August and I've been reading that I should bring a bean bag to steady the camera on top of the vehicle or on an open door window.

I'll have the 30D with the 100-400 attached most of the time.

Can anyone recommend a beanbag that would be practical to pack and easy to use?

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Apr 04, 2006 16:31 |  #2

The Pod... the beans are plastic so no problem via customs and light in weight. Effective and well priced. The red one should do you. I used that with my Bigma and 100-300mm f4 which are bigger than the 100-400 IS L. The Canon is a great safari lens. Have fun. Africa is an amazing place to visit.

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Apr 04, 2006 16:46 |  #3

You can also make your own. Get some beans/rice/etc and a large plastic bag. You can even put the plastic bag in a sock or cover it with a towel.


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Apr 04, 2006 17:03 |  #4

Tee Why has a great idea. Buy a bag or two of rice when you get there. Don't open the bags, but put them in cotton or nylon sack to support your camera. When you are ready to come home your guide or the chamber maid in your room would be happy to take the rice bags off your hands.




  
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Apr 05, 2006 06:13 |  #5

the rice doesn't have a built in tripod mount though...


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Apr 05, 2006 08:44 |  #6

While it's a great idea in theory going the home made route if you are searched at customs in many parts of the world you would get a stiff talking to and end up without your beanbag. Organic contents are 'discouraged' across many borders.


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Apr 05, 2006 09:41 |  #7

My Dad just got me the red pod, its very small and weighs very little, it would be fine to travel with, and not expensive either.


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Apr 05, 2006 13:45 as a reply to  @ lakiluno's post |  #8

lakiluno wrote:
the rice doesn't have a built in tripod mount though...

Correct, you rest your lens on the rice/bean bag and squeeze the bag with your left hand to control direction and motion. Photographers have been getting great results this way for years.

If I know I am going to be using a private vehicle with windows that open I take a window pod that mounts a ball head on the door. That is superior to a bean bag, but is heavier and more bulky to pack and not as flexible if you are using an open vehicle of shooting from an open roof.




  
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Apr 05, 2006 13:47 as a reply to  @ condyk's post |  #9

condyk wrote:
While it's a great idea in theory going the home made route if you are searched at customs in many parts of the world you would get a stiff talking to and end up without your beanbag. Organic contents are 'discouraged' across many borders.

Take the bean bag empty and fill it when you get there. Rice, beans or lentils are available just about anywhere in the world. Just be sure you have time to do a little shopping before heading out on safari.




  
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Apr 05, 2006 14:11 as a reply to  @ ScottE's post |  #10

You don't need beans or rice or have to buy anything when you get there...
Africa has plenty of dirt and sand. Take a couple zip-lock bags with you and fill them when you need them. Simplify Maaannnn!!!



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Apr 05, 2006 14:14 as a reply to  @ ScottE's post |  #11

ScottE wrote:
Take the bean bag empty and fill it when you get there. Rice, beans or lentils are available just about anywhere in the world. Just be sure you have time to do a little shopping before heading out on safari.

Yeah, to save £10 I'm really going to spend time making a beanbag and then go looking for rice or dry heavy sand when I arrive :lol: :lol: I've got better things to do. But for those that want to then it's a good suggestion.


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Apr 05, 2006 14:15 as a reply to  @ RTMiller's post |  #12

RTMiller wrote:
You don't need beans or rice or have to buy anything when you get there...
Africa has plenty of dirt and sand. Take a couple zip-lock bags with you and fill them when you need them. Simplify Maaannnn!!!

I guess that would be "dirt cheap."
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Apr 05, 2006 14:48 |  #13

The Pod referred to by some posters seems insufficient for a 100-400 zoom. Take a look at this link: http://www.kinesisgear​.com/r.html (external link)




  
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Louis ­ solomon
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Apr 05, 2006 14:51 |  #14

Here's another link to a pro bean bag:
http://www.hoothollow.​com …ober-November%202004.html (external link)




  
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Apr 05, 2006 15:24 |  #15

I, too, would take an empty bag and fill it with sand while on site. That way you aren't taking up either the weight or the space of a pre-filled beanbag in your luggage. Besides, sand makes for a MUCH more stable platform than lightweight plastic beads, organic beans, or whatever.


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