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05-15-2008, 07:32 AM   #1
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Sources of beanbags?

I'd be grateful for suggested vendors of beanbags used as camera supports.
I'm interested in one to be placed on the ground when shooting closeups and maybe another perhaps thinner for use when shooting through a lowered window of my car.

I think I found the latter at Porter's, so I am most interested in the former.

Thanks very much.

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Well, you can always make 'em yourself... after all a beanbag is nothing more than a cloth sack with beans, rice or even sand in it! I made my own sand bags to stabilise my rifles when I sight them in.

Here are some people who made camera beanbags:

This is an ok one: Heres my DIY beanbag

I love this one! He uses birdfood as filler! DIY BEANBAG (Instructions and images) - Canon Digital Photography Forums

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Adorama sells one with a rubberized bottom, that may be what you want, there are two different sizes, here is a link to the "standard" one.
BLK93 Omnipod Standard Beanbag Camera Support, Measures 9" x 5" x 1", Black
I've never used mine on the ground, but I have used it on inclines and smooth surfaces and it stays put.

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I use one of those wheat bags, designed to be put in the microwave and then wrapped around your neck if you have a stiff, sore neck. It is about 18" (45 cm) long, 6" (15 cm) wide, and 2.5" (6cm) thick. It wraps itself around objects, like the top of a car door or a tree branch etc very nicely, and supports the camera with the Bigma at full extension with no problem.

I think my wife bought mine from a health shop for about a buck. I suppose that'd make it a "buckwheat bag..."

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I made my own, but take a look at "the Pod," which has a nice little tripod screw.
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Seriously, a friend of mine once used a bag of Cheetos as a pseudo bean bag...
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I bought two from a computer store that are stretchy fabric filled with plastic beads. They're sold as wrist supports but are perfect for my camera. The curve which is designed to hold your wrist is perfect for a lens.
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Thanks to all for the suggestions and comments. First I will try using my inflatable neck support (used by airline and automobile passengers).

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using beans is great but a light version would be to use very small styrofoam balls, which you should be able to get at a craft store
i once took a piece of styrotex and passed a knife over it the same way you would dascale a salt water fish and by doing that it breaks up the piece into very small balls
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many people use barley in a heavy material like denim, it doubles as a heating pack if you put it in the microwave for a minute or two as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by smf Quote
I'd be grateful for suggested vendors of beanbags used as camera supports.
I'm interested in one to be placed on the ground when shooting closeups and maybe another — perhaps thinner — for use when shooting through a lowered window of my car.

I think I found the latter at Porter's, so I am most interested in the former.

Thanks very much.
I use 'Glad' or 'Ziplock' plastic bags.
My favourite size is 10"x10.5". I usually double bag although I have never had one fail or open.
I like to use barley but if you prefer some other kind of soup that is OK too.
Don't pack them too tightly.
Try to squeeze out the air.

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There is a user here on the board by the name of "roy". He made me one for my camera with my logo on it and it looks great. I think he said he embroidered the logo onto the bag and not just copied it onto the bag. If I remember I will take a picture of it and post it tonight.

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i have bean bags. custom
PM me if itnterested..
thanks jim, i knew you would like it..
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Here is the picture of the beanbag the Roy made for me.



It is a great looking bag.

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