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Old January 3rd, 2007, 02:39 PM   #1
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Bean bags - have you made one?

I had a good bean bag but must've left it at the church when the exodus to the reception started. I went back to the church yard late that night and searched in vain. It must've looked a strange sight for the locals - a slowly moving shadowy figure moving in and around the gravestones, waving a movie light around..

But I digress. I want to make one this time and wondered what's best for the innards. Coffee beans, polystrene beads, glass balls, what?

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Old January 3rd, 2007, 02:48 PM   #2
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Haven't done it but would consider a bag of blackeyed peas or similar.
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Old January 3rd, 2007, 06:31 PM   #3
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What's the beanbag for? I'm assuming to sit the camera onto something and hold it in a fixed position?
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Old January 3rd, 2007, 07:33 PM   #4
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Never used or owned one but I'm told the Cinesaddle is way more than just a bean bag. Not exactly cheap but I'm also told they spent a lot of time getting it just right.
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Old January 7th, 2007, 01:33 AM   #5
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Believe it or not, I've used mouse & keyboard wrist cushions from www.imakproducts.com from their ergobeads line. I've used the keyboard wrist cusion, in a circular shape for larger 3 chip cameras & the smaller mouse/wrist cushion for smaller hdv cams. It's also used to cradle the lens underneath when in it's bag. Good stuff! :)

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Old January 7th, 2007, 10:50 AM   #6
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i use a buckwheat hull pillow. the cinesaddle looks nice, but the price is outrageous.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 02:17 PM   #7
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We used a couple of 5 pound bag of rice.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 03:24 PM   #8
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and if you happen to get hungry.....LOL
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Old January 9th, 2007, 01:54 AM   #9
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Some good ideas here guys, and thanks for your input. I've finally decided on one of those 'neck support pillows' that I found in a shop. It's filled with some lightweight crunchy beads and I plan to sew some velcro along the two inner surfaces of the 'U', then I can close the arms together and the groove will nicely locate the Z1.

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Old January 9th, 2007, 01:04 PM   #10
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Tom, I use a tubular-shaped neck pillow from IKEA for the Z1 - it's been great: resting on car window frames, knees, the ground - anywhere! I wouldn't go on a shoot without it.
I guess I could even get a good night's sleep with it as well!

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Old January 10th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #11
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Never used or owned one but I'm told the Cinesaddle is way more than just a bean bag. Not exactly cheap but I'm also told they spent a lot of time getting it just right.
The Steadybag from Visual Departures is a nice affordable alternative to the Cinesaddle. They offer a variety of sizes, the 3lb version is only $42 @ B&H.

We'll be posting a review of the 3lb and 7lb versions at FresHDV soon. FWIW, I was impressed enough with the product while reviewing it to personally purchase the 7lb version afterwards.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 06:50 PM   #12
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Hey guys;
I just bought this bag at Calumet photo last week. I try it at home and I like it. Here is a link from another company but this is the bag.
http://thepod.ca/content/packaging/yellow_front.html
I just wish that it could be atach to the camera shoe rather than scew on to the bottom of the camera.
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Old January 11th, 2007, 02:27 AM   #13
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Hi Robin - I went to have a look around my local Ikea, but all their hundreds of cushions were filled with foam of some sort. Very good for a night's sleep, but I need some crunchy nut in there so that my camera can nestle down into it and be held rock steady. I don't want it bouncing about.

Did you find an Ikea neck pillow with beads inside? Do you have a name for it? (Erika, Leifan?).

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Old January 11th, 2007, 02:32 AM   #14
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Mike - I had a look at the cylidrical screw-in bag you bought, but even the biggest one I didn't think would be big enough for a fully loaded Z1. It was pretty heavy, too, so have they put small stones in there?

You could convert it to a 'quick shoe' if you could buy your tripod manufacturer's tripod plate seperately. Some sell these.

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Old January 14th, 2007, 09:27 AM   #15
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Hi Tom,
The name on the Ikea label is KLIPPAN, and it is filled with some sort of small bean - it's certainly not foam.
It's about 14 inches long and about 6 inches diameter.

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