I'm a great believer in beanbags as the ideal support system for my gear on safari. However, after purchasing the D800, I've decided to be a bit more careful with my set-up so I've taken a call on getting the Manfrotto super clamp, Hex plate and Wimberley Gimbal head. Does anyone have experience with this set-up? Any positive feedback or criticism that would help me with this configuration - would be most welcome.
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#1. "RE: Safari vehicle supports" | In response to Reply # 0ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Sat 27-Oct-12 09:45 AM
I don't have experience with that setup, but one of the products you should consider is the Puffin Pad. It's very light so shipping should be reasonable. It also has a loop specifically designed for use on safari vehicles.
This is a new product that is getting a lot of positive feedback. I handled it earlier this week and met the owners/developers. It is a simple concept and you could probably make your own version with materials and tools.
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#3. "RE: Safari vehicle supports" | In response to Reply # 0JonK Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004Sat 27-Oct-12 06:48 PM
The super clamp (or a specialized mount such as the window mount by Kirk) might be more stable than a beanbag. My concern is the variability of safari vehicles: some are high sided; some are open; and some require you to shoot standing, leaning on a pipe frame.
If weight is not an issue, take the clamp. But take the beanbag, too, for the times the clamp won't work.
And the Puffin Pad that Eric mentioned looks interesting…
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