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Jul 22, 2019 17:42:30   #
Howard5252 Loc: New York / Florida (now)
 
I just got my Movo Bean; it is like an upside down U; designed to go over a car door.
I'd like to get some suggestions about filling it ... besides the usual rice or beans.
It will be supporting a fairly heavy lens and I'd like the bag to be on the light side
if possible. Does anyone have an idea for filling; something not normally thought of?
I guess what I want is lead shot stability with the weight of rice :-)

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Jul 22, 2019 17:44:28   #
krashdragon
 
How about styrofoam?
Or split peas?

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Jul 22, 2019 17:48:53   #
RowdyRay Loc: MN
 
Air soft ammo/BBs?

Lentils?

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Jul 22, 2019 17:49:01   #
Howard5252 Loc: New York / Florida (now)
 
Styrofoam ... like the "Popcorn". Interesting.

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Jul 22, 2019 17:50:45   #
RowdyRay Loc: MN
 
Or even unpopped popcorn.

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Jul 22, 2019 17:51:27   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
I went with lead shot. Not necessarily to support the camera, but to add mass to the camera. The problem, as I can imagine, with anything organic is moisture absorption. Anything other than organic is probably going to be costly. I'd suggest Bal-Tech, as they produce aluminum and titanium balls, but at a cost.
--Bob


Howard5252 wrote:
I just got my Movo Bean; it is like an upside down U; designed to go over a car door.
I'd like to get some suggestions about filling it ... besides the usual rice or beans.
It will be supporting a fairly heavy lens and I'd like the bag to be on the light side
if possible. Does anyone have an idea for filling; something not normally thought of?
I guess what I want is lead shot stability with the weight of rice :-)

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Jul 22, 2019 17:54:47   #
hassighedgehog Loc: Corona, CA
 
For stability it should have some weight. At craft stores they have these styro-beads (not foam, but like little plastic pellets) or the buckwheat hulls that are used in microwave heated masks. IF possible use the heavier beads or pellets in the parts that hang down over the window. (depends on how it is constructed.)

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Jul 22, 2019 17:57:43   #
Howard5252 Loc: New York / Florida (now)
 
RowdyRay wrote:
Air soft ammo/BBs?

Lentils?


Airsoft Ammo:

Just the kind of suggestion I'm looking for. I looked and it will go onto the 'Possible" list. the
drawback is cost - I'm guessing about $30-$60 ( can't judge how big the jars are). If necessary, the money won't break me. Do you or someone you know use this?

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Jul 22, 2019 18:00:31   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
I use the same sunflower seeds I feed to the birds. Twice a year I dump them in a feeder and put fresh ones in. This is with a D4s on an 800mm. I can drive slowly with my arm laying across the lens. When stopped I can let go completely. The bag is from LensCoat and seems to be moisture proof. I have been using it since January 2016.


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Jul 22, 2019 18:01:28   #
Howard5252 Loc: New York / Florida (now)
 
hassighedgehog wrote:
For stability it should have some weight. At craft stores they have these styro-beads (not foam, but like little plastic pellets) or the buckwheat hulls that are used in microwave heated masks. IF possible use the heavier beads or pellets in the parts that hang down over the window. (depends on how it is constructed.)


You've just answered a question I was thinking of asking - mixing filler. But your comment gave me the idea to place the heavier stuff in plastic bags before stuffing them in to the bean bag.

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Jul 22, 2019 18:03:46   #
Howard5252 Loc: New York / Florida (now)
 
Bill_de wrote:
I use the same sunflower seeds I feed to the birds. Twice a year I dump them in a feeder and put fresh ones in. This is with an 800mm, and I can drive slowly with my arm laying across the lens. When stopped I can let go completely. The bag is from LensCot.


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Sunflower seeds! Good idea ... will go onto my "Possible" list.

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Jul 22, 2019 18:42:28   #
RowdyRay Loc: MN
 
Howard5252 wrote:
Airsoft Ammo:

Just the kind of suggestion I'm looking for. I looked and it will go onto the 'Possible" list. the
drawback is cost - I'm guessing about $30-$60 ( can't judge how big the jars are). If necessary, the money won't break me. Do you or someone you know use this?


Yes, my grandsons are into it. It's as big as the paintball days. Cost was my concern as well, but it wouldn't be affected by moisture. If you're frugal, like me, bulk prices or sales can be found. Google and Ebay.

I hit a lot of thrift and discount stores too. Pick up any opened and/or damaged packages I find to help them out. For very good prices, but it might take you a while to find enough. Lol.

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Jul 22, 2019 19:18:45   #
pmorin Loc: Huntington Beach, Palm Springs
 
Howard5252 wrote:
I just got my Movo Bean; it is like an upside down U; designed to go over a car door.
I'd like to get some suggestions about filling it ... besides the usual rice or beans.
It will be supporting a fairly heavy lens and I'd like the bag to be on the light side
if possible. Does anyone have an idea for filling; something not normally thought of?
I guess what I want is lead shot stability with the weight of rice :-)


You could use this product designed for rock tumbling. Available from Amazon.



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Jul 22, 2019 22:39:19   #
RowdyRay Loc: MN
 
pmorin wrote:
You could use this product designed for rock tumbling. Available from Amazon.


That was going to be my next suggestion. Been collecting agates since I was a kid. Finally invested in some decent tumblers and equipment. No expert, by any means, just thought it might work.

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Jul 22, 2019 22:56:23   #
pmorin Loc: Huntington Beach, Palm Springs
 
RowdyRay wrote:
That was going to be my next suggestion. Been collecting agates since I was a kid. Finally invested in some decent tumblers and equipment. No expert, by any means, just thought it might work.


I have a small 4” tumbler and drive that does small stones ok, but I think someday I will want to build a large box tumbler(16 sides) and get serious about it. The pellets work well to keep scratches down on the final polish.
For the OP, they are waterproof, compact nicely and do have some weight to them.

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