Thread: Car Window Tripod/Support

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    Default Car Window Tripod/Support

    What do you all use when shooting from your car? There are a number of car window mounts on amazon and most seem about equally rated. I am generally shooting a a Canon 5D AMrk II and a 70-200mm with a 2x extender...someday I will have a 400mm
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    It is very very hard to beat a beanbag for window shooting. Any strong bag that is strong enough not to burst, a zip that seals tight enough not to let the filling out and your all set. just pack it with rice or beans, and your done. It can also be used on top of the roof or hood, or on fenceposts. Or anyone elses car as they dont scratch anything.

    I've used one for a 600mm lens, do it will definitly work with 400mm.

    and when you want to pack it away, cook the rice and eat it :-)

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    Anothere vote for the BB.

    I used one shooting wildlife in West Africa. So quick to whack the bag down and get your shot. No adjustment, no fiddling easy. then just throw it all on the back seat when your done and drive on!

    Thats how I roll

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    Default Puffin Pad

    Not sure if you can still get them but I use a Puffin Pad. Its a foam block about 4"X4"X6" that fits over the partially rolled down car window. To be fair, it is a rest, not a mount. It is super simple, small and requires about 1 second to set up. It works like a champ. I am sure they're $20 or less.

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    Kirk Makes a great window mount that can also be used on any flat surface







    I just sold this one because I wasnt using it anymore, but when we lived in Yellowstone, I used it on a daily basis and loved it

    Here is a LINK to a review I did on it so you can see if it's something you like
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    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!
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    For $20, I'd probably go with the pad or bean bag option rather than dropping the coin on the Kirk Mount. Just so you know, it sells for $250 on their site, but I see them all the time around $100 on Ebay
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    Quote Originally Posted by Every Miles A Memory View Post
    For $20, I'd probably go with the pad or bean bag option rather than dropping the coin on the Kirk Mount. Just so you know, it sells for $250 on their site, but I see them all the time around $100 on Ebay
    Yeah, it's been an expensive year...I will probably opt for the Puffin Pad, but could call to check on ebay if I upgrade.

    Check out how this guy rigged his Puffin Pad to secure his camera and lens while he is driving. I think it was brilliant and will probably try this myself.
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    I use a bean bag that cost $0.50 and a few minutes of my time to make. I've used on the window with a 500mm AF-S and it works fine. For smaller lenses, I really don't see the need for additional support. If it is dark, I'd step out and just use a tripod.

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