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Beanpod Review

Beanpod Review - Branded the Tripod full of beans the Beanpod takes on old idea of a bean bag that's been used for decades to support cameras and brings it up to the modern day. We found out how well it supports your camera

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Category : Tripods, Monopods and Other Supports
Product : Beanpod
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BeanpodBranded the Tripod full of beans the Beanpod takes on old idea of a bean bag that's been used for decades to support cameras and brings it up to the modern day.

Where bean bags were filled with...you guessed it beans (hard dried ones!)..this one feels as though it's filled with small fishing shot sized polystyrene balls. The £9.99 bag is made from a leather look black vinyl and has Beanpod embroidered across the bottom left in red. You certainly wouldn't feel embarrassed about carrying this around whereas a cloth sack sewn together that rattles with the sound of hard beans may be a different matter.

BeanpodThe instructions are brief, you don't need any more, and there's a warning that it's not designed to be sat on. With a size of 11x19x4cm you'd have to have a very small behind to manage this, but I guess the manufacturer is covering all possibilities!
It's small enough to carry around in a camera holdall and would even slip into a coat pocket.

To use you simply lay it on a surface and sit the camera on top. There's no support just press the camera down firmly to make it rigid and have the camera strap around you neck just in case you let go.
I tried it using in a low light situation where the exposure was 1/2sec using a 105mm lens. I first took the shot hand held, then by resting against the corner of a wall and finally with the Beanpod position over the corner and the camera on top. The result is below.

 

Beanpod
The corner rest wasn't enough to imporve the blurred shot I got by handholding (below left), but the beanpod shot (below right) shows a dramatic improvement.

It's not just about preventing camera shake though, another benefit is you won't scratch your camera baseplate when you rest it on a wall or fence.

Verdict
It's small, it's light and it isn't embarrassing to carry around. If there's a wall, tree stump, fence or furniture that you can rest on, this will help you no end to gain better depth-of-field by using a smaller aperture and prevent camera shake. It's also useful for night photography and at just under a tenner it won't break the bank!

Test by Peter Bargh

More info on the BeanPod website.

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Comments


mwoods 10 20 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 3:06PM
The link is www.Beanpods.co.uk

Cheers, Mark.

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YoBellzaa e2
7 224 England
27 Oct 2008 3:59PM
Thanks, changed.
HarrietH e2
4 265 Portugal
20 Jul 2010 1:39PM
I have just bought mine and it fits nicely into the bottom of my camera bag with my camera resting on it. The proof, of course, is in the tasting of the pudding but with a small try in my little office it worked perfectly.

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