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Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black

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Apex Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black

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Product Highlights

  • Lightweight Yet Stable Camera Support
  • Stabilizes Lenses Up to 500mm
  • 3/8"-16 Stud for Ball Head / Gimbal Head
  • Perfect for Shooting from a Car Window
  • High-Tack Finish Inside U Shape
  • Removable Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Plate
  • Can Be Inverted for Use on Flat Surface
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Color: Black

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The Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black from LensCoat is a versatile, solid support for a camera, especially one mounted on a gimbal or ball head. Designed for DSLR cameras with lenses smaller than 500mm, the Mini Bean Bag has a U-shape that makes it perfect for mounting on any narrow or round surface, such as a fence, a car door, or a tree branch. Inside the "U" is a high-tack surface that keeps it from slipping.

The Mini Bean Bag features an easily accessible fill zipper that allows you to customize the amount of filling that's inside the bag. A weather-resistant flap protects the zipper. At 5.5 lb it's less than half the size of its bigger sibling, the Apex Bean Bag, yet it's still heavy enough to provide plenty of stability.

Inside the bag there's not only filling but an aircraft-grade aluminum plate that, with its 1/2"-long 3/8"-16 screw, supports the attachment of a head. (Each plate is hand-made in the U.S. with the help of a 100,000 lb press.) The plate is removable, so you can use the Mini Bean Bag as a traditional, soft bean bag support.

You can also invert the Mini Bean Bag to nestle a telephoto lens into the "U" portion, which provides non-slip support. This is perfect for shooting from a flat surface such as a car hood or the ground.

UPC: 898159002194
Head Attachment 3/8"-16 stud
Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.79 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 6.7 x 2.4"
Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black
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    Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black
     
    4.3

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (7)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Durable (4)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Stable (6)
    • Supporting camera (6)
    • Wildlife photos (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works great!

    I got this bean-bag mount so that I could photograph wildlife from my truck more easily than using a monopod wedged between door and seat. I use it to support a 7D (with...Read complete review

    I got this bean-bag mount so that I could photograph wildlife from my truck more easily than using a monopod wedged between door and seat. I use it to support a 7D (with grip) and a 400 F5.6L lens. It does a great job and works as described. I've been getting some tack-sharp images since using it! It does take a lot of beans to fill so make sure you buy plenty (I had to make two trips to the store because I didn't buy enough the first time).

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    just ok

    It might be just the way i used it, but... instead of using beans or rice, i decided to use sand (because i was going overseas and thought that taking agricultural components...Read complete review

    It might be just the way i used it, but... instead of using beans or rice, i decided to use sand (because i was going overseas and thought that taking agricultural components in other countries might have some issues). Well... the zipper on the bag didn't close tightly enough or something, but the sand was constantly leaking from the bag. that was one of the issues. another issue is that the bag would not stay in place. again, might have been the way i used it, but when i put it around the car door, and put the cameara on top, every move of the camera would move the bag just slightly. and when you need complete stability - it won't do.

    i will be trying to use the bag again, with some rice/beans in it instead of sand, so maybe it'll work better.

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    2.0

    Not Well Made

    By prsnrs

    from Snowmass Village, CO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4:

        I intended to use this bag for camera stabilization.

        The first time I used the product one of the carry straps completely separated from the main bag.

        The fill hole is quite small and impedes efficient filling.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Well constructed and made in the USA

        By DL

        from Portland OR

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black:

          This is a versatile product that can accommodate several photographic situations (e.g., photography from a vehicle or blind).

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works well, just right size

          By Louise

          from Chicago

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4:

            Works well, easy to fill, right size for windows and you can use if flat.

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            • No

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black by Apex

            By TPETES

            from San Diego

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • None

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction

            Best Uses

            • Good For Trash

            Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black:

            I bought this beanbag to take to Africa on a two week photo-safari. One of the seams started to separate after three days of use. If you purchase an Apex bean-bag immeaditly place it in the garbage where it belongs.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good for Shooting from Car

            By JTC

            from Franklin, TN

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Stabilizing
              • Supporting Camera

              Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4:

              I do a lot of wildlife photography and have found that animals scatter once they hear a car door opening. Using this beanbag I simply roll down the window, shut off the engine (to stop vibration) and shoot. I use a ball head attached to the beanbag to support my 300mm f4 with extender and it works nicely. I filled it with rice, but beans or sand can work as well.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bag this!

              By Ansel Frank Russel Garry Disfarmer

              from Heading West from New Paltz, N.Y.

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Does not Chafe
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Supporting Camera

                Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4:

                I am going to use this on my motorcycle handle bars to steady a big medium format camera. The camoflage (sic,) material and the instructions on how to fit your piece goes hand in hand with the gun-pockets of my Reaper black leather vest. All made in America of United States, heavy stitching, metaphorically and not, and it takes alot of beans to ship from the manufacturer without them? Kidney is my choice, as I lost a piece of mine a few years back, and that was without the belt.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I like it!

                By Guy

                from Alberta,Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Stabilizing
                  • Supporting Camera

                  Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black:

                  I purchased the Apex mini for my truck for bird and wildlife photography, you know what they say...your vehicle is one of the best blinds around. I love it, well constructed, nice size for my Canon 7D / 400mm lens. **I filled my bag with plastic Perler Beads** (children craft beads) as I did not want to fill it with any kind of water absorbent beans or rice. But it took about 33,000 beads to fill, but in my opinion worth it.

                  Excellent product

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Product

                  By bfaanes

                  from Sun Prairie, WI.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Stabilizing
                    • Supporting Camera

                    Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4:

                    Just got back from photographing Polar Bears @ Churchill. Used this bean bag with a Mongose head from the window and back railing of a Tundra Buggy. Outstanding results!. Would recommend for purchase.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    just ok

                    By viper

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Stabilizing
                        • Supporting Camera

                        Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black:

                        It might be just the way i used it, but... instead of using beans or rice, i decided to use sand (because i was going overseas and thought that taking agricultural components in other countries might have some issues). Well... the zipper on the bag didn't close tightly enough or something, but the sand was constantly leaking from the bag. that was one of the issues. another issue is that the bag would not stay in place. again, might have been the way i used it, but when i put it around the car door, and put the cameara on top, every move of the camera would move the bag just slightly. and when you need complete stability - it won't do.

                        i will be trying to use the bag again, with some rice/beans in it instead of sand, so maybe it'll work better.

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great product for the price

                        By goldenAussie

                        from Sandia Park, NM

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable
                        • Stable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Stabilizing

                          Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4:

                          Provides a stable platform for use in the car window at a fraction of the price of other alternatives. It's the right size and easy to use. Fast setup. Solid support.It includes straps on both sides for tying thngs down. I never quite figured how these could be effectively used on my F-150 truck and they tended to get in the way so I just cut them off. Issue solved.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          bean bag

                          By cobri

                          from rome ga

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black:

                              it does what it was designed to do.............easily

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                              • No

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              What a find!

                              By Anna Schonlau

                              from Estes Park, CO

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Heavy Duty
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Hanging straps

                              Best Uses

                              • Stabilizing
                              • Supporting Camera

                              Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4:

                              I finally found product that I can use to mount my own tripod head, 600mm lens and camera body, on the door frame of my car window and shoot video as well as still images. Taking wildlife photograph and getting publishable images just got a lot easier.

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                              • No

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Works great!

                              By John T.

                              from Euless, TX

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Well built quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4:

                                I got this bean-bag mount so that I could photograph wildlife from my truck more easily than using a monopod wedged between door and seat. I use it to support a 7D (with grip) and a 400 F5.6L lens. It does a great job and works as described. I've been getting some tack-sharp images since using it! It does take a lot of beans to fill so make sure you buy plenty (I had to make two trips to the store because I didn't buy enough the first time).

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                This Bag is so much MORE than a Bag!

                                By Dean

                                from Mason City, Iowa

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black:

                                  This Apex Mini Bean Bag is so well constructed and has all the right slots and pouches for easy usage. The fill zipper in nicely placed and is easy to use.
                                  Seems very stable for my camera under all conditions.
                                  I would by this same bean bag again.

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                                  • No

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great Beanbag for wildlife

                                  By Larry

                                  from Post Falls, Idaho

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4:

                                    I use the Apex beanbag while taking shots of birds and other wildlife. It's so easy to use, just open a car/SUV window and straddle the window sill and place your camera atop and shoot. For longer lenses I use it with a ball head.

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