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Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4

B&H # APMBBRTM4 Mfr # 898159002170
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You Pay: $89.95
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

The Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4 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.

Head Attachment 3/8"-16 stud
Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)
Apex Mini Bean Bag - Realtree Max4
  • 30-Day Limited Warranty
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    Apex Mini Bean Bag - Black
     
    4.4

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Stable (6)
      • Supporting camera (6)
      • Wildlife photos (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      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.

      Reviewed by 13 customers

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      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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        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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        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).

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                            • 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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                              (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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