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    Posted: 16 June 2019 at 02:13
Folks

I'm about to embark on a voyage of discovery with taking shots of old camera equipment. I'm wondering how you pose lenses. In particular these are very old brass lenses and small with lots of fine engraving so I need to be able to maneuver them about fairly flexibly and keep them perfectly still.

I'm thinking a small beanbag would probably be the business, but they are proving hard to find in the usual places.

How do you manage this and what is recommended as an aid to posing irregular shaped objects?

Many thanks for your observations.
 



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You could put them on your bed, but don't sit on it at the same time!
Or you could lay a towel on the table and put a fine cotton sheet over that?
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You could try ricebags instead beanbags if you can't find any.

Just fill a small plastic bag with rice and use that.
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How handy are you with a sewing machine? Making a small beanbag shouldn't really be all to hard and in making one yourself you could pick whatever fabric and size you deem needed.
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Camera the "FUTON"
Is this not popular in your country?
In Japan, it is often found on sale wagons.
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How about a lump of modeling clay, or some DIY Play-Doh underneath the fabric of your choice?
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Many thanks for the replies. From what you've said, I think I'll have a crack at making my own.
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