This is designed as an empty ballast or weight bag, but is NOT for use as a camera support. Fill it with sand or water.
In response to shooters needing a durable, yet modular weight bag, we took the design and size of the original SafariSack™ and made a few changes. These changes enabled us to get the cost down, while providing a tough modular bag that works as a ballast with either sand or water filler. (A first in the photo industry.)
The types of filler and their intended purposes are as follows:
- Sand. In the studio or for around-town shooting you may want to use the sand filler because it is heavier and slightly more stable than water
- Water. For those shooters traveling via the airlines, the water ballast is the best option for ballast. Carry several (3 or 4 for most location shoots) and fill them with water upon arrival. Then dump the contents for the return flight. We used to sell a mylar 4-liter (1 gal) bladder, but our supplier stopped making that product, so now we offer the 5-liter Seattle Sports bladder. It is fairly durable and can be used by itself without a SafariSack, as long as you are careful. The more expensive 4-liter MSR Dromedary Bag also fits, if turned at a slight angle.
- Rocks. On location fill this bag with rocks or dirt and sling over light over the legs of your C-Stand or light stand.
One product fulfills the needs of both location and studio shooters -- just change out the bladder, using the same shell.
Because this sack has no zipper, it MUST be used with a bladder, otherwise the contents will spill out. It can be used as a ballast hung over the rungs of a light stand, attached to the end of boom, or attached around a tripod (optional/special order "SafariSack shoulder strap" is helpful in this mode). Please note that this model lacks the side compression straps of SafariSack I and cannot be used saddlebag style as a support for a camera, rather it's design is to be used saddlebag-style, as a ballast draped over a light stand/C-stand or hung on the end of a boom.
10.25 x 16.5" (flat dimensions)
Empty Weight = 2.1 oz
Weight with Seattle Sports 5 Liter Bladder (filled approx.. 3/4-full with water) = 10 lbs. 6 oz.
Weight with sand bladder = 10–13 lbs.
26 x 42 cm (flat dimensions)
Empty Weight = 60 g
Weight with Seattle Sports 5 Liter Bladder (filled approx. 3/4-full with water) = 4.7 kg
Weight with sand bladder = 4.5–6 kg
In July of 2015 we added an additional quick-release strap on the end of this product, to facilitate use with the Seattle Sports bladders.
Hang a SafariSack around your tripod for additional stability with long lenses or on windy days. Fill it with sand, rocks or water. With the SafariSack II in this configuration, the $3 optional Y208 strap is a recommended accessory.
Designed and Crafted in USA