This Water Weight Bagel Is The Evolution Of Sand Bags

Dec 2, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

This Water Weight Bagel Is The Evolution Of Sand Bags

Dec 2, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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WaterWeight - Ultra portable water or sand bag which folds into

With the advance of photography we are seeing smarter lighting, smarter tripods and smarter light stands (to the extent of having them voice activated), but one thing I thought that could not be evolved is the sand bag. Guess I was wrong.

The folks from Inspired Photo Gear just came up with a nifty new invention simply called the WaterWeight, but to make the concept clearer I suggest calling it the Bagel Water Weight. There are two new things that the bag brings to the table (or on location) – when closed it is incredibly small – maybe about an iPhone 5c big and only 7 grams heavier (139g vs 132g). This means that you can pack two of those when going on a shoot and they don’t really take any space in the bag.

WaterWeight - Ultra portable water or sand bag which folds into

The other thing that is different from standard sand bags is that it’s bagel shaped. This makes it incredibly easy to place it on the center poll where it brings the most balance to a light stand. (it has a small velcro thingy that you can open and close to wrap it around a center poll). You can probably still use it in the traditional way if you so choose, but I think that getting lots of weight on the center is making it more stable that getting some weight on one of the legs. Lastly, you can also hang it just as you would use a backpack on a  tripod :)

If it was not clear from the name – it uses water rather than sand to make the thing heavier.

WaterWeight - Ultra portable water or sand bag which folds into

I think this would be an ideal companion if you are using a small light stand like the small Manfrotto Nano (which I do), or the lightweight Lollipod.

Pricing is UK based – £30 for one, £65 for a three pack. (That is about $47 and $101).

WaterWeight - Ultra portable water or sand bag which folds into

WaterWeight - Ultra portable water or sand bag which folds into

WaterWeight - Ultra portable water or sand bag which folds into

[WaterWeight | £30/£65 at Inspired Photographer]

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10 responses to “This Water Weight Bagel Is The Evolution Of Sand Bags”

  1. ISO 1200 Magazine Avatar
    ISO 1200 Magazine

    Good idea# RT “: This Water Weight Bagel Is The Evolution Of Sand Bags – http://t.co/Fmi7zMSb3I”

  2. Alan Avatar
    Alan

    So now we have to carry bottled water to location shoots? Stupid idea.

    1. sam Avatar
      sam

      only if you are a professional photographer. You can use tap water if you are only an emerging photographer :)

  3. Hyper Boyle Avatar
    Hyper Boyle

    EVOLUTION OF SAND BAGS – Hardly, this has been used for decades to support Lawn Umbrellas….

  4. Jon Peckham Avatar
    Jon Peckham

    worthless. My boa bags are gold. . .

  5. Terry Firma Avatar
    Terry Firma

    Please. Like any hard-working photographer is going to go through the trouble of filling the bags with water on location and then dumping it out after the shoot. And if you follow the directions, to avoid nasty smells, you have to use a hair dryer and spend additional time making sure the thing is dry enough to store.

    Plus…$47. #Gottabeshittinme

  6. Guest Avatar
    Guest

    In my opinion: If you fap to it – it is porn to you.

    1. ajfudge Avatar
      ajfudge

      ???

  7. ajfudge Avatar
    ajfudge

    Ok. Neat product. But It is my utmost belief that sandbags belong to the list of unnecessary purchase as a photog. So to go cheap (read: resourceful) for this one, I’ll just bring adequate-sized plastic bags (or a ZipLock if I’m feeling fancy and also because those are thicker) and fill them with sand or water or stones (which ever is available) and tie them up or clip them to the light stand. After the shoot, I’ll empty the plastic and reuse them for next time.

  8. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    Two water jugs and a bungie work fine.