Stabilizing Footage on the Go (No Gimbal Needed)

Let's face it, lugging around a massive gimbal can be a real pain in the neck (literally), and sometimes you just want a simple, lightweight, and effective way to keep your shots steady. 

If you're anything like me, you've probably been on the hunt for the perfect camera stabilizing solution, and coming up disappointed and frustrated every time you try to search for something different.

Well, you're in luck because I'm here to take your pain away – introducing the Mini Rat Bag (aka Bag Steady Bag)!

The Rat Bag is a revolutionary way you shoot videos and photos. Whether you're a professional cinematographer, a hobby photographer, or a documentary videographer, this nifty accessory is about to become your new best friend. 

So, let's dive in and discover what makes the Mini Steady Bag the must-have tool for every camera enthusiast!

The Mini Steady Bag – A Game Changer



Meet the Mini Steady Bag, a piece of gear designed with love for those who crave stability in their shots but don't want the hassle of lugging around heavy equipment. 

Eliminates camera shake without the need for a time-consuming setup, and it can be used for rock-steady handheld shots, without loosing that smooth organic look that can’t be achieved with a gimbal or Steady-Cam!

This ingenious piece of kit is perfect for run and gun filmmakers, videographers, documentary camera operators (and the list goes on). .

Camo-Colored Coolness

First things first, let's talk about that camo-colored design. It's not just a style statement; it's a practical choice. The Mini Steady Bag's camo design not only looks fantastic, but also serves a purpose. When you're out in the wild, trying to blend in with the environment as a wildlife cinematographer or birdwatcher, the last thing you want is a bright, attention-grabbing accessory. The Mini Steady Bag keeps you discreet while ensuring your shots are as steady as can be.

Light as a Feather

Weighing in at just 1 kilogram (that's a mere 2.2 pound for our friends across the pond), the Mini Steady Bag won't weigh you down on your adventures. It's the perfect companion for those long days on the field  or when you're exploring the great outdoors. 


Air Compress Shoulder Padding

Now, let's talk comfort. The Mini Steady Bag features "Our Air Compress" shoulder padding, which is like a cozy hug for your shoulder. Whether you're a professional photographer shooting weddings or a documentary videographer capturing real-life moments, you can't afford to be uncomfortable. This innovative padding ensures you can carry your gear all day with ease. No more sore shoulders or aching backs, which means you can focus on your craft without distraction.

Hand Made

Yes, all these bags are handmade by a group of very enthusiastic rats in the heart of Transylvania, Romania, each material carefully selected, with the bag itself going through a few designs till we were satisfied with its form. 


Now, I know what you're thinking – this all sounds fantastic, but how does it actually work? What makes the Mini Steady Bag so special? 

Here is a breakdown for the more technical-oriented mind. 

Now with pictures!

Specifications for Large Bags:

  • For camera setups up to 15 kg (33 pounds). Like the Arri Alexa, Arri Alexa Mini, Arri Ariflex 425 Ursa, Red Epic, Red Komodo, Red Raptor, Red Dragon, Sony Venice, Sony Fs7, Sony FX6, Blackmagic  Canon C700, and Panasonic Eva1.
  • Thick water-resistant Cordura fabric (510gsm)
  • Easy hidden zipper access for filling & emptying, You can always have the right amount of filling in your Steady Saddle!
  • 3 jumbo Velcro pocket for extra storage, from small camera batteries to a well-deserved snack。
  • Fully removable 50 mm (2 inch)  strap and industrial grade snap hooks。
  • 4 secure mounting hoops for mounting on cars。
  • Grab handle。
  • Dimensions: 44 × 41 × 30 cm—17.3 × 16.1 × 12 inches.
  • Non-slip rubber bottom


Specifications for Medium bags:

  • For camera setups up to 10kg. (22 pounds) From mirrorless camera, setups to fully rigged-out cinema cameras such as the Canon 5d, Sony A7, Sony A7s, Sony fx3, Panasonic GH6, Panasonic S1, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Sony fx 6, Cannon C300, BMPCC, Nikon Z7,  and many other DSLR, Mirrorless, and small format cameras.
  • Thick water-resistant Cordura fabric (510gsm)
  • Easy hidden Airlock zipper access for filling & emptying, You can always have the right amount of filling in your Rat Bag!
  • 2 small and one jumbo Velcro pocket for extra storage, from small camera batteries to a well-deserved snack.
  • Fully removable 50 mm (2 inch)  strap and industrial grade snap hooks。
  • 4 secure mounting hoops for mounting on cars。
  • Grab handle.
  • Dimensions:40 × 30 × 25 cm – 15.7 × 11.8 × 9.8 inches.
  • Non-slip rubber bottom


Specifications for Mini bags:

Specifications:

  • For camera setups up to 10kg. (22 pounds) From mirrorless cameras, setups to fully rigged-out cinema cameras such as the Canon 5d, Sony A7, Sony A7s, Sony fx3, Panasonic GH6, Panasonic S1, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Sony fx 6, Cannon C300, BMPCC, Nikon Z7,  and many other DSLR, Mirrorless, and small format cameras.
  • Thick water-resistant Cordura fabric (510gsm)
  • Easy hidden Airlock zipper access for filling & emptying, You can always have the right amount of filling in your Rat Bag!
  • 2 small and one jumbo Velcro pocket for extra storage, from small camera batteries to a well-deserved snack.
  • Fully removable 50 mm (2 inches)  strap and industrial grade snap hooks。
  • 4 secure mounting hoops for mounting on cars。
  • Grab handle.
  • Size 25x18x19cm ( 9.8 inch X 7 inch X 7.4 inch)
  • Non-slip rubber bottom


If you are interested in a break down of our bag specificaly for wildflife  photography, please check out this blog by our good frend David Reid:

https://www.drphotos.ca/review/how-to-use-a-camera-bag-for-bird-and-wildlife-photography/

Wrap-up

In conclusion, the Steady Bag is the answer to all your camera stabilization needs. Whether you're a professional photographer, a cinematographer, or a hobbyist, this lightweight, camo-colored wonder will change the way you shoot forever. With its comfortable "Air Compress" shoulder padding, you can capture steady shots without the need for a bulky gimbal.

So, if you're tired of lugging around heavy equipment or struggling with shaky shots, it's time to give the Mini Steady Bag a try. Don't let the small size fool you; it's a powerful tool that will make a big difference in your work. 

Ready to make the switch? 

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