The Wimberley Sidekick is used to convert a strong tripod ballhead such as an Arca-Swiss Z1 Ballhead (see note below) to a gimbal-type head. A gimbal mount is typically used for mounting a super telephoto lens to a tripod. The weight of the lens and camera is positioned below the head’s pivot point. This takes away the tendency for the camera and lens to flop over (a potential catastrophe) and makes positioning the camera and large lens easy. A full-sized gimbal head such as the Wimberley Tripod Head II is the ultimate solution for the largest super telephoto lenses made, but the Wimberley Sidekick has some advantages. The first advantage is the cost – The Wimberley Sidekick is about half the cost of a full sized gimbal head. It is also a fraction of the weight. Of course, the full size Wimberley Tripod Head does not require the additional cost, size and weight of a ballhead. But, you probably want a ballhead anyway – and likely will want it with you as the Wimberley Tripod Head does not make a good smaller lens support. The Wimberley Sidekick makes an especially good long lens travel support. Space and weight savings are especially important when traveling by air and again, you will likely want to take your ballhead along anyway. The SideKick is a much smaller/lighter addition to your luggage than a full Wimberley. Like all Wimberley equipment, Wimberley Sidekick is very well made. Lock the Sidekick in place and nothing moves. If the functionality and purpose of this support meet your needs, it is a good purchase. READ FULL REVIEW AT DigitalPicture.com
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