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| p.1 #12 · Wimberley WH-200 II vs Jobu BWG-Pro2 for Nikon 500mm? |
Additional comments in response to your PMed question:
The convenience of the Sidekick ( and lower cost ) is appealing
*** Is the problem of switching between the ball head and gimbal head being overstated?
*** Is the Sidekick really stout enough for me to feel comfortable using a 500mm lens on a pro body?
By the time you add the cost of a good ballhead to the price of the Sidekick, you are quite close to the cost of a W-II or over the price of a W-II knockoff from China or Calumet.
Sidekick is a 3-step process: Mount the ballhead, mount the Sidekick, then mount the lens.
W-II is a 2-step process: Mount the W-II, then mount the lens.
As the name implies: Sidekick supports the lens on its side, while a full Wimberley (or clone) supports it from the buttom.
Once you fine tune the Full Wimberley balance, moving the lens is leterally a breeze.
You can not go wrong either way, the Sidekick is still an excellent product, but if you will be shooting a lot, the full Wimberley is the way to go.
Good luck on your choice