I haven't used a Wimberly Sidekick but have become interested in perhaps obtaining one to use with a Kirk BH-3 for a 300mm f/2.8. Would it work well on a monopod also?? Any real advantages? Disadvantages?
A Sidekick on a monopod is very useful. You do not need a ballhead to make it work. Manfrotto makes a tilt head that mounts on the monopod and you then attach a Arca-Swiss type clamp to the tilt head and insert the Sidekick. The Sidekick handles the gimbal motion and you rotate the monopod for panning. RRS has a blurb on this set up. I have used it for years with lenses up to 500mm f4 and it is great. Here is a link to the RRS site. http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/tutorials/monopods/index.html
Thanks Jim. I already have the Kirk equivalent of the RRS setup (3232 + Kirk adapter + Kirk QRC). I primarily shoot action field sports with this setup. I have been thinking about a tripod setup with the smaller Kirk ballhead + Sidekick for my 300mm f/2.8 and non sports shooting.
I am thinking that the smaller ballhead with Sidekick is good for the larger lenses but without the Sidekick I can use a smaller more manageable ballhead on my lighter shooting setups. Do you think this is good thinking or should I be thinking about larger ballhead right from the get-go? I have almost no tripod/ballhead experience.