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Wimberely Sidekick Questions

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Seattle, US
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Replytoken Registered since 08th Mar 2008
Thu 08-Dec-11 10:52 PM

While the Sidekick was briefly touched upon in a few recent threads, I thought it best to start a new one so I do not take any of those previous threads further OT. I recently upgraded my ballhead in anticipation of the winter bird migration, and while I am reasonably set to go (with my D300, 70-200 VRII and TC-20e-III), there are several lingering questions floating around in my head, one of which is wondering about the use/need of a Wimberely Sidekick for BIF.

I am aware that this camera/lens combo is used as much handheld as it is on a tripod, so some have thought of the Sidekick as overkill. Others have recommended it because it allows you to pan and tilt wtih greater ease than a ballhead when shooting BIF. There is probably wisdom in both responses, and I eventually need to decide for myself, but I am wondering if I should first get the hang of working with my new ballhead to see how it does or does not work for BIF, or if I should empty my wallet a bit further and incorporate a Sidekick from the start.

As far as the future, I think that my budget is only going to allow me to move up to a 300mm f/4 and TC-14, a combo about the same size as the 70-200 w/TC. Faster or longer glass is probably not in the near future, with the exception of an occasional rental.

Wimberely offers a 60-day trial, which is generous to say the least. And, their phone support was far more friendly and helpful than my recent experience with RRS. So, holding my technique as a constant, any thoughts on the amount of improvement that a Sidekick offers over a ballhead for BIF with either of these lens/TC combos? Wimberely's offer is generous, but I do not want to take advantage of them if I should either wait or take a pass. I am inclined to go for it, but I want to make sure that this is not just a bad case of NAS run amok.

Thanks,

--Ken

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