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200-400: Sidekick of full Gimbal

dhmiller

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dhmiller Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 19th May 2009
Sat 31-Mar-12 01:07 PM | edited Sat 31-Mar-12 01:25 PM by dhmiller

I just bought a 200-400 on which I will add a TC and plan to do occasional birding (mostly interested in travel and macro photo).

I own a Markins Q10 ballhead and an Induro PHQ-3 panning head (I assume the Markins is the better bet). One person has suggested not to use a Sidekick with the 200-400 for reasons of security and that I would be better off with a full gimbal. So I am looking for opinions on this related in particular to: how safe the Sidekick will be with the 200-400, which I will probably add some form of RSS gear, either the entire safety system or just the plate, but also, and how much of a hassle will it be to setup a full gimbal on my Gitzo 3531 as I don;t intend to leave it on full time. The difference in price between these two is significant and though a full gimbal might be useful down the road, I am curious about the setup and take down of using it for now.

I would also consider other brands of Gimbals if people can recommend them. I think the horizontal mount would be most suitable.

Thanks for any feedback or references to similar threads.
Dennis

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