About the Wimberley Sidemount Head II
The main casting and pan and tilt mechanisms are identical to the Wimberley Head; however, the swing arm and adjustable platform are replaced by a sidemounted quick-release clamp. This shaves nearly a pound off the weight and requires mounting the lens sideways as is done with the Wimberley Sidekick.
The same dual screw mounting configuration is used to attach the sidemounted quick-release as is used to attach the swing arm of the full Wimberley Head. Thus, it is simple to convert the Sidemount to the full Wimberley Head or vice versa. Conversion kits for both options are available.
WH-200S Gimbal Head with sidemount QR clamp
5 Year Warranty on all products from Wimberley
This product is protected by one or more of the following Patents: #7478970 & #7600941
Amazing how you can leave it in any position and it stays put, yet you are able to smoothly and quickly move it on to the next position. Or easily and quickly adjust tension making it harder to move. Balances perfectly with my following setup: Nikon D500 + Nikon 300mm F4 PF + Nikon TC-14Eiii
I am a nature photographer and routinely toss my tripod-mounted 500mm lens onto my shoulder as a hike. A big plus for me was the weight savings over my previous setup (Sidekick and ballhead), but I was worried that it might loosen from the top of my tripod as I hiked around. Over several weeks of extensive use I never had a bit of trouble. It attached and detached easily, held my lens/camera securely, and never loosened unexpectedly. I am very impressed and look forward to using this on future trips.