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Mar 01, 2018 02:11 |  #1

https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …wk_gimbal_attac​hment.html (external link)

I think I just may have found what I need to pair with my monopod for birding and wildlife photography. Is anyone using this?

While it costs about the same as Wimberley Sidekick, which however needs a ball head to make it work, this versatile Tomahawk can be attached directly to a monopod just like Wimberley Sidemount except it's lighter and about $200 cheaper without compromising on quality make and material. It also seems to avoid the tilting limitation that Wimberley suffers from. The tilting limitation is not a huge deal but something I'd rather avoid if I can, and this Tomahawk seems to be free from that concern.

It only weighs 1.9 lbs (compare that to Sidemount which weighs 2.3 lbs) and with 50 lbs load capacity and nothing but great reviews...

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Mar 02, 2018 16:48 |  #2

Well, since PMG offers no questions asked 30-day return policy, I decided to just go ahead and order it. Will report back in case anyone's interested.



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Mar 12, 2018 20:35 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #3

Have you had a chance to try this out? Interested in hearing your thoughts on the Tomahawk.


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Mar 12, 2018 20:47 |  #4

FlannelPJ wrote in post #18584080 (external link)
Have you had a chance to try this out? Interested in hearing your thoughts on the Tomahawk.

Nope, I ordered it, along with a couple of other PMG items from BH Photo and Video on March 3rd, and they haven't even shipped yet -- simply because one item is on backorder. I ordered three items, and only now do I realize why I haven't ordered anything from them in at least a couple of years. Lesson learned. BH is the last place I'd order anything relating to photography.



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Mar 16, 2018 14:46 |  #5

Finally, the GT1 Tomahawk Gimbal just arrived, 13 days after the order placed from BH Photo/Video....

And I have to say it's love at first sight!

It's beautifully machined with anodized aluminum alloy, and it's beautiful and stylish to look at. It's perfect size for either tripod or, in my case, monopod for the most part.

Prior to receiving this, I purchased a Sirui L-20S Tilt Head with Level Panning Base with the idea of comparing both for my birding purpose and keeping the one that I prefer and sending back the other. But after trying out both, I decided to keep them both because they turn out to complement one another although either alone would suffice for birding with my Canon 5DIII and Sigma 150-600 C.

The Tomahawk can be used either with the ball head or without. However, without, it can only mounted to 1/4-20. Instead of converting my Gitzo mounting plate thread, I just mounted to the existing Sirui L-20S in order to also use its buttery smooth panning base. The obvious advantage of mounting on a monopod directly without either a ball or tilt head is less overall weight, but in the case of mounting the Tomahawk onto L-20S, the advantage of being able to pan is really attractive for me in spite of added weight. But, either way, I like that I have an option. Obviously, one doesn't need a panning level base on a monopod, but once you've tried the smooth panning on monopod, you'll probably won't go back.

Another important feature that attracted me to Tomahawk is its versatile mounting that doesn't restrict the angle of my lens. My 5DIII and Sigma 150-600 gets to vertical position, from pointing up to pointing down.

I'll take some photos of the set up in coming days and post them here.



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Mar 16, 2018 19:15 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #6

For future reference, you can reverse the mounting bolt on your Gitzo Mono Pod and there is a 1/4 thread on the other end.


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Mar 16, 2018 20:28 |  #7

johnf3f wrote in post #18587462 (external link)
For future reference, you can reverse the mounting bolt on your Gitzo Mono Pod and there is a 1/4 thread on the other end.

I'm aware of that. It's just a hassle. I'm also a bit enamored with the panning feature of the L-20S -- for now, anyway. When it starts to feel heavy, then I'll just use the Tomahawk alone on my monopod by reversing the mounting bolt.



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Mar 17, 2018 17:24 |  #8

After playing with the Tomahawk Sidekick and the Sirui L-20S all day, I came to the conclusion that:

1) for monopod use and for best portability with my 5DIII and Sigma 150-600 C, it's best to just use Sirui L-20S. I found that there's no difference between using this with its panning base and Tomahawk Sidekick -- except it's more weight (and therefore less portable) with the Sidekick.

2) Tomahawk is better suited for heavier lens than my Sigma 150-600 C. I think you can throw just about any lens on it.

So, it's Sirui L-20S for the monopod use and the Sidekick mounted to RRS BH-55 for the tripod use.



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Apr 02, 2018 18:46 |  #9

Finally got around to taking some photos of this set up:

Sirui L-20S on Gitzo GM4542 Say you don't need panning for monopod? Yes, you don't need it, but it works just like a gimbal with it (without the weight of having an actual gimbal head)...

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Sigma 150-600 C Attached to PMG Tomahawk Sidekick Attached to RRS BH-55 on Gitzo GT4553S. This Sidekick can take on whole lot more load...
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