Lester Wareham wrote in post #18870390
Just going to say I use a sidekick on a Kirk BH-1 ball head.
Now this works great if you are stationary, but if you want to pick the rig up (even with my relatively light Tamzooka) the head tens to slip round so the sidekick is no longer vertical. Avoidance action is to lock the lens resting on the ball and carry to keep the weight there; else dismount the lens when moving location. Now the Kirk head is quite chunky (ball is well over 40mm) so I am sure this could be an issue with most heads.
So the sidekick is a purchase that I regent and wish I had opted for the full gimbal. OK it is great to quickly swap from gimbal to ball mode and the sidekick is easier to store and lighter than carrying two heads for each occasion, but operationally in the field it is a pain.
I heard this before purchase but did not fully appreciate the magnitude of the issue. If you plan to setup and stay put and tear down before moving on then it is fine.
Jake, you ever had this issue with the Markins?
I actually got my Sidekick quite a while before I got the "Full Wimberley"
And I also regretted it, and posted about it's drawbacks on this forum a few times.
I was going to sell it when I got a full Wimberley, but before I did get the full gimbal, a fellow forum member, Snir, (aka "Blonde" ) let me try his sidekick Markins M20 set up.
The problem, it turned out, had always been the ballheads I was trying to use the sidekick with.
Lester, I would argue (having not use the BH1) that you may be having the same problem, which is why I am picky about what heads I will actually recommend for use with the Sidekick. I have NEVER had an issue with the Sidekick in the field when it is on the Markins, and as you know, that includes abut 10 years with the 9 pound 500mm IS version 1.
Now that aid, the BH1 certainly looks like it should be capable, but I just don't know.
Are there times when the "Full Wimberley" is superior? Oh yes, but now that I have both, i find I use the full gimbal only about 24% of the time. Traveling it simply never comes with me.