Wimberley Sidekick SK-100


The Sidekick converts a compatible ball head (see requirements below) into a gimbal head by adding an elevated tilt pivot. The lens and camera combination rotate (tilt) around its center of gravity. The set-up is therefore perfectly balanced, and telephoto photography is much easier as a result. The beauty of the Sidekick is that you can remove it at any time and use your ball head as you normally would for scenic and/or macro work. Because the Sidekick is so short and stiff, vibration of the lens will be about the same as if it were mounted directly on the ball head. The basic instructions will guide you through setting up and balancing your lens on the Sidekick.

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Instructions for the Wimberly Sidekick .pdf


  • A center-ball style ball head with an Arca-Swiss style quick-release (QR) clamp. Some examples of ball heads with this style quick-release are the Arca-Swiss Monoball (B1 and Z1 single pan “SP” model with screw knob & single-groove clamp), Kirk Enterprises BH-1, Markins M20 or Q20, Really Right Stuff BH-55, Graf Studioball, Foba Superball and Acratech. The Sidekick is not compatible with standard Gitzo, Manfrotto and Cullman quick-release plates and clamps. It is not recommended for use with Gitzo’s off-center or Bubble Ball heads. A Wimberley QR clamp can be installed on several specific ball heads to make them compatible – see Wimberley’s website for details.
  • A ball head with separate panning base adjustment and ball tension knobs. This allows you to loosen a knob and spin the head 360 degrees when the ball is solidly locked (most large capacity ball heads have this feature).
  • A lens with a rotation collar and tripod mounting foot (or hole). The lens mount must be fitted with an appropriately-sized, Arca-Swiss style, quick-release plate or QR replacement foot.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 11.75 × 7.5 × 3.5 in
SKU: WI-SK-100 Categories: , Tags: ,