Interesting timing, I just saw one of the Bogen's yesterday, and even though it had a "C" camera mounted, I put gloves on and gave it a go anyway :lol: .
Here is my very short, very subjective, comparison between the Bogen and my Wimberly Sidekick.
Bogen, solid piece of work, it isn't going to fall apart.
Bogen, must less expensive, mid-100 dollar range
Bogen, vertical motion pretty smooth, not quite as smooth as the Sidekick
Bogen, horizontal panning rough, have to keep too much tension to be easy, Sidekick is on a Ball-Head which determines panning
Bogen, no way to lock vertical motion. The fellow I saw had taken his to Tacoma Screw and for 83 cents, yup under a buck, they put 2 stops in for him, this should be there to begin with.
Bogen, more restricted in vertical motion, harder to track coming overhead
And it looked heavy, but that is hard to tell since I didn't have them both off.
It seemed to work OK, but it sure looks like it would be more difficult to carry the whole rig with a camera mounted. If the Wimberly and the Bogen were more closely priced, it would be no contest at all, Wimberly wins. But given that even the Sidekick with a decent ball-head is in the $500 range, the Bogen looks like a pretty good value, but the roughness of the panning motion plus the restriction of the vertical due to the U shape really put me off.
great feedback. I think I'm going to spring for this one. I may be able to put a double layer of that super slick teflon sheeting to help the pan smooth out. Can't beat the price and I think I like the way is swivels around the center of the lens and not the bottom.