Question help, please...

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Chayelle, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. I would like to know more about the use of a rail or something else on the ballhead, or sidekick,
    which might cut down on the amount of knobs I have to adjust when attempting
    to line-up a shot. I am going to try using my wimberley sidekick since that would eliminate a knob + adjustment.

    Anyone help on this, please...

    (should this be posted in the lens lust, or elsewhere, forum? please move if so...)
  2. SSchex


    May 18, 2005
    Louisiana, USA
    Hey Cheryl,
    I use my sidekick when shooting closeups too. I find I can get on target and make small adjustments easier than with just the ballhead. I haven't used a rail.
  3. Thanks for your reply Scott...
    I wasn't sure if there might be a better way that I just didn't know about,
    but you really produce some fantastic shots with your 300 f/4. So at
    least I am in good company...with the sidekick.

    You have encouraged me to use my 300 f/4 and my 150 macro for even
    further reach...I shot a bug in flight with the macro from the car, about
    8-10' away Saturday, and was really surprised at the good results.

    This learnin' is sure fun...
  4. cknight


    May 2, 2005
    Madison, AL
    I've used my sidekick for closeups before. The main advantage I saw was that by tilting it forward, it allowed me to get "out and over" a little bit when trying to look down on a flower. Kind of like a mini horizontal arm you see on some tripods.
  5. A rail can work very well with the sidekick also. You just have to be able to balance the rig to avoid minor vibrations
  6. Thanks for your responses...Dave and Chris!