The Sidekick® - Compatibility
SK-100 The Sidekick ($250.00)
IMPORTANT: See our Compatibility section to ensure your equipment will work with the Sidekick.
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Lens Compatibility Guide
The Sidekick is ideally suited for lenses similar in size to a 300 f/2.8 or 500 f/4.
Smaller Lenses (70-200 f/2.8, 300 f/4 & 400 f/5.6): Many of our customers use smaller collared lenses on the Sidekick; however, when used in conjunction with a large, heavy camera body (e.g. a pro body with vertical grip), these lenses can be difficult to balance properly. Generally, 400 f/5.6 and 300 f/4 fixed or zoom lenses with medium-weight camera bodies work well. Heavier camera bodies on theses lenses can be problematic (even more so on 70-200 f/2.8 and smaller lenses).
Larger Lenses (600 f/4 & 400 f/2.8): The Sidekick will safely carry the weight of a very big lens provided it is mated with a ball head that will hold the weight of the lens. However, in some cases it is necessary to replace the foot of the lens with a low-profile Lens Replacement Foot, or add special spacers to the Sidekick to make the lens dimensionally compatible with the Sidekick. Use the guide below to determine if your lens has special requirements.
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In the chart below, please reference the right-hand column for Sidekick Lens Plate recommendations.
Lens Plate Recommendations
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The charts above list the lens plate and additional hardware (if necessary) that we recommend for some of the most common collared lenses. If your lens is not on the list, please contact us and we will be happy to help you find the proper plate. A lens not listed has not been tested.
We try to suggest a plate that will work for all scenarios, but this is not always possible. The balance point of the lens/camera combination is affected by the weight of the camera body and other accessories attached to the lens and each set up is different.
The plates that we recommend should be long enough to: 1.) properly balance the lens when using our gimbal heads, and 2.) allow room to attach a flash bracket to the plate. In some cases, this means that the plate is significantly longer than the foot of the lens.
NOTE: Other manufacturers' plates may not be long enough or dimensionally compatible in order to properly balance your setup. Check the length of the recommended plate in our charts for comparison. If your particular setup does not balance properly using our suggested plate, please contact us right away so that we can help you find a more suitable plate.
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