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Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter for RRS Lever-Style Quick Release Heads

You Pay: $42.95

The Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter makes it possible for the Sidekick to be attached to a Really Right Stuff (RRS) head with the lever-style quick release mechanism. The adapter is necessary for these heads since the lever-style system is of a slightly different size than the standard Arca Swiss-type fitting used for the Sidekick mount. Traditional twist-knob clamps will work with the AK-100 as well.

The plate also features a stop-screw, which assures that the Sidekick will not slip out of the quick release clamp by mistake.

Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter for RRS Lever-Style Quick Release Heads
  • 2 x 1/4"-20 Mounting Screws
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    WimberleyAK-100 Sidekick Adapter
     
    4.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fits well (10)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Improves tripod function (8)
    • Solid/sturdy (8)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife (7)
      • Sports/action (4)
      • Photography (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      5.0

      Works Great with RRS BH-55

      By AJ

      from Milwaukee, WI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

          Must have for the RRS BH-55 with lever release.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works as advertised

          By AndyG

          from Fort Collins, CO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Wish It Wasn't Needed

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

          As other reviewers have posted, this adapter works as advertised. My Sidekick already perfectly fit in my RRS BH-55, so I don't think I needed this adapter. A friend of mine with a Sidekick and RRS BH-55 also has a perfect fit without the adapter. According to Wimberley there is manufacturing variation on the powder coat on the Sidekick, such that some are a little too wide and some a little too narrow for the RRS BH-55 with a quick-release plate. I bought this for insurance, in case the powder coat compressed over time or in case my tugging the Sidekick/BH-55 without the plate was not an adequate test of compatibility. In other words, I got the plate for insurance and because it is recommended, not because of perceived need. That said, It is a perfect fit and also adds the little screw at the bottom that prevents the Sidekick from sliding out, similar to other base plates from RRS and others.

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          5.0

          Expensive but works well

          By Neal

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

            While not cheap it does what it suppose to, it hold my sidekick and heavy lens firmly in my ballhead.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Typical Wimberley/RRS quality

            By kaneohebud

            from Oahu, Hawaii

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

              I was annoyed to find I needed this adapter for my RRS BH-55 Full-Size Ballhead. Although you can use the Sidekick on the BH-55 without it, it makes a much better mount and allows everything to rotate smoothly the way it is supposed to do.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Wimberley Sidekick Adapter for RRS Lever

              By Shenandoah Andy

              from Virginia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • All Photography you use y

              Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

              Works great. Superior quality as all Wimberley items are. A little pricey but it will last a lifetime. Don't risk a fall with an expensive lens. Buy it and relax.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Fits perfectly!!!!

              By Songman1950

              from Florida

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

                It really holds so good. It's long enough that it's easy to slide back and forth to balance the camera and lens so that it's perfectly balanced!! I was concerned the way the foot for the lens is sideways and it scares you at first afraid it's going to fall but I can tell you......it's solid and holds right where you put it.

                Thanks Wimberley!!!!!

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                5.0

                AK1-- Sidekick adapter

                By ninetoys

                from Texas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

                  Gives me peace of mind that my 500/4 won't fall from my Sidekick. I use a RRS BH-55 with a quick release clamp and the adapter gives it space to clear the clamp.

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                  4.0

                  RRS need

                  By na;ture photographer

                  from Asheville, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Locks In Tight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

                    I bought this to go with the Wimberly sidekick since it is needed to make my Really Right Stuff ball head lock down properly on the sidekick. It has worked as promised and the sidekick has been great.

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                    5.0

                    Good Addition to Sidekick

                    By ileicaNIKON

                    from Western North Carolina

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Locks In Tight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoors
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

                      While I had not seen any clamping issues with the sidekick on my RRS BH-55 I do not want to take a chance with my NIKKOR 200-400mm lens coming loose. The AK-100 was easy to install but you need to make sure you have a later edition Sidekick to make sure it is drilled and tapped for the adapter. There is no noticeable bulk or weight added to the Sidekick with the adapter installed. If you have the lever lock clamp heads from RRS or Arca Swiss this is a valuable accessory. If your heads have screw clamps the adapter is not needed. It would be nice if the Wimberley Sidekick was manufactured with this already included but being able to add it is a plus.

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                      5.0

                      Gives great peace of mind

                      By Digitaljay

                      from Florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography

                        Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

                        Provides a better fit with Really Right Stuff Lever clamp systems. There is no slippage when clamped fully. Only problem is the mount holes in older Sidekicks do not match in size for this plate. Older Sidekicks have 2 different size mount holes. Check yours befor ordering!

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        AK-100 Sidekick Adapter by Wimberley

                        By BigMofoFrog

                        from Airdrie, Canada

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Long Exposures
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

                          Used with a 200-400mm f4 VR Nikon lense with RRS replacement foot. Centers the lense over the tripod for perfect balance. Great quality and great service from B&H.

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                          4.0

                          Improves security with lever style clamp

                          By MT

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fits Well

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

                              Definitely improves the security of the connection between my Wimberley Sidekick and my RSS lever style clamp. Well made but rather expensive. Unfortunately there isn't any competition.

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                              5.0

                              Fits perfect

                              By AF

                              from CH

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography
                                  • Stabilization

                                  Comments about Wimberley AK-100 Sidekick Adapter:

                                  Fits perfect

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