Wimberley FAQs and Support Topics

Attaching your lens to the WH-100 without a quick-release

You can attach your lens directly to the platform of the Wimberley Head using one of the threaded studs and 4-prong knobs that come with the head (the head comes with 1/4" and 3/8" hardware in order to accommodate all lenses). This hardware simply screws up through the bottom of the platform and into one of the mounting holes in the foot of your lens. There is a slot in the platform that allows you to slide the lens forward and backward in order to balance the lens. This is the simplest and most economical way to attach your lens to the head, but it has the following drawbacks:

First of all, using this technique, you can generally only attach the lens to the head with one fastener. The 4-prong fastening knob provides sufficient torque to fasten the lens securely to the head, but since the lens is attached with only one fastener, it is possible for the lens to twist on the platform. The platform is covered with cork rubber, which does a good job of keeping the lens from twisting, but most people would prefer to use the lens with more than one fastener.

Second, the fastening hardware is not captive. Thus, it is possible to lose the hardware leaving you with no way to attach your lens to the head. The loose hardware is also more awkward and slower to use than a quick release attachment. Note: If you decide to go with this option, the best way to keep track of the hardware is to screw it to the bottom of your lens when you are not using the head.

Third, the slot in the head allows for 2.3" of forward-backward adjustment. This is enough adjustment to balance most lenses, but with the quick release systems that we offer you can increase your forward-backward adjustment substantially.

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm