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| p.2 #17 · pocket size tripod for RSS Balhead? |
You can use the RRS MTX multitool as a center column. There is a photo of it on the website. That's what I'm considering getting along with the table-top tripod and a BH-25.
I'm not sure if the MTX tool is tall enough for my needs. I only intend to use my mirrorless cameras or the Canon G1X on it. The Manfrotto extension column is an interesting idea. I wonder if there are any other alternatives available?
I'm looking to get the MTX primarily as a tool for adjusting my tripod on the go, and secondarily to use as an extender for a table tripod. The Manfrotto one is nice, but I would be leery to use anything larger than a mirrorless camera with a short lens with the column extended. Once the column gets longer than the tripod leg radius, you're asking for trouble, and should probably use handhold shutter speeds anyway.
I've used the Manfrotto table tripod many times in conjunction with the Photoclam Pro Gold II ballhead. It did very well with the D700 and short Voiglander SL-II lenses, but is overkill for a mirrorless cam like my Ricoh GXR with RF lenses. My complaint with that tripod is the tiny cork pads that require a near perfectly flat surface (like a table ) to rest solidly. If I get the RRS table pod, I'll wrap the legs with a grippy tape. Coupled with the rubber feet, there will be more grippy contact areas for uneven surfaces. It looks like it should still fold up well with this applied.