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p.1 #1 · Short/no center column option for old Gitzo series 3 tripod?


I bought a great set of legs here recently: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1137686













and wanted to know if I could get a short column or, even better, just a base with no column as an option as seen here:













Any help will be appreciated, thanks!

P.S. Any way to resize these pictures inside FM itself? Or should I manually resize them? I just copy-pasted the image URLs.



Sep 11, 2012 at 01:46 AM
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p.1 #2 · Short/no center column option for old Gitzo series 3 tripod?


While I am at it, will any Gitzo column hook such as the Gitzo G1040 work? Do I have any options for leg spikes?


Sep 11, 2012 at 01:51 AM
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p.1 #3 · Short/no center column option for old Gitzo series 3 tripod?


The quick and dirty (and cheap) solution is to use a plumber's pipe cutter on the center column, for a clean and square cut. This is what I did on an old 1-series Gitzo aluminum column:







Another (expensive) solution would be to try a "ground level kit" from one of Gitzo's modern tripods, although fit may be a hit or miss situation:

http://www.amazon.com/Gitzo-GS3320K-Series-Ground-Level/dp/B002FGT43Q

Not sure about spikes, but Manfrotto may have some which can be fitted, for example:

http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-204SPK3-Retractable-Rubber-055CXPRO3/dp/B002BSH2KA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347397872&sr=1-1&keywords=manfrotto+spiked+feet



Sep 11, 2012 at 09:12 PM
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p.1 #4 · Short/no center column option for old Gitzo series 3 tripod?


Ya, if nothing else works out I will probably resort to a cutting tool myself. I had no idea about the ground level kit, I will confirm if that will work.

Thanks again for the link to the leg spikes, I will contact Manfrotto tomorrow. Too bad Gitzo can't be called here in the US (at least as per their US website, all I can do is email to their Italy HQ).

Thanks a lot!



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p.1 #5 · Short/no center column option for old Gitzo series 3 tripod?


Just call Bogen in NJ - they're the US distributor for Gitzo.

http://www.bogenimaging.us/



Sep 12, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #6 · Short/no center column option for old Gitzo series 3 tripod?


I should have guessed

Thanks, I will call them up tomorrow.



Sep 12, 2012 at 02:09 AM
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p.1 #7 · Short/no center column option for old Gitzo series 3 tripod?


I use the same tripod, but merged mine with modern carbon legs. I just love that smaller diameter head casting, and I use a standard Gitzo short center column pretty much permanently held in by the lower collet. Looks like your first pic is very close to that already. I've done this to two Gitzos so far and they are my main tripods, used that way for years.

But to answer your main question, yes, the series 2 short column (about 1.25" diameter) will work fine. I got mine for about $30 on ebay. Sorry I have no ics of my pod, but will make some this weekend.



Sep 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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p.1 #8 · Short/no center column option for old Gitzo series 3 tripod?


That would be much appreciated, although I will admit I am contemplating selling this and going Carbon Fiber. This thing is a massive beast, and the B&H student discounts on Induro CF tripods are very appealing.


Sep 15, 2012 at 02:30 AM





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