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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.