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Craig Gillette wrote:
On this Sirui and some of the other recent small folders, the center column doesn't retract. On the Siruis 005x and 025x in CF, the center post is removable which would seem to be an advantage in shooting at low levels and to reduce the usual expected problems of having an extended center column. But they seem to be designed to fold with the column in place and folding back along the post, the width of the head/base ius less an issue than if removed and the head is placed close to the pivot points.
Correct, the legs are thinner near the 4th segment where the head rests when the center column is extended.
Problem is it's rather annoying to take off/restore the center column every time you're out in the field, it's a screw mount on both ends of the center column and it takes quite a lot of force sometimes (I had to use a silicone mat to unscrew the center column last time). And 99% of the time I don't need (or want) the center column.
Mick Dooley wrote:
I have the Gitzo 2542t and it needs the centre column fully extended so the legs can fold up neatly around it. The Gitzo head and the Markins q3t sit neatly within the folded legs. Other options are possible like the Induro bh1 but it does stop the legs fully folding.
I looked at Gitzo 2542t but it's folded length is 16+ inches (also way beyond my budget...). I'm really looking to keep it under 12, maybe 13 at most, for this tripod. Any more and it can't go horizontally in my backpack.