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Gitzo G338 Geared Column - Question(s)


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Yada Registered since 11th Jul 2007
Wed 11-Jul-07 04:39 AM

It doesn't seem like many people here have any desire to use a geared column

But just in case - does anyone have any experience with the Gitzo G338? It seems like it might be a worthwhile option if you have or are thinking about a S (System) model Gitzo. I'm sure it adds some weight and it probably isn't as solid as a no column configuration (although my plan would be to use it for small adjustments, not long extensions). I'd be inclined to use it with a Markins M20 and maybe the RRS PCL-1 panning clamp on a Gitzo (maybe a 3530LSV, or possibly a 3540LS.) - it wouldn't be the lightest weight configuration, but it would be easy/flexible and fast to adjust once it's set-up. Does the G338 operate smoothly? Is it reasonably stable with small exensions?

Any experience or thoughts you can share would be welcome.

Thanks, Yada