Gitzo G338 Geared Column - Question(s)
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.
#1. "RE: Gitzo G338 Geared Column - Question(s)" | In response to Reply # 0jdbower Registered since 12th Jan 2006Wed 11-Jul-07 09:18 PM
The geared column is geared towards people using video gear.
Geared columns are typically designed more for smooth action than for speed; while for photography it may help with very precise adjustments for macro work an appropriately-named rapid column would be much faster for general use. I don't know if the geared column has any "droop", if the weight of the handle can cause minor height changes and negate the precision you gain. Sorry I couldn't offer any direct experience for you.