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Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods

You Pay: $21.48

The Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column is designed for the MT 92 and MT 82 tripods. It replaces the existing column on these tripods. This extra short column allows the user to take full advantage of the variable leg spread on these units, so that you are not inhibited by the length of the column as to how low to the ground you can go.

Material Aluminum
Travel Distance Not specified by manufacturer
Height 6.3" (160mm)
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods
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    GiottosMTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods
     
    4.9

    (based on 17 reviews)

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      (1)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Fits well (14)
    • Improves tripod function (13)
    • Solid/sturdy (12)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Wildlife (8)
      • Travel (7)
      • Night shots (6)
      • Sports/action (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (3)
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      5.0

      Great short column

      By rumbandres

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Great For Macro
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Ground Level Macro
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

        Great short column. I use it with a Gitzo reporter performance tripod (series 2) rather than the intended Giotto's. the diameter ofthe tues is the same (28mm) It is fabulous when you don't need the extra length/weight of a full sized column (most of the time in my case). Very sturdy, great hook. Now my tripod has low ground capabilities (almost down to the ground) and I can do ground level macro or low angled landscape. I also use it with full tripod extension and works flawlessly. Highly recommend. only thing (not a drawback by any means) the column was shorter than I expected. Perfect fit though.

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        5.0

        Convenient

        By Rich

        from Tampa, FL

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

          I have a Giottos CF tripod. Bought two of these columns so that I could attach a ball head on one and a gimbal head on the other. Unloosen one wingnut and I can change heads in about 30 seconds. Thought it would be much easier and quicker. It is.

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          5.0

          Why pay more?

          By Truelight

          from Meridian, Idaho

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

              I replaced the standard center column in a Gitzo G1228 Mk2 tripod with this Giottos model. The Gitzo equivalent was $[$] v.s. the ~$[$]for this. Yes, this is aluminum and the Gitzo is carbon fiber, but there can't be but a few ounces difference and this works just great. The short length allows getting much lower. The Giottos fits perfectly.

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              5.0

              Great for quickly swapping heads

              By Billyboy

              from Bloomington, MN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                  I bought this for my MT 8180 tripod. I put my gimbal head on it and then can swap heads quickly using the same tripod. So I can do macro work and heavy telephoto without carrying 2 tripods.

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                  5.0

                  Works on Giottos MT9250 tripod

                  By CT

                  from San Francisco

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                    fits perfectly

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                    5.0

                    Low and Stable

                    By Bill

                    from Norfolk, Va

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macros And Low Shots
                      • Night Shots
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                      I waited for this to become available, and it was worth the wait. It allows me to now spread the tripod legs all the way without being forced to raise the center column. I'm down to only a few inches off the ground for landscapes, long-shots and macros. Haven't put it through any rough work yet, but it's very sturdy and well machined. It's also quick and easy to change back to the normal center column if you need to.

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                      5.0

                      Works with older Gitzo 2-series tripods!

                      By DRM

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Light
                      • Value-priced

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                          I bought this as a replacement for the column in my Gitzo G220, which is a great tripod but which featured a stupid two-stage center column. The original column has a 28mm diameter and so does this (props to Giottos for having the measurements on their site). This works as a perfect replacement, is very well made, has a top plate diameter more appropriate for the heads I use, and you simply can't beat the price. The set screws to help keep your tripod head in place are a nice feature, as well (why don't more makers provide them?) Whether for a Giottos tripod or as something to improve an older Gitzo, I don't see how you can go wrong with this.

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                          5.0

                          also works with old manfrotto 055c

                          By earthsea

                          from honolulu, hawaii

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                            couldn't find a short center column for my old 055c tripod so i looked for an alternative. this works.

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                            5.0

                            fit my old manfrotto 055c

                            By jorge a.

                            from honolulu, hawaii

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Good Materials
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                              i couldn't find an original manfrotto short center column for my old 055c tripod so i decided to settle for an alternative. this column fit my tripod and the build quality is similar to that of manfrotto. it doesn't hurt that the price is great, too.

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                              5.0

                              MTC 281 Short Center Column

                              By Wobear

                              from Eagan, MN

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function
                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Night Shots

                                Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                                I've been using this for some low level tripod night shots and it's fantastic. Strong and sturdy and gives me far more capabilities with my tripod.

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                                5.0

                                Short column for VGR 9265-MC Tripod

                                By Nobby

                                from Allen, TX

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                                  Although billed as only fitting the MT 82 & 92 series it also fits the VGR 9265 VITRUVIAN Tripod, this column resolves the only issue I had with the VITRUVIAN its low level performance. If you need to get low down with your VGR 9265 this column is a great addition for a low price

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                                  5.0

                                  Great product.

                                  By [@]

                                  from San Diego, CA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                                    This piece is even better quality than the original column that came with my tripod. It's great for a replacement or additional gear. I can now take advantage of the low to the ground angles my tripod legs were designed for.

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                                    5.0

                                    The long and short of it.

                                    By JP

                                    from San Pablo, CA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everything so far

                                    Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                                    Great buy. With the short column it Lets me open my tripod legs and get down on the ground and not have the column dig into the dirt or be up 12" plus.

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                                    5.0

                                    Short is better

                                    By Lee

                                    from Canada

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fits Well
                                    • Improves Tripod Function
                                    • Solid/Sturdy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                                      I use this short column with my Giottos MT9271B Tripod. By replacing the regular column with this short one, I can get my camera much closer to the ground for nice foreground work in my landscapes. I think tripods should come with short columns or maybe no columns at all.

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                                      5.0

                                      I liked it so much I bought two!

                                      By Bob G

                                      from San Diego, CA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fits Well
                                      • Improves Tripod Function
                                      • Solid/Sturdy

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Travel
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                                        Short, stout, well built, have no issues with leave a mega dollar lens attached to it and turning my back.

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                                        5.0

                                        This fixed a big worry!!

                                        By SD Bob

                                        from San Diego, CA

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fits Well
                                        • Improves Tripod Function
                                        • Solid/Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Shots
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                                          I have an older Giottos MT 8270 tripod. While I never worried about my ballhead and most lenses & camera combos, I did worry about the weight with my Wimberly head and a large lens, considering the spring loaded 3/8 bolt around the 1/4 bolt was not solid. This center column features the new reversable, solid 3/8 on one end, 1/4 on the other solid threaded mount. It updated my tripod for under 30 bucks and now I have no fear about taking my eyes off the big lens. Well worth the money.

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                                          4.0

                                          Doesn't work on MT9241

                                          By Boston Photographer

                                          from Boston MA

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Comments about Giottos MTC 281 Short Center Column for MT 92 & MT 82 Tripods:

                                          I ordered this for my MT9241 and it did not fit. That tripod apparently uses a smaller center column that B&H does not carry. The description for this center column should be updated because that is not clear.

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