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

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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
     
    4.7

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

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      (0)

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      (1)

    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)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      This fixed a big worry!!

      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...Read complete review

      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.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Does not fit!

      I bought The MTC 281 to use on my MT 9241. It does not fit! The diameter of the short center column is larger than what I've got on the tripod! Other than...Read complete review

      I bought The MTC 281 to use on my MT 9241. It does not fit! The diameter of the short center column is larger than what I've got on the tripod! Other than the lenght, there is no inormation about the dimentions of this center column in B&Hs website. I relied on the only information: "For MT 92..) tripods. As the attached photos show the name of the center column and the tripod is written only on a piece of paper which is glued on the box of the column and on the body of tripod. It is possible that someone has put the wrong paper on either the tripod or on the box of center column! In any case it's very bad for reputation of Giottos. I have to mention that I love the quality and workmanship of Giottos and try to buy first their products. It is important to mention that I have bought the tripod in Europe and only the column comes from B&H

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      1.0

      Does not fit!

      By Mojtaba

      from Bergen, Norway

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

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

            I bought The MTC 281 to use on my MT 9241. It does not fit! The diameter of the short center column is larger than what I've got on the tripod! Other than the lenght, there is no inormation about the dimentions of this center column in B&Hs website. I relied on the only information: "For MT 92..) tripods. As the attached photos show the name of the center column and the tripod is written only on a piece of paper which is glued on the box of the column and on the body of tripod. It is possible that someone has put the wrong paper on either the tripod or on the box of center column! In any case it's very bad for reputation of Giottos. I have to mention that I love the quality and workmanship of Giottos and try to buy first their products. It is important to mention that I have bought the tripod in Europe and only the column comes from B&H

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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

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              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

                Verified Reviewer

                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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                            Verified Buyer

                            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

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                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

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  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

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      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

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          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

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            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

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              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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