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Gitzo Systematic Series 2/3/4 Carbon Fiber Rapid Center Column

B&H # GIGS3512S Mfr # GS3512S
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Product Highlights
  • Adds Height to Gitzo Systematic Tripods
  • Retractable Hook For Counterweights
  • Gitzo Power Disc & Safety Catch Design
  • Simple Twist Lock/Unlock Mechanism

The carbon fiber Systematic Series 2/3/4 Rapid Center Column from Gitzo has a wide-diameter column that maintains the strength of Systematic series 2/3/4 tripods no matter how high is it set. The rapid column is locked and unlocked by a simple twist mechanism similar to Gitzo's tripod legs, sliding quickly within the tripod shoulder, providing the same strong and solid locking mechanism under heavy loads.

This design is longer and features new components compared to older Systematic center columns. Gitzo's Power Disc with head-locking screws and retractable hook allow stabilizing counterweights to hang from the center column. It is also compatible with the safety catch feature of Gitzo's updated Systematic tripods. A safety latch on the base of the head prevents it from falling out until a button on the underside is pressed - providing secure, accident-proof support, even when swapping center components.

Material Carbon Fiber
Travel Distance Not Specified by Manufacturer
Height 15.7" (40 cm)
Weight 1.1 lb (0.49 kg)
Gitzo Systematic Series 2/3/4 Carbon Fiber Rapid Center Column
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    GitzoSystematic Series 2/3/4 Carbon Fiber Rapid Center Column
     
    4.8

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Fits well (3)
    • Improves tripod function (3)
    • Solid/sturdy (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Nice!

      By Textrek57

      from Conroe, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Gitzo Systematic Series 2/3/4 Carbon Fiber Rapid Center Column:

        I got this for my 3 series tripod for faster hight control. I like the hook and the O ring at the bottom for counter weight and to protect the legs when collapsed. Seems very solid and durable although it is very expensive, but it's a Gitzo.

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        5.0

        Great product

        By The Wizard

        from Tofino BC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Gitzo Systematic Series 2/3/4 Carbon Fiber Rapid Center Column:

          I use the center column with a Series 3 tripod and a ball head. This makes it very easy to get the correct camera height without extending and re-leveling the tripod legs, very convenient. The slide action is rather tight, but this translates to accurate and stable adjustments. I imagine it will loosen up with use.

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          5.0

          PERFECT! JUST WHAT I NEEDED!

          By Duane Lokitis

          from Santa Clarita, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Gitzo Systematic Series 2/3/4 Carbon Fiber Rapid Center Column:

            It may be a little pricy, but isn't all great photography gear? Not just all gear... GREAT gear. The stuff you'll have for the rest of your life. That's what this is. I have a series 2 Gitzo tripod and bought it without a center column about 5 years ago or so because I was only interested in the stability. It was only a bit cheaper that way, but I thought that was all I would ever need.

            I started taking more and more headshots recently and started shooting tethered. With the tether, you have to be careful not to jerk the cable loose AND with the high-volume events I sometimes do, it's worth it to keep your camera on the tripod.

            Enter: The guys over 6 feet tall...
            My tripod was much too low for headshots of tall people. I like to be eye-level with my subjects, so I REALLY needed the center column. I decided it would be worth it to give up a little stability to give me the extra reach I needed to get up to eye level again on the tripod.

            Turns out... it's VERY stable anyway! Extremely easy to mount to the neck, even easier to mount my ball-head and a cake walk to loosen the column and quickly get it into position and lock it off! For an added bonus - it's the same exact material that the rest of the tripod is made from. Even though all of those years have passed, it looks like the center column was there the entire time. Because it's made from the same carbon fiber, the extra weight is adds is barely noticeable!

            Great investment to go with your large investment - and will be around forever!

            It really does complete my tether setup, my tripod is now complete... It's exactly what I needed!!!

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            4.0

            Systematic Rapic Column

            By Photo Daddy

            from Orange, CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Very Easy To Install

            Cons

            • Very expensive

            Best Uses

            • Raising Camera To Eye Lev

            Comments about Gitzo Systematic Series 2/3/4 Carbon Fiber Rapid Center Column:

            I only give it 4 stars because of how expensive it is. I know that photography equipment is expensive but Gitzo is far from a perfect tripod. Since buying my Series 3 I've discovered that the feet fall off and that the heads can fall off if the cinch screw isn't tight enough. Gitzo has a new design now but why charge so much for a product that has/had so many flaws. The new column does work very well and weighs only one pound so it does what I expect. I just wish the rest of the tripod did as well.

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            5.0

            Great md to my Gitzo pod.

            By photodrum

            from Tampa, Fl

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Gitzo Systematic Series 2/3/4 Carbon Fiber Rapid Center Column:

              I was concerned about the possibility of additional movement at the camera caused by the extension tube. I bought the tube, however, because I found that, from time to time, I needed that little bit of extra elevation.

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              5.0

              Solid, reliable

              By Joey

              from NY, NY

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              Pros

              • Good Grip For Tripod Head
              • Lightweight
              • Sturdy

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Food
              • Interiors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Gitzo Systematic Series 2/3/4 Carbon Fiber Rapid Center Column:

              A great addition to the systematic gitzo system. The geared column is nice for finer adjustments but slow so I chose the rapid center column.. Great improvements to the systematic gitzo system over the years such as having no need for the hex wrench to switch from the column to the floor plate.

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