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Gitzo GS5313GS Geared Center Column for Series 5 Systematic Tripods

BH #GIGS5313GS • MFR #GS5313GS
Gitzo GS5313GS Geared Center Column for Series 5 Systematic Tripods
Key Features
  • Height: 18.5"
  • Travel: 11.8"
  • Weight: 3.3 lb
  • Aluminum Construction
The GS5313GS Geared Center Column from Gitzo is an aluminum center column designed for use with series 5 Systematic tripods. The column may be installed by removing the tripod's base plate, inserting the center column, and locking the column in place.
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Gitzo GS5313GS Overview

The GS5313GS Geared Center Column from Gitzo is an aluminum center column designed for use with series 5 Systematic tripods. The column may be installed by removing the tripod's base plate, inserting the center column, and locking the column in place.

The primary feature of the GS5313GS is its geared mechanism, which allows the user to make incremental vertical adjustments with the use of an integrated cranking handle. When the desired height is reached the user may then use the disc-lock equipped central collar to lock the column in place.

The column features a native height of 18.5" which includes 11.8" of travel distance from maximum height to minimum height. It weighs 3.3 lb, a manageable weight which compliments its professional quality and durability.

UPC: 719821407300

Gitzo GS5313GS Specs

Travel Distance11.8" (30 cm)
Height18.5" (47 cm)
Weight3.3 lb (1.5 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)21 x 4.5 x 4.5"

Gitzo GS5313GS Reviews

gitzo tripod,head,center column

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-15

this is the best tripod i have ever had or used in 45 years 25 of which i worked as a paid pro photographer

Well made

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-21

Typically Gitzo, this is a sturdy add-on. I bought this to work with the right angle bracket to easily get accurate horizontal camera movement. It is a bit awkward to attach to the Series 5 tripod.

Gitzo quality, hard to mount, expensive

By Marc
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-08

I have the gitzo GT5543XLS witch has the new top triangle design that has literally millimeters of clearance to allow installing/removal of the column. It took over 20 minutes to figure out how to mount it using trial be error with no instructions. Now it takes 5 minutes, where it takes 30 sec for my 3 series older gitzo tripod/g-column. I assume it is easier to mount on older series 5 tripods. Also it does not have a hanging hook for the bottom of the column, so I had to pull it off the removable top plate. I love the quality machining and precise vertical control of the crank/column movement. Great for product photos, large tele lenses and spotting scopes. It is super solid when locked down. I would not want to be with out it!

A very nice product.

By Alex
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-19

This product replaces the standard quick-set center column for precise height adjustment of a heavy view camera system. Just perfect. Love it.

A perfect replacement column

By Jaime
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-16

For my trusty time tested on 35 year old heavy duty Gitzo Tripod. The cranking mechanism finally broke after extremely heavy use, as a still life photographer, my camera lives on that tripod. I did not expect to find an EXACT DUPLICATE PART MADE IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY all these years later. But I did, and I am grateful. This has not been modified or cheapened in the manufacturing process in all this time, and it fit perfectly to the millimeter. Pricey to be sure, but a new rock - I mean tripod - of this caliber and weight cost over a grand, less the head.  Gitzo actually made a tripod to last a lifetime.  So if you have a Gitzo, and you want to keep it going, this replacement part is a blessing from God.

Never center column does NOT apply to this

By Yong
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-06-04

I bought the center column to use with a Gitzo Series 5 tripod. I mainly use it as a lateral arm for macrophotography. The gearing is preferable for coarse focusing adjustment. I use a micrometer-based focusing rail for ultra fine adjustment. When used with Canon's 5X MP-E lens, it allows precise focusing adjustment with little viewfinder vibration. It is impossible for my other tripods. Only then did I realize why a Manfrotto 055 with builtin center column/lateral arm is so much inferior. I found it also a perfect center column. When used with a long series 5 tripod, I only need to extend one leg section, and the height can be adjusted for most shooting needs. Even when it is at the max height, it is more stable than my other Gitzo tripods with column down. The advice that you should not use the center column does not apply to this one, thanks to its one-piece machined aluminum construction. The gearbox uses a transmission gear, which prevents the column to go down by gravity. It actually won't budge when I apply my body weight. The head platforms are perfect for an Arca-Swiss D4 because of the recess. Might not be good for very large heads. The only downside is the weight of the package.

Beware: Bad Instructions

By Bruce Susanne
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

I will split this review into two pieces, the instructions then the column. The bad news first, you have to endure the horrible instructions before you can enjoy the column/tripod. About the only thing worse than the instructions are the worthless "instruction" videos online. To date 4/2022 these are basically unboxing vids. After reading a prior review about the poor instructions I thought I'll circumvent this via YouTube. Don't bother not happening. So first off finding the instructions: they are related to the original tripod and not the column itself. Go online to get to instructions for the tripod you own to find how to "supposedly" attach the accessory column. If you are super detail minded the diagrams work against you. They are poor at best, misleading at worst. Don't waste your time trying to get your column to look like the illustration eg. the spacing around the baseplate. Can't do it. The tripod circular hole for the baseplate has two "notches" one small and a larger one on the opposite side. You have to start the process by folding the handle against the column to minimize its protrusion. Insert the column by aligning the small feature on the baseplate on the column to go through the small notch on the tripod. This took me all of two minutes to get. Now the fun began. Because the diagram isn't clear and verbiage non existent I missed this next part, for the next hour. The column has to be rotated so the gearbox is under the smaller notch, adjacent to the tripod's tightening screw that you loosened to remove the original baseplate. I certainly hope this helps. Oh yeah I've only used the tripod once since getting the geared column. It works as expected and no problem with rigidity. My process in using tripods is to always minimize the use of the center column. Don't want to essentially make my tripod into a Monopod. Gross adjustment via legs and fine tune with the center column. I shoot architecture and use this with a 5563GS.

good too have with system 5 tripods

By Paul
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-03

works well, well made, comes in handy when working with bigger gear on the tripod, I always use the center column, definitely sturdy enough, the crank comes in handy

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What hole diameter should a tripod have to ...

What hole diameter should a tripod have to install this device?
Asked by: Maksim
This is for Gitzo Series 5 Systematic Tripods
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-01-12


Can the column be reversed to allow between-the-legs geared motion?
Asked by: Robert
No. But you can mount a tripod head to both ends of the column, which makes reversing unnecessary.
Answered by: YONG W.
Date published: 2019-07-08


What is the Gitzo head/accessory (?) that was used here in the photos posted by Basis which enables lateral movement of the column? Gitzo part number or the link?
Asked by: Ganesh H. S.
The pictures show the G541 right angle bracket.
Answered by: Dideo M. Manfrotto Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27
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