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Old Aug 2, 2010, 2:22 PM   #1
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Default What is a "geared center column" on a tripod?

What exactly does it mean in practical terms?
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Old Aug 2, 2010, 2:24 PM   #2
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Also, I'm used to panhead. But, I see a lot of ball heads out there and I've never used one. Preference for one or the other? If so, what are your reasons?
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A geared center column allows the tripod height to be adjusted without extending the legs further. Naturally the adjustment is only as high as the the geared column.

Pan heads are more popular than ball heads. generally speaking, ball heads cannot be used for video panning.

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To expand a little on Sarah's reply; ball heads, particularly those with the quick realease grips, are quicker to adjust to get on target. For combining multiple shots into a panorama, as well as video panning, a pan head is much more convenient.

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A geared center column is adjusted with a small crank and locked into place with a winged screw.



Smooth center column is hand-operated and normally locked into place with a friction collar.

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