lokatz

lokatz

Lives in Germany Berlin, Germany
Joined on Dec 1, 2017

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On article In-depth tripod review: FLM CP34-L4 II (66 comments in total)
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steveTQP: Greetings. Regarding the comment about a center column introducing a "huge stability disadvantage", may I state that this only applies when a center column is raised SUBSTANTIALLY. when I use a center column for, as Jeremygreen stated, "fine tuning", I get absolutely zero impact on stability or image sharpness. (I'm talking about a less than 2 inch height adjustment.) If appropriately locked down, any tripod worth its salt should permit such a fine adjustment with no impact on stability. Thank you.

My understanding is that a center column always reduces stability, even when not extended, because mechancially it is near impossible to prevent some movement of that center rod. After all, it is a moving/movable part. In addition, there is the weight it adds.

I owned several tripods with center columns over the years and much prefer the center-less FLM with a half ball to it. Personal preference admittedly also plays a role here.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2021 at 18:12 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: FLM CP34-L4 II (66 comments in total)
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Chris Fairfowl: I have often wondered why the pan swivel is on the fixed part of the tripod so you have to level the top of the tripod and the camera attachment or use another pano swivel device. If it was revered, the tripod can be out of level, you adjust the ball to level the pano that has the camera attachment fixed to it and away you go - pan away 360 degrees.

To save hassle I have reversed my ball and sockets so the camera attachment is fixed to the tripod and the camera is fixed to the tripod fixing - with pano. I only have to level one part and not worry if the tripod is slightly out. I’m obviously missing something about ball and socket design.

Are you familiar with FLM's half balls? If I understand your point correctly, that's exactly what they are designed for, and they offer them surprisingly cheap. Leveling the top of the tripod is a snap with a half ball.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2021 at 07:14 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: FLM CP34-L4 II (66 comments in total)
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jeremygreen: I don’t understand tripods with no center column. Fine tuning camera height with a center column is quick and easy. Without it it’s a 3-leg adjustment. If they add that feature it will be a great tripod.

Not meaning to be offensive, but I am at the opposite end of this argument: I don't understand tripods with center column.

Every test shows that a center column introduces a huge stability disadvantage and that if there is one, it best remains unused if you want sharp images. Height adjustment is admittedly easier, but using the leg locks for it isn't much of a hassle, either.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2021 at 07:10 UTC
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