View Full Version : Attaching a head to a Gitzo without a column?
So my friend gives me this wee Gitzo but it is lacking the 0-series column. Any suggestions for attaching a head without the column?
Also what would be a good cheap ballhead for 0-series Gitzo? Standard 1/4-20, none of this Arca plate BS please.
Markins may make an adapter that will work. That is what I have on my Gitzo 1228.
I have been using a Benbo Standard ball head for years. It is cheap, sturdy and a little sticky but is great for the money.
Cheap ballhead that I find outstanding after years of use: Bogen 3262.
My other ballhead is a Swiss Arca [pricey].
Oh I know all about Arcas and Markins, etc. but this was a freebie and I'm looking for a ghetto $20 head and some DIY mounting solution. It's just a tiny 0-series 36" tripod.
What diameter is that hole down the centre? Go to the local hardware store, and get some wooden dowel or a length of broomstick. Whittle it down to the right diameter (or turn it in a lathe if you have one handy). Buy a 1 inch x 1/4 bolt and cut off the head with a hack-saw. Drill a 1/4 hole in the dowel and glue it in place with epoxy glue leaving about 1/2" of thread sticking out to screw the ball head on to.
If you have a friend with a metal-working shop you can make it from aluminium.
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