so as i understand it for maximum stability center column should not be extended or not used at all. this seems to imply that ideally i want legs that can go sufficiently high without center column.
Gitzo G-1348 fits the bill ... 166 cm tall without column.
but the question is, suppose you have that model, would you still want a center column ? perhaps the short center column that they offer optionally.
i am thinking that without center column one could run into some problems when taking pictures in portrait mode, namely the camera might not clear the legs at some angles ?
adding a center column is expensive though, its $50 for the column itself ( the short one ) plus $70 for the locking/sliding mechanism. and i dont like the cost-efficient the kit with the long column because longer column IMHO would add extra weight and sacrifice minimum height all for nothing, because the legs are already tall enough and dont need extra extension ?
what do the kind folks feel would be the optimum configuration as far as legs and center columns go ?