A pole that extends about 1.2 to 1.5 m (4-5 ft.) horizontally from the center of the tripod would give me a lot of new possibilities. I don’t foresee needing extra height at the same time, as in Dave’s example of shooting over the pool.
Here’s my current gear:
Nikon D5000, Samyang 8mm fisheye lens
Nodal Ninja 3 Mk II, RD-8 Rotator
Weight of D5000+Samyang 8mm+NN3+RD-8 1.87 kg (4 lb 2 oz.)
Benro C-298EX tripod. Center column (28 mm diameter) can be fixed horizontally or at an angle. Tripod has ring to which a weight can be attached.
Horizontal pole specs:
Because the column/pole must be threaded through a 1-piece clamp, any pole that would work with this tripod can’t exceed 28 mm diameter on one end.
When I look and the Fanotec pole set, if I could remove the 32mm section, clamp the 28mm section in my tripod, leave the the 20 mm section retracted, and extend only the 24 mm section, it might work for me. Can the 32 mm section be removed?