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I agree and disagree with sham.
Definitely don’t get one with a center column. It’s unstable. I’ve seen news cameramen (actually, women) in Philly, PA use those tripods and extend the column all the way up and then not even extend the tripod legs. Not only is it unstable like I just said, but it looksridiculous.
I wouldn’t get one that has the spreader on the floor though. I feel it would get in the way if you were on an uneven surface. If you don’t get one with a spreader on the floor, definitely get one that has the spreader that’s half way up the legs or whatever it is.