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3 Legged Thing – The New Breed

What can you do with a tripod? Well, you can stand stuff on it, your camera, lights, stuff.. But it’s a tripod, how do you innovate? What more is there to do?

UK Tripod conjurers, 3 Legged Thing decided to find out…

What’s on the 3LT menu?

So, I have Brian and Kirk here with me right now, Brian is a carbon fiber travel tripod that extends from as low as 125mm to over 2mtr tall – that’s the lowest shooting angle of any travel tripod I’ve ever heard of… Brian will happily muscle 8kg of gear on his anodised precision ball head (if you buy the kit, or the separate ball head, that is) Brian is as happy on three legs as he is on one, you can detach a leg and use it as a monopod. Brian has screw off feet that you can interchange with spikes… if that’s what you’re into!

I use a thinkTank roller, Brian easily slots into my bag when I’m travelling, or is as happy hanging from the side when I take all of my gear along to a shoot – very easy to erect, very easy to handle. You can see in the bag above, Brian is at the top under a RODE Videomic, second row from left is a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 ISL, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, Lensbaby, Hoodman Loupe, RODE Lav mic on top of Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to a Canon 5DMKII, then to its left a Canon 30D + Grip, Sony NEX-5 with an SLR Magic 28mm f/2.8 and 430EX and 580EX flash units from Canon…

Brian (and all of his brothers) come with a 5 year manufacturers warranty, though, if you put Brian under a bus – you’re the idiot.

Brian is sexy and very functional – how do I know? I’ve been using a V1 Brian since he was born, now with his 2nd generation incarnation, there’s nothing but more love… One of the main reasons that I love this product, I mean.. a tripod is a tripod, right? Well, sure… But when you have a good team behind a product, it shows… Ideas I sent back after getting first generation Brian were taken seriously, ideas were chatted about, not just disregarded. These guys are innovating and it’s exciting to see that, in a market that is quite full, they stand out easily. Here’s Second Gen Brian as a kit – Legs and Head

Brian was picked up in England, he’s been to about 10 different countries and now lives back here in Australia with me – I couldn’t ask for more in a travel tripod. five out of five stars, 3LT… bravo

I also have Kirk who is a Mag Alloy cousin to Brian, he’s first gen “the original” and whilst I’m very happy with all of the second gen updates, I’m still equally happy with my first gen Kirk… He’s been to the beach (mmmm, sand and salt water) and he’s been a sturdy addition to my more ‘studio based’ shoots – when I need something that I can stand in his spot, whack something heavy on top and then add a shelf for my laptop when I shoot tethered – Kirk is my go to guy… Second Gen wise, go and have a look at Jack… Very well priced and a darn fine V2.0 if I may say so…

I’ve been using this gear for a while now and I’m very happy to tell anyone that asks about it – the build, the price and the plain awesomeness of 3LeggedThing as a company work for me.

Follow 3LeggedThing on Twitter or Facebook to find out more about what they’re doing.

Sime [ @gtvone ]

 

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Sime is the community manager of the dPS Forums and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter

  • http://Www.icssa.tumblr.com iCSSA

    Just a random question. Aren’ the lenses supposed to be kept vertical. Just asking.

  • http://366andallthat.wordpress.com/ MikeC366

    As I already have a very functional and sturdy tripod already, I’m not really in the market for a new one. However I have seen these before and do like them. I cannot imagine my life without my tripod. I’m in to landscapes mainly. Today’s shot http://wp.me/p268wp-7c being next to impossible with out my tripod.
    M.

  • http://custompinoyrides.com THE aSTIG @ CustomPinoyRides.com

    Hmmm thanks for sharing this! I’m actually in the market for a new tripod now. I’ve been using a cheap aluminum tripod that “does the job” for all my shoots.

    By the way I’m an automotive and motorsports photographer for http://CustomPinoyRides.com

    But lately I’ve been lugging around so much gear that it would help if I had a tripod that could shoot at a low shooting angle for those headlight level or below shots, extend to about 2m, perfect for overhead shots or using it as a light stand. Hard to find a tripod this versatile, and portable, that could still carry more than 5kg of gear. But what you have here is perfect! I’ll be in the market soon for one of these. Hope the price is right here in my country!

  • isunelan

    How is the Brian head & leg combo?
    Is the combo sturdy enough for a D7000 non gripped + 70-200 vr?

  • http://www.gtvone.com Sime

    Hi, Not sure what you mean? –Sime

  • http://www.gtvone.com Sime

    Howdy. I use mine with a no-gripped 5DMKII + 70-200 f/2.8IS… So I’d say so… of course it could get a bit of sway if there’s a strong wind, but under normal conditions, works great.

  • http://www.fuzzypig.com Fuzzypiggy

    Named for my hero Brian May!

    I was genuinely surpised at how inexpensive they are, the 2nd gen Brian is only £300 for carbon tripod that’s peanuts!

  • http://www.marktisdalephotography.com/introduction/ Mark E Tisdale

    Thanks for the introduction to Brian and his family of things. I was looking at various travel tripods before my last trip and could find nothing that really fit the bill. These look promising if pricey! Definitely filing away for the next time the shopping bug hits. ;-)

  • Nermal

    Hey Sime,

    Can the center column be attached to the top of the monopod? I’m looking for a monopod at least 1.8m but this looks otherwise really promising.

    Nermal

  • http://www.gtvone.com Sime

    Hey Nermal – Yes, but you’d need another threaded bolt… (That was Danny, CEO of 3LeggedThing replying directly) — Hope that helps!

    –Sime

  • ccting

    Dear Sime,
    Do you have any comment on Jusino Travel Tripod vs Brian Traval Tripod?

    Ty.

  • ccting

    Wow,

    I just browse the website.. Brian 2nd gen tripod is much better than Jusino tripod, and it is the tripod i am looking for. But the price is just too expensive.. almost equivalent to the price of D3100 body..

  • http://foggodyssey.com/ T-roy

    Maybe I am the only one to say anything bad but I had problems with it.

    Used one 2 weeks ago for 10 days. I had major problems with the legs as they kept coming lose and had to use the hex key every time I pulled it out to tighten the legs up. Made for a real pain in the ass to use, esp if you wanted to break it out and use it real quick. I want to have my tripod set up in less then a minute, not 5min which was what it was taking. In the end I ditched it 1/2 way through and just went back to my old tripod.

    The ball head was great, concept is great, just poor construction and functionality with the legs.

  • http://www.3leggedthing.com 3 Legged Thing

    @T-roy – if you had a problem with one of our tripods you should have emailed us. Since we were the first manufacturer to offer a five year warranty across our entire range of products, it would be remiss of us to do so with “poor construction and functionality with the legs”. Drop us a line from the website and we will arrange to swap it out. We do this at our expense and usually within 48 hours. Apologies that you have a faulty one – it’s very rare.

    With respect to functionality, it is a fact that the 3LT X1.1 Brian is the most functional and capable travel tripod ever, with several patents pending, which is why we are the fastest growing tripod brand in the world. You won’t find another tripod anywhere that can do what ours can.

    Thank you all for the kind comments, and thank you Sime for this awesome write up!

  • M

    I have a Brian Evo II with AH1 head. Great design, awful Chinese build quality. After only a few outings it’s pretty much fallen apart. The spider is as soft as a mild cheddar. The legs are not sufficiently stiff enough. One leg is now spinning freely and wobbling all over the shop. Removed the centre column to put the head straight on the spider for improved stability, now can’t get the thing off. The feet come loose too easily. Literally going to leave this in Asia rather than taking it back to the UK. Looking at a Feisol instead. I also bought the 3LT thinking it was actually Made In Britain. It so clearly isn’t.

  • M

    Just figured it all out. These 3LT things are just Chinese Triopo tripods all dressed up in a load of marketing. I’ve just had another look at mine and yes it’s flimsy and poor quality. I feel I’ve been had over to be honest.

Some older comments

  • 3 Legged Thing

    February 10, 2012 05:41 pm

    @T-roy - if you had a problem with one of our tripods you should have emailed us. Since we were the first manufacturer to offer a five year warranty across our entire range of products, it would be remiss of us to do so with "poor construction and functionality with the legs". Drop us a line from the website and we will arrange to swap it out. We do this at our expense and usually within 48 hours. Apologies that you have a faulty one - it's very rare.

    With respect to functionality, it is a fact that the 3LT X1.1 Brian is the most functional and capable travel tripod ever, with several patents pending, which is why we are the fastest growing tripod brand in the world. You won't find another tripod anywhere that can do what ours can.

    Thank you all for the kind comments, and thank you Sime for this awesome write up!

  • T-roy

    February 10, 2012 03:37 pm

    Maybe I am the only one to say anything bad but I had problems with it.

    Used one 2 weeks ago for 10 days. I had major problems with the legs as they kept coming lose and had to use the hex key every time I pulled it out to tighten the legs up. Made for a real pain in the ass to use, esp if you wanted to break it out and use it real quick. I want to have my tripod set up in less then a minute, not 5min which was what it was taking. In the end I ditched it 1/2 way through and just went back to my old tripod.

    The ball head was great, concept is great, just poor construction and functionality with the legs.

  • ccting

    February 8, 2012 11:29 am

    Wow,

    I just browse the website.. Brian 2nd gen tripod is much better than Jusino tripod, and it is the tripod i am looking for. But the price is just too expensive.. almost equivalent to the price of D3100 body..

  • ccting

    February 8, 2012 10:49 am

    Dear Sime,
    Do you have any comment on Jusino Travel Tripod vs Brian Traval Tripod?

    Ty.

  • Sime

    February 7, 2012 10:25 pm

    Hey Nermal - Yes, but you'd need another threaded bolt... (That was Danny, CEO of 3LeggedThing replying directly) -- Hope that helps!

    --Sime

  • Nermal

    February 7, 2012 03:26 pm

    Hey Sime,

    Can the center column be attached to the top of the monopod? I'm looking for a monopod at least 1.8m but this looks otherwise really promising.

    Nermal

  • Mark E Tisdale

    February 7, 2012 03:17 pm

    Thanks for the introduction to Brian and his family of things. I was looking at various travel tripods before my last trip and could find nothing that really fit the bill. These look promising if pricey! Definitely filing away for the next time the shopping bug hits. ;-)

  • Fuzzypiggy

    February 6, 2012 11:52 pm

    Named for my hero Brian May!

    I was genuinely surpised at how inexpensive they are, the 2nd gen Brian is only £300 for carbon tripod that's peanuts!

  • Sime

    February 6, 2012 01:46 pm

    Howdy. I use mine with a no-gripped 5DMKII + 70-200 f/2.8IS... So I'd say so... of course it could get a bit of sway if there's a strong wind, but under normal conditions, works great.

  • Sime

    February 6, 2012 01:45 pm

    Hi, Not sure what you mean? --Sime

  • isunelan

    February 6, 2012 12:15 pm

    How is the Brian head & leg combo?
    Is the combo sturdy enough for a D7000 non gripped + 70-200 vr?

  • THE aSTIG @ CustomPinoyRides.com

    February 6, 2012 08:39 am

    Hmmm thanks for sharing this! I'm actually in the market for a new tripod now. I've been using a cheap aluminum tripod that "does the job" for all my shoots.

    By the way I'm an automotive and motorsports photographer for http://CustomPinoyRides.com

    But lately I've been lugging around so much gear that it would help if I had a tripod that could shoot at a low shooting angle for those headlight level or below shots, extend to about 2m, perfect for overhead shots or using it as a light stand. Hard to find a tripod this versatile, and portable, that could still carry more than 5kg of gear. But what you have here is perfect! I'll be in the market soon for one of these. Hope the price is right here in my country!

  • MikeC366

    February 6, 2012 08:07 am

    As I already have a very functional and sturdy tripod already, I'm not really in the market for a new one. However I have seen these before and do like them. I cannot imagine my life without my tripod. I'm in to landscapes mainly. Today's shot http://wp.me/p268wp-7c being next to impossible with out my tripod.
    M.

  • iCSSA

    February 6, 2012 06:10 am

    Just a random question. Aren' the lenses supposed to be kept vertical. Just asking.

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