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3 Legged Thing launches its most robust - and most expensive - tripods, ever

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3 Legged Thing has released two new high-end tripods (opens in new tab), named after skateboarders Nicky Guerrero and Tommy Guerrero. Designed for stills and video use, both tripods can support an incredible 60kg (132.2lbs) of camera equipment thanks to the use of 8-layer, 100% pure Japanese carbon fibre and aero-grade anodised magnesium alloy.

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Nicky is the more compact tripod of the duo, thanks to its three detachable 4-section legs that enable it to be packed into most carry-on cases (opens in new tab). Max reach is still a versatile 1.56m though, and it'll drop down to just 12.4cm for low-angle shots.

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Tommy is marketed as the sturdiest tripod ever built by 3 Legged Thing, thanks to its robust 35mm-diameter 3-section carbon fibre legs. It'll reach heights up to 1.62m and folds down to 73cm, and like Nicky, all three legs can be detached - a feature not seen before on video tripods (opens in new tab). This not only improves portability, it also enables conversion to a table-top tripod (opens in new tab) with the use of 3LT’s optional Vanz tripod feet. Each leg can also be reconfigured as a monopod (opens in new tab) or boom arm for use with a microphone (opens in new tab) or light panel (opens in new tab).

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But perhaps the most noteworthy feature on both tripods are their interchangeable camera mounting plates. Both are supplied with a flat plate containing a typical 3/8”-16 thread that allows you to fit a standard tripod head (opens in new tab), while the second plate is a 75mm bowl mount for video heads. Channels for cables have been machined into the canopy, along with a 1⁄4”- 20 accessory thread for attaching monitors (opens in new tab) and other compatible accessories.

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Both Nicky and Tommy use grippy twist-locks for leg extension, and feature 3LT's Rapid Latch system for quick, easy leg angle adjustment, even if you're wearing gloves. Each tripod is supplied with a protective carry case with clam-shell opening and pockets for the additional mounting plate and removable feet.

Both tripods are available to pre-order from B&H Photo in the US, with Nicky priced at $749.99 (opens in new tab) and Tommy at $799.99 (opens in new tab).

In the UK, Wex has Nicky available to pre-order for £699 (opens in new tab), and £729 for Tommy (opens in new tab).

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Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.