3 Legged Thing has released two new high-end tripods, 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.
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. Max reach is still a versatile 1.56m though, and it'll drop down to just 12.4cm for low-angle shots.
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. This not only improves portability, it also enables conversion to a table-top tripod with the use of 3LT’s optional Vanz tripod feet. Each leg can also be reconfigured as a monopod or boom arm for use with a microphone or light panel.
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, 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 and other compatible accessories.
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.