3 Legged Thing Brian tripod review

From England to the world, the 3 Legged Thing Brian tripod aims to be please the unsatisfied

5 Star Rating
3 Legged Thing Brian tripod
(Image: © 3 Legged Thing)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Legendary guitarist Brian May is the inspiration for a travel tripod that’s also multi-talented and extremely versatile. It’s also an extrovert so, if you like your tripods in basic black, look elsewhere.


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    Extremely compact when folded

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    Tri-mono configuration works like a monopod

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    Very wide height range


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    There are cheaper tripods which do much the same things

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Tripods are troublesome things. As regular readers will know, there are two items of photographic kit that will never, ever be quite right – the camera bag and the tripod.

We don’t think we’re alone either because plenty of people seem to believe they can do a better job by designing their own… which is a good thing because sooner or later we might just be proved wrong.

Building a better camera bag is what spawned, for example, Think Tank Photo in the USA, and it’s frustration with tripod designs that has resulted in 3 Legged Thing. Like TTP, 3LT is run by a bunch of photographers and they’re based in a converted chicken shed on a remote farmhouse in rural Bedfordshire, England. Already you might be getting the idea that these guys (and one girl) like to do things a bit differently from the mainstream manufacturers. In fact, even the funsters at Think Tank Photo look a bit conservative in comparison. Think instead, of what might result if Think Tank Photo and Crumpler ever got together.

Apart from the desire to make tripods work better, 3LT wants to change their image completely so any black bits are only this color because they have to be (at least until somebody can come up with a way of coloring carbonfibre). Any metal components have anodized finishes in a variety of colors and, instead of model numbers, the 3LT tripods all have names. More specifically, they’re all named after rock stars so Brian, as featured here, pays homage to Queen’s legendary guitarist, Brian May. There’s also an Eric (Clapton, of course), a Keith (Richards) and a Frank (after Zappa). The 3LT ball heads are, appropriately, called the AirHeds and everything carries the trade-marked slogan “They Came From Stagsden!” which has given a sleepy Bedfordshire village more notoriety than it probably ever wished for.

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