3 Legged Thing Lance - this monopod reaches new heights for photographers

The 3 Legged Thing Lance could raise your photography to new heights

3 Legged Thing Lance lying on a log in a field
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The 3 Legged Thing Lance is quick and straightforward to use, feels solid even at full extension and reaches to a height of just over 2m, which is impressive and often very useful. The 4-section carbon fiber design makes it quick to deploy – often you need only three of the four sections – but while the optional Docz2 feet are useful it’s a shame there’s no affordable tilt or swivel head option at the top end. 3LT’s Airhed Pro ball head is one option but costs as much as this monopod.


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    Huge maximum height

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    Light weight

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    Fast 4-section setup

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    Dual-size camera/head screw

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    Optional Docz feet


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    No simple head option

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    Long when folded

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    Non-removable wrist strap

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Not everyone needs a monopod, but it’s surprising how useful they are. In sports and wildlife photography they take the weight of a heavy lens, reduce wobble with long-range shots and make it easier to carry out level panning movements. They can help reduce camera shake in low light and smooth out micro-jitters when filming. If you’re into landscapes, they can even serve as an ad hoc walking pole on uneven terrain.

Choosing the best monopod sounds like it ought to be simple but, as with tripods, monopods come in different heights, with different leg sections and with either aluminium (or magnesium) construction for affordability or carbon fiber for lightness.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com