3 Legged Thing LevelHed review: Level up when you’re shooting with a tripod

New out in 2024, the 3 Legged Thing LevelHed aims to keep you on the level when you’re shooting with a tripod.

5 Star Rating
3 Legged Thing LevelHed
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

For landscape and architectural photography in particular, it’s easy to adjust any tripod head so that the camera is level. But that’s not the whole story. If you’re shooting video or a sequence of panned stills for stitching into a panorama, the base that supports the head also needs to be level, which can involve endless fiddling around with the length of each tripod leg. This leveling base makes the whole business, quick, simple, and effortless. It’s cleverly designed, beautifully engineered, super-tough, and a joy to use. Oh, and it’s good value for money as well.


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    Quick and easy levelling

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    Independent panning lock

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    Adjustable bubble level


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    Sometimes superfluous for stills

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The new 3 Legged Thing LevelHed is a slightly larger version of the company’s existing ‘Levelling Base’. But why do you need a leveling base anyway? If you’re using a tripod with a 3-way head, ball head, or geared head, you can make the necessary adjustments to ensure the camera is leveled up, just by using the controls in the head. That’s all well and good until you need to pan the head even slightly, after which your horizon will be on the skew.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.