3 Legged Thing Nicky review

The 3 Legged Thing Nicky is near the top of the company’s Legends range. It has size and strength and a price to match

3 Legged Thing Nicky
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Make no mistake, the 3 Legged Think Nicky is a professional-level tripod for a discerning audience. Made for photographers and videographers working with heavier kits, it’s strong, straightforward to use, tall and adaptable. It’s a base not a kit, however, so unless you have these things already (many photographers will), you’ll also need to budget for a head and, for video, perhaps a levelling bowl too.


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    Surprisingly tall given its folded size

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    Flat and bowl plates included

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    Immensely strong

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    Quick and simple to set up

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    Beautifully made


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    You’ll need to get a head separately

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    No center column

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    It’s expensive!

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The 3 Legged Thing Nicky is just one step down from the company’s top tripod, the Tommy, and part of 3LT’s premium Legends range. These are tripods for photographers and videographers who need the best kit for the job, and the price is a secondary factor. Just as well, because the Nicky’s price tag practically puts it in Gitzo territory.

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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