3 Legged Thing Patti 2.0 review: This versatile travel tripod keeps things simple

The travel-friendly 3 Legged Thing Patti 2.0 is the last in the Punks range to be updated to Version 2, with an added monopod mode.

3 Legged Thing Patti 2.0
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Any travel tripod is a bit of a balancing act. You want it to be sufficiently small and lightweight to carry around and to stow away in your baggage, while also offering a useful maximum operating height with a decent payload rating. You also want it to be your inflexible friend, with good rigidity. That’s actually a pretty big ask. Despite being aimed at beginners and priced accordingly, the Patti 2.0 ticks all the boxes on a dreamy wish list, while adding trick features and funky flourishes, while also being easy to use. We found the affordable Patti 2.0 to be a strong performer and very easy to live with. It’s a punk by name, but not by nature.


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    Quick and easy setup

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    Neat features for versatility

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    Quality magnesium alloy build


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    Not the smallest when folded

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    Coin-operated quick-release plate

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    Head has no independent panning lock

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The 3 Legged Thing Patti 2.0 joins the British tripod manufacturer’s range of ‘Punks’ tripods as the last to be upgraded to Version 2.0. As such, it follows in the three-legged footsteps of the Corey, Travis, Billy and Brian, all of which made it to 2.0 a while ago. As with her siblings, Patti has a similarly punk moniker, this time named after rock lioness Patti Smith (not to be confused with Mrs. John McEnroe). She’s available in two color options, black and blue (but unbruised) or ‘darkness’, which is matte black from head to toe.

As a ‘Punks’ tripod, Patti’s retail packaging is typically eye-catching. (Image credit: Matthew Richards)
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MaterialMagnesium alloy
Folded height45.5cm / 17.9"
Maximum operating height163cm / 64"
Minimum operating height18.5cm / 7.25"
Max monopod height166cm / 65.3"
Weight1.7kg / 3.7lb
Load rating10kg / 22lb
Sections per leg/center column4 / 1
Maximum leg section diameter23mm / 0.9"
Locking leg angles3
FeetRubber pads
Case/bag includedBag with shoulder strap

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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.