3 Legged Thing has announced a new range of high-end tripods for cameras. The series includes the Mike and Jay are hybrid photo/video tripods, and the manufacturer promises to launch more in the future.
These are 3 Legged Thing’s first levelling-base tripods which very useful for video makers or landscape photographers, levelling base systems enable smooth and fast set-ups on challenging terrain.
The tripods for cameras are constructed from 8 layers of 100% pure Japanese carbon fibre, which provides a lightweight tripod with stiffness, and aerospace-grade, anodised magnesium alloy, providing incredible strength, rigidity, and durability. The new tripods have new Rapid Latch, a hardwearing anodised mag-alloy latch with auto-engage lock, which is used to open and position the legs.
With the legs removed the tripod can be used on table-tops or at ground level by joining a set of 3LT’s tripod footwear to the leg hinges. This enables both Mike and Jay to be used for macro work, and the levelling base can also be used as a foot stabiliser for a monopod leg.
The Mike is a full size carbon fibre tripod, designed for incredible stability in any conditions. It is taller, its length is 66.7 cm when closed, and it reaches a maximum height of 147.5 cm. It weighs 1.65 kg and can support a set of equipment weighing up to 14 kg.
While the Jay features shorter carbon fibre legs with more sections, creating a travel-friendly video option, the first of its kind. It is designed to be easy to travel and measures 40.5 cm when folded and reaches a maximum height of 111.2 cm. It weighs 1.41 kg, but can support the same weight as Mike – up to 14 kg.
Price and Availability
Mike has been priced at $549.99 for tripod only, with tripod kit including AirHed Cine at $849.99. Jay will cost $479.99 tripod only, and $779.99 for Jay Kit with AirHed Cine. The AirHed Cine is available separately at $349.99. All new 3 Legged Thing’s tripods for cameras are available for pre-order via Bhphotovideo.com store.