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3 Legged Thing X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue)

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Product Highlights
  • 80.3" Maximum Height
  • Only 16.53" Long Folded
  • 8-Core Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Magnesium Head with Arca-Style Clamp
  • Separate Ball/Pan Locks & Tension
  • 3-Section Rapid/Reversible Center Column
  • Removable Leg Becomes Monopod
  • Supports 17.6 lb
  • Weighs Just 3.8 lb

The 3 Legged Thing X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue) is a stylish and extremely compact travel tripod system that features a removable, reversible 3-section center column. With the ball head attached to the tripod, this column helps the system extend to a maximum height of 80.3" and retract to a very small 16.53" folded length. Fitting in any airline carry-on bag, the X1.1 Brian system is a supremely versatile professional camera support.

The X1.1 Brian's legs are composed of 8-core carbon fiber for the ultimate in lightweight sturdiness – the tripod system weighs just 3.8 lb and supports up to 17.6 lb, to accommodate any DSLR with most lenses.

One of the tripod legs unscrews to become a monopod. The center column is both removable and reversible to accommodate shooting from the lowest of low angles.

Leg angles can be set at three different positions; at their widest and with the column removed, the AirHed 1's camera plate sits only 8.8" from the ground (The camera can also be attached directly to the tripod for a minimum height of 4.9".). The X1.1 Brian's leg angles can be set independently to support stable shooting on uneven surfaces.

The AirHed 1 is a sturdy magnesium alloy ball head that features separate control knobs for pan lock, tilt lock, and Arca-style clamping of the included quick-release plate. There's also a tension control built into the tilt-lock knob.

The plate is compatible with BlackRapid's R-Strap camera slings, by way of its FastenR-T1 camera screw. The 1/4"-20 camera screw's flip-up D-ring allows you to tighten it to your camera easily. This ring allows you to attach your camera to an R-Strap and quickly move it from around your neck or shoulder to the AH1 head without removing the sling.

Titanium mounting plate with grub screw locators to bolt on a head
Includes hook for hanging a counterweight from the center column, for extra stability in windy conditions
The X1.1 Brian's rubber feet are removable (spiked feet are available separately)
Twist locks for leg stages
Bubble level on chassis, and two on head
General
Load Capacity 17.6 lb (8.0 kg)
Head Attachment Fitting Reversible 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 screw
Maximum Height 80.3" (204.0 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Height Without head: 4.9" (12.5 cm)
Folded Length 16.53" (42.0 cm)
Weight 3.8 lb (1.715 kg)
Legs
Material 8-core carbon fiber
Leg Stages/Sections 4/5
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes, 3 positions each
Spiked/Retractable Feet Removable rubber feet (spikes not included)
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid, reversible
Center Column Sections 3
Head
Head Type Ball head with separate controls for pan lock, ball lock, tension lock, and Arca-style clamping
Material Magnesium alloy
Quick Release Yes (Arca-style) – plate included
Ball Diameter 1.7" (43.5 mm)
Height 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Weight 0.88 lb (400 g)
3 Legged Thing X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue)
  • AirHed 1 Magnesium Alloy Ball Head (Blue)
  • 3.9" (10.0 cm) Short Center Column
  • Hex Key
  • Counterweight Hook
  • Case with Strap
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
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    3 Legged ThingX1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue)
     
    3.6

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    65%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (9)
    • Attaches firmly (8)
    • Large range of motion (8)
    • Strong clamp (6)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

    • Unstable (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Wildlife (8)
    • Travel (7)
    • Home (5)
    • Portraits (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is a very cool tripod

    I've had my "Brian" for a few months and used it sporadically (no big trips this summer). I've got a D300 and the longest lens is a Sigma 120-400....Read complete review

    I've had my "Brian" for a few months and used it sporadically (no big trips this summer). I've got a D300 and the longest lens is a Sigma 120-400. It almost seems silly to mount a 6- or 7- pound gimbal head on a 2-pound tripod, but it works! Stable as a rock and the height adjustment means it can be at the level I want without the back pain problems of hunching over.In normal use, with the regular ball head, it's a delight. It's all really well thought out. I didn't give it 5 stars, though because I have a few quibbles with it. Starting with the fact that I never got an answer to my messages to the manufacturer. The mounting collar between the center column and the ballhead is just friction fit. The top of the column is cracked, but I wonder if that's by design — it locks up solid when you squeeze that first segment all the way down and friction lock it, but it turns easily when the column is extended. There seems to be a set-screw hole there but it's not accessible with the collar on.The bolts that hold the legs on are allen-key adjustable for tightness to change the leg tension. But when you flip the legs up and down, the bolts turn with it, so they need constant attention. One actually fell out but I was lucky enough to notice it and replaced it. You can rotate the whole ball head mount through 360° by loosening the knob, but the tension is too tight for me and is not adjustable. I tend to rotate it by releasing and turning the whole center column.The tripod achieves what was intended, though. It's a super light weight, solid, strong tripod with incredible height adjustment and is capable of holding heavy weight and it travels really small and light. Looks cool too!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good idea poor construction

    I bought this tripod with high hopes. The lightweight design and cool ability to change into a monopod sold me on this brand vs the more established carbon fiber tripod brands. When it arrived...Read complete review

    I bought this tripod with high hopes. The lightweight design and cool ability to change into a monopod sold me on this brand vs the more established carbon fiber tripod brands. When it arrived I was excited by its "modern" look, packable size, and low weight even with the included ball head. Leaving for a 2-week trip to Midway Atoll I was excited to put this tripod to the test in the field with my Canon 7D w/ 100-400 lens. However much to my disappointment on the very first hour of use the screw that holds the camera to the mounting plate sheered off. Had I not been holding my camera at the time I would have had considerable damage to contend with. In addition to the above failure I found the overall build of the tripod to be a bit cheap. The rubber covers on the screws to extend the legs were of poor quality and the legs frequently slid in even though securly tightened. Overall this might work for some (if the mounting plate I got was an exception rather than the norm) simply due to its compactable size for travel, however I do not think that this tripod will hold up to multiple years of extended "true" use in the field. For [$] it should be of much better build quality. I ended up returning mine for these reasons.

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    1.0

    Total piece of dookey

    By Matt

    from Switzerland

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Bad In Every Way
      • Unstable

      Best Uses

        Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

        I wouldn't wish this tripod on my worst enemy! It's a poorly designed, poorly built - piece of dookey. It fell over with my D800 and 85mm lens attached, pinched me several times, and the center column screw got stuck in place (minutes out of the box). The ball head is just as dookey. You point your camera at something then try to lock down the ball - and now your camera is pointing in a different direction. One of the legs loosens to the point of nearly falling off every time I fold the legs up for transport.

        Please don't buy this tripod. You will regret it. I promise!

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        4.0

        Perfect 'travelling' tripod!

        By Aussie Ken

        from Sydney, Australia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Value for money

        Cons

        • Bulky Carrying Case
        • Head Only Average

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

        I own several Tripods/Monopods but this one beats all of them.
        It is flexible , light but stable and extends (height) way beyond my other tripods.
        Additionally it is beautifully constructed and very simple to use.
        Compared to other quality brands, the tripod offers great value for money.
        Oh! Did I mention its Monopod conversion option!!
        The included case is the best quality bag I have seen, although it is a little bulky when packed for travelling.

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        4.0

        Nice Tripod with limitations

        By dailyentries

        from Delray Beach, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Unstable

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

        I love anything that travels well and compact but that fullfills on most needs. That is why this product is nice. the limitations are the stability of dslr for video work. you need to attach a weight to the hook on the bottom for this to be a suitable tripod for video. other than that this will fit the need for anyone on the go.

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        5.0

        Finally a GREAT Tripod

        By Cayerace Photography

        from Bend, Oregon

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife

          Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

          I carried this tripod with me on a recent trip to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Not only did the tripod hold up to several plane trips, cabs, buses and more than a few airport baggage carts but it did it with flying colors. However, the real deal came from being on safari for 21 days and bouncing all over the place. The tripod stayed together, remained tight and easy to use. Even with sand all over it. I really liked the mono pod ability as well.

          Holds my Canon 7D with battery pack and 400mm lens with ease and stayed ultra still for some remarkable shots (see below).

          This is the 3rd Tripod I've purchased, based on my last trip it will be my last. It is fantastic. Well worth the money and the convertible aspects are excellent especially when you a minimal weight.

          Folds up small, light great head on it. Great product!

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          2.0

          Build quality not worth the price

          By Le_Isle

          from Philadelphia, NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Light

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • Poor quality
          • Weak Clamp

          Best Uses

            Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

            Bought this with very high hopes. Turns out the build quality is very poor and everything feels stiff. The rubber on the legs and head actually hurts your hands when using it. I would not recommend this, back to looking for a good tripod.

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            2.0

            Good Idea, Poor Design

            By SSphoto

            from Knoxville, TN

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Unstable

              Best Uses

                Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

                I give them 2 stars because it's a good idea for versatility, but poorly executed. It could be a good tripod if components were improved. The asking price is positively absurd for the quality of the product. All screws, including the leg joints and feet come loose with less than a day of use. The legs have a very small spread, which adds to the general instability. With the center column attached, you may as well just shoot with a monopod. I used it with an Acratech Ultimate ballhead, and even with that excellent head, it just doesn't help produce sharp images. I tried mirror lock up as well, and there's still vibration. Regarding the screw-in feet, it's not a question of if you will lose them, it's a matter of how quickly. They easily become unscrewed just from normal operation. It's lightweight, it collapses quite small, and it's stylish, but it just doesn't work. I could see it working if you're using a small, lightweight plastic camera like a Rebel or a point and shoot, but if you're shooting with that, you're probably not willing to plunk down almost $400 for tripod legs. If you're in this price range, save up another hundred or so and get a Gitzo. You won't regret it.

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                5.0

                This thing really rocks

                By Ex sceptic

                from South Africa

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Easy to assemble
                • Good Stability
                • Very Compact

                Cons

                • Little Name Recognition

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

                I was a little sceptical buying this product sight unseen, I could not have been more pleased when I received it. The build quality is excellent. The carbon fibre is much stronger than advertised and I feel this tripod would hold a great deal more weight than its rating. Opening and storing the tripod is as easy as advertised. The ball head it lightweight but well calibrated and the torsion ring works exactly as advertised.

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                4.0

                This is a very cool tripod

                By FACZEN

                from Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Light
                • Small

                Cons

                • Tension Adjustment

                Best Uses

                • Hikingbackpacking
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

                I've had my "Brian" for a few months and used it sporadically (no big trips this summer). I've got a D300 and the longest lens is a Sigma 120-400. It almost seems silly to mount a 6- or 7- pound gimbal head on a 2-pound tripod, but it works! Stable as a rock and the height adjustment means it can be at the level I want without the back pain problems of hunching over.In normal use, with the regular ball head, it's a delight. It's all really well thought out. I didn't give it 5 stars, though because I have a few quibbles with it. Starting with the fact that I never got an answer to my messages to the manufacturer. The mounting collar between the center column and the ballhead is just friction fit. The top of the column is cracked, but I wonder if that's by design — it locks up solid when you squeeze that first segment all the way down and friction lock it, but it turns easily when the column is extended. There seems to be a set-screw hole there but it's not accessible with the collar on.The bolts that hold the legs on are allen-key adjustable for tightness to change the leg tension. But when you flip the legs up and down, the bolts turn with it, so they need constant attention. One actually fell out but I was lucky enough to notice it and replaced it. You can rotate the whole ball head mount through 360° by loosening the knob, but the tension is too tight for me and is not adjustable. I tend to rotate it by releasing and turning the whole center column.The tripod achieves what was intended, though. It's a super light weight, solid, strong tripod with incredible height adjustment and is capable of holding heavy weight and it travels really small and light. Looks cool too!

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                5.0

                It's light - and I love it that way...

                By Bill

                from Pekin, IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                • High Priced

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife

                Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

                So far so good. I've only had my 3LT for a week or so and I've used it a couple times. One of the reasons I bought it was for the weight it will hold. My big lens is a 150-500 Sigma, that along with a 2X Converter and my 1D MarkIII comes nowhere near the load limit on this tripod and it holds it solid like a rock. I do get a little "bounce" when manually focusing for pictures of the moon and that is annoying but I also had that with my old aluminum tripod. I really think it must have more to do with the balance of my setup than anything. Just using it with shorter and Macro lens it's awesome. And the one big thing that I love it that it is just very, very light. Outstanding...One other thing, I looks pretty cool. I love it and would buy another one.

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                5.0

                Extremely Adaptable

                By amy

                from long island, ny

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

                  I am a novice enjoying the learning processes. This tripod is so easy to use and manuever into any location or position. Macro pictures are my passion at the moment and this little guy Brian will adjust to any situation! Love it and look forward to great fun! Thanks 3LT!!!

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                  2.0

                  Not quite good enough

                  By mobass

                  from Claremont, NH

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Back Pack
                  • Folds small

                  Cons

                  • Small Range
                  • Unstable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

                    Using this tripod at about 80% of its extension, with a Canon 5D and a 16mm-to-35mm lens, time exposures were happen chance. Exposures of 30 secs to a minute, whether standing on granite or packed earth, left 40% of exposures with blur from camera movement. Too bad, I love the size and weight of this tripod.

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                    4.0

                    I would recommend this to someone

                    By David

                    from Dothan, Alabama

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

                      Great item and has impressive height adjustment. High-quality product with top notch materials usually only found on higher priced tripods.

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                      5.0

                      Genius design!

                      By Mark

                      from Washington, DC

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Lots of features
                      • Strong Clamp
                      • Super Light
                      • Very cool looking

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

                        There is something in the water at the place where this tripod was designed....

                        I've seen some reviews of this tripod in UK magazines and I have to admit I was a little sceptical. Everyone seemed to be creating a lot of hype about it and the reviews were all five stars. I never really believe the reviews because I don't think the products are "used in anger".

                        Something about this brand kept eating away at me. Despite being a sceptic I jut couldn't get over how awesome the tripod looks. Finally I bought one a few months ago and then, inevitably it stayed in the box for two months.

                        I got to using it last weekend and I cannot believe was this thing can do. I took the centre column right out!! I shot some low level shots with the camera 5" off the ground. Then I put the column back in and used it to hold my 580 EX at 7 feet!!! Five inches to seven feet shouldn't be possible in the same product!

                        I am exploring all the other gadgets on it now and I gotta say, this tripod is going with me everywhere from now on. First time I ever used a tripod and other

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                        5.0

                        Unbelievable Tripod!

                        By Allen Murdoch

                        from Boston. MA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

                          I've been a customer of B&H for maybe 16 years now, and I have never, ever written a review. I am so impressed with this tripod that I actually wanted to share my thoughts.

                          I am not a pro, although I would love to be. I've been taking photos for 30 something years, and I currently own 6 tripods. I am nearing retirement and decided that the time was right to start making my gear lighter.

                          I'd seen the 3 Legged stuff on the internet, and in a newsletter I got from another store, and decided to check it out.

                          First off, I really like the colouring on this. My initial reaction was admiration at the subtlety of the blend of colours. I bought the blue because it was different, and for no other reason, but already several other photographers have commented on how awesome it looks.

                          This tripod is ridiculous. It weighs like a bag of sugar, and fits into my Think Tank rolling case (without the bag, which is also very, very cool).

                          I've spent the last two months stripping this thing down, putting it back together again just for the sheer joy of the engineering and build.

                          I've just bought a d3s, since the prices were dropping, and this tripod is more than capable of holding it dead steady. It's brilliant for low level shooting. I do a lot of macro stuff and being able to turn over the column and extend it down to the floot when the tripod is 3 feet off the ground is brilliant.

                          I have already email the company to tell them how cool this tripod is and I got a personal email back from the guy that designed it! How often does that happen?

                          Brian is now my tripod of choice. 11 stars!

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                          5.0

                          Wonderful Design

                          By Bikeguy

                          from New York City

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Build Quality
                          • Ease of Use
                          • Weight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

                              The size, weight and function are really well thought out on this tripod. I'm very satisfied.

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                              1.0

                              not impressed at all

                              By Max Hodges

                              from Tokyo

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Compact

                              Cons

                              • Inferior ballhead
                              • setup time

                              Best Uses

                              • Hiking

                              Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

                              Seemed like a good idea at the time. This tripod generated a lot of online buzz, and seems to have innovative features like the monopod leg. But I was quite disappointed by it. First, the tall center column is makes the stand not very stable or solid. There is a lot of flexibility in this column, so the camera can float around very easily. Adjusting the width of the legs is time-assuming and annoying because there is no spring lock. The ball head controls feel cheap and flimsy.

                              Basically, rather than being innovative, I now feel like the whole thing is a bit of a gimmick.

                              It's single selling point is that it is compact, but it takes much more time to setup and isn't the most stable tripod.

                              Replaced it with Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs and Induro Ball Head 2 (INBHL2). Legs are much bigger, but light-weight, very stable, and quick to setup. The center column and be used at an angle or mounted upside-down. The Induro ball head is a dream. Much better build quality, control ergonomics, strength and elegance.

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                              2.0

                              Good idea poor construction

                              By Naturefinder

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight
                              • Monopod feature

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy Construction
                              • Part failure on first use

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about X1.1 Brian 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

                              I bought this tripod with high hopes. The lightweight design and cool ability to change into a monopod sold me on this brand vs the more established carbon fiber tripod brands. When it arrived I was excited by its "modern" look, packable size, and low weight even with the included ball head. Leaving for a 2-week trip to Midway Atoll I was excited to put this tripod to the test in the field with my Canon 7D w/ 100-400 lens. However much to my disappointment on the very first hour of use the screw that holds the camera to the mounting plate sheered off. Had I not been holding my camera at the time I would have had considerable damage to contend with. In addition to the above failure I found the overall build of the tripod to be a bit cheap. The rubber covers on the screws to extend the legs were of poor quality and the legs frequently slid in even though securly tightened. Overall this might work for some (if the mounting plate I got was an exception rather than the norm) simply due to its compactable size for travel, however I do not think that this tripod will hold up to multiple years of extended "true" use in the field. For [$] it should be of much better build quality. I ended up returning mine for these reasons.

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