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

B&H # 3LTX11KITBL Mfr # 3LTX1.1KITBL
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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)
     
    4.0

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large range of motion (6)
    • Stable (6)
    • Attaches firmly (4)
    • Strong clamp (4)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Wildlife (5)
      • Sports/action (4)
      • Travel (4)
      • Home (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

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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 3 Legged Thing 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 3 Legged Thing 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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          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 3 Legged Thing 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 3 Legged Thing 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 3 Legged Thing 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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            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 3 Legged Thing 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

              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 3 Legged Thing 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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                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 3 Legged Thing 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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