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3 Legged Thing X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue)

B&H # 3LTX4AKITBL Mfr # 3LTX4AKITBL
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Product Highlights
  • 85" Maximum Height
  • One Leg Unscrews to Become Monopod
  • Folds Upward to Just 19.7"
  • Reversible 2-Section Center Column
  • Short Center Column for Low-Angle Shots
  • Separate Ball/Pan Locks & Tension
  • Arca-Style Clamping Quick-Release
  • Magnesium Camera Plate
  • 16.7 lb Load Capacity
  • Weighs Just 4.2 lb

The 3 Legged Thing X4a Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue) is an extremely lightweight, versatile support system for any point & shoot, film, or DSLR camera. Supporting up to 16.7 lb as a system, the tripod & head together weigh only 4.2 lb.

The handsome black tripod features a leg that detaches from the rest of the tripod to become a monopod, and the tall center column can be removed and changed out for the included 3.9" "stubby" center column for low-angle shooting. With its 4-section legs and 2-section center column fully extended, the X4a Jack & AirHed 1 reaches a generous maximum height of 85".

Leg angles can be set at three different positions; at their widest and with the column removed, the top of the tripod chassis sits only 5.3" from the ground (with the head attached, that figure climbs to 9.2"). The leg angles can be set independently to support stable shooting on uneven surfaces. When it's time to transport or store the X4a Jack with the AirHed 1 attached, the legs fold upward 180° so that the feet reach to the top of the head to form a tight little package (19.7" long).

The aircraft-grade T6061 magnesium AH1 head features a robust knurled knob that operates the Arca-style quick-release clamp. The clamp is designed so that the release knob sits under the lens, making it easier to mount, with more finger clearance. Additional knurled knobs manipulate the blue ball head's pan lock and ball/tilt lock. The pan-lock knob features an inset tension control that affects the play of the ball's movement.

The included quick-release plate, also magnesium, 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 AirHed 1 without removing the sling.

Constructed of aircraft-grade T6061 Stealth Mag Alloy magnesium, the 26mm (upper section diameter) legs offer excellent lateral and torsional strength
Magnesium alloy construction of tripod chassis, head, and plate for lightweight strength
Grub screw in the wide mounting plate enables extremely steadfast connection with the head
Spirit level on tripod chassis, and two bubble levels on the rear of the head's quick-release assembly for precise leveling
Smooth-glide leg catches
Leg angles can be set independently at 23°, 55°, and 80°
Spring hook for hanging a ballast for extra stability in windy conditions
Double-section rapid center column is removable and reversible. Also included is a short center column (3.9"), which facilitates shooting from extremely low angles (minimum height is 5.3")
Feet can be unscrewed and interchanged (extra feet not included)
90° slot on head for portrait orientation
General
Load Capacity 16.7 lb (7.6 kg)
Maximum Height 85.0" (216.0 cm)
Monopod: 56.7" (144.0 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 60.2" (153.0 cm)
Minimum Height 9.2" (23.4 cm)
Folded Length 19.7" (50.0 cm)
Weight 4.18 lb (1.90 kg)
Monopod: 0.7 lb (0.32 kg)
Head
Head Type Magnesium ball head
Quick Release Arca-type clamp with plate included
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.71" (43.5mm)
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Base Diameter 2.2" (5.5 cm)
Legs
Material Magnesium alloy
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 reversible screw
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Diameter (Top Leg Section) 1.02" (26mm)
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No/no, but feet are removable
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid, reversible
Center Column Sections 2 (also includes single-section short 3.9" center column)
Bubble Level Yes, 1 on chassis and 2 on head
3 Legged Thing X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue)
  • Spring Hook for Ballast
  • 3.9" Short Center Column
  • Armored Quiver Case with Carry Strap
  • Tools
  • AirHed 1 Magnesium Plate
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    3 Legged ThingX4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue)
     
    4.1

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (5)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Large range of motion (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Attaches firmly (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Travel (6)
      • Sports/action (5)
      • Night shots (3)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Amazing Tripod

      This tripod is great light weight small and compact, but with great stability and maximum height adjust-ability.
      Very easy to use and versatile.
      My only complaint is that the Quick Release...Read complete review

      This tripod is great light weight small and compact, but with great stability and maximum height adjust-ability.
      Very easy to use and versatile.
      My only complaint is that the Quick Release Plates are a bit bulky when you leave them on your camera especially if you use a battery grip and shoot in portrait a lot they are a little uncomfortable.
      Other than that awesome tripod comes with case and tools goes from approx. 9in all the way to 85in and if you added a weight bag to the hook it is actually fairly stable at 85in cant say I would use it that high except as a Speed light stand but good to know you can, haven't got to see how durable it is yet but has a 5 year warranty and 3LT has great customer service is seems that it will hold up great.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      VERY BAD QUALITY PRODUCT!

      I got a new tripod and thought that much money invested will give me a great tool to use, unfortunately! Just after few uses the tripod is falling apart, literally, due to bad...Read complete review

      I got a new tripod and thought that much money invested will give me a great tool to use, unfortunately! Just after few uses the tripod is falling apart, literally, due to bad design and poor craftsman quality! ........This a real review, real experience. I already contacted BH with it.Don't waste your money!

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      5.0

      Good stuff

      By Scott C

      from San Ramon, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Large Range of Motion
      • Price
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

      • Unstable Fully Extended

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots

      Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

      This is a pretty good tripod - and for the price, I'd say great. Really I would give it 4 stars for some of its quirks - strange upside down packing method, over reliance on center column, not extremely sturdy when extended all the way - but given the sale price of $, and the inclusion of a very nice packing case, I'm inclined to forgive those quirks and give it 5 stars. As long as you don't extend the center column too high, it's a very sturdy tripod with a good arca clamp ball. I'm 6'4" and when I extend it to my eye level it seems to be great, but beyond that it's a little sketchy. I shoot a gripped 5d3, and mostly the 16-35L attached when using the tripod, and the AirHead handles that setup very well.

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      5.0

      everything i was hoping for!!

      By tony k

      from thunder bay cdn

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

        versatile, sturdy a delight to work with! even at strange angles. would definitely purchase again!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        BAD AND CHEAPLY MADE PRODUCT!

        By Art Photographer

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Bad design
          • Braking Easily
          • Falling apart
          • Unstable
          • Weak Clamp

          Best Uses

          • NON

          Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

          I AM WARNING EVERYONE WHO IS CONSIDERING BYING THIS TRIPOD. DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY! YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED. IT FALLED APPART JUST AFTER SECOND USE. BAD CHEAP QUALITY! CUSTOMER SERVICE BASED IN UK, NOT RESPONSIVE! I WILL NEVER BUY ANY PRODUCTS FROM THIS COMPANY!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          VERY BAD QUALITY PRODUCT!

          By Andreinmd

          from Baltimore.MD

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • NON

          Cons

          • Falling apart
          • Not easy to use
          • Poorly made
          • Unstable
          • Weak Clamp

          Best Uses

          • NON

          Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

          I got a new tripod and thought that much money invested will give me a great tool to use, unfortunately! Just after few uses the tripod is falling apart, literally, due to bad design and poor craftsman quality! ........This a real review, real experience. I already contacted BH with it.Don't waste your money!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Tripod w/ included Monopod

          By JP DGAF

          from Colorado

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Perfect Tripod
          • Strong but light
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

          This tripod is one of the best friends that a photgragher could have. Light, budget friendly, tight connections, and built for abuse. The craftmenship is almost unheard of. Every part is alloy and built strong. No plastic bases or parts to break. Even the case is constructed like a tank. The best part is, the 3 Legged Thing Company, has a good warrenty too. 5 years...

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this tripod

          By Steve

          from Manchester CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Wildlife

            Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

            It is tall, relatively light weight, folds into a small package, sturdy, what more could one ask for

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            tension knob out of adjustment

            By ShutterHappyCA

            from Mendocino, ca

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

              Great design and functionality, but had to exchange upon receipt as the tension knob on the AirHed1 ball head seemed defective - it took excessive pressure turning the knob to the tightened position and then loose again. I am exchanging for a replacement, because this seems like a great product.

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              • No

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent tripod and head

              By Bill, Photographer

              from New Berlin, WI

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Appearance
              • Build
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

                Jack is now my constant companion. Whether I am taking portraits or macro photos in the woods, Jack is my helper. He is versatile enough that I can maneuver my camera to virtually any position and any height. The ball-head is easy to use although I am still getting used to it. Overall, the weight and height (REALLY TALL) makes this an excellent travel and general use tripod. The cost for Jack is less than for the carbon fiber models although it weighs just a little more. Not enough to tire me out, even on a long day. There may be problems in the winter with the metal legs (I live in Wisconsin where it gets pretty cold) but for now it is great.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great light weight tripod

                By rainclicker

                from Pittsburgh,PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Flimsy Construction

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

                Very universal and good quality for the price

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Well worth every penny

                By Beefy

                from Cranford, NJ

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Black):

                  Just a great tripod. The versatility of it is just awesome. Great for all types of photography. I have nothing negative to say about the product.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing Tripod

                  By 2jakesphotography

                  from Missoula, MT

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great height range
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Plate a bit bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about X4 Jack 4-Section Magnesium Alloy Tripod with AirHed 1 Ball Head (Blue):

                  This tripod is great light weight small and compact, but with great stability and maximum height adjust-ability.
                  Very easy to use and versatile.
                  My only complaint is that the Quick Release Plates are a bit bulky when you leave them on your camera especially if you use a battery grip and shoot in portrait a lot they are a little uncomfortable.
                  Other than that awesome tripod comes with case and tools goes from approx. 9in all the way to 85in and if you added a weight bag to the hook it is actually fairly stable at 85in cant say I would use it that high except as a Speed light stand but good to know you can, haven't got to see how durable it is yet but has a 5 year warranty and 3LT has great customer service is seems that it will hold up great.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

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