The gray/black DocZ2 Foot Stabilizer for Monopods from 3 Legged Thing can mount to compatible monopods via its 1/4"-20 threaded mounting stud, but a 3/8"-16 stud adapter is included for monopods with a larger socket at the bottom. This foot stabilizer is designed to add stability to the support, and with its rubber boot friction control it creates a smoother pivot when shooting a video or tracking a fast-moving subject. Also, the adjustable ball locks into place, and the foot has a load capacity of 44 lb. This 1.1 lb stabilizer has an alternate use as a mini or tabletop tripod with rubberized feet that add traction on smooth surfaces or a better grip on uneven ground. To store, the 3.5" tall tripod's feet fold upward to a compact 6.5".
- Load Capacity: 44 lb
- Height: 3.5"
- Folded Length: 6.5"
- Weight: 1.1 lb
3 Legged Thing DocZ2 Overview
3 Legged Thing DocZ2 Specs
|Material of Construction||Aluminum|
|Load Capacity||44 lb / 20 kg|
|Height||3.5" / 8.9 cm|
|Folded Length||6.5" /16.5 cm|
|Weight||1.1 lb / 499 g|
|Package Weight||1.365 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||7.1 x 3.7 x 3.7"|
3 Legged Thing DocZ2 Reviews
it adds some degree of added stability to a monopod
I gave this device 3 stars because the locking mechanism that should provide for rigid support-if desired-does not work. A simple tilt of the monopod loosens the orange locking knob to the extent that it is no longer rigid. After speaking with the manufacturer it had become clear that this is a 'feature' rather than a fault, and I have since replaced my pair of 3 Legged Things with an alternative that functions more to my liking and needs.
A bit heavy, but solid and stable
Overall, I like it. I've been using it as an accessory for the Brian tripod (as a monopod, using just one of the legs and the head). As a monopod accessory, it's a bit on the heavy side. OTOH, it seems well made, it's easy to use, and it's stable. And it's still lighter and more maneuverable than the tripod, for situations where that matters.
Awesome addition to the monopod!
This really stabilizes the monopod and I really like the fact that it has the ball head so you can move and still be spot on!
Heavy but good price
I didn't expect it is so heavy, a lot of metal is used here. When I walk with my monopod with this 3 Legged Thing Stabilizer attached, it's awfully unbalanced. I didn't want to return it because it's just not worth the aggravation of packaging and sending it back ,and besides, the weight of the metal is worth the price I paid. The little stud has 1/4-20 male thread with 3/8-16 adapter. This little stud is to be attach to the bottom of the monopod. (The end piece of the monopod has to be removed first. And it is too big to be used on the underside of the stabilizer.) The red ring is used to lock or/free the the movement of the stud. The stud can not move/wiggle freely, it's a little too tight,though. The package does not come with instructions.
More than one issue
There is an issue if you try to use this with a Gitzo monopod or any other monopod that has recessed screw threads when you take off the rubber foot. The threads on the DocZ2 are so short they don't engage the threads on a Gitzo. Not even close. So I threw away their 3/8″ adapter which is over the base 1/4 stud on the top of the product and went online and bought a longer one which would engage and it worked sorta kinda OK but with other issues. I could only find them for sale in packages of 5 for $9.50. Technically it worked fine and is stable but what does happen is that the adapter when tightened into the bottom of the Gitzo monopod does not come out when you remove the feet. Its really tightly wedged in but has a screwdriver slot. So if you want to get it out you need to carry a slotted screwdriver with you. The reason to get it out is to put back the 3/8″ threaded rubber foot to the monopod. Now this all seems like a real pain to do on the fly. So then the next step is to replace the monopod foot with one that has a 1/4″ threaded stem and then permanently use that condition. Packages of 4 (all I could find) of those cost about $8.50 so to buy this product expect to spend another $18 to get it workable. The ball at the bottom of the stem can be untightened to allow your monopod to incline in any direction. Its really hard to get it to lock into one position so that it won't move at all. 3 Legged Thing Support knows about the adapter and responded to me that they don't make a product to fix the issue yet all I did was look online for a third party vendor to replace their 3/8 adapter with a longer one. I'm not a fan of companies that are not energetic or willing to support their product. The buyer should beware and check your monopod before you purchase this product. 3 Legged Thing needs to list products that are and are not compatible. Their statement it fits most monopods is muddy as Gitzo is certainly not an obscure manufacturer. I have one additional problem with it. The buttons that lock and unlock the feet jam. The only way I could unjam it is to use the 2 allen wrenches they give you and remove the foot to force the button back into place. This happened twice in the first week of owning it. I’ve had this product for only a week and i am seriously worrying about its reliability in the field. I was hoping to use this in Africa on safari to help stabilize my monopod in the land cruiser but these finicky problems are what you can not have happen in the heat of the action. Maybe someone else has had better success but this doesn't seem like its been adequately tested in real life before it was produced for manufacture.
I used this with my monopod for some extra stability while operating super telephoto lenses in low light. It's a great product, allowed me to stabilize my frame much better vs. a standalone monopod, to get accurate focus on the subject. Also gives some additional height. I have also mounted my lens directly on this to get low angle shots.
Not great as a mini tripod
I read some of the complaints about the lock nut that isn't for use with a monopod, but I was using it as a tripod and it appeared that it would work well for that, but it really doesn't do that well either. Build quality is also suspect after about 2 weeks of use one of the tabs that locks the legs in place already doesn't work. To get it to lock in to place I need to use a knife to manually push it in to the locked position. Furthermore, the same issue where the lock nut on the top is designed to not really lock anything down, you can't get a good firm twist with a ballhead to get it locked in place, so unless you really loosen your panning lock on the ballhead, if you try to pan left you will most likely knock the ballhead loose instead of making it pan. The same issue applies (and is actually far worse) if you use the built in ballhead on this and attempt to just attach a quick release plate, as then you don't even get the ball head to work towards the left at all, it just comes loose immediately. The only way to get a good tight grip would be to use locking pliers to hold the lock nut in place while you turn the ballhead on, or to use loctite or some other thread locker, which would them make it hard to travel with the ballhead removed. Overall I thought it would be a good way to get a low and stable platform for video use and it is OK, but not great at that. And it appears to not be all that well built with regards to the leg locks either.
Only marginally stable
I'd purchased, first one of these supports, and thinking that it was defective, I'd purchased a 2nd. However, after a conversation with the manufacturer/designer's technical support it had become apparent that what I'd thought to have been a defect was actually a design flaw. The locking ring at the base of the support will loosen with the slightest twist or tilt of the monopod to which it is attached. As such, it is not possible to maintain any degree of rigidity, which is something I require, since I use a video fluid head atop the monopod. If your requirements are similar I would look at the alternative brands with more secure locking mechanisms.
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