Review - 3 Legged Thing Evo3 Punk VyV and Airhed Mohawk Tripod

04th November 2015
At the minute I seem to be going through tripods like theirs no tomorrow! In the past I have had Manfrotto, Benro, Uniloc and Giottos tripods. As a wildlife and sometime landscape photographer I have constantly been looking for a tripod that will do everything I need it too. As you can imagine this leaves me with quite a long list.




As you will see from my other blogs I had decided on a Benro tripod, it has lots of features and is very competitively priced. It wasn't until we came to the autumn and I needed to get down low for fungi photography did an obvious issue raise its head, literally in this case. With a standard central column that cannot be removed I was restricted to about 35-40cm from ground level, not much use for getting low for fungi. After a couple of half baked attempts when I even tried using the central column as a third leg and tipping the camera upside down I gave in and began the search for yet another tripod.

And this time I finally think I've found it. 3 Legged thing Tripods and designed in the UK and from humble beginnings they are rapidly expanding to become a significant global brand. I watched a couple of there youtube videos and was impressed enough to order the EVO3 Punk VYV with Airhead Mohawk head. This retails at just under £150 which is a great price for such a high quality product.




The Tripod arrived boxed up and in its own stylish canvas bag. The legs fold up over the head which make it extremely compact at about 34cm (13") and weighs in at 1290g, (2lb 11oz) although this does not include the weight of the head. This is surprisingly light to say it is constructed from alloy and not carbon fibre.




The tripod has three leg position angles 23,55 and 80 degrees and the legs consist of four sections with secure twist lock fittings. When you undo the legs they can seem a bit flimsy but this is soon dispelled when the collars are locked and the feel is extremely rigid. One of the legs also detaches and can be used as a small but functional monopod. The maximum height for this tripod is 141.5cm (55.5") which for me is fine. I understand that some landscape photographers may find one of the other models more suitable if they want more height. As I am only using it for landscapes occasionally and using a camera with a twisting screen it doesn't cause me any issues.




The tripod feels really solid even when being used with my Tamron 150-600 attached. This is hardly surprising seeing as its rated at 20kg at 23 degrees, 15kg at 55 degrees and 10kg at 80 degrees respectively. The head also performs really well and has a nice solid feel. I purchased a second release plate so as to have one attached to the collar of my big lens at all times. These come in at a pretty pricey £20 each.




One of the big bonuses for me with this tripod is its ability to get down low. In fact down to 10.5cm (4") This is done by completely removing the central column and then re-attaching the head to the top of the legs. To be honest I practiced this at home first because I though it might be a bit of a challenge in the field. I have to say one run through and I was fine with it. I actually leave the central column out and carry it with me in my camera rucksack in case I need a little extra height now as my style of photography generally requires more low level shooting.


With regard to macro shooting I have noticed a slight bit of drop when you tighten the ball head on a macro subject, it is only slight mind you and much better than most ball heads I have tried. In fact the only one I have tried better for macro is the Manfrotto 410 junior geared head!



Other features include a D-ring and carabiner to allow you to use the tripod bag to fill with rocks for ballast should you need to secure the tripod during harsh weather. The plate that attaches the head to the legs is also capable of having multiple external accessories attached to it. This is useful if you are using flash etc during macro work. The legs and head also have independent spirit levels to keep you on the level. The tripod has standard rubber feet but these are also interchangeable with what the company calls claws, heelz and stillettos for differing ground conditions. Other accessories are also available!




In summary, I haven't found much to fault with this tripod. The company make great claims of this tripod being designed by photographers rather than a designer on a computer. My experience seems to bare this out. They have included features on the tripod that most manufacturers don't seem to have considered but do leave you thinking why haven't these global companies done this before. You may also think that a single tripod can only cover all these bases by compromise. Well, I think you'd be wrong and pleasantly surprised. I am happy to report that this is without doubt the best tripod I have ever used and unless something usurps it I will only consider swapping it for another 3 Legged Thing!


Comments

Photo comment By Jack: Should be 10kg at 80 degrees.

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