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3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Review

John Riley introduces you to Eddie, a new carbon fiber tripod from 3 Legged Thing.

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Naming tripods could be a tricky thing, but, dispelling images created by Douglas Adams of a box declaring, “Hi, I'm Eddie, your onboard computer...” may I introduce you to Eddie, the second model in the new carbon fiber 3 Legged Thing range. Having seen the New York video on the manufacturer's website I am clearly getting into the spirit of things with this Rock Legend series of tripods. The first hurdle is passed – the marketing has made the product interesting – so now we find out if it lives up to its more serious expectations.

3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod: Features
Eddie is a heavier prospect than the previously tested Brian, but still amazingly light at 1935g, including the splendidly solid anodised Magnesium alloy head. A low operating height of 170mm is possible, up to a maximum of 1660mm, via the sturdy 5 section legs. These legs use a wider tube diameter of 28mm, compared to Brian's 24mm, and therefore the maximum load is now increased up to 12kg, more than enough for most general requirements.

The same compact bag that housed Brian is used for Eddie, making it just as compact and convenient to carry, the only difference being a slight increase in weight.

3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod key features: Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Leg Locks   3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Ball Head
(Above) The 5 leg sections are clamped securely by rotating collars.
(Right) The substantial ballhead is beautifully engineered.
  (Left) Eddie has a built in monopod that detaches from one of the legs and the connectivity to take a camera directly, or to mount the ballhead on.

(Above) At a compact 440mm (including the head) the tripod fits in to a very small zipped bag making it ideal as a travel tripod.

3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod: Performance
The first impression of Eddie is that it is beautifully made. The locking collars on the legs work positively, the extension is smooth and the ball head is a delight of precision manufacture. The added weight and bulk compared to Brian are useful in increasing stability for heavier camera/lens combinations, but to be fair this is a matter of degree. Given that both products are highly effective the choice will depend upon the photographer's actual kit and willingness to carry weight, although the built in monopod feels and looks much more substantial - and is quick and simple to remove from the main tripod.

Carbon fiber is strong and very light, so users used to metal tripods will find these very unobtrusive to carry. Having reached a location Eddie unpacks easily and  by using the quick release plate provided it can be called into action very quickly indeed. It is of course a matter of practice but after just an hour or so the use of the tripod becomes second nature.

One of the strengths of this design is the ability to work at very low levels. This can be accomplished by splaying the legs and this is the quickest method. Alternatively, the centre column can be removed and reversed and those unusual ground level shots can be achieved. Combined with Live View this makes shots of fungi and similar subjects much easier. You can also remove the central column completely, and mount the camera or ballhead directly to the tripod furniture, giving you an ultra-low, right-way-up working height of 170mm.

The ballhead is a delightful piece of engineering, resplendent in the anodised colour of your choice. Working with more than one tripod from the range, this colour was actually quite useful as it made identifying which one was in use much easier. There are three controls on the ballhead, controlling the locking mechanism, one for rotation of the whole and a tension control. This last control makes it possible to apply a degree of tension that allows tracking of wildlife subjects whilst retaining the solid support of the tripod. This is a very useful technique.

3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod performance: Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Full Size   3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Compact Size
Eddie extends to full height via the sturdy 5 section legs.   Eddie is as compact as younger brother Brian when closed down.
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Low Level   3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Legs Splayed
(Above) Eddie enables low level shooting even when the centre column is not reversed.

(Left) Reversing the centre column gives access to dramatic ground level shooting.


3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod: Verdict
All the benefits of Brian are present in Eddie. At no increase in cost we have a tripod that operates as effectively, is just as compact when folded down (only 440mm) but which allows for a stable platform with the more bulky DSLR/lens combinations. Eddie can be brought into use quickly and does not present much of a problem in terms of weight or bulk. We have a tripod and monopod that will actually be used rather than left in the car, and one that will definitely do the required job effectively.

My name is John, and Eddie could well become my 3 Legged Thing...

"Beautifully made, easy to use and it does its job effectively."
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod: Pros

3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Compact
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Light
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Stable camera platform
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Built In Monopod
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Very low operating capability
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod High quality construction

3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod: Cons
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod Higher cost of carbon fiber

FEATURES 3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod
PERFORMANCE 3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod
VALUE FOR MONEY 3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod
OVERALL 3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod

3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie Tripod: Specification
Price £299.99
Kit Weight 1935g
Tripod Weight 1295g
Ballhead Weight 638g
Monopod Weight 272g
Min Height 170mm
Max Height 1660mm
Folded Height 440mm
Maximum Load 12Kg
Carbon Fiber Tube Diameter 28mm
Locking Mechanism Friction Dial
Ballhead Control Pan, lock and clutch
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