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3 Legged thing Evo 3 User Manual

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Anatomy of a 3LT Tripod & AirHed

Tri-Mount Plate
Central Column

Para-Lock

Collar

Hinge

Leg Catch

Para-Lock

Boots

Locking Knob

Pan Base

Pano Clamp Lock*

Release Plate

Release Plate Lock

Locking Ring

*Not Applicable to AirHed Mohawk

 


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Reference Guide

23˚

55˚

80˚

At 3 Legged thing we believe in giving you the 
very best in functionality without compromising 
on capability or performance. As such, we 
offer the three leg angles that we consider to 
be  optimum  for  using  a  tripod.  They  are  23˚, 
55˚ & 80˚. Each angle has its own merits. 

23˚ is the angle usually associated with normal 
tripod use. 

55˚  is  more  commonly  used  for  specialist 
applications such as Macro Inverted mode or 
Tri-Mono mode.

80˚  enables  the  user  to  get  low  to  the  floor 
without inverting the camera.

Load Capabilities

Our new range of products comes with 
variable load capabilities. This is because the 
performance of a product is based on which 
leg angles and extensions are utilised in the set 
up. For more information about your product, 
visit www.3leggedthing.com.

 


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Key Features

We try and do things a little differently at 3 Legged Thing, so 
you may find some features that you aren’t familiar with...

The Tri-Mount plate (a) comes with three extended spurs and 
a narrower plate section, so that you can still counterfold 
your legs with the column removed. You can also clip your 
strap to the plate, and to the D-ring at the bottom of the 
column, so that you can transport your tripod easily without 
a case. It also has six, tapped 1/4” holes (b) for mounting 
magic arms, microphones and other accessories.

Traditional tripods use a spring hook at the base of the 
column. We use a D-Ring (c) as they provide more versatile 
use. The D-ring also serves to hang your EVO3 bag on. The 
new bag can simply roll up and go in a pocket or in your 
camera bag, or, using the carabiner (d), the two D-rings on 
the bag can be clipped to the D-ring on the tripod to make 
a useful ballast bag (e).

a

b

c

d

e

 


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3LT tripods are hugely versatile, and can 
be used in a number of different ways. In 
order to achieve this, there is some basic 
functionality that you need to understand.

How to remove the central column*.

1: Underneath the tripod column is a D-Ring 
(a). This unscrews from the bottom of the 
central column. Once removed, undo the 
collar (b) by one full turn and the central 
column (c) can be pulled straight out. 
Continue to undo the collar and remove it. 

2: At the top of the central column is the Tri-
mount plate (d) which can be unscrewed 
and removed, and then screwed directly 
onto the tripod (e). 

Unscrew the threaded bolt from the column 
and screw directly into the mounting plate.

To line the spurs of the Tri-mount plate up 
with your legs, or between the legs, screw 
down to the desired angle, and then screw 
the copper locking ring (f) upwards until it 
locks against the Tri-mount plate, holding it 
in position.

*Using the tripod without the central column increases rigidity and 
stability.

Basic Functionality

a

d

e

b

c

f

 


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How to detach the monopod leg.

The monopod leg is denoted by a thin 
copper ring on one of the leg hinges and 
can be unscrewed directly from the leg 
hinge (a).  At the top of the central column 
is the Tri-mount plate and threaded 
bolt (b) which can be unscrewed and 
removed, and then screwed directly onto 
the monopod leg (c). 

If you understand these basic functions, 
you will be able to use each of our tripods 
in all compatible “modes”.

The threaded bolt has two different 
sized ends. If you are mounting direct to 
another head, like the 3LT AirHed range, 
then you need the wider end (3/8”) to 
be visible by about 1cm (0.4”). If you are 
mounting direct to camera, then use the 
smaller (1/4”) end.

a

b

c

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We’ve  dispensed  with  the  conventional  friction  lock 
and introduced a brand new Paralell locking system, for 
greater security and ease of use.

Our new Para-locks work by restricting the opening 
movement of the friction lock, preventing you from 
accidentally unscrewing the lock until the leg section 
detaches.

We have, however, made it possible for you to undo the 
lock so you can perform routine maintenece to your 
tripod.

The Para-lock is formed of a friction lock (a), and a cap 
(b). The cap has a thin edge - if you hold the friction lock 
firmly,  and  unscrew  the  cap  until  it  detaches  from  the 
mechanism, you can then unscrew the friction lock and 
take the leg apart.

We have changed the internal structure to incorporate our 
new single “chicken lips” (c), which remain attached to the 
tube unless you physically remove it. To replace it, simply 
stretch over the top of the tubing and push fit into the holes (d).

Clean out your leg locks using warm water (without detergent) 
and a brush for the threads. Dry thoroughly before re-
assembling. Make sure you tighten the friction lock before 
screwing the cap back in.

Leg Mechanism & Maintenence

a

d

b

c

 


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Evolution  3  AirHeds  have  a  circular  clamp  design, 
to make them easier to stow when counterfolding 
the legs. There are two basic clamp types - Pano & 
Standard. Both clamps have a locking knob( a) for 
releasing the Peak Design Compatible Quick Release 
Plate. The Pano-Clamp also has a copper knob (b) 
which locks and unlocks the panning function.

The new release plate (c) is designed to be compatible 
with all Peak Design Capture products. Refer to your 
Peak Design instruction manual and warranty for uses 
and limitations.

Once you have attached your new Peak Design 
Compatible QR3P Plate to your camera, with the 
included tool, mount your camera leaving the bubble 
level visible, testing before letting go. NEVER undo any 

of the knobs without holding your camera.

If your head has both black and copper knobs on the 
clamp, it can pan from both the clamp and the base, 
enabling seemless, flat panning for video and tracking.

The casing has two knobs - a smaller pan lock (unseen 
in the images opposite) for the base, and a large ball 
lock (d) which is the main locking control.

AirHeds and Release Plates

a

a

b

c

c

d

d

 


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Under your release plate is a central bolt with a hex screw (a). If 
you undo this screw with the tool provided, you can detach the 
whole clamp from the ball shaft, leaving the central hole open 
(b). The internal thread is now 3/8” and so can be mounted on 
your monopod leg or directly to your mounting plate(c).

The AirHed Mohawk does not have a Pano-Clamp, but the 
circular clamp will still detach and is useful as a quick release 
mechanism for your monopod, or monopod leg.

AirHed & Pano-Clamp Functionality

a

b

c

 


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AirHed Capabilities

Your AirHed has capabilities rated in three different ways. 
Head capabilties should not be confused with tripod 
capabilities. Care should be taken to understand the 
differences before using the product.

Direct Load: With the head level and the clamp level, a 
direct downward load can be applied up to the capacity.

Drag: Drag is the load it requires to make the ball move 
within the head. This is tested by angling the ball and adding 
pressure until the ball moves. Don’t do this when attached to 
a tripod - your head is a lot more powerful than any tripod 
can withstand.

Portrait: When the clamp is locked sideways in the portrait 
position, this is the load that the clamp can hold without 
rotating or moving.

Basic Rules: When mounting your camera to the head, hold 
the camera until such time as you are certain it is locked 
in place. Do not overload your head, or load it up without 
consideration of the centre of gravity. Try to balance the 
weight of your camera and lens so that it is evenly distributed.

For  details  on  your  product’s  specific  load  capabiltiies, 
please visit the website on www.3leggedthing.com.

 


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The most versatile tripod system in the world.

Peak Design 
Compatible 
Release Plate

Backwards compatible 
Pano Clamp for level 
panning and low 
operation

Heelz - for 
concrete or 
hard ground

Stilettos - for rocky 

or uneven terrain, to 

protect your leg tubing

Claws - for ice, 

snow, sand, rocks 

and softer ground

We have a range of accessories 
to compliment your tripod and 
AirHed. Check them out at 
www.3leggedthing.com

 


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