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3 Legged Thing
BUILT TO ENABLE. CREATED TO INSPIRE.
Look at the end of
your box. See that
little sticker with a
serial number and a
barcode? Peel it off
and put it here for
DO NOT USE YOUR TRIPOD
UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THESE
INSTRUCTIONS. NO WARRANTY
CLAIM WILL BE ENTERED
INTO FOR THE MISUSE OR
INCORRECT USE OF THESE
ANATOMY OF A TRIPOD:
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
Boots / Footwear
QR3P (Release) Plate
Pan Knob (behind head)
ANATOMY OF AN AIRHED
*Not all 3LT AirHeds have the Pano Clamp or Pano Lock.
There are two clamp types - Pano & Switch. The pano
clamp has an orange locking knob (4) for releasing the
Plate, and a black knob (3) which locks and unlocks the
NEVER undo any of the knobs without holding your camera.
The AirHed Switch is operated by sliding the switch (a) and
opening the lever (b) by 180 degrees. To lock, pull the lever
back to it’s original position.
To change the orientation from right to left handed and
vice versa, move the lever (b) into a 90 degree position.
Remove the plate and push in points (c) and (d), in doing
this you will release the switch enabling you to rotate and
change its orientation.
Prior to its first use, the Switch Clamp may need to go
through an easy setup process. This is because we want
our products to be as cross compatible as they can be,
in this case, being suitable for whatever release plate you
choose. Simply open the clamp (as previously shown)
insert your plate of choice in, then close the clamp using
the switch. Now with the provided Hex Key tighten the
clamp so your plate is secure.
AirHeds and Release Plates
The QR3P Release Plate included in all 3 Legged
Thing Tripod Kits does not have security bolts fitted,
as bolts are incompatible with the Peak Design
It is important that you tighten your release plate
onto the clamp completely and check, before
use. We recommend placing the orange knob or
switch handle, UNDER the lens, where it cannot be
We have engineered the security cutouts into
each of our AirHeds, and an optional QR6 Release
Plate with security bolts is available to purchase
separately. The QR6 Plate is not compatible with the
Peak Design Capture system.
The Tri-Mount Plate comes with three hollow ends (a), for
connecting your strap or carabiner, six 1/4” threaded holes
(b) and one 3/8” threaded hole in the centre. The central
bolt can be removed and has both 1/4” and 3/8” threads. In
the base of the centre column is a D-Ring (c), which is used
to connect either your strap, for carrying, or the bag (e), for
ballast, using the carabiner (d).
To remove the centre column, unscrew the D-Ring (a), and
the collar (b). You can then pull out the column (c), and
completely remove the collar (b). Your Tri-Mount Plate (d)
should be unscrewed from the other end of the column,
and then carefully screwed directly to the canopy (e).
Line up the three ends as you wish, and then screw up the
Locking Ring (f) to meet the Tri-Mount Plate, locking it firmly
The Para-Locks (a) are designed to prevent accidental disassembly of the legs and column, and add additional strength
to the mechanism and tripod.
If the Para-Lock (a) seems locked, but the leg section is not firmly locked, then the Para-Lock is locked in the open
position. Rotate the opposite way until locked and check.
To undo, grip the cap (b) and rotate counter-clockwise (if looking down upon cap) until it disengages with the Para-
Lock (a). Then, undo the Para-Lock until it comes free of the thread. You can then pull the leg or column section out for
routine maintenence or cleaning.
The internal “chicken lips” (c) easily clip on and off the tubing (d), and should be carefully lined up with the internal key
line when reassembling sections.
Both Switch and Pano-clamps can be detached
from the ball head and mounted directly to the
tripod canopy. This is particularly useful as a quick
release mechanism for the monopod leg.
In the centre of the clamp is a hex screw (a). Undo
this with the tools provided. Once removed the
3/8” female thread (b) will be visible. This can be
screwed down onto any 3/8” thread.
Additional Clamp Function
The monopod leg is denoted by a thin
orange ring on one of the leg hinges
and can be unscrewed directly from
the leg hinge (a). On some models you
can screw the leg into the bottom of the
centre column to make the monopod,
without extra parts. For others, 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
Heads with circular clamps can be
detached from the ball head and
mounted directly to the tripod canopy.
This is particularly useful as a quick release
mechanism for the monopod leg.
The Monopod Leg
Your 3LT product comes with a 5 Year Global Warranty. On the box
you will find a sticker with a unique barcode and serial number. Use
this serial number to register your products at www.3leggedthing.
Details of your warranty can be found at www.3leggedthing.com.
Your warranty covers 3 Legged Thing products only.
If you have a question or suspect you have a fault, contact us first at
Unit 9 Kinsbourne Farm
United Kingdom of
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