What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good logo. When I first saw the logo for Three Legged Thing, I immediately wanted one. I looked into the products, read the specs and decided that the Adriantravel tripod was the best fit for my current needs. It is light and compact with a removable, reversible center column and detachable leg that works as a monopod. It has a maximum height of nearly 60” and is around 16” when folded. Perfect for carrying on hikes around cities, or as I found recently up small ladders to rooftops. The company is based in the UK, so I was excited when I found that American distributors were selling their tripods.
I put it to use right away while shooting a beautiful outdoor wedding. My immediate reaction was good with no issues during my first use. Soon after, I used it to shoot photos of fireworks during an event, and this time things weren’t quite as smooth. The Adrian has four sections of legs that extend, and as I rushed to set it up, I found it quite difficult to get them all extended and locked into place rapidly. Unfortunately, I missed the shots that night.
I next used the tripod while walking around beautiful historic St. Augustine, Florida. While setting up, I realized it was not 100% level and found that some how one of the feet was gone. It was also slipping a bit as I was shooting. I was not very happy after shooting some night shots, so I emailed the crew at Three Legged Thing to complain. They responded after the Memorial Day holiday weekend to let me know they would be sending me a replacement foot and they also provided some suggestions to handle the slipping.
I was very close to just sending the tripod back, but I waited for the new foot, which was rapidly delivered along with some more awesome logo stickers. I gave it another chance, and I am really glad I did. After finally sitting down and tightening everything and properly learning how the tripod functioned, I went out on the town to give it a try. I have had nothing but good experiences since.
I have found it to be excellent tripod for its size. It is very versatile and easy to carry. On July 4th, I trekked up to the roof of a local downtown Savannah hotel for a view of the fireworks display over the city. When I got to the top floor, I found that I had to go a vertical ladder to actually reach the level where I could capture the needed photos. I was quite glad that I had such a lightweight and easy to carry tripod to get up that ladder.
Once on the roof, the Adrianwas easily leveled and positioned where I could get the shoots I wanted. I was also able to quickly maneuver it to the other side of the roof for a different angle. While the Adrian can not handle a lot of weight, (17.6 lbs is what the company says it will support, so no large lenses), it is a perfect travel tripod. I’ve not been much of a fan of tripods in the past (I use what’s around me), but I like this one as it is versatile and fits my needs. I keep mine in the trunk of my car so it can always be on hand and ready, just in case I find myself in need of some stability.