New gear

The lat­est kit, from an af­ford­able graph­ics tablet to a fan­tas­tic new tri­pod

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£449, $550 www.3leggedthing.com

The Win­ston has been de­signed to suit job­bing pho­tog­ra­phers who need to keep kit as light as pos­si­ble yet re­quire the sup­port of a full-sized tri­pod. Folded down, it mea­sures 60.5cm. This makes it an ideal size for at­tach­ing to a back­pack. Un­packed, it can be quickly erected – the three-sec­tion legs are locked into place us­ing re­designed twist locks. There’s plenty of scope for height ad­just­ment, from 27.5cm to 194.8cm. It is de­signed to hold be­tween 10 kilo­grams at the max­i­mum an­gle and 30 kilo­grams at the min­i­mum leg an­gle, en­abling you to sup­port al­most any Nikon cam­era and lens com­bi­na­tion at any height. De­spite all that, the Win­ston weighs just 2.15 kilo­grams; that’s in­cred­i­bly light given its max­i­mum height and pay­load. This weight-tostrength ra­tio has been made pos­si­ble by the use of ma­te­ri­als such as 3LT’s own design of car­bon fi­bre, and ul­tra-light mag­ne­sium al­loy.

Com­pared with pre­vi­ous mod­els there are a few nifty new fea­tures, such as slightly over-sized tex­tured grips on the legs’ twist locks, and strap hooks around the crown of the tri­pod col­umn. As with past 3 Legged Thing tripods, one leg can be used as a mono­pod. First im­pres­sions_ The Win­ston is a stylish tri­pod that has been de­signed for pho­tog­ra­phers who need se­ri­ous kit that won’t let them down.

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