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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.