On 4 August 2020, the award-winning tripod manufacturer 3 Legged Thing (3LT) added two premium travel tripods to their Legends range – Ray and Bucky. Matching the same quality of the Legends these are professional photo/video hybrid levelling base tripods offer a few new upgrades including a contoured tri-mount and Airflow canopy, and the new AirHead Vu ball head.
Inspired by the creativity and innovation of skateboarder, musician, photographer and 3LT Pro Team member, Ray Barbee, the new additions are heavy-duty tripods that fall into the travel range. This is because while they are small enough to fit into carry-on hand luggage or larger camera bags, they can support up to 20 and 24 times their own weight, respectively. This is likely thanks to being made from 100% pure carbon fibre and aerospace-grade magnesium alloy.
Meet Ray & Bucky
RAY is the ultimate, ultra-compact, micro-travel tripod, pairing incredible portability with strength and stability. It weighs only 1.27 kg yet is able to carry gear loads of up to 30 kg, which is 24 times its own weight!
The tripod features a 5-leg section 2-column section tripod configuration, allowing you to work from ground level up to almost 1.3 m tall ideal for creating different shooting heights and perspectives even on uneven terrain.
BUCKY is a heavy-duty professional tripod that can support 20 times its own weight (weighs 1.52 kg; carries loads of up to 30 kg) making it ideal for travel and setup on multiple terrains.
Bucky features the iconic 5-leg section 3-column section tripod configuration which allows you to work from ground level up to almost 2m tall. Yet, it folds down to just 41 cm, making it incredibly portable despite its powerful design.
Ray (left) and Bucky (right)
- Versatile and modular: As with all tripods in the Legends range, both Ray and Bucky have not one but three detachable legs that allow three optimal leg angles to create different shooting heights and perspectives with legs that can be adjusted independently for use on uneven terrain, or for use as monopods and boom arms.
- Rapid latch: The anodised metal Rapid-Latch leg with auto-engage lock allows for easy angle adjustment even with thick gloves.
- O-Pads: Raised O-Pads on the leg and column locks provide better grip, leverage and water displacement than other legs.
- Detachable rubber Bootz and foot accessories: With the legs removed, each can also convert to a table-top tripod when adding the separately sold 3LT footwear. Simply replace the detachable rubber Bootz with foot accessories for maximum stability on different terrains. You can also add the separately available DOCZ foot stabiliser.
New AirHed Vu ball head
Ray and Bucky are also available with the new AirHed Vu (an Arca-Swiss compatible ball head) and QR-Octa quick release plate. AirHed Vu features contoured security cut-outs in the detachable clamp, to accommodate security pins in the underside of the QR-Octa plate. The ball head also has a vision panel in the casing allowing uses to see the mechanism move into place.
What’s the verdict?
The smaller of the two, Ray easily pops into a bag for taking with on your next adventure, and Bucky is the ideal travel companion that allows you to set your imagination free. Each tripod is available with or without the AirHed Vu and in grey or bronze variations. For more information on specifications and price, follow the button links below to our online shop: