3 Legged Thing announces two Legends range tripods

3 Legged Thing announced two new additions to the “Legends” tripod range, Ray and Bucky.

Inspired by the creativity and innovation of skateboarder, musician, photographer and 3LT Pro Team member, Ray Barbee, the new additions are Ray; an ultra-compact, micro-travel tripod; and Bucky; a versatile travel tripod offering users an impressive working range. The two tripods will be available in two colour options, Earth Bronze with Ocean Blue head, or Metallic Slate Grey.

“I’ve been looking forward to this launch for over a year. The Ray Barbee tribute tripod is a ground-breaking upgrade in travel support systems, and homage to one of the most influential skateboarders ever to have graced the sport,” said Danny Lenihan, founder and CEO of 3 Legged Thing. “As a boy, I remember seeing Ray burst onto the skateboarding scene in the iconic Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade video, Public Domain, followed by his incredible section in the follow-up, Ban This.”

“I really wanted to make something that Ray, also a Leica ambassador, could use all the time, without feeling like he was carrying something cumbersome, whilst retaining all of the load and structural capabilities of our award-winning Leo tripod. In both Ray, and the larger version, Bucky, we have achieved incredible functionality and capability, without compromising on the core requirements, and have trimmed off a huge 20% in weight. We have partnered the tripod with the world’s first, visible mechanism ball-head – the AirHed Vu – another landmark innovation from 3 Legged Thing, and another reason for me to be so very proud of the work of my fantastic team in Stagsden.”


Ray is 3LT’s newest ultra-compact, micro traveller tripod, with a folded length of 35.6 cm / 14.02.“ The tripod is small enough to fit into hand luggage, and can still take a max load of 30 kg / 66 lbs.

Bucky stands tall above the rest boasting a maximum height of 1.89 m / 74.48 “ and a minimum height of 11cm / 4.33”, just above ground level, giving him an impressive working range. The triple section centre column enables him to stand out, making Bucky even more versatile. With this, photographers gain greater freedom with what they can create without compromising on quality or stability.

Both tripods are constructed from 8 layers of 100% pure Japanese carbon fibre, and aerospace-grade anodised magnesium alloy. They feature three detachable legs to enable conversion to a table-top tripod with the help of 3LT’s Vanz tripod footwear. The legs can be used as boom arms for microphones or lights or joined to the centre column to create a monopod.

The new style twist locks with O-Pads give users improved, grip, leverage and water displacement. Internally Ray and Bucky’s locks feature a new style of shims that give improved strength and create an unprecedented level of stability. 3LT’s Rapid Latch makes adjusting the leg angles easier for those with impairments or wearing thick gloves.


The AirHed Vu has been designed and engineered for strength, featuring contoured security cut-outs in the detachable clamp to accommodate security pins in the underside of the new QR Octa quick release plate that is supplied with the head. These cut-outs have the added benefit of reducing weight. The AirHed Vu has a vision panel in the casing which allows users to see the mechanism move into place. The controls feature knurling on all knobs on the AirHed to improve grip and leverage and to enable users to secure their cameras in place.

3 Legged Thing’s patented Tri-mount plate, which allows for the attachment of accessories and includes 6 ¼”-20 screw threads, has been refined from previous versions seen in the Pro and Punks ranges, and is now elegantly contoured for ease of use when removing and mounting onto the canopy for low-level shooting.

Ray, Bucky and the AirHed Vu are available for pre-order now.