3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert review

November 25, 2016

3 legged thing equinox albert with head

3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert at a glance:

  • Maximum height 179m
  • Minimum Height 13cm
  • Twist Leg locks
  • Price: £329
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If you haven’t come across 3 Legged Thing before, it’s a UK company that’s attempting to add some character to the world of tripods. One of its latest supports is from the Equinox range, and like all 3 Legged Thing tripods, it has a human name. So, say hello to Albert.

For many, Albert may be the perfect tripod. It folds down to just 41cm, which makes it great for travelling, but extends to a huge 179cm. It’s quite heavy at 1.85kg, but its carbon-fibre legs feel strong and sturdy.

With such a height range, you might expect Albert to be a little wobbly on its feet, but the five-leg sections have minimal flex, and much of the extra height comes from the centre column, which itself has three sections. The huge twist leg-locks operate with a half twist, and two or even three can be unlocked at a time, making the tripod quick to set up.

The specs claim that with the legs at their widest 80° angle, it can support a weight of 10kg. We didn’t have a camera-lens combination that was anywhere near this heavy, but it can easily cope with a pro DSLR and a 70-200mm lens. To minimise any flex it’s best to keep the centre column down, but that extra height can still certainly be useful.

3 legged thing equinox albert bag

3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert – key features

Monopod Leg

One of the legs can be unscrewed and a tripod head attached so it can be used as a monopod.

Head clamp

The clamp from the AirHed 360 head can be unscrewed and attached directly to the tripod, in place of the centre column.


On the base of the centre column is a ring to attach extra ballast or a strap.

3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert – our verdict

Sturdy but compact, with a huge maximum height, the 3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert is a versatile tripod that is at home in the studio as it is out in the landscape. It may not be the lightest to travel with, but as an all-round solution it’s a great choice.

SCORE: 5 out of 5

Also available: Airhed 360 kit

Airhed 360 head

airhed 360

The Equinox Albert tripod is also available in a kit with the AirHed 360 ball head for £399. This is made from aircraft-grade metal alloy and comes with a detachable pano-clamp. This clamp can rotate through 360°, with markers on the side showing the rotation. A bubble level is included on the clamp, meaning you can always get level shots, and the clamp is compatible with Peak Design and Arca Swiss plates. It is a solid, well-made head. All that’s missing is friction control.