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 |  Feb 23, 2017  |  0 comments

Why do tripods have three legs instead of four? There is a reason, and we’ll get to it in a moment, right after we take a long, close look at a 3 Legged Thing from across the pond. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 12, 2018  |  0 comments

There is only one photo accessory that improves 100% of your images: the tripod. However, traveling with an extra set of legs can be cantankerous. Ask any centipede. Our friends across the pond have a couple new products that eliminate the temptation to leave the tripod at home.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 27, 2021  |  0 comments

Our maniacally creative friends in England have been at it again. Fresh on the heels of introducing their first-ever camera bags, 3 Legged Thing has updated their entry-level Punks line of tripods to version 2.0. The Punks lineup includes Corey, Travis, Brian and Billy. We found Billy 1.0 (now known as ‘plain old Billy’) to be highly reliable and easy to use. But now Billy 2.0 has joined the stable. How does this interloper compare with the incumbent, and should we care?

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 18, 2022  |  0 comments

The L-bracket has moved from the realm of the exotic into the everyday world of real utility where it belongs, thanks in large part to the success of the QR11 L-bracket from 3 Legged Thing. After four years of unbridled success, the 3LT QR11 L-bracket has been upgraded to version 2.0, adding manifold improvements suggested by users.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 04, 2020  |  0 comments

Two new tripods in the famed Legends range from 3 Legged Thing were just announced and I got my hands on them for a review. It’s almost unbelievable, the way the folks at 3 Legged Thing keep refining perfection in their tripods, but somehow they do. The latest additions to their Legends series of tripods honor Ray Barbee and Bucky Lasek.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 12, 2019  |  0 comments

British tripod maker 3 Legged Thing gives their products clever names, but I just call them awesome. In addition to some of the best tripods money can buy, they offer camera brackets, monopods and related accessories. Here’s my review of the morphable Ellie L-bracket and the DOCZ2, a combination monopod stabilizer plus heavy-duty tabletop tripod.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 08, 2019  |  0 comments

We zip from Amsterdam to Japan to the Land Down Under to look at three multi-purpose photo backpacks. This trio represents the latest in style, performance and practicality.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 29, 2019  |  0 comments

The Domke bag. Affordable, functional and as durable as a 30-pound slab of stainless steel. Right now Domke is offering the popular F-2 (original) model and the F-5XB (my personal favorite) in a Limited Edition camouflage pattern that looks sensational and honors our troops—emotionally and financially.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 12, 2021  |  0 comments

When does a camera bag become a burden? The instant you find yourself thinking, “I don’t think I’ll drag this big thing along next time.” The bags in this trio can be worn from a belt, slung over the shoulder or stuffed into a larger pack to organize the cargo. And despite their petite size they hold a lot. In today’s world of smaller cameras and lenses, a snug bag may be just what you’re looking for.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 17, 2019  |  0 comments

These days anyone can shoot videos with their smartphone. But can anyone stand to watch them? Too many spontaneously spawned vids shake like a belly dancer on uppers. Here are three surefire ways to hit the brakes on the shakes and improve the quality of your personal small-format movies.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 01, 2022  |  0 comments

Sony offers a wide assortment of excellent optics for their popular mirrorless full-frame and APS-C cameras, but so do other high quality lens manufacturers, including the three we identify here. Sometimes adding the “just right” glass to your lens arsenal gives you a whole new way to look at things.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 04, 2021  |  0 comments

Here are three very good and very different photo backpacks, each unique in its own ways. With summer coming and travel restrictions loosening, it’s time to pack a new bag and head out to make up for lost time exposures.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  0 comments

When it’s cold outside, our bodies know it. If you’re like me, the agony travels from your fingers to your toes and from your ears to your nose. In that order. Warm boots, hats and earmuffs are not obstacles to creativity, but how can you use a camera with gloves on? To find out, read on…

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 30, 2020  |  0 comments

Here’s some good news for Spider fans everywhere—four new products to enhance your Spider experience. Let's take a closer look.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 29, 2021  |  0 comments

Street photography is like chili recipes: every practitioner has their own flavor and style. One thing that all variations have in common, though, is the need for the right equipment to make it happen. Here are the five best cameras that can be used for nearly every street photography situation. And as an added bonus, an example of work from a young street shooter, Yuqi Wang, who has followed her own road.

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