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3 Legged Thing Punks Billy 2.0 Tripod REVIEW

Our maniacally ingenious pals in England had been at it once more. Fresh at the heels of introducing their first-ever camera luggage, 3 Legged Thing has up to date their entry-level line of tripods to model 2.0. The Punks lineup comprises Corey, Travis, Brian and Billy. We discovered Billy 1.0 (now referred to as ‘simple previous Billy’) to be extremely dependable and simple to make use of. But now Billy 2.0 has joined the solid. How does this interloper evaluate with the incumbent, and must we care?

For some useful recommendation on purchasing a tripod, learn (*3*) that we revealed a pair years again. And you’ll apply this link to read our review of 3 Legged Thing’s Morally Toxic camera messenger luggage and photograph backpacks.

Spoiler Alert
New Billy 2.0 is best.

We reviewed the unique 3 Legged Thing Punks Billy tripod a pair years in the past (read review here) and exclaimed it to be an excellent price. But in model 2.0, all 3 Legged Thing Punks tripods had been progressed within the techniques described underneath.

3 Legged Thing Punks 2.0 Tripod Enhancements
The large information is the addition of an built-in, strengthened 1⁄4-20 thread to the tripod canopies. Very helpful. You can upload an adjunct arm to toughen a mild or small observe.

Versatility has been progressed in different ways too. All fashions have removable legs so you’ll temporarily convert your tripod right into a monopod, increase or—via including 3LT’s not obligatory Vanz Tripod Feet—a tabletop tripod.

Also, the middle of gravity, which determines general tripod balance, has been diminished by means of the addition of larger, heavier leg locks. The leg locks now function rubber pads and knurling for progressed grip and leverage even if rainy. I discovered the brand new leg locks to paintings sooner, too; no less than that’s the comments they ship.

Internally, Punks 2.0 tripods use the similar shims present in 3LT’s Pro Range 2.0 and Legends tripods. And the Tri-mount plate at the best of the middle column has been redesigned with better, squared-off openings to connect equipment extra simply.

3 Legged Thing additionally progressed their in style tripod ball head. AirHed Neo 2.0 now has knurled, easier-to-grasp keep watch over knobs.

All 4 tripods are to be had in two refreshed colours. Choose between Blue with blue ball head and blue accents, and Black with black ball head and copper accents.

Finally, Punks 2.0 tripods at the moment are provided with a brand new padded, clamshell-type case. Alternatively it holds one bottle of wine, a six-inch sub sandwich and a handful of Snickers bars, which is most likely what it’s used for in a parallel universe.

Punks Billy 2.0 Specifications
Load Capacity: 40 kilos (at 23º Leg Angle)
Maximum Extended Height: 65.3 inches
Minimum Useable Height: 4.6 inches
Collapsed Length: 17.9 inches
Center Column Material: Carbon Fiber
Carrying Weight: 3.5 kilos
Number of Leg Sections: 4
Leg Material: Carbon Fiber
Leg Angle Locks at 23º, 55º and 80º
Quick Release (Arca Swiss Compatible)
Includes AirHed Neo 2.0 Ball Head

In the Field
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy 2.0 opens, deploys and locks securely into place simply and rapid. This is significant for the reason that two largest lawsuits about conventional tripods are pace and problem of setup.

It’s additionally a at ease elevate at simply 3.5 kilos—thereby nullifying the 3rd maximum commonplace tripod lament: further weight.

A tripod has one crucial task: hang a camera secure in the very same position for so long as required. 3 Legged Thing’s Billy 2.0 nailed that task with taste and charm.

All 3 Legged Thing merchandise, from their exactly milled camera L-brackets to their sharp, glossy tripod accent ft, are moderately and wonderfully created from top rate elements. Workmanship is impeccable and the designs are each inventive and aesthetically very good. And 3 Legged Thing tripods set the usual in relation to comparing tripods at the foundation of Performance vs. Price.

3LT’s Punks Billy 2.0 is a awesome tripod that’s constructed to closing a life-time of rugged use. Highly beneficial.

Prices and Availability
3 Legged Thing Punks 2.0 tripods are to be had now. The following MSRPs observe: Corey 2.0 $239.99, Travis 2.0 $239.99, Billy 2.0 $339.99 and Brian 2.0 $349.99. If no longer to be had at your native camera store or depended on on-line supply, you’ll order directly from 3 Legged Thing.

—Jon Sienkiewicz

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