3 Legged Thing AirHed Pro review

Dating from 2010, UK-based 3 Legged Thing is a comparative new-comer to the tripod and tripod head market but it has developed a strong reputation for well-thought and precision-made products.

The AirHed Pro is designed for use with larger, heavier camera gear and it comes in two variants, the twist clamp version that I’m testing here and the lever version. The lever locking mechanism is a little quicker to use but the twist lock system gives that added feeling of security that we want when attaching an expensive camera and lens to anything.

Both versions of the AirHed Pro are rated as capable of supporting loads of up to 40Kg and have a small bubble level to help ensure that the camera is straight when you want it to be. Unlike the levels on some other heads, this bubble level remains visible when a camera is mounted.

(Image credit: Angela Nicholson / Digital Camera World)

3 Legged Thing uses aerospace-grade magnesium alloy to make the AirHed Pro and the clamp is compatible with Arca-Swiss type release plates. The included plate has a bolt with a slot and hex socket which means it can be tightened onto a camera with a coin or a hex key as you’re unlikely to be able to fix it securely using just your fingers. Thoughtfully, 3 Legged Thing includes its ‘Toolz’ multi-tool carabiner in the box. This has both a hex tool and a coin key and can be used as a key ring or clipped on your bag, so you’re never without it.

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