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3 Legged Thing Mike Carbon Fibre Tripod with Quick Leveling Base and AirHed Cine-S Fluid Head System

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The 3 Legged Thing Mike Carbon Fibre Tripod with Quick Leveling Base and AirHed Cine-S Fluid Head System includes the 3 Legged Thing Mike carbon fiber tripod legs and AirHed Cine-S fluid head, which features a Manfrotto 501 PL compatible sliding baseplate. The flat base head features fixed pan and tilt drag and fits on top of the tripod legs with a leveling base that has integrated fluid drag adjustments. The system has a height range of 9.09 to 61.85″ and supports up to 22 pounds of camera and camera rig.

This combination allows you to quickly compensate for uneven surfaces using the tripod legs leveling base. The system features a total of 3 bubble levels, and the flat base of the AirHed allows the fluid head to sit lower than if it were a bowl base fluid head when mounted on other platforms such as sliders and car mounts. The Mike tripod legs feature eight-layer carbon fiber construction and each leg can detach from the leveling base to be used as a monopod or boom arm. Optional accessories allow you to turn the leveling base into a Hi-Hat to get remarkably low angle shots with the AirHed Cine.

3 Legged Thing Mike Carbon Fibre Tripod Legs with Quick Leveling Base

The 3 Legged Thing Mike Carbon Fibre Tripod Legs with Quick Leveling Base is part of the Legends range and is for flat-base tripod heads with either a 1/4″-20 or 3/8″-16 threaded mounting hole. It is a carbon fibre leveling-base tripod, with friction control on the underside to finely adjust the position of the leveling base. The 3-section removable legs have a height range of 5.3 to 58.07″ and are made from eight layers of carbon fiber and feature twist-lock leg locks with an improved shim system for greater strength.

The Rapid-Latch Angle adjustment system allows you to quickly set the angle of each leg independently, even when wearing gloves. All three legs are detachable, allowing you to use the quick leveling system, with optional accessories, as the base for a high hat for low angle shots, or for working on a tabletop setup. Each detached leg can be used as a monopod or as a boom arm.

Detachable Legs

With three detachable legs, the Mike tripod can be converted to a tabletop tripod by using optional 3LT footwear, and the legs can be used as as monopods or boom arms.

Leveling Base with Friction adjustment

The leveling base incorporates a bubble level and allows you to quickly level your head on the tripod, even when working on uneven terrain. A D-ring on the bottom of the base enables attaching weight to the legs for increased stability and also allows you to adjust the friction on the leveling base.


The Rapid-Latch angle adjustment system was designed to be easy to use, even for those with impairments or those wearing thick gloves.

Leg Locks

The twist-lock leg locks feature 3 Legged Thing's O-Pads, which provide improved grip, torque, and water dispersement.

Replaceable Feet

Detachable rubber “Bootz” can be replaced with a variety of foot accessories for maximum stability on any terrain.

3 Legged Thing AirHed Cine-S with Standard Video Plate

The compact, yet robust, 3 Legged Thing AirHed Cine-S with Standard Video Plate weighs less than 1.25 pounds and can support cameras and rigs weighing up to 22 pounds. The head has a fixed fluid drag system and fixed counterbalance, with 165° of tilt and 360° of pan rotation for smooth camera moves. There are separate pan and tilt lock levers for locked-off shots, and the pan axis is indexed for repeatability.

The included plate features a locating pin and both 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 camera tie-down screws and has a sliding range of 4.33″. The AirHed Cine-S accepts Manfrotto 501 PL compatible quick release plates, making it easy to find spares or replacements. The integrated bubble levels aid in setting up level horizons. The adjustable pan handle can be mounted onto either side of the video head using the built-in ARRI-compatible rosettes. The AirHed Cine-S can be mounted on ball adapters, tripods, and other camera supports via the 3/8″-16 threaded female receiver on the magnesium alloy flat base.

The AirHed Cine-S features fixed fluid pan and tilt drag, as well as fixed counterbalance to help support your camera. It enables smooth cinematic camera moves with cameras and rigs weighing up to 22 pounds.
The head's mounting base and camera platform each incorporate a bubble level for confirming that the head is level while shooting. Building a bubble level into the top of the head, the camera platform, enables you to confirm that the tilt angle has leveled the camera on the head.
The pan axis is indexed with markings from 0 to 180 on each side of the base.
The AirHed Cine-S's Manfrotto 501 PL compatible mounting plate is made from anodized magnesium alloy and includes movable stainless steel locating pins and tie-down screws, The top of the plate features rubberized pads to keep your camera from twisting on the plate.
The sliding balance plate features a sliding range of 4.33″.
A 1/4″-20 accessory mounting hole on the side of the head is useful for attaching monitor arms or French Flags.


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Load Capacity 30.86 lb / 14 kg
Maximum Working Height 58.1″ / 147.5 cm
Minimum Working Height 5.3″ / 13.5 cm
Folded Length 26.26″ / 66.7 cm
Head Mount Type 1/4″-20 Male, 3/8″-16 Male
Weight 3.64 lb / 1.65 kg
Materials Carbon Fiber
Bubble Level Yes
Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
Leg Positions 3 Positions
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Leg Sections 3
Leg Diameter 1.14″ / 29 mm
1.02″ / 26 mm
0.91″ / 23 mm
Feet Features Rubber
Detachable Monopod
Maximum Working Height 61.02″ / 155 cm
Leg Sections 3
Monopod Foot Features Rubber
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.61 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.7 x 5.2 x 5″

3 Legged Thing AirHed Cine-S With Standard Video Plate Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate
Camera Plate Type 501PL
Camera Mounting Screw 1 x 1/4″-20 Male with Locating Pin
1 x 3/8″-16 Male
Balance Plate Sliding Range 4.33″ / 11 cm
Tripod Platform
Base Mount 3/8″-16 Female
Pan & Tilt
Drag Control Tilt: Fixed
Pan: Fixed
Drag Type Fluid
Vertical Tilt +75° to -90°
Panning Range 360°
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Independent Tilt Lock Yes
Material Magnesium
Load Capacity 22.05 lb / 10 kg
Counter Balance Fixed
Pan Handle Fittings 2 x Rosette
Included Pan Handle Length 13.11″ / 33.3 cm
Bubble Level 2
Accessory Mounting 1 x 1/4″-20 Female Thread
Base Diameter 2.36″ / 6 cm
Dimensions 4.72 x 4.13 x 3.78″ / 12 x 10.5 x 9.6 cm
Weight 1.66 lb / 753 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.59 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.8 x 8.4 x 4.8″

  • 3 Legged Thing Mike Carbon Fibre Tripod Legs with Quick Leveling Base
  • Carry Strap
  • Carry Bag with Carabiner Clip and Storage Pocket
  • 3 Legged Thing AirHed Cine-S with Standard Video Plate
  • Standard Balance Plate
  • Pan Handle
  • Storage Bag

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