British tripod maker 3 Legged Thing has released the Charles 2.0 tripod as part of its Pro range. While having the same design as the carbon-fibre Winston 2.0, the new tripod is made from magnesium alloy, so it’s lighter on the wallet, but heavier out in the field.

3 Legged Thing Charles 2.0 tripod with ball head

The Charles 2.0 shown here with the AirHed Pro tripod ball head

The Charles 2.0 extends to a maximum height of almost 2 metres but can be adjusted right down to 23cm, which will give a lot of options when it comes to shooting perspectives. The three legs are detachable, so they can be used as boom arms, joined to the centre column to make a monopod or replaced with Vanz tripod footwear to create a tabletop tripod. The new tripod also offers three independently adjustable leg columns and a removable/reversible centre column, further adding to the options.

3 Legged Things Charles 2.0 tripod in the field

The new tripod gives a wide range of shooting options. Image credit: 3 Legged Thing

The Charles 2.0 tripod costs $299.99 / £249.99 tripod only or in a kit with AirHed Pro tripod ball head for $399.99 / £319.99. Find Charles 2.0 at the nearest stockist

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From 3 Legged Thing

In response to requests for a more cost-conscious professional tripod, 3 Legged Thing is excited to announce Charles 2.0. It’s an incredibly stable 3-section tripod formed from aerospace-grade magnesium alloy. It is based on the same design as 3LT’s best-selling carbon-fibre Pro Range tripod Winston 2.0. Charles’ alloy construction offers users the same impressive load capability and versatility as Winston, at a lower price point.

‘Winston 2.0 has been one of our best-selling tripods since its release. Despite its popularity, we know there’s demand for a more affordable option,” said Stuart Boston, Chief Operations Officer, 3 Legged Thing. “In response, we’re happy to announce Winston’s aluminium sibling, Charles 2.0. It meets that lower price point, and still offers epic stability and the amazing ‘one tripod, many uses’ feature set we’re known for.’

3 Legged Thing Charles 2.0 tripod lifestyle shot

Image credit: 3 Legged Thing

With a maximum height of almost 2 metres tall, and a minimum height of 23 cm, Charles 2.0 will enable photographers to compose images from an enormous range of different perspectives thanks to its modular functionality.

Charles 2.0 is heavier than Winston, because of its magnesium alloy legs and column. Many users will find this a bonus when using the new tripod in windy locations.

Like each of the tripods in 3LT’s Pro Range, Charles 2.0 has three detachable legs. Users can use the legs as boom arms, join them to the centre column to create a monopod, or replace them with Vanz tripod footwear to create a tabletop tripod. Charles 2.0 features three independently adjustable leg angles, and a removable/reversible centre column which offers users dozens of different configurations in a single tripod system.

3LT’s Pro Range products are all named after inspirational figures, and they named Charles for naturalist and biologist Charles Darwin. It joins travel tripods Leo 2.0 (Leonardo da Vinci) and Albert 2.0 (Albert Einstein), landscape and studio tripod Winston 2.0 (Winston Churchill), and travel-friendly monopod Alan 2.0 (Alan Turing) to expand the range.

3 Legged Thing Charles 2.0 tripod

Image credit: 3 Legged Thing

Charles 2.0 launches in 3LT’s beautiful matte black colourway, Darkness. It is available as a kit with the AirHed Pro tripod ball head or as tripod only. A premium quality protective clamshell-style carry bag with handle and detachable, adjustable shoulder strap is supplied with the tripod. The bag features a handy external pocket to carry small accessories, including alternative tripod feet.*

The new tripod is available now from 3LeggedThing and from all good camera retailers.

Charles 2.0 has the following suggested retail prices:

Tripod only £249.99 / $299.99

Tripod Kit with AirHed Pro £319.99 / US$399.99

*sold separately

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