Three Legged Thing has introduced the Nicky alongside the Tommy as part of its Legends range. These new tripods are designed for use by photographers and videographers with big, heavy cameras and lenses.
Both have carbon fibre legs but the Nicky’s have a maximum tube diameter of 32mm whereas the Tommy’s maximum tube diameter is 35mm.
The tubes are made from 8-layer 100% Japanese carbon fibre while the canopy, leg-locks and fixings are made from aerospace-grade anodised magnesium alloy.
All three of the Nicky’s and (Tommy’s) legs are removable, which means it can be transformed into a table-top tripod with the addition of 3 LT’s Vanz footware (available separately). Once detached, the legs can be used as a monopod with a maximum height of 1.66m or a microphone boom – or whatever you might need a 1.66mm pole for.
In another key difference between the Nicky and the Tommy, the Nicky has 4-section legs while the Tommy has 3-section legs. The Tommy is also taller at 162cm whereas the Nicky reaches a maximum height of 156cm.
Both have a maximum stated load capacity of 60Kg. That’s enough for any camera kit!
3 Legged Thing supplies two plates with the Nicky. One is a flat plate with a 3/8-16 thread that allows standard flat-based tripod heads like the 3 Legged Thing AirHed or Airhed Cine video head like the to be mounted. The second plate us a 75mm bowl mount for use video heads with a levelling base. I primarily used the flat plate with the Airhed Cine.
The Nicky’s legs can be splayed at three angles, 23°, 55° and 80°. When the legs are splayed to their widest, the canopy sits very close to the ground. This makes the minimum shooting height very low, it just depends upon the head and size of camera that you use.
Helpfully, 3 Legged Thing supplies a high-quality case with the Nicky. With the legs collapsed down, the Nicky measures 59cm, and the bag makes it very manageable to carry. However, it’s worth noting that the bag isn’t long enough to fully contain the tripod when a head is mounted, so this has to protrude from the open bag. It’s not uncommon, but it would be nice if everything was kept neatly inside.
A pretty hefty hook is attached to the bottom side of the flat plate, so when that’s mounted you have the option to hang a weight if you think the tripod needs added stability.
There are also a couple of channels machined into the canopy for routing cables if you want. Alternatively, they can be used to attach a weight or some accessory you need to hand – a filter pouch for example. In addition, there’s a ¼-20 accessory thread that can be used to attach monitor accessories such as a monitor or mic.
Read our 3 Legged Thing Tommy review