3 Legged Thing was founded by Danny Lenihan back in 2010.

It all started in a Chicken Shed, in Stagsden, Bedfordshire. Danny had a small UK lighting business and a commercial photography studio. 

A collector of gear, Danny had half a dozen tripods, all for different purposes, and it was this that inspired him to design something truly different. Having already brought to market two tripods, for studio use, Danny set about designing what would become an industry benchmark in camera support technology.



When we came up with the name 3 Legged Thing, we knew that this was the start of something truly different. It inspired the team to look beyond the mundane and drawn inspiration from other industries. 

It began with colour. Introducing colour to tripods was, until that very moment, unheard of. It was a defining characteristic of the brand, and whilst the early days embraced colour for the sake of difference, as the brand evolved it began to consolidate, and shape the future with natural pantones.

Then came innovation. Travel tripods were ill-equipped to hold big cameras and lenses, and were limited to heights under 5ft, if they were to remain small enough to fit inside hand luggage. It was an inspired moment when Danny, having removed a monopod leg from one prototype and attached it to the centre of another, came up with the concept of multiple-section centre columns.

A new concept was born. A revolutionary new tripod, with beautifully engineered and anodized components, a triple section centre column, and the first travel tripod in the world that could extend to over 2m. The prototype was dubbed "Brian" - named after Dr. Brian May, whose iconic Red Special guitar inspired a whole generation. 



Based in a Chicken Shed, on a farm in the beautiful village of Stagsden, Bedfordshire, the brand has remained rooted to its humble beginnings, despite growing to be a global leader in camera support technology.


Our Unique Artwork

Since our launch in 2011, we have marked significant dates in our history by creating awesome artworks to accompany them. Click below to browse through our Artwork Gallery and see how we've changed over the years.


Our Mission Statement

To freely admit that our ability to create awesomeness is somewhat dampened by our aspirations of adequacy and occasional flashes of mediocrity.

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