The 3 Legged Thing X4a Jack Evolution 2 Magnesium Alloy Tripod is a stylish compact 79" tripod that features a removable leg, leg-spreading and a reversible center column that allows for low angle or macro shooting down to 5.1". The removable leg when topped with the included 4.0" column extension and the tripod's mounting plate, becomes a 57" monopod for gun-and-run scenarios.
The X4a Jack's legs are constructed from Stealth Magnesium Alloy which offers excellent lateral and torsional strength while reducing the weight to only 3.3 lb, while providing the stability of heavier tripods and supporting cameras up to 17.6 lb. It folds down to just 19.7" for easy packing and comes with a soft case and strap for storage and transport.
Reviewed by 2 customers
My wife bought me this tripod a couple of months ago, and I have only just had an opportunity to try it out. It's the first time I've felt compelled to read the instructions - this tripod does an insane amount! I'm currently using an Acratech head, and this tripod folds over it beautifully. It's solid - four sections is probably more than I would usually want, but there's no flex or any twist in the legs when extended. I wouldn't use it at full height with a camera, unless just using it as a stabiliser (like a monopod), but it's awesome for using with strobes and I used it to hold up a scrim last week. The best thing about this is that it goes real low. I was shooting some macro last week, and inverted my camera to sit at ground level. I have a nova flex gooseneck with a flash, which can mount on the other end of the column (this thing has so many mounting points!) and the results were awesome.
Bought these after hearing some good things and when they arrived I was incredibly dissapointed! The construction is absolutely terrible, very cheap and weak! They are incredibly unstable, there is no way one could get sharp long exposures, they are just not stable at all. The only good thing was they were tall and lightweight. I would 100% NOT trust any camera on them!!! For an extra $100 you can get way better Slik, Gitzo or Manfrotto legs (they just are not as tall).