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Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod

B&H # VAA204AP Mfr # ALTA+ 204AP
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Product Highlights
  • 4.4 lb (2.0 kg) Maximum Load
  • Lightweight - 2.98 lb (1.35 kg)
  • Compact - 19.09" (48.5cm)
  • 4 Leg Sections
  • Dual Locking Safety Mechanism
  • 3-Way Panhead with 2 Handles
  • 3 Leg Angles
  • Retractable Spike Feet
  • Reversible Head & Low Angle Adapter
  • All-Weather Large Foam Grips

The Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod from Vanguard is compact 19.09" (48.5cm), lightweight 2.98 lb (1.35 kg) and can support your camera, lens, or camcorder up to 4.4 lb (2.0 kg). Alta+ is built with features such as dual locking safety mechanisms, an anti-shock ring to minimize damage by camera vibration, 3 leg angles (25°, 50°,80°), and rubber feet with retractable spikes so you can set up on almost any terrain. The Alta+ 204AP also comes with a fluid 3-way panhead with 2 handles (PH-12) and three bubble levels for positioning versatility and accuracy.

The Alta+ 204AP is also equipped with clamp-style leg locks and large foam grips for all-weather usage. With all these features, this tripod is ideal for a wide variety of photographic shooting situations, including macro (by reversing the head and using the built-in low-angle adapter), landscapes, portraits, nature, and travel.

Aluminum alloy legs
3 leg angles for uneven ground (25°, 50°, 80°)
Magnesium die-casted canopy and heads
Feet can be adjusted from spikes to smooth rubber to provide stability for changing terrains
Anti-shock ring to prevent the damage by camera vibrations
Removable hook to hang accessories
Large foam grips for all-weather use
Accepts large quick release camera plates for better stability when using heavy equipment
Patented ergonomic design (head & canopy)
Camera plate has a dual locking safety mechanism with an automatic closure
Compact and lightweight for travel
Perfect for macro photography with its reversible head and a built-in low angle adapter
General
Material Aluminum alloy legs
Magnesium heads and canopy
Load Capacity 4.4 lb (2.0 kg)
Maximum Height 51.18" (130cm)
Folded Length 19.09" (48.5cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated 3 x non-illuminated
Weight 2.98 lb (1.35 kg)
Head Type 3-way panhead with 2 handles (PH-12)
Quick Release QS-50
Legs
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20
Leg Stages/Sections 4 sections
Leg Lock Type Clip lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Column Sections 1
Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod
  • Removable Accessory Hook
  • Tripod Bag
  • Manufacturer's Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAlta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod
     
    4.4

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Folds away (15)
    • Lightweight (15)
    • Stable (14)
    • Unfolds quickly (11)
    • Large range of motion (3)

    Cons

    • Unstable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Travel (11)
    • Night shots (9)
    • Home (8)
    • Portraits (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Superb, EXCELLENT VALUE, blows away comp

    I purchased this today after testing it upstairs at BH. I spent a good two hours comparing different tripods that were lightweight (not just looking but opening them, placing weight on them, seeing...Read complete review

    I purchased this today after testing it upstairs at BH. I spent a good two hours comparing different tripods that were lightweight (not just looking but opening them, placing weight on them, seeing how rugged they were, putting my Canon DSLR on them, as well as my Canon HF S10 video camera), highly functional, and HIGH quality (near pro level). Well, I chose this tripod because of the following reasons:

    First, it has a FLUID HEAD. The box itself fails to mention that. The head moves so fluidly and although it says photo tripod on the box, I use it for video with my Canon HD camera. WOW, this is an amazing tripod. Second, it has two axes (handlebars?) of controls, one for each hand. This allows for more precise movement. Third, it has a built in level. How useful! Fourth, it is lightweight, and comes with a FREE tripod bag inside the box! Fifth, it is quite small so you can stow it away. Sixth, it is the BEST price to value ratio you will ever find on a tripod. Ever? YES! I spent two hours looking at every single tripod in this weight/price category at BH! BH has the best selection in NYC and if you can't find a competitor to beat a product here, well then, you've got yourself the best product!

    I make YouTube videos and when motion is required, you can see that there is no jerk from point A to point B. It's a totally smooth/fluid motion.

    BOTTOM LINE: THIS TRIPOD IS PRO QUALITY. FLUID HEAD and LEVEL with THREE AXES OF MOTION (up, down, diagonal)!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Light weight Tripod

    This tripod is very light weight which is what I really needed. It's not as well made and I thougth it should be for the price, but it does the job and serves my...Read complete review

    This tripod is very light weight which is what I really needed. It's not as well made and I thougth it should be for the price, but it does the job and serves my needs.

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    5.0

    I LOVE THIS!

    By Ailo

    from Norway

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly
    • Value For Money

    Cons

    • None so far

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

    It´s small and handy, it´s easy to use and setup, and it has great build quality. The best of all, it does not cost much.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    2.0

    Lightweight, but shaky

    By MizQ

    from Guadalajara, MX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Unstable
    • Weak Construction

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Travel

    Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

    It's a light tripod, but also it is no good for time lapse photography. I can move easily even when tight locked.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great tripod for a great price

    By alvd

    from L.A.

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

        Good:
        Build quality
        The quick release is awesome
        Lightweight

        Bad:
        If you want to use it's bag, you gotta unscrew the second handle and keep it somewhere safe.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Smaller than expected (which is good)

        By CC

        from CT

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

        It's hard to imagine a better tripod with a price/ weight/ size combination.

        It's so light and small, I was disappointed when I unboxed and extended it fully. I was like, "there's no way this thing isn't going to be a wobbler."

        Boy was I wrong, it's smoother and WAY more solid than I expected.

        Pushing the to the weight limit with a spotting scope did wobble a little bit though. Not sure if the load capacity is under / or over rated.

        Not the tripod's fault, but I was crossing my fingers it could.
        But in optimal conditions, it worked perfectly anyway with a bunch of stuff on it.

        Was a little bummed the picture showed the thing with bubble levels on all axis. There is actually just one.

        GREAT for adventurers who want the lowest possible weight and size (without having to take out a loan) in a truly functional and versatile tripod.

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        4.0

        Awesome!

        By Nick Cinema

        from Augusta GA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Relatively short

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

        This is my first pro-level tripod (or at least my first expensive one I didn't buy at [@]). I do photography, but mostly DSLR video. I love this tripod. It's easy to use and the head is nice and fluid. My only complaints: I wish it could get taller. You have to take off one of the arms on the head to fit it in the bag.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Light weight Tripod

        By Peg

        from Sewell NJ

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Unstable

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Travel

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

        This tripod is very light weight which is what I really needed. It's not as well made and I thougth it should be for the price, but it does the job and serves my needs.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Neede a light'compact tripod

        By blindmuddy

        from San Luis Obispo

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots

          Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

          Needed this for hiking. It's light, small and seems very sturdy with my t1i and Sigma 18-200 lens on it.

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          5.0

          Excellent piece of equipment

          By Jamila the photog

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Video

            Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

            It's sturdy, easy-to-use & dependable. We're VERY pleased.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            just ok

            By tomy1976

            from stamford,ct

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small

            Cons

            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

            occasionally taking him on trips, it is not heavy, but for professional use I would recommend something more stable.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Strong, lightweight and compact.

            By Sharkdiver

            from Alpharetta, GA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                Great tripod which I use weekly and travel with it strapped to my photo pack.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good Value

                By Jkruit

                from Kenosha, WI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                  Purchased the tripod to use with a 5D for backpacking. The tripod packs down pretty small and is stable enough for use with the 5D. I have not used it yet with any lens bigger than the 24-70 2.8L but it works fine with that. I was always careful in the wind but it does has a weight hook on the center pole and the legs can be spread to prevent tipping.
                  I also liked this tripod because it has a very smooth pan and tilt head which is nice when I want to use my 5D mark II for video.

                  Notes: one arm must be unscrewed to fit inside the bag (easy enough)

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Compact

                  By Tor

                  from SC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Build quality
                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                    Needed a tripod that I could carry on my dual-sport motorcycle when riding out on photo sessions. This thing really fits the bill perfectly. Just the right size, and very well made and put together.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    First Tripod

                    By SAN

                    from Newport Beach, Ca

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                      Perfect first tripod. Got this one for my daughter's Nikon d500, she loves it.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great tripod

                      By JL

                      from seattle,wa

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                        Lightweight, easy to use, nice controls, decent height for the weight. Only downfall is you have to take off one of the handles to get it in the storage bag.

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Purchased it for my son

                        By allenoc

                        from new jersey

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                          My son was very happy with the quality of your product.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          suitable for travel

                          By Just Me

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fits in my travel case
                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                            I needed a tripod for my Canon 40D. I have lots of heavy duty video tripods so that is what I am used to, but needed something that would travel well. This fits in my Canon carry on travel case perfect with room to pack other little stuff around it. It seemed too light and flimsy and a little awkward when I first got it, but it is perfect for travel and sturdy enough for a quick studio session.

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                            • No

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Fluid as a dream

                            By Figgy

                            from Stevens Point, Wisconsin

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fluid head
                            • Folds Small
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                              I just invested in this tripod for a college class, and it is honestly the best one I could find for this price. The head is like butter, perfect for panning. I am pleased with this, well worth the money if you're on a budget!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great Stand

                              By ndnSmiley

                              from Farmington, NM

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                This stand is sturdy, small and very light! I like that there is a bag with it to keep it clean and in good condition. I took this hiking on very rugged terrain and did very well with me.

                                Definitely a good buy for the buck!

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                                5.0

                                Great tripod good quality

                                By Jerrydsands

                                from Las Vegas nevada

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                  This tripod is very good for Backpacking, light enough to lug around,great build quality,easy to setup.

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                                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Superb, EXCELLENT VALUE, blows away comp

                                  By scir91onYouTube

                                  from Brooklyn, NY

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photo
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 204AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                    I purchased this today after testing it upstairs at BH. I spent a good two hours comparing different tripods that were lightweight (not just looking but opening them, placing weight on them, seeing how rugged they were, putting my Canon DSLR on them, as well as my Canon HF S10 video camera), highly functional, and HIGH quality (near pro level). Well, I chose this tripod because of the following reasons:

                                    First, it has a FLUID HEAD. The box itself fails to mention that. The head moves so fluidly and although it says photo tripod on the box, I use it for video with my Canon HD camera. WOW, this is an amazing tripod. Second, it has two axes (handlebars?) of controls, one for each hand. This allows for more precise movement. Third, it has a built in level. How useful! Fourth, it is lightweight, and comes with a FREE tripod bag inside the box! Fifth, it is quite small so you can stow it away. Sixth, it is the BEST price to value ratio you will ever find on a tripod. Ever? YES! I spent two hours looking at every single tripod in this weight/price category at BH! BH has the best selection in NYC and if you can't find a competitor to beat a product here, well then, you've got yourself the best product!

                                    I make YouTube videos and when motion is required, you can see that there is no jerk from point A to point B. It's a totally smooth/fluid motion.

                                    BOTTOM LINE: THIS TRIPOD IS PRO QUALITY. FLUID HEAD and LEVEL with THREE AXES OF MOTION (up, down, diagonal)!

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