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Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod

B&H # VAA264AP Mfr # ALTA+ 264AP
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Product Highlights
  • 11 lb (5.0kg) Maximum Load
  • Weighs 4.39 lb (1.99kg)
  • Compact - 22.25" (56.5cm)
  • 4 Leg Sections
  • Extends to 61" (154.9cm)
  • 3-Way Panhead with 2 Handles
  • 3 Leg Angles (25, 50 & 80°)
  • Retractable Spike Feet
  • Reversible Head & Low Angle Adapter
  • All-Weather Large Foam Grips

The Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod from Vanguard is compact 22.25" (56.5cm), weighs 4.39 lb (1.99kg) and can support your camera, lens, or camcorder up to 11 lb (5.0kg). 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+ 264AP also comes with a fluid 3-way panhead with 2 handles (PH-32) and three bubble levels for positioning versatility and accuracy.

The Alta+ 264AP 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 11 lb (5.0kg)
Maximum Height 61" (154.9cm)
Folded Length 22.25" (56.5cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated 3 x non-illuminated
Weight 4.39 lb (1.99kg)
Head Type 3-way panhead with 2 handles (PH-32)
Quick Release QS-51
Legs
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20
Leg Stages/Sections 4 sections
Leg Lock Type Clip lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
3 x leg angles: 25, 50 & 80°
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Column Sections 1
Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod
  • Removable Accessory Hook
  • QS-51 Quick-Release Plate for PH-32 Pan Head
  • Tripod Bag
  • Manufacturer's Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAlta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod
     
    4.7

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (19)
    • Unfolds quickly (9)
    • Large range of motion (8)
    • Attaches firmly (7)
    • Folds away (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Portraits (15)
    • Night shots (14)
    • Travel (13)
    • Home (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

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    4.0

    Solid peice with great video capability

    By Maron

    from Melbourne, Australia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good quick release
    • Good Stability
    • Solid construction
    • Unfolds Quickly
    • Very Stable

    Cons

    • Hard To Fit In Bag
    • Slightly heavy

    Best Uses

    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Video

    Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

    This tripod features solid construction, with all main components made of aluminium. The tripod stands at an impressive height, and packs up reasonably small. The included carry bag is a nice bonus, and is of good quality, with a carry strap that is long enough to be worn diagonally across your back. I should mention that it is slightly difficult to get the tripod into and out if the bag, and you need to remove one of the control handles to fit it in. A little plastic bit comes to screw the handles into when they are removed, and clips onto the tripod body.The video head moves very smoothly, and there is a lock feature on the head to either lock the entire head (for photo) or to leave the horizontal axis unlocked, to allow for panning during video. The panning is not as smooth at the vertical movement, presumable because you're moving the weight of the entire head.The quick release plate is also made of aluminium, and locks in firmly, and features a two-button locking mechanism.The head can also be uses for portrait photography, by rotating the vertical axis to the extreme left.The legs extend to approximately 85 degrees, but it can sometimes be difficult to push in the release button on them to allow them to release.The double sided centre column features the video head on one side, and hook on the other for hanging a counterweight to further stabilize the tripod. The column can be reversed, and the hook unscrewed, to allow for extremely low macro photography.I have so far used the tripod for some video interviews, and they came out nicely, but panning the head was sometime difficult to get it moving, and I would have to exert some pressure to rotate it. As stated above, the vertical movement is very smooth, and the three spirit levels are helpful in straightening your camera.The rubber feet can be screwed in to reveal spikes, which would be usefull in a handful of applications, but i havn't gotten around to using them yet...All in all, a solid piece, and well worth the $[$] payed for it.

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    5.0

    Excellent.

    By He shoots, he scores.

    from Yellow Springs, OH

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jewelry Photography

      Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

      Sturdy well made product.

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      • No

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      5.0

      For all life

      By Tanha

      from Lake Forest

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

        This tripod is great one . 360 degree rotating horizantly with degree indicator on it is amazing for panorama photography .
        Light weight and stable . 3D rotating head be able you to take photo in any direction you want .

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        4.0

        Decent compromise for videos and stills

        By Techy

        from California

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

          It's a decent compromise for video and stills using light/medium weight camera/camcorder
          Compact and lightweight aluminum for travel
          Spiked rubber feet for increased stability
          Integrated anti-shock ring for increased protection
          4-sections leg, easy to setup
          Fluid head for decent video capture and panorama
          3-way panning with 3 bubble levels
          Really good small base plate, with also a good locking system
          The carry-on bag does not fit the tripod with the head and the handles (you have to remove the handles)
          The Center column does not have creative angles as Alta Pro 263AT

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          4.0

          Good stuff!

          By Chickboom

          from Hartford, CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

          Nice telescoping legs, center hook, smooth pan head. A little bulky when collapsed but otherwise a quality piece of gear. Very happy with the purchase. Would definitely recommend.

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          4.0

          Great legs

          By The Limb Reaper

          from Butler, Pennsylvania

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

            This is a very nice tripod and head for photography. The head is passable for still video but it's just not fluid enough for smooth motion. Don't buy this just to cheap-out thinking it will suffice as a fluid video head. The legs themselves do work extreamly well with the Manfrotto 502ah fluid video head. And the Alta head is relagated to a much lesser tripod for photography. Again, this is a very good value for a photographer.

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            4.0

            Great for a Lightweight

            By JD

            from Philadelphia, PA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                I love that it's compact, lightweight, and portable. And it's by no means cheap junk, either. It's best for still photography, not video, because you can't totally lock tilt when you release pan. If you don't touch it, it won't tilt, but it takes very little force to override the tilt tension when pan is loose. And that's dangerous when you're trying to make a smooth pan. For the same reason, I'd avoid this tripod for multi-shot panoramic photography. Otherwise, excellent for its weight.

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                5.0

                Gret Product Great Price

                By Ray

                from Buffalo, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                Ver stable and lighter that expected.

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                4.0

                Solid Reliable Mid-Range Tripod

                By k2pedretti

                from Minneapolis, MN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Solid feel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                  Use for indoor portrait photography and HD videos
                  Integrated bubble levels in both axis
                  fluid motion panning for video
                  Head is stable and doesn't wobble like inexpensive models
                  Holds Canon 7D w/Wide angle +430EX Flash sturdy and sure
                  Quick height adjustment with tension clips vs. tension rings

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                  5.0

                  very good strong

                  By iii

                  from sag harbor, ny

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                    its strong not too heavy or too light, can get very low and high easily. i lo ve it.

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                    5.0

                    Exceded Expectations

                    By Designer Man Ran

                    from Pine Island, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp
                    • Very versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                      Speaking as a designer... this is good work. I finding the two heads very useful, the main head has great handles, is fast and easy to use, I like the smooth panning or locking option button, the large quick-release plate is secure and simple, watch your fingers when putting it back on though the handle snaps back hard. The little alternate head at the bottom of the center column works well when you want to get low to the ground with the legs open to 80 degrees, just separate from column, remove hook and use to replace main head. I found out quick why they put padding in the column when I turned the handle and my camera slid down fast, (No harm) good design. and finale (for what its worth) Its nice looking equipment.

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                      5.0

                      Easy to use tripod

                      By Ann

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                      Easy to assemble and use. Levels are very helpful. Tripod seems very sturdy.

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                      5.0

                      A Solid Value Tripod

                      By JW Access Guy

                      from Rochester Hills, MI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                        Using it with my Lumix GH1, it provides stability and a solid level of construction. I prefer a head with both tilt and pan controls so I can use it for video recording, and this is very good for that. The feel of the handles are quite good, with a softened rubber surface that fits my hand well.

                        Legs extend high enough for my needs, spread out to almost flat, and lock securely. A slight amount of stubbornness from the legs on extension, but I'd rather they be a little sticky than too loose and fall apart.

                        Lastly, I would have purchased a tripod that was beyond my needs (and heavier) if it weren't for B&H sales staffer Nehemiah. He spent about 30 minutes with me in the store making various recommendations before I settled on this one. It wasn't at all about selling me the most expensive tripod, it was about finding me the right one--and giving me no hassle for leaving to place my order from home. A top notch guy and experience!

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                        5.0

                        Great tripod combo for the money

                        By Rob H

                        from Washington, DC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Carrying Case
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                        used on a recent backpacking trip to iceland - excellent product! Kind of heavy, but worth the extra weight considering the price difference between this aluminum alloy model and similar carbon fiber products. Also, the included weight hook and carrying bag were a huge plus.

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                        5.0

                        You have to see youself. Good. Very good

                        By jim

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                              for this price this is very good product. The quality, the size, you can not find anything better than this one.

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                              4.0

                              Light weight, easy setup

                              By Rodney

                              from St.Paul, MN

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                Easy to setup, I use it with a Canon GL2. It has a smooth pan, Since the set handles have to come off anyway to pack it up in the carry case, I wish they were a bit longer. It probably would be better suited to a bit smaller camera.

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                                5.0

                                tripod

                                By bob

                                from new york

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                  i am using this tripod to support a paintbox and it has proven itself perfect for this cross purpose. stability, full range of lockalbe articulation in a controlled way

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                                  5.0

                                  My husband loves this tripod

                                  By The good wife

                                  from Hopewell Junction, NY

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                  He keeps saying how awesome this tripod is and how strong and well built it is. I guess I finally bought him something that he really wanted.

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                                  • Yes

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                                  4.0

                                  Light enough to carry

                                  By mantal

                                  from Slovakia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Could be smaller

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                  I just needed some universal tripod for action photography in lower light conditions and for some video experiments for my Canon 7D camera. Very good choice.

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                                  5.0

                                  Must have, It was better than I thought!

                                  By beebs

                                  from phoenix, az

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 264AP Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                    Its very well built and all of the features are amazing on it. Love it. Worth every penny.

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