Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod

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Product Highlights
  • Supports up to 15.4 lb (7 kg)
  • Multi-Angle Center Column
  • 61" (154.9 cm) Extended Height
  • 20.9" (53cm) Folded Height
  • 6X Carbon Fiber Legs
  • Weighs Only 3.46 lb (1.57 kg)
  • Four Leg Sections / Three Leg Angles
  • Built-In Bubble Level
  • Rubber Feet with Retractable Spike
  • Weight Hook Included

Vanguard's Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod is made of 6X carbon fiber to provide a lightweight (3.46 lb, 1.57 kg) but very sturdy and versatile camera support. The tripod has a maximum load capability of 15.4 lb (7 kg), extends to 61" (154.9 cm), and folds down to only 20.9" (53cm) which makes it easy to attach to a gear bag, or backpack.

The center column has a tilting bracket which can rotate a full 360 degrees from a standard vertical position. It is a key feature to help you position the tripod and your equipment at unusual angles. Plus, the column is spring loaded to provide your equipment with protection against shocks. The column comes with a retractable weight hook from which you can attach a removable stone bag (not included) or gear bag for added stability on any terrain.

The four section legs which can be independently positioned at 25, 50 and 80 degrees add to this tripod's versatile positioning capabilities. The legs are quickly secured into their position with one-twist leg locks. Rubber feet with retractable spike help secure the legs on rough terrain.

The Alta Pro 254CT is a popular choice for those who need a tripod that is flexible and easy to set up. It meets the needs for landscape, wide angle and macro photography and a wide range of other applications.

Note! A tripod head is NOT included. Additional purchase is required.

Supports up to 15.4 lb (7 kg); up to 11 lb (5 kg) when center column is tilted.
The Alta Pro has an innovative Multi-Angle Center Column (MACC) system which allows you to move the column from zero to 360 degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions. The multi-angle center column can be used for low and unique angles that you could never achieve with a conventional column.
Upper leg sections have all-weather rubber grips to protect your hands under any weather conditions.
An Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) system securely repositions the center column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod's balance and stability. This feature makes ultra-wide angle and macro photography a breeze.
The tripod has a built-in bubble level to aid in obtaining an accurate horizontal position.
Your investment is protected with the manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty.
All Vanguard pan heads and ball heads will fit on the 254CT.
Maximum Height 61" (154.9cm)
Folded Length 20.9" (53cm)
Load Capacity 15.4 lb (7 kg)
When central column is tilted: 11 lb (5 kg)
Leg Sections 4
Diameter Leg diameter (max.): 1" (2.5cm)
Head No
Leg Lock Type One-twist
Independent Leg Spread Yes (25, 50 & 80°)
Bubble Level 1
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Sliding
Multi-angle (rotates 360°)
Center Brace No
Weight Hook Retractable
Tripod Feet Rubber, with retractable spike
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (1/4"-20 adapter included)
Weight 3.46 lb (1.57 kg)
Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Tripod Bag
  • 1/4"-20 Screw Adapter
  • Retractable Weight Hook (Built-In)
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAlta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod
     
    4.8

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (26)
    • Lightweight (24)
    • Unfolds quickly (20)
    • Folds away (19)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (24)
      • Night shots (21)
      • Travel (16)
      • Wildlife (16)
      • Home (13)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (22)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Pretty Much Does It All

      I use this tripod with my 5D Mk2 and a Sigma 50-500mm lens. Mostly for night shots.
      I love the simple half twist of the tightening adjustment on the leg sections that...Read complete review

      I use this tripod with my 5D Mk2 and a Sigma 50-500mm lens. Mostly for night shots.
      I love the simple half twist of the tightening adjustment on the leg sections that solidly lock each extension in plane, the nice detent-pin safety feature to keep the center column from being pulled out inadvertently and the positive locking positions for the leg spread at 80, 50 and 25 degrees. Finish on the carbon fiber leg surfaces is elegant.
      I have not found anything about this tripod that I do not like. For a DSLR camera rig, it does about efverything I would want.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good until you have to replace parts

      lift time warranty is a load something bad. It took them 7 weeks to tell me they will not fix my tripod. All I wanted was the part that might be 20$ but...Read complete review

      lift time warranty is a load something bad. It took them 7 weeks to tell me they will not fix my tripod. All I wanted was the part that might be 20$ but after shipping and the loss of shots from not have a tripod durning my schooling that cost me 20+ grand (rant). Too much to use there product again. But shipping was 38$, and they want 50 more to fix it after 7 weeks. They told me it was "impact damage" how do i impact the forged aluminum collar that is protected by the head and is the hard to access. As other well know tripod manufactures have replacement parts to fix my problem in way less time like an hr. These issue are things i didn't consider when buying a tripod and now has been caused of a loss of images and money being with out a key tool to my business.

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      5.0

      Excellent Tripod!!!

      By Dan

      from CO Spring, CO

      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      Got this as a Christmas gift and I couldn't be happier. It is light weight, has a great load capacity and can get very low or high as needed! I read all of the reviews, know that it is very easy to use, the buttons are self explanatory. I found this tripod in a magazine and then it was recommended by a friend, I would totally recommend it to anyone to purchase!

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      5.0

      Great tripod!

      By Roger

      from NH

      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      Sturdy, lightweight , and easily adjusted, the Pro 254C is just what I was looking for to use with my Canon 7D. Have brought it out on my cross-country skis to shoot in the moonlight, and the tripod adjusted easily to the uneven surfaces in the apple orchard, and I ended up with some great shots.

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      5.0

      Solid tripod - exceptional value.

      By ImageMaker

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Shots
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        I wanted a lighter tripod for still and video, one I could carry a distance without racking my back. My standby is a 20 year old Bogen/Manfrotto that is rock solid but 20+ pounds with the head, I've gotten older and most of my gear has gotten lighter. I was looking at the other Carbon Fiber offerings and found them price prohibitive: $600-$1200. This is a solid tripod for a fraction of what the others cost; I'm having a hard time understanding what could be $400-$1000 better about the competition after using this one a few times.

        This tripod is a solid platform as long as you stay under it's rated capacity, adding the proper head its a solid performer for still or video.

        I use it for time lapse, still and video and for holding up one end of a slider. My back appreciates it.

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Fussfuss

        from NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          Great design, build solid, perform great

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          4.0

          Nothing complicated about it...

          By Zonian64

          from West Palm Beach, Florida

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            4 Star only since I have not used that much yet.
            So far very pleased with all aspects of this unit. It has great functionality and is well built, not flimsy. I expect to be using this for many years.
            My main use is for wildlife photography and lenses up to 500mm+ ans it serves this purpose well.
            The one minor thing for me is the weight. It seems heavier than I expected, but still much lighter than the tripod I've upgraded from.
            Overall I would recommend it to others if you are looking for a strongly built, versital and easy to use magnesium and carbon fiber tripod...

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            5.0

            Well made - solid tripod

            By Ken

            from Missouri

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                Used as all around platform for digital camera. Easy to carry and sets up quickly.
                A great combination of weight to stability ratio and will be my main tripod for many years to come.

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                5.0

                Just what I was looking for

                By Karole, flowerfinder

                from Great Bend, Ks.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                  I was looking for a tripod to take flower pictures with my new Canon Mark 3 5D and Canon 100mm lens. The Vangauard fits the bill perfectly. The legs extends easily so I can get down very low and in-close to a flower. I have only used the multi-angle central column a few times but I think it will help me get the correct angle on a flower in my garden without trampling over other flowers. The best feature for me though, a middle-aged woman, is the weight of the Vanguard. It is so light, I can carry it with ease for a long way while hiking to a special location.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Awesome!!

                  By Magister

                  from Sunnyside, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits
                    • Video

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                    Love this tripod. The option to use it as a sort of boom is great.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Reliable track piece.

                    By ilia

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                    Very good, flexible and sturdy tripod.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Just Super

                    By Seshat

                    from Carmel, IN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      Everything what I expected ~ sold my Vanguard 2 section aluminum legs for these and won't look back.

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                      4.0

                      Nice fella with a Gimpy Leg

                      By Jumpbat74

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        I was surprised at how much I like this tripod. In fact I had really planned on buying a lower end model without the center bar that can be adjusted sideways. But the price difference wasn't that great. Within a day I was completely sold on this feature and the flexibility it provides for setting up landscape shots to accommodate comfortable sitting positions as well as the ability to get about any angle you can imagine on a photo. My only complaint is one leg sticks hard on opening and closing requiring a significant effort to pull it all the way open. Did anyone actually test it before packaging? It never should have made it out of the factory. But I love the thing so much I'm loath to be without it awaiting an exchange!

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                        4.0

                        Great and meets all needs

                        By KAK

                        from Glenview, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Or Close Up
                          • Night Shots

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                          Great for landscape and close up. Bag that comes with the tripod a little short if ball head attached.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent All Around Tripod!

                          By Ozzyhead

                          from Hopatcong, NJ

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                            I use this product mainly for landscape shots. It's very sturdy, and will adjust in any fashion to suit your needs. The carbon fiber makes it light and easy to carry. I could not be more happier with this tripod. It supports my 5D mkIII with a 24-70L with no issues. I'm a tall guy too.. and was concerned that this unit would be too small... I'm 6ft 2in... no issues what-so-ever.

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic tripod!

                            By E. Olson

                            from New Orleans, LA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Attractive
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Stable

                            Cons

                            • Several leg sections

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                            I've been using this tripod along with a Vanguard BBH-100 ballhead, and I must say I am extremely pleased. The quality of construction is top notch. It's lightweight yet stable and seems to be very durable and well-constructed. The control levers are, for the most part, very intuitive as it didn't take long for me to start setting them without thinking much about it. The quarter-twist leg locks are a breeze, and the retractable spiked feet are nice to have as well.This tripod is a contortionist! The flexibilty and variety of configurations are great for both getting the angle you want as well as getting yourself comfortable. Use of common sense is advised however, because depending on how heavy your rig is, you might tip the whole thing over if you try to cantilever too far without proper leg positioning. That said, there always seems to be a way around it by either shifting the center of gravity or setting the legs further out at various angles. Just keep a hand on that camera (or just remove it from the head) when you are shifting things around. All in all, I'm amazed at how versatile this tripod is.The thing is light, too. After all, it's carbon fiber. What else can I say?So what's wrong with it? Well, virtually nothing. I will say that if I had to find something to complain about, the four leg sections of this model means three extra twists to perform in getting it to its full height. But, that's just the tradeoff for it being such a compact tripod when folded. If you decide you want fewer leg sections and can handle a tripod that's a few inches longer when folded, then the 253CT is your answer. I chose to go with the more compact of the two.In the end, I highly recommend this tripod. It's light, it's sturdy, it's attractive, it's versatile, it's durable. It's a fantastic tripod.

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                            5.0

                            Truly a tripod I won't sell... EVER..

                            By SurJones

                            from Greenwood Village, CO

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                              I come from a Film/TV background and of course bought a vinten vision 10 for my payload. After going DSLT I needed something lighter to carry around.. I dont know if you guys have carried around a Vinten, but it's not the the weakling. Heavy, bulky, and even the tripod carrying case is like 15lbs. I researched decent tripods under [$] and nothing I could tangibly play with until I went to [@], and also at [@]. I was pretty impressed with how light it was.. I looked at glitz's price and quickly looked back to Vangaurd. It was def worth it.

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                              4.0

                              quick, simple and effective

                              By photo bug

                              from new york, ny

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                                a lot of great features in a lightweight package. can't go wrong with carbon fiber

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                                2.0

                                Good until you have to replace parts

                                By slevirn

                                from Vancouver B.C Canada

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                                    lift time warranty is a load something bad. It took them 7 weeks to tell me they will not fix my tripod. All I wanted was the part that might be 20$ but after shipping and the loss of shots from not have a tripod durning my schooling that cost me 20+ grand (rant). Too much to use there product again. But shipping was 38$, and they want 50 more to fix it after 7 weeks. They told me it was "impact damage" how do i impact the forged aluminum collar that is protected by the head and is the hard to access. As other well know tripod manufactures have replacement parts to fix my problem in way less time like an hr. These issue are things i didn't consider when buying a tripod and now has been caused of a loss of images and money being with out a key tool to my business.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Tripod!

                                    By Jason

                                    from Dayton, OH

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds Small
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                                      After months of shopping and comparing various tripods, I decided on this one. I was looking for a tripod I could take to a photo shoot I had in the Bahamas, so I was looking for something light, sturdy and affordable. I was extremely happy with this model. It is compact enough to get into a 22" roll on bag or pelican case yet tall enough unfolded I didn't have to bend over. I was able to bungee it to my backpack and breeze through TSA security with no problems. I used the Vanguard grip ball head with this. I was able to get it all to fit into the included bag by removing the whole arm with the head attached. I put it in head first, then the tripod fit in nicely after. The articulating arm was great for low, macro shots on the beach. Great versatility!

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                                      5.0

                                      Light, sturdy, easy to set up.

                                      By cowboy

                                      from Houston Tx.

                                      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
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                                        the legs can be spread out so you on the ground. The middle post can be used as extension vertical so you can get closer to subject.

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                                        5.0

                                        Good and Sturdy. Great buy for the price

                                        By Okie JerryB.

                                        from Harrah, Ok

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Unfolds Quickly

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                                          I purchased this tripod to handle my 150-500 Sigma also got a SBH-250 BALL HEAD to go with it. So far things are working great. Still getting familiar with the ball head but over all a real good combo.

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