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Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release)

B&H # VAA234AB Mfr # ALTA+ 234AB
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Product Highlights
  • 6.6 lb (3 kg) Maximum Load
  • Weighs 3.4 lb (1.55 kg)
  • Folds to 20.7" (545mm)
  • Four Leg Sections
  • Maximum Height of 57.1" (1450mm)
  • Three Leg Angles (25, 50 & 80°)
  • Two Bubble Levels
  • Reversible Center Column
  • All-Weather Large Foam Grips

The Alta + 234AB Aluminum Tripod from Vanguard reaches a maximum height of 57.1" (1450mm), folds down to 20.7" (545mm), weighs 3.4 lb (1.55 kg) and can support your camera, lens, or camcorder up to 6.6 lb (3 kg). Its light weight and compact size make it a tripod that is well suited for travel.

The Alta + 234AB features clamp-style leg locks, an anti-shock ring to minimize damage by camera vibration, three leg angles (25, 50 & 80°), rubber feet with retractable spikes so you can set up on almost any terrain and all-weather, large foam grips on the legs for comfortable handling. The Alta + 234AB comes with an SBH-50 ball head and two bubble levels for positioning versatility and accuracy.

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, panoramas, portraits, nature, and travel.

Aluminum alloy legs
Three 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
Load Capacity 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Maximum Height 57.1" (1450mm)
Folded Length 20.7" (525mm)
Bubble Level 1
Weight 3.4 lb (1.55 kg)
Head
Head Type SBH-50: ball head
Material Magnesium alloy
Load Capacity 11 lb (5.5 kg)
Height 3.5" (90mm)
Weight 10.2 oz (290 g)
Quick Release Yes
Plate: 2 x QS-39 (included)
Panning Range 360°
Tilts +90 ~ -35°
Bubble Level 2
Legs
Diameter 0.9" (23mm)
Material Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Flip
Independent Leg Spread 30°, 50°, 80°
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Column Sections 1
Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release)
  • SBH-50 Ball Head
  • QS-39 Quick Release Plate
  • Carry Bag
  • Removable Accessory Hook
  • Manufacturer's Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release)
     
    4.7

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (6)
    • Attaches firmly (5)
    • Durable (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Large range of motion (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (10)
      • Family photos (4)
      • Wildlife (4)
      • Home (3)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

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      5.0

      WELL WORTH IT

      By DKAntor

      from CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

        STURDY, NOT TOO HEAVY, CHEEP. YOU CAN FEEL THAT THIS IS NOT A CHEEP TRIPOD WHEN YOU EXTRACT IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. ITS NOT CARBON FIBER SO ITS NOT A FEATHER BUT IT ISNT A TEN LBS WEIGHT IN YOUR HAND. BUT MOST IMPORTANT IS THE PRICE. CHEEP GOT TO LOVE IT.

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        4.0

        A nice, sturdy, general use tripod

        By Jim The Teacher

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Sturdy

        Cons

        • Quick Release Issues

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

        This was my first higher quality tripod for personal use. I like the sturdiness and the build quality, very solid. Although it's a bit heavy, I like the feel. The ballhead is quite versatile but I believe it has two drawbacks... the quick release requires the use of a coin/key/screwdriver to attach and remove the plate from the camera. Then the quickrelease button is located in an awkward place, I've bent my thumbnail back a couple times because the plate slides over the button, mounted on the side would be better. Also, you have to use two hands to reposition the camera with the ballhead. (as opposed to a pistol-grip setup) Having four sections makes it a bit shorter, but requires three more clips to set it up.

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        5.0

        Great Tripod

        By Sallu Hunk

        from Edison, NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

          I think its value for money, its lightweight but very sturdy build and works in many angles and adjustment levels.when contracted its easy to carry with the bag provided in the package.Only thing in future will be needed is more ball heads in case one has larger lenses which requires extra support.

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          5.0

          Serves my current needs

          By Peter J

          from Enola pa

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

            I use this mainly for landscapes and macro....works great.

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            • No

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            5.0

            First rate bang for the buck

            By Traps

            from Brookeville, MD.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

            I am a nature photographer and as such have need of a tripod on more than a few occasions. While not a "pro" as such, I do want to create the best possible shot every time. Shooting butterflies, water scenes, and hummingbirds, I find, requires the use of a tripod and this recently purchased Vanguard Alta fills the bill. It is a bit heavy, so I would not want to trek through the Sahara with it, but the advantages of a reversible center shaft and very adjustable legs, more than compensates for the weight. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonably priced but feature packed tripod.

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            5.0

            Great product!!

            By kaz

            from San Pedro, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

              I use this tri-pod for my spotting scope when shooting rifle at the range.
              It is very sturdy and I was surprise with the light weight of this tri-pod.
              I had cheap $40 tripod before and it moved and was heavier than this tripod.
              i would probably get another one for my camera too since I need 2~3 tripod to film me shooting rifle.
              I could also take this to hiking since it is very light weight!
              I would recommend this product if you are looking for a not too pricy not too cheapy sturdy light weight tripod. I would not recommend this for a pro-camera person because of the small ball head. That's been said, still my huge Bushnell Excursion Spotting Scope will hold in place with this small ball head.

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              5.0

              Strudy one

              By SAM

              from Seattle

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

                Daily use
                low light photography

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great Tripod

                By Mcordova

                from Santa Fe, NM

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • Heavy bulky

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

                It's a great tripod for the price, although not as light as I'd like. The ball head is great for quick re-adjustments and it's super easy to set up.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                great for the price

                By pq40

                from new jersey

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

                  i have nothing negative to say---breaks down just as easy it is to set up---quick release, no problem---i use a canon d7 with different lenses and i love the fact that there are no handles getting in the way of my shooting--

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good value and features

                  By None

                  from Pinedale, WY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Vanguard ALTA + 234AB Aluminum Tripod with SBH-50 Ball Head (Quick Release):

                  I purchased this tripod for use in scenery and wildlife photography, especially birding. It is well made and suits my purposes. I like the variable angle legs and the fluid feel of the ball head when panning. I'm also glad it extends to the height it does, for any shorter for me would be a pain. Only negative is its weight, but the carbon fiber ones are too pricey to justify shaving only a few ounces.

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