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Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead USA

B&H # VAA263AGH Mfr # ALTA+ 263AGH
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Product Highlights
  • Lightweight--4.75 lbs (2.15 kg)
  • Maximum Height of 5.38' (1.64 m)
  • Load Capacity of 15.4 Lbs (7 kg)
  • Minimum Height of 51.5" (1.3 m)
  • Compact--Folds to 26.375" (67 cm)
  • 25-, 50-, and 80-Degree Leg Positions
  • Quick-Flip Leg Locks
  • Innovative Pistol-Grip Ballhead
  • Single-Handed Ballhead Operation
  • Non-Slip, Spiked Rubber Feet

The Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol Grip Ballhead provides the stability, durability and reliability you want in your gear. The aluminum alloy legs have settings for 25°, 50°, and 80° with easy-release buttons for quick set-up. This lightweight (4.75 lbs/2.15 kg) tripod collapses to 26.375" (67 cm) and can be extended up to 5.38' (1.64 m)--and it supports up to 15.4 lbs (7 kg). All-weather foam grip legs, magnesium die-cast canopy and head, non-slip, spiked rubber feet and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories make this tripod a great addition to your kit bag.

The included GH-100 pistol-grip ballhead has one-handed operation--depressing the handle allows 360-degrees of panning movement, -32 to +90-degrees of side-to-side tilt and -8 to +90-degree back-to-front tilt movement all round. It instantly locks into place with simple release of the handle. A tripod bag for transport and storage is included, as is a stone bag which can hold nearly any kind of weight to provide ballast for the tripod.

Lightweight--4.75 lbs (2.15 kg)
Maximum height is 5.38' (1.64 m
Load capacity is 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
Compact--folds to 26.375" (67 cm)
Enables low-angle photography--legs can be quickly set to 25°, 50° and 80° positions at the touch of a button
Quick-flip leg locks
Advanced camera vibration and shock control
All-weather foam grip legs
Non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains
A removable hook for hanging camera accessories
Innovative pistol-grip ballhead
General
Load Capacity 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
Maximum Height 5.38' (1.64 m)
Minimum Height 51.5" (1.3 m)
Folded Length 26.375" (67 cm)
Weight 4.75 lbs (2.15 kg)
Head
Head Type Pistol-grip ballhead
Quick Release Yes
Legs
Material Aluminum
Leg Stages/Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Quick-flip
Spiked/Retractable Feet Spiked rubber feet
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Column Sections 1
Bubble Level Yes, 1
Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead
  • Carrying Bag
  • GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead
  • Stone Bag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAlta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead
     
    4.4

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Durable (4)
    • Reliable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (10)
      • Home (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Landscape photography (5)
      • Everyday (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great multi purpose 'pod

      I have used it for studio portraits, landscapes, Independence Day fireworks, family fun, and so on. This tripod has worked very well for all occasions. Very sturdy and reliable legs that adjust...Read complete review

      I have used it for studio portraits, landscapes, Independence Day fireworks, family fun, and so on. This tripod has worked very well for all occasions. Very sturdy and reliable legs that adjust easily; and quickly set to excellent angles for shooting extreme highs, or low lows. Quck release is very convenient. Cannot say enough about the pistol-grip ballhead - swivels, tilts, pivots and angles with great ease. It does not allow room for a battery pack when connecting to a longer zoom/telephoto lens connection. Removing the battery pack on the camera was a quick and easy fix when needing to use the tripod. All in all, I love it and take it everywhere.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Pistol-Grip Ballhead not strong enough

      This is a very versatile tripod system. The only problem is it doesn't support nearly half of the advertised weight. I use it with a canon 5D II + 24-70mm zoom lens....Read complete review

      This is a very versatile tripod system. The only problem is it doesn't support nearly half of the advertised weight. I use it with a canon 5D II + 24-70mm zoom lens. The head will not hold its position even at the highest tension setting. It slips and falls forward under the weight of the camera. After a year of use, one of the tripod legs will not stay in position when picked up, making quick movements impossible. Its generally a frustrating system that I plan to replace.

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      4.0

      Pistol Grip? Yesssssss

      By Crux

      from SW Florida

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Has Some Nice Features
      • Holds Rock Steady
      • Strong Construction
      • well made

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape
        • Macro
        • Portrait

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

        Brought this tripod to replace my ancient Slik three way pan head. I researched for weeks to pick the perfect tripod for my needs. It came down to ball or the pistol grip head. Now I got a lot of bad feedback on pistol grips but I came across some very interesting facts on this one. The handle can be moved to different positions which gives you alot more control. Also the quick release plate is square so you can place the camea in different orientations. This gives you all the play you'll ever need. I love the pistol grip.The tripod is solid and holds my camera rock steady. Would buy this again. It is a little heavy but not overly so.

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        5.0

        Great Product Easy and Study

        By marmie2

        from Blairsville, PA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

        I use the tripod in a variety of ways taking pictures. I have used them taking pictures of deer and other animals on our property. When Hiking it is so study and easy to set up anywhere.
        Tripod pistol grip is easy to use. The ability to set up at various degrees works great for taking certain shots.
        If any slight fault it is heavy, however with that said that also is why the tripod is so study and durable.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Recommend this one!

        By Vic

        from Alabama

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

            The ball head, legs ,etc work great and so far I love it !

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            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Pistol-Grip Ballhead not strong enough

            By Christian

            from Chicago

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                This is a very versatile tripod system. The only problem is it doesn't support nearly half of the advertised weight. I use it with a canon 5D II + 24-70mm zoom lens. The head will not hold its position even at the highest tension setting. It slips and falls forward under the weight of the camera. After a year of use, one of the tripod legs will not stay in position when picked up, making quick movements impossible. Its generally a frustrating system that I plan to replace.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent product, great price.

                By Adam

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Fast
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                  This is my first pistol-grip and I absolutely love it. Extremely simple to use. Very sturdy. Works very well for portraits if you are constantly trying to get different camera perspectives. Easily supports my 5Dm3 with a 70 - 200 attached.

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                  3.0

                  IT'S WHAT I EXPECTED

                  By CHARLIE

                  from POTTSTOWN PA.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                  GROUP SHOTS,NATURE,RADUM/STRONG ENOUGH AND I LIKE THE PISTIL GRIP./WHEN CENTER SHAFT IS UP IT'S NOT SO RIGID.

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                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By David

                  from Odessa,TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                    Light weight & easy to use. Sturdy & well made.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Love it!

                    By Erin Woodgate Photography

                    from London, On

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                      Sturdy, easy to use, love the pistol grip, everything I was looking for in a tripod.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very good tripod for the price!

                      By Dave

                      from Montreal, Canada

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Portraits
                        • Video

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                        I use for portraits and is so good!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Product!

                        By Ironman(Nikonman)

                        from East, Ky

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                          Very versatile, compact and easy to use!

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          good product

                          By AL

                          from Union City

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Optics
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                              This product is easy to use. I had more control on my eos5d Mark II along with 70-200 telephoto lens. I will highly recommend to a friend.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Great multi purpose 'pod

                              By Mr. Hill

                              from Holt, Mi

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio

                                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                                I have used it for studio portraits, landscapes, Independence Day fireworks, family fun, and so on. This tripod has worked very well for all occasions. Very sturdy and reliable legs that adjust easily; and quickly set to excellent angles for shooting extreme highs, or low lows. Quck release is very convenient. Cannot say enough about the pistol-grip ballhead - swivels, tilts, pivots and angles with great ease. It does not allow room for a battery pack when connecting to a longer zoom/telephoto lens connection. Removing the battery pack on the camera was a quick and easy fix when needing to use the tripod. All in all, I love it and take it everywhere.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Great for the money

                                By Criswell3000

                                from Tulsa, OK

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                                So far the results have been pretty good. Seems very stable when I used this for fireworks on the 4th. Seems really well made and lighter than I thought it would be. I would definitely recommend this.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Expect to enjoy having this tripod...

                                By Kathy

                                from Georgia

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to adjust one-handed
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Stable

                                Cons

                                • A tad on the heavy side

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                                I was apprehensive about (a) buying a tripod sight unseen (b) choosing a pistol grip and (c) buying a tripod that didn't cost a fortune. So far, and I really haven't given it a thorough workout yet, I like it. It seems sturdy, not lightweight but not too heavy, either, and the pistol grip is so much more convenient to me that a regular ball head. I think I've gotten a good tripod for the money.

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                                5.0

                                Having been a Pro I find it FANTASTIC

                                By Mick

                                from Ft Myers Fl.

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • No Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                                I use this tripod on a multitude of different jobs, and find a joy to work with. It's a far cry better than what we have had to work with in lite weight tripods in the past!!!!

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Awesome! Exactly what I was looking for!

                                By Nicole

                                from Austin, TX

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Studio
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                                  Super light weight (yet sturdy) and the pistol grip ball head is great. So easy to use and manipulate. The plate works well and sits securely. So happy with this purchase!

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Very good product.

                                  By TNman

                                  from Richmond, Texas

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AGH Aluminum Tripod W/Pistol-Grip Ballhead:

                                  Use for both outdoors and indoors. Pistol grip makes it easy to maneuver camera to desired position quickly.

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