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Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Multi-Angle Center Column (0-180°)
  • 61" Maximum Height
  • Supports Loads Up to 15.4 lb
  • Retractable Spike Feet
  • Facilitates Extreme Low-Angle Shooting
  • Includes Carry Bag
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The Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod features a Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) system that enables the center column to swivel 180° from a straight-up orientation all the way to an upside-down orientation – with the ability to set the column at any angle along the way, including a 90° lateral position.

The lightweight aluminum tripod reaches a maximum height of 61" and supports loads up to 11 lb when tilted or 15.4 lb when straight. It folds down to a compact 21.1" for easy transport or storage. A bubble level on the chassis helps you ensure that the head attachment is flush with the horizon.

The 264AT's aluminum alloy legs can be set independently at three different angles – 25, 50, and 80° – to accommodate both low-angle shooting and shooting from uneven terrain. Non-slip rubber feet hide retractable spikes, which makes the tripod suitable for various types of terrain.

A carry bag is also included with the 264AT tripod.

Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) system allows you to securely reposition the central column in one simple movement while maintaining the tripod's stability
Removable hook at bottom of center column for adding a counterweight in windy conditions or for situations with unbalanced loads
Non-rotating hexagonal center column provides extra stability
Magnesium die-cast chassis and center post collar
Quick-flip leg locks
General
Load Capacity Maximum: 15.4 lb (7 kg)
Tilted: 11.0 lb (5 kg)
Head Attachment Fitting Standard 1/4"-20 with a 3/8"-16 adapter that stores in the base plate
Maximum Height 61.0" (155.0 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 43.25" (109.9 cm)
Minimum Height 6.25" (15.9 cm)
Folded Length 21.1" (53.7 cm)
Weight 4.6 lb (2.1 kg)
Legs
Material Aluminum
Diameter Maximum leg section diameter: 1.02" (26mm)
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Leg Lock Type Quick flip
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid, pivoting
Center Column Sections 1
Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod
  • Carry Bag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAlta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod
     
    4.7

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (23)
    • Unfolds quickly (19)
    • Folds away (14)
    • Lightweight (11)

    Cons

    • Heavy (13)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Night shots (17)
    • Travel (14)
    • Portraits (13)
    • Wildlife (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Let's Talk Tripods

    I was really debating which tripod to get this Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT or the Manfrotto XPROB. My decision was to go with, (drum roll) the Vanguard tripod. I can honestly say...Read complete review

    I was really debating which tripod to get this Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT or the Manfrotto XPROB. My decision was to go with, (drum roll) the Vanguard tripod. I can honestly say I'm beyond pleased with my purchase. The performance of the tripod is amazing and it's very freakin' sturdy. I got the aluminum version and I'm not really feeling hounded by the extra weight. It is quick and smooth running just like the Manfrotto and to be honest an a excellent product made in America. The rebate I received was the quickest I have ever received. It took about two weeks, but I think it was less. This package came with a stone bag which I haven't had to use but I am sure it will perform just as good. I would recommend this to a friend in a heart beat. It has kept my Nikon D90 sturdy with telephoto lens mounted without a shake. I'm glad I stumbled upon Vanguard and I will add them to my list of preferred companies. If you have any questions about it ask me because the bonuses of owning it are incredible.

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    Sadly, sent this product back

    In my mind, a tripod only has one job — hold my camera still. This tripod is just too light and moves too much to get the job done. It is stylishly...Read complete review

    In my mind, a tripod only has one job — hold my camera still. This tripod is just too light and moves too much to get the job done. It is stylishly designed and beautiful to look at. But I'm looking for brute force. I won't be hiking the Grand Tetons with my tripod, so weight is actually good.

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    5.0

    Great Value!

    By Nick

    from Columbus, OH

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

      This is a very sturdy tripod for the price. I use mine for outdoor videography, primarily hunting and wildlife filming. I can't see overpaying for something heavier and bulkier.

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      5.0

      Good light weight tripod, great price

      By RonR

      from Florida

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

        I ordered this tripod from B&H as a platform for a second camera / camcorder. I have a heavy older Bogen / Manfrotto 3046 that is a monster. This tripod is almost feather weight in comparision.In windy conditions I don't know how stable this triposd would be, otherwise I love the flexibility of the center column being able to go horizontal.Purchasing from B&H saved me over $ compared with another huge online seller. This tripod does what it is supposed to dosmoothly and with teh flexibility I was looking for.This is also a great travel tripod!

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        5.0

        Great for macro

        By Lovely Lizards Photography

        from Gulf Shores, AL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

        I have wanted a tripod like this for some time now, for doing macro work. This model does a great job of allowing you to position your camera in a variety of different positions. I have used it to invert my camera to get it very close to the ground for macro photos of ants. The camera is reasonably heavy, providing good stability in moderately winding situations, but that weight is a disadvantage for when it comes to transporting it. It is a little too heavy to comfortably add to a backpack camera bag for carrying for a full day of hiking/shooting.

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        5.0

        Good value for a tripod

        By Angler76

        from Littleton, CO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

          I first used this tripod on a recent to the Tetons and it performed very well. It remained sturdy with very little movement with winds that were gusting to 25mph. It was also easy to carry as I followed a moose for about an half hour. The legs are easy to extend to three preset angles and the snap locks make it easy to assemble. I was torn about purchasing this over the Manfrotto equivalent and have been very satisfied with sturdiness, light weight and quality of the construction of the tripod and especially the price. I would definitely recommend this tripod for its quality and price.

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          5.0

          Quality & Versatility at a Great Price!

          By Movick

          from Poconos, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

            Purchased for my MFT cameras; the relatively light weight and folded compact size seemed a good fit for my smaller gear. I am very pleased with the build quality, the stylish appearance and the tripod's overall sturdiness. Further, I absolutely love the removable / multi-angle column; this feature coupled with Vanguard's GH-300T Pistol Grip Ball Head gives me the new-found ability to shoot in ways I've never thought possible. The included case fits well and protects the finish when I strap this baby to my backpack. I would suggest that owners of bigger DSLRs, especially with longer lenses be mindful to utilize the weight hook on the column plus appropriate ballast when using the column in a horizontal orientation. The legs, while axially rigid, do flex moderately when the camera load is torsioned (particularly when all 4 leg sections are extended) - i.e. panning, rotating camera on horizontal mount, etc. Overall, I believe most users will be very satisfied with this well made tripod, especially at this fantastic price-point - highly recommended!

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            5.0

            Very flexible platform

            By Dirge

            from New York, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Flexible Platform
            • Great For Macro - Can Go
            • Highly Customizable
            • Leg Locks Can Be Tightend
            • Not too heavy
            • Perfect For Macro

            Cons

            • Quick Detach Head Sucks

            Best Uses

            • Macro
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

            Great platform to build on. Highly versatile and not too heavy or clunky. Great for video with a good fluid head. Easy to attach a slider. Great for macro photos as well. Love that I can access all screws, nothing will loosen with time that I can't fix. I'm not to fond of the quick detach head, which isn't quick at all. Doesn't lock in place easily without screwing it in, bit un-intuitive and clumsy.

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            4.0

            Great tripod

            By Trying for the Shot

            from NE Ohio

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Sturdy And Well Built

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

              For under the $ mark, this is a great tripod. And of couirse, B7H and Vanguard are great people to buy from.

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              5.0

              Alta Pro 264AT 4

              By scohen641

              from Ironbound NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                Sturdy light and easy to set up

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                • No

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                5.0

                A top-notch tripod

                By ChipE

                from Gatlinburg, TN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                I do a lot of macro photography of low-lying plants and flowers. This tripod is perfect as it allows me to get my camera almost to the ground. Also, it is extremely stable for my heavy telephoto lens when Im photographing wildlife and lanscapes. It is a little heavy, but I highly recommend this tripod to anyone.

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                4.0

                I think I like it

                By Maggie

                from Columbus OH

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Design
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                  I gave it a four because I haven't been able to use it a lot yet. But it's a nice weight for trekking around, and the little stability feet are a nice feature. I'm sure I'll like it overall.

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                  • Yes

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                  1.0

                  Sadly, sent this product back

                  By mac

                  from birmingham, al

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small

                  Cons

                  • Unstable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                    In my mind, a tripod only has one job — hold my camera still. This tripod is just too light and moves too much to get the job done. It is stylishly designed and beautiful to look at. But I'm looking for brute force. I won't be hiking the Grand Tetons with my tripod, so weight is actually good.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent sturdy tripod legs

                    By Jake

                    from Rapid City, SD

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      Strong and sturdy legs. Works good for timelapse work among many other things. Perhaps too heavy for some photographers.

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                      5.0

                      Great product!

                      By Anaki

                      from L.I. NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      I love the versatility of this tripod. I looked at other tripods in the same price range and very few had the multi angle center column. I loved this particular model so much, I bought one for my wife!

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                      5.0

                      Very good tripod

                      By Arthur

                      from Mexico

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Shots
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      It is just as I wanted. I must say that is a little heavy, but I just needed that, in addition to the stability of the tripod design.
                      If you want to take night pictures, or like me, in windy areas, this tripod is an excellent choice. Very versatile. I recommend it.

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                      5.0

                      My best tripod

                      By Hanswessberg

                      from SWE

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      Very satisfied with this tripod. I bought because it's construction for macro. It works perfectly. I also choosed the 264 (four sections)but I only use three of them. In this way it's a very stable tripod.

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                      4.0

                      Great startup tripod!

                      By Maxfactor

                      from Shakopee, MN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      this is a resonably priced tripod for someone starting to take photography seriously, this is a great buy. I bought this after considering the manfrotto 055CXPRO4 4section (and the aluminum version). When coupled with a SBH 250, the Vanguard 264ProAT seems to hold my Canon 5D(24-105mm LF4) with much greater stability and control. the legs snap out and off very easily, making it a breeze to shorten on lengthen the stand during a shoot. it is fabulous for macro shots without needing to lie or kneel for hours on the ground to take the shot. it is slightly on the heavier side (compared to the Carbon fiber units), so will feel it lugging on the camera bag if you strap it on a backpack. i found that using the carrying case over the shoulder seperately makes it easier to handle on long treks.
                      A great value for the money. Dont know why i waited this long to purchase one.

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                      5.0

                      Great Value from a Tripod Newcomer

                      By aekn

                      from Mpls, MN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly
                      • Versatility

                      Cons

                      • Tripod Bag is OK

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      Vanguard is a relative newcomer to the tripod scene, and my first impressions are very good. Not only does it provide quality comparable to Giottos, better than Manfrotto, and almost approaching Gitzo, there are some innovative features that should put this one at the top of your shopping list.

                      I use the 264AT for outdoor work with the Vanguard BBH-200, and the leg locks work smoothly. The added rock bag is a nice touch. I do wish the included tripod bag were nicer (Giottos includes a very nice bag with theirs as well as a set of tools in a pouch).

                      Overall, this is a very nice setup, especially for the price. You really can't go wrong. I'm looking forward to more great things from Vanguard!

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this producy again

                      By Jamesbond00769

                      from Dania Beach, Florida

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                        I wish I wound have seen this Tripod before I purchased another one that I got a couple of months ago! I agree with most of the reviews I read! I would give it 10 stars!

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                        4.0

                        Amazing Tripod

                        By BenderPix

                        from Dayton,IN

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                        We use this product to take a lot of personal as well as professional photos. The hardest part is it is a little heaving to transport. Also the tripod will not fit in the carrying case with the head attached. But we still love the tripod!

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                        5.0

                        Let's Talk Tripods

                        By thisblackgenius

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Carries Well Aluminum
                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT 4-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                          I was really debating which tripod to get this Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT or the Manfrotto XPROB. My decision was to go with, (drum roll) the Vanguard tripod. I can honestly say I'm beyond pleased with my purchase. The performance of the tripod is amazing and it's very freakin' sturdy. I got the aluminum version and I'm not really feeling hounded by the extra weight. It is quick and smooth running just like the Manfrotto and to be honest an a excellent product made in America. The rebate I received was the quickest I have ever received. It took about two weeks, but I think it was less. This package came with a stone bag which I haven't had to use but I am sure it will perform just as good. I would recommend this to a friend in a heart beat. It has kept my Nikon D90 sturdy with telephoto lens mounted without a shake. I'm glad I stumbled upon Vanguard and I will add them to my list of preferred companies. If you have any questions about it ask me because the bonuses of owning it are incredible.

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