Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead

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Product Highlights
  • Lightweight (5.38 lbs/2.44 kg)
  • Maximum Height of 5.67' (1.73 m)
  • Load Capacity of 15.4 Lbs (7 kg)
  • Folded Length is 28.125" (71.5 cm)
  • Magnesium Alloy Ballhead Included
  • Ballhead Includes 2 Bubble Levels
  • 25- 50- and 80-Degree Leg Angles
  • Central Column Moves From 0-180 Degrees

Vanguard's Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 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 (5.38 lbs/2.44 kg) tripod collapses to 28.125" (71.5 cm) and can be extended up to 5.67' (1.73 m). It can support up to 15.4 Lbs (7 kg).

The smooth fluid-like SBH 100 ballhead is made of lightweight magnesium alloy and features a precision-cut ballhead, two bubble levels, and a fine-tuning function.

The Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) system allows you to move the central column from zero to 180° angles in various vertical and horizontal positions, making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze, and the Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) system securely repositions the central column in one simple movement.

A magnesium die-cast canopy, quick-flip leg locks, non-slip, spiked rubber feet and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories make this tripod a great addition to your kit bag.

Lightweight (5.38 lbs/2.44 kg) aluminum tripod
Supports up to 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
Central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles
Smooth fluid-like ballhead is made of lightweight magnesium alloy and features a precision-cut ballhead, two bubble levels, and a fine-tuning function, as well as a quick shoe
Enables extreme low-angle photography
General
Load Capacity 15.4 Lbs (7 kg)
Maximum Height 5.67' (1.73 m)
Minimum Height 56.125" (1.42 m)
Folded Length 28.125" (71.5 cm)
Weight 5.38 lbs (2.44 kg)
Head
Head Type Ball
Quick Release Yes, QS-39x2
Legs
Material Aluminum alloy
Leg Stages/Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Quick-flip leg locks
Independent Leg Spread Not specified by manufacturer
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes, non-slip spiked rubber feet
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System
Center Column Sections 1
Bubble Level 2 in ballhead
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead
  • QS-39x2 Quick-Release Plate
  • Tripod Bag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAlta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead
     
    4.7

    (based on 148 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (115)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (105)
    • Unfolds quickly (51)
    • Lightweight (40)
    • Large range of motion (24)
    • Attaches firmly (23)

    Cons

    • Heavy (30)
    • Heavy / bulky (4)
    • Cumbersome (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (102)
    • Night shots (87)
    • Portraits (81)
    • Home (66)
    • Wildlife (55)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (67), Semi-pro photographer (29), Casual photographer (12), Enthusiast (10), Semi-professional (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (138), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great tripod for the price

    Photo-enthusiast, semi-pro wanna be. Overall I am giving this about 4 1/2- 4 3/4 stars, it has it's drawbacks, but the performance makes up for it in the asking...Read complete review

    Photo-enthusiast, semi-pro wanna be. Overall I am giving this about 4 1/2- 4 3/4 stars, it has it's drawbacks, but the performance makes up for it in the asking price.

    I am always looking to step my camera skills up to the next level and felt the urge to purchase a new tripod because the one I had been using for years would not squat low enough for macro shots. This one does that and I very pleased with it so far.

    For convenience I was looking for one that I could strap to my back pack - that criteria was a fail on my part because I underestimated the actual size (no fault of the vendor, they gave the size specs). The size fail was easily forgiven because it has its own carrying case with a strap. In addition the size was overlooked because I was unwilling to compromise on the max load capacity. The lighter/smaller tripods couldn't meet the 12-15 lb max load I wanted -- I was looking at possible future purchases of heavier full-frame cameras and heavier zoom lenses.

    At this point I've only used the tripod twice; once for a night cityscape shoot and another for a macro shot of a spider web (photo of tripod in action attached) and I am more than happy with it.

    I'm new to both the ball head and the ISSL features. The multiple levels are very handy too. Really loving the ISSL for macro shots. I think the ISSL will prove itself as well for the radical angle shots I am fond of (when using a wider lens). The legs are a bit sticky as mentioned in a previous review, but that didn't warrant for a poor rating from me. Neither was the lack of understandable directions a big deal for me because I am more of a hands-on learner.

    I am very VERY pleased with my purchase and would definitely recommend this tripod to someone who wasn't willing to spend a lot of money for a professional grade tripod. Attached is an image to show what the tripod and ISSL is capable of. Please pardon my amateur snapshot, as it was taken with my phone and intended to show off the the tripod itself. Also please note that I wasn't worried about the tripod tipping because the one foot was jammed up against a solid wall - wouldn't recommend this set-up out in the open unless the weight sack is hanging between the legs of the tripod. Thanks for the read.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Misleading name

    "Pro"? No. After one week of use the legs won't stay extended, it takes almost no weight or pressure for one of the legs to compress when locked. The...Read complete review

    "Pro"? No. After one week of use the legs won't stay extended, it takes almost no weight or pressure for one of the legs to compress when locked. The ball head is nice, but these legs are garbage. I'm using it with a T2i and Canon 100mm Macro 2.8L and it can't support the weight. I tried tightening the locks but the screws/bolts are already as tight as possible, I'd only strip the screws. I've been using gaffers tape to secure the legs, but this is time consuming and I've missed several photo op's while trying to put the tape in place, talk about frustrating. If you want a good tripod don't bother with this, spend a little more and spring on something italian.

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    5.0

    Great Tripod for Product Photography

    By KM Photography

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable
    • Secure
    • Very stable
    • Well Constructed

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

      I do product photography for catalog/internet and this tripod paid for itself the first time I used it. It's perfect for getting in close and for odd angles which is a daily occurance for me. Some nice features include the ability to lock the quick release mounting plate securely onto the tripod, the ability to use the tripod as a boom, the versatility of the leg assemblys and the ball mount that tightens securely enough to hold my 6D and macro lens.

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      5.0

      You can't ask more for the price

      By German

      from Panama

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

        Looks pretty solid, it holds a nikon d7100 with a zoom lens with the extension arm position to the side, without a counterweight.
        -It comes with some tools and a replacement plate.
        -The ballhead is great, a little time consuming to detach.
        -It's not really that heavy has others say.
        I can't complain real hard because of the price, ballhead + tripod and a lot of play for positions, what else can you ask for.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Standing Still

        By SP-LPC

        from Chatham, NJ

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable
        • Stabile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • City
          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Landscape Photography
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

          I bought it recently. I used it in the City (New York) for night shooting. It performed perfectly! It's well made. In full height it may move a bit, but you can't have everything at once. If you know how to use it you'll definitely be satisfied! You just can't ignore laws of physics. This was just one thing that the thing from tripod you attach to the camera by screw started to move, but it was really after long time and some hard use. So I don't really take it as a con. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. When you hold it you can feel it's nice piece of equipment.

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          5.0

          Great Tripod!

          By Alan

          from Buffalo Grove, IL

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

          This is an amazing tripod! It supports my camera and heavy lens without issue in any position!

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          • No

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          1.0

          Misleading name

          By Tony from NS

          from Nova Scotia, Canada

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Not Durable
          • Not Functional

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

            "Pro"? No. After one week of use the legs won't stay extended, it takes almost no weight or pressure for one of the legs to compress when locked. The ball head is nice, but these legs are garbage. I'm using it with a T2i and Canon 100mm Macro 2.8L and it can't support the weight. I tried tightening the locks but the screws/bolts are already as tight as possible, I'd only strip the screws. I've been using gaffers tape to secure the legs, but this is time consuming and I've missed several photo op's while trying to put the tape in place, talk about frustrating. If you want a good tripod don't bother with this, spend a little more and spring on something italian.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome tripod

            By Phillip

            from Houston

            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

            This feels sturdy and well manufactured. I can tell it's going to last me a long time. Love the bag it comes with too.

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            4.0

            Excellent value for price

            By Jack

            from Waxahachie, Texas

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent value
            • Good Stability
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

              I was initially skeptical about this tripod due to its low price. After using it, I am astounded at its value and quality for its market niche. This is the perfect first tripod for anyone looking to step up their game. It is very stable and has many neat features. I honestly have no complaints given my initial expectations.
              If you are looking for your next-step-up from that wobbly crank-centerpost tripod you got in a bundle six years ago, you will be blown away.

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              4.0

              great sturdy tripod

              By dance mom

              from carlisle pa

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

              economical choice with strength to hold Long zooms. head very versatile. balance great

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              5.0

              Really Nice Tripod

              By Markos Berndt

              from Muskego, WI

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                Its light and its versatile. I also use the Manfrotto Neotec which is a pretty nice tripod as well. I wanted a tripod with a flexible center column, this fit the bell and then some.

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                5.0

                Really Nice Tripod

                By Markos Berndt

                from Muskego, WI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                  Its light and its versatile. I also use the Manfrotto Neotec which is a pretty nice tripod as well. I wanted a tripod with a flexible center column, this fit the bell and then some.

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                  5.0

                  That is what I need

                  By ibrhmymn

                  from Turkey

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to use
                  • Good Stability
                  • Solid

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                  It really gives you amazing shooting alternatives with variety of angles and perspectives. It has also very good construction and is very solid. It gives you an sense of confidence also very helpful for your long time exposures.

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                  5.0

                  Very nice Tripod

                  By John123

                  from Hamilton , ON

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                  This an awesome tripod; it was on sale for about 30% off and I had to have it.

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                  5.0

                  best value for money

                  By dede

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                  I did a lot of research before buying this one. It was on sale at B&H when i visited the store (i wantend to "feel" the tripod before buying it, I didn't want a chap one as i use it a lot) felt very good at the store, the manfrotto 55 was almost twice as much with the head. I am glad i bought this one, it is tall enough for me, sturdy and easy to unfold and position. the ball head is smooth and the locking plate worked flawless so far. It is not a light tripod, and it is not compact when folded, but it has everything, including a nicely made carrying bag. I will not reccomend for travelling, but this is a great tripod for the money, and it looks like it will last!

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                  5.0

                  just what i needed

                  By SouthernGal

                  from Deep South

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Video

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                    The inexpensive bundle tripods suited my needs with my inexpensive gear, but after upgrading to a full frame and purchasing heavy lens (also from B&H!), I knew I needed a sturdy tripod made for heavier loads. After researching for days I ran across a youtube video on this vanguard model. I was not even considering a vanguard, actually had never heard of the brand. I was impressed enough to do more research on it and decided this was a good value with more features than I really even needed. I've used it twice now, and am really impressed with how sturdy and well made it is. As someone else mentioned, the only two things I've noticed is that it's easy to pinch your fingers when pulling the legs out to extend, and the lack of a D ring on the quick release plate that attaches to the camera. Both of those are things I can live with, so overall I'm very happy with this purchase. The order was shipped quickly and packaged well, as all my orders from B&H have been.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By Rocket_Scientist

                    from Cleveland, OH

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                      This is very solidly built tripod that has all the degrees of freedom in motion that I needed. The pod is light and easy to carry and has bubble levels in the right places. Operations is tools-free except for the one bolt that connects the camera to the pod. There's a tool attached to the pod by a string to deal with that.

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                      4.0

                      Pretty light weight for a senior citizen

                      By Vicki

                      from Lake County, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                        I use this tripod for my bird watching pictures. Not sure I could pack it very far because of my weight limits but for around the house it's great. The leg clips and easily pulled to adjust them. I'm still getting used to using a ball head so I won't comment on that yet.

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                        4.0

                        Versatile, tall tripod

                        By Kevin

                        from Geneva, Switzerland

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Night Shots
                          • Video

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                          I use this tripod with my Canon HF G20 camcorder and with my Canon Rebel T3i still camera. Is it versatile, durable and reliable.

                          I specifically bought it because of its height. 5.67' is great, although it takes a bit of space when the legs are fully extended and spread.

                          It does take some time and a tool (which is included) to switch the head. It supports different heads, which is great. Two plates are included for the default head, which is also great.

                          The included over-the-shoulder carrying bag is durable and appropriately sized.

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                          4.0

                          Good value

                          By M

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Lightweight
                          • Maneuverability

                          Cons

                          • A little unstable

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Portraits
                          • Small product
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                          Lightweight, compact and easy maneuverability. The legs could be a little sturdier, but given the weight and overall function, I can just hang a small sandbag on it.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Tripod..Great Value

                          By BigFishTanger

                          from Singer Isle Fla.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots

                            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                            The tripod is very Sturdy. The SBH 100 ballhead is very smoothThe combo works excellent together and for a Great Price!

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                            4.0

                            Excellent Product- With solid stability

                            By Steve G

                            from Asheville NC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead:

                            I was looking for a fairly portable but still stable tripod easy enough to carry around to outdoor sites, but not too light weight(I already have a tripod for travel). I read a lot of reviews- the Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 ballhead seemed to meet my requirement. I have been working recently on HDR and long exposures. This a pretty stable platform, but not too bulky to move around with ease. I thought the ballhead was also very good offering excellent adjustments and easily accommodates a larger lens/camera combo. I have used it with a 70-300 telephoto without issue. The Quick Shoe attachment is very convenient and easy to detach camera from tripod. I have not used the multi-angle center column, but instruction are straight forward and does offer some additional versatility as long you maintain some center weight balance. Seems very versatile for other types of shooting. Very satisfied with this product.

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