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Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only)

B&H # VAAP283CT Mfr # AUCTUS PLUS 283CT
Discontinued

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Product Highlights
  • Geared Center Column with Friction Knob
  • Anti-Sand, Anti-Dust Twist Locks on Legs
  • Spiked/Rubber Feet Plus Snowshoes
  • Maximum Height of 66.9"
  • Supports Loads Up to 30.9 lb

The Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only) is a heavy-duty yet lightweight tripod that supports loads over 30 lb and facilitates extremely precise height adjustments by way of its advanced geared center column. It's a sturdy, versatile support for almost any head, camera & lens combination, for use in the studio or outdoors.

Setup of the 283CT is easy, as anti-rotation legs allow both of a leg's locks to be turned with a single twist of the wrist. These secure locks seal out dust and sand to ensure continued reliable performance even in adverse conditions. Leg scales help you ensure that the three legs are extended to the same height. With the legs and the center column fully extended, the tripod reaches a maximum height of 66.9".

The center column extends via the ultra-smooth Extreme Support Height Positioning (ESHP) wheel system, a dual-function wheel gear that has a finer or faster effect depending on whether its handle is flipped in or out. Further, there's a large friction-control knob underneath the canopy, which also enables control over the speed of the column's extension. The ESHP wheel system both facilitates extremely precise height adjustments and supports extremely heavy loads.

The tripod's all-terrain feet convert from anti-rust spikes to angled, textured rubber for smooth surfaces and other terrains. In addition, snow shoes are included; these "overshoes" help the tripod's feet from sinking into snow and sand.

Lightweight carbon fiber legs
Anti-shock ring under center column post
Innovative locking camera screw wheel
Legs adjust to 25°, 50°, and 80° angles for use on uneven terrain and for low-angle photography
Counterweight hook at the bottom of the center column allows added stability in windy conditions
Rubber foam on all three legs for extra grip
Ring on chassis allows addition of a shoulder strap (not included)
Large bubble level
General
Load Capacity 30.9 lb (14 kg)
Head Attachment Fitting Reversible 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 screw
Maximum Height 68.9" (169.9 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Height Not specified by manufacturer
Folded Length 26.75" (67.9 cm)
Weight 6.83 lb (3.1 kg)
Legs
Material Carbon fiber
Diameter Maximum leg diameter: 28mm
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/no (rubber covers for spikes)
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Geared
Center Column Sections 1
Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only)
  • Snow Shoes
  • Heavy-Duty Bag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAuctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only)
     
    4.4

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (5)
    • Unfolds quickly (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Night shots (4)
      • Portraits (3)
      • Wildlife (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      LOVE these sticks!!

      By Bee The Jones

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Video

        Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

        I originally had a Vinton (the model escapes me). It worked ok for me for a few years as I was only shooting video. Over the last 3 years I have been including still photography into my service offering, and the big, bulky Vinton just wasn't cutting it anymore. I needed something much more portable for my location shoots. We checked out a few different carbon fiber options, and of course there was a huge spectrum and pay scale. I couldn't afford a really really expensive one, so I went middle of the road. SO GLAD I DID! I (and my PA) LOVE these sticks. Light, portable, easy to lock and unlock, flexible, gives me so many more options for unique and artistic angles. Couldn't have asked for better. No need to spend close to $1000 for a quality set of carbon fiber sticks. If you are doing video or stills, you really can't go wrong with these!

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        5.0

        great tripod

        By Kevin

        from Staten Island

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

          Very sturdy & light for it's capacity, this tripod is extremely well thought out in its design. The design of the geared wheel for center column adjustment allows for easy and precise minute adjustment even with a heavy load. The best feature for me is the dual 1/4inch 3/8ths inch locking screw, that converts easily with no tools required that you can misplace or loose in tall grass or streams. The bottom 4/5ths of the center column unscrews easily allowing you to spread the legs out almost flat. The markers on the legs make setting all the legs up to the same height a snap. This tripod is a just a joy to use.

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          4.0

          ROBUST

          By Mary jane

          from Murrieta,Ca.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

          Ruggedly,Carbon fiber.But center column should be made carbon.

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          4.0

          A product that i cannot ignore

          By jess

          from Murrieta,Ca.

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

            I used this ruggedly in all terrain and it's so user friendly .Great about it is so light,stable and affordable.I wished, the center column is carbon fiber and with a SBH 300 ball head you are already equipped with all your shooting .

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            4.0

            Great tripod rock solid

            By Bobby G

            from Griffith,In

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

            This is a great carbon fiber tripod and it is rock solid and holds a Canon 5D MK2 with a Canon 70 200 IS with no problem. Its a little on the heavy side coming in at about 8 pounds but for my use the weight isnt a problem I can easily recommend this tripod to friends.

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