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Vanguard Auctus Plus 323CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only)

You Pay: $429.98
Product Highlights
  • Geared Center Column with Friction Knob
  • Anti-Sand, Anti-Dust Twist Locks on Legs
  • Spiked/Rubber Feet Plus Snowshoes
  • Maximum Height of 70.9"
  • Supports Loads Up to 39.7 lb

The Vanguard Auctus Plus 323CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only) is a heavy-duty and tall tripod that supports loads of almost 40 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 323CT 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 70.9".

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 39.7 lb (18 kg)
Head Attachment Fitting Reversible 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 screw
Maximum Height 70.9" (180 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Height Not specified by manufacturer
Folded Length 28" (71 cm)
Weight 7.83 lb (3.55 kg)
Legs
Material Carbon fiber
Diameter Maximum leg diameter: 32mm
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 323CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only)
  • Snow Shoes
  • Heavy-Duty Bag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAuctus Plus 323CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only)
     
    4.4

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Portraits (3)
    • Wildlife (3)
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    4.0

    Solid Performer

    By Brian

    from Old Lyme

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 323CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

    I have bought Vanguard products in the past and have been pleased with my purchases from them. This is my third tripod, one large aluminum SLIK AMT, and one portable Manfrotto. I have had a few questions that were not answered by the product descriptions online, and Vanguard have been very prompt and knowledgeable in the responses. Fits my Arca-swiss monoball head nicely. The Auctus feels solid. Fit and finish are exceptional, what you should expect at this price point. The carrying bag that comes with it is well made, and the attachement points for the strap on the bag seem to be solid( a common point for failure). The geared center column on the auctus and the wheel raise smoothly, although, for my use, I would probably prefer just a fixed platform on the top of the legs. This is a tripod for supporting cameras with large lenses, and is heavier than a small portable tripod. In my opinion, it needs to be heavy to stabilize, especially if you are shooting outdoor sports with crowds around where kids/pets etc are running by. In these situations, the spike legs and the bag attachement for extra weight are also nice features.

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    5.0

    More than Impressed

    By EZMETHOD

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Built Well
    • Good Stability
    • Solid

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 323CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

      I procrastinated on this tripod for some time and after reading several reviews I opted to check it out for myself at the B&H store. I was sold right way.... Would I rather have a Gitzo ? Why yes I would but for the price and performance of this model I am more than happy with my purchase.

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      4.0

      Big tripod for extreme jobs

      By BA

      from Danville, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits

      Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 323CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

      I love this tripod for reliability and all-weather use. I bought it based on a Popular photography recommendations for Auctus. I needed it right away so started using it when it arrived. This is a heavy duty tripod and is fairly heavy. The Auctus line has some lighter ones and I would recommend lighter if you are planning on taking it on a hiking trip! Finish is excellent.

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      4.0

      Pretty good

      By stupid Jim

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 323CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

      Quite nice--features are as good as advertised--heavy for a carbon fiber tripod. Marked down 1 star for weight.

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      5.0

      very very stable

      By outtheresomewhere

      from Idaho

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Vanguard Auctus Plus 323CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only):

      I use this for landscape photography that I can more or less drive to (within maybe 7 miles or so one way)--it is a little heavy for packing in any distance. This tripod strikes me as a bargain for as stable as it is. I compared it to a light travel tripod (Three Legged Thing), and its quality is far, far superior, for only a little more money--though a lot more weight. All components are smoothly finished (unlike the 3LT) and function with heft and are comfortable to hand. Although the wheel elevator may be cumbersome to wildlife photographers, for landscapes it is effortless and a luxury. This tripod feels like a companion in the woods, not an adversary. Highly recommended.

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