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Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod

B&H # VAAP283CTL MFR # ALTA PRO 283CT
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Product Highlights

  • 66.9" Maximum Height
  • Swiveling Center Column Tilts 0-180°
  • Folds to 25.2"
  • Quarter-Twist Leg Locks
  • Carrying Bag
  • Supports Up to 17.6 lb
  • Weighs Just 3.75 lb
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Price after rebate: $209.99

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The Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod offers generous height, impressive stability, and light weight alongside a comprehensive list of professional functions – primary among which is the 180° tilting of the center column, which makes a convenient task of macro photography.

The center column also swivels; that action combined with tilting and adjusting its height will allow for camera positioning at virtually any point within a spherical range. With an Allen key you can adjust the tension of this swiveling motion.

Not only macro photography but also any type of outdoor photography will be well-served by the Alta Pro 283CT, which reaches a maximum height of 66.9" and supports up to 17.6 lb. The tripod features spikes that emerge from its rubber feet. At only 3.75 lb, the 283CT is supremely portable.

The tripod has a standard 1/4"-20 stud; with the included 3/8"-16 adapter, the 283CT is compatible with almost any head. The tripod collar features set screws, so with an Allen wrench you can establish an extremely strong connection with a head.

Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows you to move the center column from 0 to 180° angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions
Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) system securely repositions the center column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod's stability
Rubber ring underneath tripod collar absorbs shock if center column descends rapidly to chassis
Bubble level on die-cast magnesium chassis
Carbon fiber legs can be set independently at three angles (25°, 50°, and 80°), for stable operation on uneven ground and for low-angle photography
On each leg, both locks can be freed at once with one quarter-twist
Large foam grips on all three legs for all-weather use
Hexagonal center column prevents twisting
Carrying bag included
UPC: 026196334309
General
Load Capacity 17.6 lb (8 kg)
15.4 lb (7 kg) with tilted column
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 (3/8"-16 bushing included)
Maximum Height 66.9" (170 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Height Not specified by manufacturer
Folded Length 25.2" (64.0 cm)
Weight 3.75 lb (1.7 kg)
Legs
Material Carbon fiber
Diameter (Top Leg Section) 1.10" (28mm)
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid, tilting (0-180°), swiveling (360°)
Center Column Sections 1
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.13 x 5.13 x 4.88"
Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Carrying Bag
  • Allen Key
  • 3/8"-16 Bushing
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty
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    VanguardAlta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod
     
    4.4

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (7)
    • Stable (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Rock Solid

    By Photog Chris

    from Albany Ny

    About Me Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      For the price and what it is it is a great budget tripod with a lot of versitility!

      I am used to the stability of an ENG camera on an O'Conner 35L

      I use this tripod with a Vanguard SBH-250 Ball Head

      The most load I have tested is with my Canon 70D (with Canon battery grip) on the plate mounted collar of a 70-200mm f2.8 IS mkii... and for what it is, stability is rock solid!

      This tripod has nice leg locks that only require a quarter to half twist to release, we'll see how well they lock in a year, but so far so GREAT!

      The action of the center column lets you get 7-8' off the ground and if positioned properly, and is just as solid as upright!

      The 18ish lb capacity is more than enough for almost any DSLR setup, and a lot of smaller ENG/EFP applications as well. Coming in at just under 4lbs I couldn't be happier with my purchase after a month of playing with it!

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      5.0

      Solid but not too heavy

      By Ted

      from Ansonia, OH

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        I got this model tripod "Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod by Vanguard" because the Vanguard model I originally ordered was discontinued. This turned out to be a blessing as this particular model is much better. It also has a $ rebate but I was impressed with the sturdy frame and the solid construction that was put into this model. It has all the bells and whistles that I was looking for from the carbon fiber construction to the retractable spikes at the base of the tripod.

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        5.0

        Great Tripod

        By Jerry

        from Tulsa, OK

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits

          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          Love this new tripod. I had a slik for many years, but this one has so much more flexibility for getting into difficult situations. Plus, the light weight of the carbon fiber helps when I'm already carrying around so much equipment. The leg-locking mechanism works fast and easy.

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          4.0

          Very good, sturdy, flexible tripod.

          By Richard

          from PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            I bought this tripod 2 years ago, when it was more expensive, and haven't regretted it. I use the tripod regularly, about once a week, sometimes more. The center column can rotate (locked by a knob) as well as pull up and rotate laterally. All this flexibility comes at the price of more complexity than most tripods--there are 2 knobs and a lever that is required. Getting a stable setup with a DSLR and a macro lens on the end of a tilted center column takes time and care, but it works. Tripod has good height--with the column raised the camera is well above my eyes, and I am 5'10''. After a couple years, the legs got a bit loose, I tightened the big allen screws underneath the legs and that solved the problem. Vanguard has good customer support in my experience--I had a problem with a head, and they sent me a small replacement part, no charge.

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            5.0

            Great tripod, reasonable price

            By krag851

            from Tampa

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              My first experience with a tripod and I'm very pleased. It was recommended to me by a professional photographer who I highly respect. The center column flexibility is a real plus that allows you to shoot at any angle. Very solid piece of equipment.

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              5.0

              Vanguard vs. Manfrotto

              By Photobuff

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                I was seriously considering a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber when I happened upon the Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT review. I love the variable angle center column on the Alta Pro which the Manfrotto lacks. Plus the Manfrotto has a limited lifetime warranty...Sold!!!

                After using the tripod for several days, I highly recommend this bargain priced 283CT. It is stable, light and excellent quality.

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                1.0

                Too fragile

                By The Amazon Guy

                from Brazil

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Fragile
                • Short
                • Weak Construction

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife

                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                The locks of the legs tilt are very fragile. I already have two of them broken, as visible in the image below.

                The tripod is also too short determining that opens the central column, less stable.

                I sent an email to the manufacturer requesting action but not getting any response yet.

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                5.0

                Great Innovative Tripod

                By grizzlybeer

                from Duluth, GA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Innovative Design
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                  I bought this tripod after seeing someone else use it at a Macro photography class. I immediately appreciated the ability to withdraw the middle tube and take advantage of the 180 degree angling. The CF construction keeps the weight reasonable and the build quality is great with terrific quarter twist controls. I bought this in a kit with the SBH100 head. Although this is a better head than I've ever owned, you might want to buy tripod and head separately and invest in one of Vanguard or other's higher quality (and cost) heads - especially if you want arca swiss compatability. One thing to consider - there's a 4 section model - the 284 and the 3 section the 283. The 284 folds a bit smaller, but has about a 6" less max height. Check both out before deciding. Bottom line - if you can see the advantage of their 180 degree center tube, you won't go wrong. excellent high quality product at a very reasonable price.

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