Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head

B&H # VAAP264AB100 Mfr # ALTA PRO 264AB 100
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Product Highlights
  • 64" Maximum Height
  • Swiveling Center Column Tilts 0-180°
  • Separate Pan & Tilt Controls on Head
  • +90° to -35° Tilt
  • 360° Panning
  • Carrying Bag
  • Supports Up to 15.4 lb
  • Weighs 5.5 lb

The Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head 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 included ball head has separate controls for pan & tilt and smooth locking knobs. With the SBH-100 head on the tilting center column, you'll be able to position your camera easily & securely at virtually any point within a spherical range – and make adjustments to any one dimension without altering the others. With an Allen key you can adjust the tension of the center column's swiveling motion.

Not only macro photography but also any type of outdoor photography will be well-served by the Alta Pro 264AB, which reaches a maximum height of 64.0" and supports up to 15.4 lb. The tripod features spikes that emerge from its rubber feet. At only 5.5 lb with the head, the 264AB is quite portable.

The included SBH-100 is removable and features a +90° to -35° tilt range. The head, which also pans a full 360°, comes with a QS-39 quick-release plate. The tripod collar features set screws, so with an Allen wrench you can establish an extremely strong connection with the 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
Aluminum alloy legs can be set independently at three angles (25°, 50°, and 80°), for stable operation on uneven ground and for low-angle photography
Quick-flip leg locks
Large foam grips on all three legs for all-weather use
Hexagonal center column prevents twisting
SBH ball heads have a double locking system, ensuring maximum security for your equipment. Two separate mechanisms are simultaneously triggered to release the quick release plate; you can be confident that your camera and lenses won't fall
Dual bubble levels in head, for precise positioning in either landscape or portrait orientation
Ball head is suitable for both photo and video usage, in a pinch – you can pan while keeping the tilt position locked (and vice versa)
The head's innovative advanced housing system couples a rugged magnesium exterior with a hollow interior, providing all of the precise, fluid-like movement of a standard fluid ball head without extraneous weight
Carrying bag included
General
Material Aluminum alloy legs
Magnesium chassis
Load Capacity 15.4 lb (7 kg)
Maximum Height 64.0" (162.5 cm)
Folded Length 24.6" (62.5 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes, 2 on head, 1 on chassis / no
Weight 5.52 lb (2.505 kg)
Head
Head Type SBH-100 ball head
Tilt Range +90° to -35°
Pan Range 360°
Quick Release QS-39 quick-release plate with 1/4"-20 screw
Legs
Head Attachment Fitting Not specified by manufacturer
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Diameter (Top Leg Section) 1.02" (26mm)
Leg Lock Type Flip lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid, reversible
Center Column Sections 1
Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head
  • QS-39 Quick Release Plate
  • Carrying Bag
  • 3/8"-16 Bushing
  • Allen Key
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAlta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 38 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (28)
    • Unfolds quickly (12)
    • Folds away (9)
    • Large range of motion (8)
    • Strong clamp (8)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (26)
    • Night shots (22)
    • Portraits (22)
    • Home (15)
    • Travel (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (3), Semi-professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (28), Yes (4)

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    4.0

    Great quality for price.

    By Krystal

    from Redmond, OR

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

      I am a research fanatic when it comes to big or important purchases. I previously owned one of those inexpensive sun pack tripods that was a true nightmare to function, particularly in the head. After much research I came to the conclusion that this tripod would be the best quality for price. I do some food photography and the versatile center column was very important to me. I wish there was a search filter just for that feature! I recently used this on hillsides and tremendously uneven ground. I was so happy how quickly and easily the legs adjusted to my needs. I also trusted the tripod to hold well, once it had good footing. It is heavier than I expected after reading reviews about some people hiking with it (I can't image wanting to hike with this, due to weight) but for my purposes I don't think I would want it to be any lighter. I like it to be well grounded and not feel the need to weigh it down. Who wants to carry a rock or sand bag around a park in addition to allllll the other gear? I was really on the fence between the 3 and 4 section legs. I read a lot about it and both had their benefits and drawbacks. I am happy I went with the 4. It folds up slightly shorter (which is still pretty long). This tripod gets very tall so I don't even often need to extend the last portion. I also like the leg segments as a gauge of measurement to get it even. Short of etching lines in the legs (they should do that!), the leg segments make it easier to gauge evenness.Overall, I know this is still a pretty low cost tripod, but for me, just getting more serious about photography and making very little money on it, it was a big purchase. The quality of this tripod feels like I got my money's worth and more. It feels very good in the hands and very well made!

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      5.0

      Great Tripod

      By Tally Trish

      from Tallahassee, FL

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

        Sturdy, solid, and keeps my camera secured.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great bang for the buck

        By Timmy

        from Orange County, Ca

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slightly Heavier

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

        This is an easy to use tripod, complete with a ball head that can be used for panorama shots. The item is very strong and has an extremely durable feel to it. Only costs a fraction of the price as comparable products.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works very well.

        By Guitar Photo Guru

        from Missoula MT

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

          This tripod is very useful. Lots of adjustments to help with all angles. It is very stable. We use it for time elapse photos and it stays nice and stable for quality images.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          great tripod

          By Big

          from Montreal

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

          For Macro and nature oriented photo still waiting after the stone bag........

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          5.0

          Extreme versatility

          By Mr. Bill

          from East Tennessee

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly
          • Well Executed

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

            The combination of the Alta Pro 364AB tripod with the SBH ball head creates a very useful tool especially for macro work. Having 4 leg sections keeps the tripod short when collapsed and easily adjustable on uneven terrain. The three leg angle positions let you get really down low and up close. The center rod can be offset in any direction and can even be inverted. The ball head is quickly adjustable to angles you wouldn't conceive of until you experiment with it. All components are SOLID.

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            5.0

            Excellent value for an enthusiast

            By nj shopper

            from Morris Co NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

            I had been searching for a tripod that would be very light for backpacking and stable enough to hold by Nikon D7100 and zoom lenses. Started to think after some research that I will probably need two tripods. I came across the Vanguard 264AB on sale on [@]and was pleased to find it at the same price on B&H. The deal basically added the SBH 100 Ball Head for free (ps price was gone by end of week). Ordered from B&H for their better customer service. This unit is heavier than what I would want for very long hikes but will be ok for shorter walks to landscape or wildlife shooting opportunities. Unit is very stable and really versatile as the legs can move to mulitple angles even nearly fully out to have it next to the ground for macro photography. Product came fully assembled and well packaged by B&H. The 'instruction manual' is a bunch of pictures with almost no text but good reviews on You Tube are helpful. Short of spending $800 or more I do not think I could get a better unit/value

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            5.0

            So glad I bought this!

            By Sally

            from Mokena, IL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

              I had been putting off buying a new tripod and I'm so happy that I finally did. This tripod is so solid and easy to use. My Nikon7000 and heavy lens are very secure on the Alta Pro. Angle changes are quick and smooth. I can't wait for better weather to get outside and photograph moving birds. Great buy!!!

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              4.0

              Very good tripod

              By EBK

              from New York

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots

              Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

              I really like the ability to adjust the center column 180 degrees, very helpful in shooting at odd angles. I have found the tripod to be very sturdy and adjustable. The ball head came with 2 quick mounts, so I don't have to change them from one camera to another.

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              5.0

              Just like the description states.

              By Brit the Continuous Learner

              from Biloxi, MS

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Functional
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits

                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                Generous height, impressive stability, and light weight. This is my first professional quality tripod. I bought a cheap one from a local retailer a while back and the legs bent. I like this one a lot. I like its functionality with being able to pan left and right with the arm and move it up and down. That's the feature that caught my eye the most. It's going to take some getting used to, but I really enjoy it.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Awesome Tripod

                By Nazent

                from Boston, MA

                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                This is the perfect tripod for amateur and professional photographers who are looking for pro features without the hefty price tag. The construction is rock solid throughout and is easy to setup. The center pole is extremely helpful for height adjustments and the ability to tilt it like a boom is outstanding. The added ball head is a great bonus. When barely loosing the knobs it adds just enough friction to make micro adjustments. One word of caution to beginners is to get familiar with the tripod before putting an expensive dslr on it. If you don't have a good grip on your camera when using the center column you could cause serious damage to your equipment. I would recommend this tripod to any amateur or professional photographer.

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                5.0

                Great Gear

                By GlennOfStuart

                from Stuart, FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                  Before ordering I took the time to review all of the major suppliers of tripods. Manfratto, Slick, etc. and ultimately came across the Vanguard. Based upon the specifications, the price, and the reviews it seemed like the Alta Pro 264AB was a good choice for me. However, I agonized about actually placing the order. I mean, who the heck was Vanguard. I'd seen a few of their ads but obviously Manfratto was the safe choice. After considerable internal debate I stepped out on to the ledge and ordered the Vanguard.

                  I'm happy to report that this is one great piece of gear! It looks great, all of the components are very high quality, and it functions flawlessly. It's a manageable size, reasonably light, and I love the case that came along with it. It is just terrific and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase.

                  I'd recommend this to anyone in my family. Enough said.

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                  5.0

                  Would refer to a friend

                  By Chairgirl

                  from Scottsbluff, NE

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                    Great product easy to learn. Seems to be made well. Very nice product.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    It's just what I needed

                    By steve

                    from Illinois

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                    The multiple angle center column works great for my Maco shots all-in-all a Great tool

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                    5.0

                    Great Buy!

                    By Greenapol

                    from Germantown, MD

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                    This is a rock solid tripod, especially for the price. You can set multiple angles/positions with this tripod. It came with a ball head and a bag. I am very happy with this purchase! As always, B&H shipping & handling is awesome!

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great tripod

                    By Axayv

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                    An awesome tripod and got it at a great price! Plus got a pan head with a mail in rebate! Supports my D7000 with a 105 macro with dual flashes easily. Can take great macro shots because it has a multi angle central column. Would definitely recommend this

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                    5.0

                    Nice Tripod

                    By SculptEarth

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                        Solid and works great so far!

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                        4.0

                        just what i asked for

                        By al

                        from n.j.

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                          was not looking to spend a lot of money for a tripod and think i got a real bargain.its sturdy,good height ( im 6'2" ) and moves in any direction.this is my first tripod and very happy. and delivery took one day.

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                          5.0

                          Much welcomed upgrade

                          By jpspyro

                          from New Orleans, La

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                          This tripod is rock solid and well built. The ball joint is much better than other products without. It feels sturdy and is easy to manipulate.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB

                          By M Perez

                          from Mantua, NJ

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head:

                          Easy to use. Great to use at different settings. I am very happy with this product.

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