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Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head

B&H # VAA263AP MFR # ALTA+ 263AP
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Product Highlights

  • 65" Maximum Height
  • Separate Tilt Controls & Pan Lock
  • 360° Pan
  • +90° to -60° Tilt
  • +90° to -30° Tilt
  • 3x Bubble Levels on Head
  • Independent Setting of 3 Leg Positions
  • Rubber Feet with Retractable Spikes
  • Supports Up to 11 lb
  • Weighs 4.4 lb
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You Pay: $149.99

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The Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head offers generous height, a sleek & modern design, and safety features that will keep you mounting your gear on it for years to come.

Backpackers and other outdoor photographers will be well-served by the Alta+ 263AP, which reaches a maximum height of 64" and supports up to 11 lb. The tripod features spikes that emerge from its rubber feet, and its removable center column hook supports a ballast for added stability under windy conditions. At 4.4 lb with the head, the 263AP is highly portable.

The included PH-32 is removable and features smooth, fluid-style movement with a side-to-side tilt of -60° to +90° and -30° to +90° of back-to-front tilt. The head, which comes with a QS-51 camera plate, features an independent lock of its 360° panning, which aids in panoramic photography. The tripod collar features set screws, so with an Allen wrench you can establish an extremely strong connection with the head.

Rubber ring underneath tripod collar absorbs shock if center column descends rapidly to chassis; center column is also spring-loaded
Hang a counterweight from the removable center column hook increase the tripod's stability in windy conditions
Leg hinges disengage via easy-press buttons
Die-cast magnesium chassis
Reversible center column for macro photography and extremely low angles
Included quick-release plate features range of horizontal adjustment for the 1/4"-20 screw, for precise balancing
Backup safety lock for the camera plate, with automatic closure
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
General
Material Aluminum alloy legs
Magnesium chassis
Load Capacity 11.0 lb (5 kg)
Maximum Height 65.0" (165.0 cm)
Folded Length 25.0" (63.5 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes, 3 on head / no
Weight 4.41 lb (2.0 kg)
Head
Head Type PH-32 3-way pan head
Tilt Range +90° to -60°
+90° to -30°
Pan Range 360°
Quick Release QS-51 quick-release plate with 1/4"-20 screw
Legs
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 (reducer bushing included)
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
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+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head
  • QS-51 Quick-Release Plate for PH-32 Pan Head
  • Carrying Bag
  • Low Angle Photographic Adapter
  • Allen Key
  • 3/8"-16 Bushing
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VanguardAlta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head
     
    4.8

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (13)
    • Large range of motion (8)
    • Strong clamp (6)
    • Attaches firmly (5)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Home (9)
    • Portraits (8)
    • Travel (8)
    • Night shots (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (17)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome Tripod Fitting My Needs

    I needed a well built stable tripod capable of mounting micro four thirds cameras that is light enough to carry into the field (backpacking) and not so expensive that it would be difficult to...Read complete review

    I needed a well built stable tripod capable of mounting micro four thirds cameras that is light enough to carry into the field (backpacking) and not so expensive that it would be difficult to replace. This product fit my needs, it is lighter and more stable than an older product purchased almost 40 years ago that I have been using.........

    .........and it has bubble levels in 3 planes, the legs are super adjustable with little effort. It's a totally well thought out design that provides maximum utility with a lightweight design at a fairly reasonable price. Yes a graphite tripod would be more suitable for my needs but if I dropped that expensive graphite tripod off a cliff I probably would not be able to justify purchasing another in that conversation with my wife. Some people tell me a monopod would be an ideal product but I have an itch for macro photography so this fits my needs. (I am asked why I hike 14,000 feet above sea level to take macro close-ups that do not show the background. If you've ever been at that altitude you know it's all about the journey.)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good Buy, tripot not too heavey.

    Good Buy, tripot not too heavey.
    Just right for my Nikon D800E camera.

    Good Buy, tripot not too heavey.
    Just right for my Nikon D800E camera.

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent Tripod

    By Ameen

    from Tucker, GA

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

      This is an excellent tripod with a very strong base. Perfect for any kind of photography including professional photoshoots.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome Tripod Fitting My Needs

      By Tony

      from Northern Illinois

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

        I needed a well built stable tripod capable of mounting micro four thirds cameras that is light enough to carry into the field (backpacking) and not so expensive that it would be difficult to replace. This product fit my needs, it is lighter and more stable than an older product purchased almost 40 years ago that I have been using.........

        .........and it has bubble levels in 3 planes, the legs are super adjustable with little effort. It's a totally well thought out design that provides maximum utility with a lightweight design at a fairly reasonable price. Yes a graphite tripod would be more suitable for my needs but if I dropped that expensive graphite tripod off a cliff I probably would not be able to justify purchasing another in that conversation with my wife. Some people tell me a monopod would be an ideal product but I have an itch for macro photography so this fits my needs. (I am asked why I hike 14,000 feet above sea level to take macro close-ups that do not show the background. If you've ever been at that altitude you know it's all about the journey.)

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great product

        By Josh

        from PA

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

        Used this tripod while on vaca at the beach and spent time on the beach taking pics of family. The level guides were great and the tripod was easy to use and adjust. The points at the feet help stabilize the tripod on grass/dirt.

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        3.0

        Good Buy, tripot not too heavey.

        By BillyMorales

        from NYC, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

          Good Buy, tripot not too heavey.
          Just right for my Nikon D800E camera.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great Tripod

          By WAHeckel

          from Upstate NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Unfolds Quickly
          • Very sturdy

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

          Very sturdy & well built. Mfg includes only 1 small hex key that you use to remove the head or quick release thumb release.
          The manual shows using a hex key for the head and the legs, but the one supplied doesn't fit the legs as it is too small. I called the company and was told by customer support that they don't provide a hex key for the legs, yet they show it in the manual. Yet the clip that holds the small hex key has places for 3 hex keys.

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          • No

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          5.0

          great tripod

          By Kev

          from Valparaiso Indiana

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

          love all the features its awesome for the price.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Tripod

          By BassDamss

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Travel

              Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

              I usually consider the price in the overall rating and this Tripod is well worth the money based on the price.. simple، easy to use and well constructed.

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              • No

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              5.0

              great stuff

              By Photoboy

              from new york

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                Awesome product! Easy to setup, maneuver, and carry. Easy to use. Just heavy enough to hold itself down but light enough to carry. Also folds nice. I greatly enjoyed this product and would recommend it anytime.

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                • No

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                4.0

                solid tripod

                By Ricki

                from Madison, WI

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                Will be great for some serious filming, this is my first time to use a 3-way pan head but it works just fine. A little bit heavier than I thought.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A solid tripod for all enthusiasts.

                By ShutterFunPhotography

                from Canton, GA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                I was looking for a good solid tripod to carry with me and I came across this model. In this price range I did not think it was possible to fine a good solid tripod, but I was very surprised. This is a very solid tripod to use and I find it very reliable. If you are looking for an inexpensive tripod that delivers, than this the one to get.

                Also, B & H has the best price around for it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Tripod for the money

                By JT

                from SW Minn

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                  I use the tripod for my Canon 60D and my CC. I also needed something strong enough to hold my 60D with a 70x200mm f/2.8 lense. This one seemed to fit the bill. After getting the tripod and then mounting the camera with the lens I was sure I had the right one. It's true the tripod is a little heavy but I don't backpack with the tripod. So this is no big deal for me. Would I buy the same tripod if needed? In a heart beat.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod

                  By Jorge

                  from Montreal

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                  • Weak Clamp

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                  Casual photography, not too heavy and it seems strong enough for several years

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  just excellent

                  By Ing. Villalbazo

                  from Puerto Vallarta, MX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                    great for any occasion, perfect in size and support, simply the best price and quality throughout

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Ideal Tripod

                    By phototherapy318

                    from New Brunswick, NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                      This is the first Vanguard tripod that i own and I'm very pleased with the purchased. it's very light to carry around yet firm when you strap your camera to it with no movement whatsoever. I would highly recommend this idem to those who are looking into moving on from a basic tripod to one that of a advance one.

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                      5.0

                      BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK

                      By shoot first ask f stops later

                      from annapolis md

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                        great tripod as good as many that are 2-3 times more money. sturdy,relatively light and easy to use

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Product

                        By Stu

                        from NYC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                              Light sturdy just what I needed

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great Product

                              By CptRon

                              from Huntsville, AL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                                This Tripo performs as specified. Very stable and easy to use.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Price

                                By Pam

                                from AZ

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Large Range of Motion

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 263AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-32 3-Way Pan Head:

                                  Sturdy for the price

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                                  • No

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