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Vanguard Alta+ 233AP Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head

B&H # VAA233AP Mfr # ALTA+ 233AP
You Pay: $149.99
Product Highlights
  • 6.6 lb (3 kg) Maximum Load
  • Weighs 3.35 lb (1.52 kg)
  • Compact - 24.37" (61.9 cm)
  • Three Leg Sections
  • Extends to 63" (1.6 m)
  • 3-Way Pan Head, 2 Handles
  • Three Leg Angles (25, 50 & 80°)
  • Two Bubble Levels
  • All-Weather Large Foam Grips

The Alta+ 233AP Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head from Vanguard is compact (24.37"/61.9 cm), weighs 3.35 lb (1.52kg) and can support your camera, lens, or camcorder up to 6.6 lb (3 kg). Alta+ is built with features such as dual locking safety mechanisms, an anti-shock ring to minimize damage by camera vibration, three leg angles (25, 50 & 80°), and rubber feet with retractable spikes so you can set up on almost any terrain. The Alta+ 233AP also comes with a fluid 3-way pan head with two handles (PH-22) and two bubble levels for positioning versatility and accuracy.

The Alta+ 233AP is also equipped with clamp-style leg locks and large foam grips for all-weather usage. With all these features, this tripod is ideal for a wide variety of photographic shooting situations, including macro (by reversing the head and using the built-in low-angle adapter), landscapes, portraits, nature, and travel.

Aluminum alloy legs
Three leg angles for uneven ground (25°, 50°, 80°)
Magnesium die-casted canopy and heads
Feet can be adjusted from spikes to smooth rubber to provide stability for changing terrains
Anti-shock ring to prevent the damage by camera vibrations
Removable hook to hang accessories
Large foam grips for all-weather use
Accepts large quick release camera plates for better stability when using heavy equipment
Patented ergonomic design (head & canopy)
Camera plate has a dual locking safety mechanism with an automatic closure
Compact and lightweight for travel
Perfect for macro photography with its reversible head and a built-in low angle adapter
General
Load Capacity 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Maximum Height 63" (1.6 m)
Folded Length 24.37" (61.9 cm)
Bubble Level 1
Weight 3.53 lb (1.6 kg)
Head
Material Magnesium alloy
Head Type PH-22: 3-way pan head, 2 handles
Quick Release Yes
Plate: QS-50 (included)
Bubble Level 2
Height 3.54" (90mm)
Legs
Material Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"
Leg Sections 5
Leg Lock Type Flip
Independent Leg Spread 30°, 50°, 80°
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Column Sections 1
Vanguard Alta+ 233AP Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head
  • Carry Bag
  • PH-22 Panhead
  • QS-50 Quick-Release Plate for PH-22 and PH-12 Pan Heads
  • Removable Accessory Hook
  • Manufacturer's Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardAlta+ 233AP Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head
     
    4.0

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (3)
    • Stable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

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      2.0

      Expensive, no stability, the locks break

      By Nicolas

      from Buenos Aires, AR.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Unstable

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 233AP Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head:

        Over the past year I had been using everyday this tripod. I use it at my studio with a Canon 60-D.

        It is so light that it has no stability at all. I had to improvise an additional system to make it stable. I would NOT recommend this tripod for long exposures or video. It moves very easily.

        A few days ago I noticed that one of the lock's that prevent changing the legs angles had broke. (The legs of this model can all be adjusted individually to 3 different angles). I open it to see what was going on, and I realized that the lock is made of a very thin and cheap plastic.
        Now, every time I had to use it I need to double-check if the unlock leg is in the same angle of the other two.

        I think this tripod would only work to make casual photos, outdoors, (with daylight), or traveling.

        For the price and the review's I thought it could be a professional tripod, but is not.

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        5.0

        Super Tripod

        By terry

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Photography Student

        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
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 233AP Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head:

          This is a solid tripod. I was looking for something that would be tall enough without having to extend the center post, and this fits the bill. Also, I was looking for something that would be sturdy, yet not too heavy. Check! I use this tripod for night shooting, and I spend a lot of time hiking and shooting. This gives me great stability

          Additionally, I like that I have three separate controls for the head, and each one works independently of the others.

          Bottom line: I've had really great success with this tripod and would buy it again!
          I'm wondering why I waited so long to buy it!

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          4.0

          I would this product again.

          By Jake

          from Towanda, PA

          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+ 233AP Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head:

            Good and stable.

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            5.0

            Sturdy, light weight for backing

            By Stretch

            from Napa Valley, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vanguard Alta+ 233AP Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head:

                Lightweight, versatile, easy to work, levels come in handy. Handles K5 w/300mm very nicely.

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