The Vanguard Alta+ 203AP 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with PH-12 3-Way Pan Head is an extremely lightweight yet sturdy & functional tripod with a versatile 3-way head.
Backpackers and other outdoor photographers will be well-served by the Alta+ 203AP, which folds down to just 22.5" with the head attached. It reaches a maximum height of 57.1" and supports up to 4.4 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 only 3 lb with the head, the 203AP is extremely portable.
The included PH-12 is removable and features smooth, fluid-style movement with a side-to-side tilt of 0° to +90° and -60° to +90° of back-to-front tilt. The head, which comes with a QS-50 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 has 1/4"-20 screw and retractable video fixing pin
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