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VanguardAlta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod
 
4.7

(based on 80 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (69)
  • Unfolds quickly (49)
  • Lightweight (41)
  • Folds away (30)

Cons

  • Heavy (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (62)
  • Night shots (54)
  • Portraits (48)
  • Home (43)
  • Wildlife (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (9), Pro photographer (9), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sturdy, Light and Versatile

The basics: The Alta Pro 263 is very sturdy, well built and light for it's size and stability. I've used this with a Canon 5D with a 100-400mm lens. It holds that...Read complete review

The basics: The Alta Pro 263 is very sturdy, well built and light for it's size and stability. I've used this with a Canon 5D with a 100-400mm lens. It holds that weight with no problems.

The legs are only 3 sections which means it doesn't fold up as small as some others. However, this means it deploys very fast as you only have to open 2 clamps per leg for full extension. My previous tripod had 5 section legs and opening all those clamps got old. Also, more sections means thinner tubes and less stability.

The leg tubes and clamps are very nice. The legs extend smoothly and the clamps are firm. The feet are large and steady with the ability to screw in to reveal terrain spikes. They seem well built as does the entire assembly.

There is place at the top to attach a shoulder strap for carrying. I attached an old strap from a carry-on bag to this. On the other end of the strap I added a bungee cord which I loop around the feet of the the tripod. This allows the tripod to hang, inverted, from my shoulder very comfortably and out of the way when hiking. Once again, the lightness helps here.

The bag that comes with the tripod is very well constructed. It has a carry strap and loads in from one end with two cinch cords to close it. It is long enough to accommodate the tripod and a good sized ball head (Manfrotto 468MGRC2). All load bearing areas of the bag are web reinforced. I prefer my shoulder strap for most things as it's quicker to deploy than a bag. Still, the bag is a nice addition and will last a long time I'm sure.

Beyond the basics: The Alta's unique feature is it's central column. This makes this the most versatile tripod I've used.

The column acts just like a standard tripod when that is what you want. If you need to reach an interesting angle over an obstruction or right down low to the ground, you just extend the column a bit farther and this allows the column to extend horizontally and then rotate to any angle you like. I've used it for overhead shots, to extend my camera over obstructions, for ground level shots and more.

It really lets you put your camera where you want it quickly and easily. I was worried that this would be a cumbersome feature. It is not. I own a Benbo 1 and a Benbo Trekker. The Alta allows me to put my camera in the same odd positions faster and with more stability.

I've taken this on many hikes and find it to be everything I need in a tripod. Just add your favorite ball head and you are good to go.

I'm very please with my purchase.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Low quality materials

I use it for landscapes. After one year of using it leg stopper does not work on one leg. Center column is not stable, always has some degree of play, especially when camera...Read complete review

I use it for landscapes. After one year of using it leg stopper does not work on one leg. Center column is not stable, always has some degree of play, especially when camera is tilted upwards, even with moderate telephoto. In non-vertical position this play is couple of inches, making it unusable.

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5.0

Good for the price

By JB541

from Central, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Shots
  • Portraits
  • Travel

Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

I've used this tripod on a few occassions now and must say it's nice and stable and can get into just about any position you can imagine. It says the minimum height is 6" but if you invert the center column you can hang the camera upside down and litterally be right at ground level. This tripod and a good ball head will allow you to shoot however you want.

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4.0

Nice piece of equipment for the money!

By Rd

from Pa

Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

Great tripod for the money, will do the job for most.

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5.0

Very good for the money

By Craig

from Knighsen, Ca

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

    If you can't afford a $400-1,000 tripod, then for [$] this is a pod that will last a very long time. The difference between a $1,000 pod and any as this one is tolerances and material quality. The tighter the tolerance and quality of materials, the more expensive to make. Bells and whistles are good, but you want a product that has decent tolerances and material qualities, this tripod here has these. You can't go wrong. Also, I would buy the best head you can after this purchase, the 200 head by this company is the best head for the money.

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    5.0

    Great tripod

    By Jerry

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Flexible configuration
    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

      After a long search for reviews on the web and hands on at a local shop, I decided that this was the tripod for me. After using it I found that the reviews where correct. It is very sturdy and more important it is VERY flexible. It was a great buy.

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      5.0

      Vanguard Tripod

      By OG

      from Columbia, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

        I use the tripod for whatever shot that I want to have complete stability - telephoto, macro, low light, long exposures etc. It is my go to tripod.The tripod functions very well. it is easy to set up and adjust. It is "medium" weight and goes reasonably well attached to a backpack.I like the way the tripod extends and how the Multi-Angle Central Column allows you to basically get on the ground which is especially good for macro photography and low level shots.

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        5.0

        I love this thing !!!

        By Jersey Joe

        from Princeton, NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Macro

        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

        I think this is my new favorite piece of gear.It's lightweight, strong and well built.It came with a nice carrying case too!This tripod is very versatile and can be put in to numerous positions and configurations. It's especially great for macro photography or for just getting your camera into that hard to reach spot. I own a lot of tripods, some of which I've paid a wedge of cash for... but I don't like any of them better than this, it's great!

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        5.0

        Exactly what I'm loking for .

        By Marck

        from Windsor , Quebec , Canada

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

          I don't have to up side down the center pole for take shot on the ground . I'll use it for macro photo , for wildlife I can stay low on the ground or use it like a normal tripod . I'm very satisfy.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Tripod!

          By Naravara

          from Bangalore, India

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Good Stability
          • Great Design
          • High Quality
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots

          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

          A rock solid (a bit heavy after I fixed the Vanguard SBH-250 Magnesium Ballhead) tripod and a great value for the quality workmanship. Very easy to use: I could figure out moving the legs and the center column to set the tripod to various heights and angles. Comes with a carry bug and 1/4" & 3/8" screw adapter. An allen wrench is included with the tripod.

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          5.0

          Nice little tripod

          By Fred

          from MN

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

              This is the second one I've bought. I plan to remove the legs and build another base for it so I can use the arm to stick out beyond boardwalks in bogs etc.to photograph low-growing orchids and such. If I didn't like the first one I wouldn't have bought this one.

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              4.0

              Very sturdy

              By MJ

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro

                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                This tripod is so much sturdier than my Manfrotto for the same price. It's easier to manipulate and I love the central column system that allows me to get directly over a subject.

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                5.0

                Really Sturdy and Solid

                By PBJ Studios

                from Chicago

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • It Comes With Tools
                • It Has A Bag
                • Lightweight
                • Sturdy
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                  This tripod is sturdy and pretty solid for what I need it for. I was able to sit my Nikon D3s and not worry about it being to support the weight. The Multi Angle Central Column System allows for a sand bag to be attached to the bottom to assist with the different angles. The feet have retractable spikes in case you need it on the surface you are working on or you can screw them in with a turn of the pad if you need the rubber on a delicate surface. I was pretty impressed with the design and cost. I was able to put the head from my other tripod which was pretty expensive to this one with a removal of a screw.

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                  5.0

                  Great tripod at a good price

                  By Joey

                  from Houston, tx

                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                  Great tripod. A nice large carring bag large enough for a large ball head. I will probably buy a carring strap so I can hike out in the dark and not have to worry about loosing the bag.

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                  4.0

                  Alta Pro 263 tripod, easy to use

                  By Che

                  from Coatesville, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots

                    Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                    Just started using it, but easy to put out of car and set up quickly.Sturdy and works well with the Vanguard SBH-100 Ball Head.Would be nice if there was a handle of some sort on it.

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                    5.0

                    Great purchase!

                    By Al. Corrêa

                    from Brazil

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                      I recommend for everybody. It is very helpful and versatile. Fantastic!

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                      4.0

                      Good all-around tripod

                      By Mixed Media

                      from CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Product Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                        Initially when I was shopping for tripods, I was just going to get a generic tripod that cost much less. Then I figured since I was going to be doing some product photography, that I should look into my options for taking pictures horizontally. It came down to the Benro A2970F or this tripod.

                        After talking with a B&H product rep I settled on this tripod. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the quality of the purchase. The legs are a bit stiff, but not to the point of being inhibitive. Setup is pretty easy and it seems pretty sturdy.

                        The only thing I noticed is that sometimes the foot grips become loose and then the spikes on the bottom slip out when I don't need them to be because I'm on a flat surface.

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                        4.0

                        Solid Tripod

                        By Fredwillbe

                        from Northern Minnesota

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Stacking Macro Images

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                          Bought this to do macro photography where I will stack the images for greater depth-of-field. Needed something sturdy and easy to set up in tough places. This seems to actually do the job. I can photograph from nearly ground level and get shots I couldn't do before.

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic Tri-pod!

                          By Christy

                          from Virginia

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                          I am loving this Tri-pod! It is much lighter than I thought it would be, very convenient to set up and extremely sturdy. I used it for the first time on a Nature shoot and hike through the woods and it was just great. I could secure and balance it on any terrain and at any angle. I highly recommend Vangaurd products to pros and novices alike. You will be very pleased with the range this tripod has. Best of all it is great for us tall people. No more leaning over, YES!

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                          5.0

                          Excellent!!!

                          By TheCohbrah

                          from Michigan

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Build quality
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • Plastin Insert

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                          I purchased this tripod because my 80 dollar Promaster 7150 broke. I was hesitant on spending the money on this due to me trying to "budget". Well considering I will be having a few thousand dollars in equipment, why not spend a little more to protect it while shooting with a tripod? The tripod is excellent in build. The versatility this one has to offer is unmatched in a sense of the numerous configurations that is possible with it. The only complaint I have is the plastic part that goes inside the tripod to hold the shaft that holds the camera. There is a button you press that is similar to that of summer lawn furniture. If you insert the part with the button at the small tab on the plastic insert, prepare to find the piece broken and unable to effectively use it until it gets replaced. Luckily for me, the warehouse was only 30 minutes away from home so I drove there and they replaced it for free with no questions. Great product overall!!!

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                          4.0

                          ATLA PRO 263 AT

                          By Eetz Juan

                          from Georgia

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                I just received this tripod about two weeks now. Straight from the box it is nicely packaged. It is sturdy and I love its versitile abilities (multi-angle central column system). The tripod legs are stiff right now when trying to open the legs apart. Mainly I think it's because I need to break it in.

                                Overall I am satisfied with my purchase.

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                                5.0

                                excellent tripod.

                                By Darrel

                                from Illinois

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod:

                                  For the size,stability and price this is a great investment for years to come.

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