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Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CT Carbon-Fiber Tripod

BH #VAAPRO2263CT • MFR #ALTA PRO 2+ 263CT
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CT Carbon-Fiber Tripod
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 15.4 lb
  • Tiltable & Rotatable Rapid Center Column
  • Swivel 360°, Tilt 90° Up or Down
  • Carbon-Fiber Legs, Leg Sections: 3
The Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CT Tripod is constructed from carbon fiber to maximize durability while limiting weight. It supports up to 15.4 lb, measures 24.6" when folded, and can be positioned to a maximum height of 52.3", or 63.8" with its push-and-pull, rapid center column fully raised. Its 3-section legs each feature an independent spread as well as twist locks for rapid deployment. When the center column and the legs are retracted, the tripod stands at 23.3". Polymer covers on two of the legs provide a secure, comfortable grip while moving the tripod, and rubber feet help to enhance stability on a wide variety of surfaces.
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Vanguard 263CT Overview

The Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CT Tripod is constructed from carbon fiber to maximize durability while limiting weight. It supports up to 15.4 lb, measures 24.6" when folded, and can be positioned to a maximum height of 52.3", or 63.8" with its push-and-pull, rapid center column fully raised. Its 3-section legs each feature an independent spread as well as twist locks for rapid deployment. When the center column and the legs are retracted, the tripod stands at 23.3". Polymer covers on two of the legs provide a secure, comfortable grip while moving the tripod, and rubber feet help to enhance stability on a wide variety of surfaces.

Tripod heads, cameras, lenses, or sport optics that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to top of the tripod's center column. For added versatility, the center column is connected to the tripod by a fulcrum that enables 90° of upwards or downwards tilt that can be locked into place. Additionally, the center column assembly permits 360° of independent rotation. With the ability to push and pull the center column at all times, those tilt and swivel movements allow the center column to be used as an extendable cross arm or a miniature camera boom. This allows an attached camera to be easily raised toward an elevated subject or over a scene. A camera that is placed toward the end of center column can be positioned perpendicular to the tripod, while the legs can be further lowered for a minimum height of 7.3". The camera can then be extended past the tripod's legs, which is particularly useful for copy stand or macro photography. For subjects along the ground, the center column can also be used to obtain low angles while the tripod's user is positioned comfortably behind the camera.

A nylon carry bag with a draw-string closure and shoulder strap is included for storage or transport.

Use and Handling

  • Supports up to 15.4 lb
  • Push-and-pull rapid center column for rapid camera, lens, or sport optic positioning
  • Can be set to a maximum height of 52.3", or 63.8" with the center column fully raised
  • Tripod stands at 23.3" when the center column and the legs are retracted
  • For added versatility, the center column is connected to the tripod by a fulcrum that enables up to 90° of upwards or downwards tilt, which allows the legs to be further lowered for a minimum height of 7.3"
  • Center column can be locked at 0°, 15°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 75° or 90° angles
  • Center column assembly permits 360° of independent rotation
  • Tilt, swivel, as well as push-and-pull movements allow the center column to be used as an extendable cross arm or a miniature camera boom
  • Hexagonal shaft design provides center column with increased torsional rigidity
  • Legs each feature 3 sections, twist locks for rapid deployment, and can be independently spread
  • Legs can be locked at 20°, 40°, 60, or 80° angles
  • Polymer covers on two of the legs provide a secure and comfortable grip
  • Rubber feet help to enhance stability on a wide variety of surfaces
  • Separately-available metal spikes can supplement included rubber feet for use on surfaces such as soft and uneven soil
  • Built-in tripod bubble level, ballast loop, and 3/8"-16 female accessory thread for direct attachment of accessories that feature 3/8"-16 mounts
  • Weighs 3.6 lb, measures 24.6" when folded

Construction Details

  • Carbon-fiber legs
  • 1/4"-20 mount
UPC: 026196349075

Vanguard 263CT Specs

General
Load Capacity15.4" (39.1 cm)
Maximum Height63.8" (162.1 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended52.3" (132.7 cm)
Minimum HeightTripod Configuration with Center Column in Vertical Position: 23.3" (59.1 cm)
Tripod Configuration with Center Column Perpendicular to Legs: 7.3" (18.4 cm)
Folded Length24.6" (62.5 cm)
Weight3.6 lb (3.6 kg)
Legs
MaterialCarbon Fiber
Head Attachment Fitting1/4"-20
Leg Stages/Sections3
Leg Lock TypeTwist
Independent Leg SpreadYes, lockable at 20°, 40°, 60, or 80° angles
Spiked/Retractable FeetNo
Center BraceNo
Center Column
Center Column TypeRapid
Tilt and PanYes; tilt upwards, downwards, and lock at 0°, 15°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 75° or 90° angles; rotate 360°
Center Column Sections1
Bubble LevelYes
Ballast HookYes, ballast loop
Accessory Mounting ThreadYes, 3/8"-16
Packaging Info
Package Weight5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25.8 x 5.5 x 5.4"

Vanguard 263CT Reviews

A good Choice

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-02

Needed a tripod for a spotting scope that was lightweight but sturdy. This one fills both requirements. Also the adjustable head gives the ability to look down into canyons even with a angle scope. Brian

Great Tripod

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-17

This is a sturdy, light weight, tripod. I bought it for the weight and flexability of use and it has not disappointed. Works as advertised.

Big upgrade! Worth every penny!

By Jay
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-12

I upgraded from a Mefoto Globetrotter to this tripod. The build quality, ergonomics, leg locks, and “solid” feel all were a big improvement over what I had before! This is a superb well made and designed tripod and is very light for how solid it feels. Highly recommended! 5stars+

Excellent replacement for my old (tired) Gitzo.

By Stephan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-14

After using my Gitzo tripod for only 47 years, I decided to stop tearing up my hands opening and closing the legs extensions. This Vanguard replacement is a breeze, and has lots of features my old tripod doesn't. It's exactly what I needed.

Good Purchase

By Dana
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-14

This tripod is reasonably priced and the design and build quality are excellent. A very versatile piece of gear.

This is the one you want!

By Patrick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-13

It's a Vanguard, what else do you need to know? Great quality! Feels sturdy. Smooth operation. This is the second Vanguard tripod I own. If you are only as good as your equipment, this will make you great. I bought this for macro photography. The ease of setup was crucial in my decision. After owning one, I was partial to the brand. You will be too.

Best tripod for what I do

By Matt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-21

As a real estate photographer, my tripod is essential to my everyday work, and I need something that is quick to deploy, lightweight, and innovative in design. This guy checks all the boxes. The design of the quarter turn locks is ingenious that it stops turning when unlocked unlike make other tripods. The carbon fiber legs are sleek and smooth. There is a considerable amount of flex of course, but this doesn't usually translate to slower shutter speeds. The hinge design of the legs is also quite good. Also kudos to Vanguard for their five year warranty...obviously after constant use every single day, some things are bound to break, but still impressive how well it holds up after constant use.

Nice Features

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-18

Another of my Vanguard products. I love this tripod, especially how the center post comes up and can be easily changed to a horizontal position. Quality craftsmanship and the quick release leg adjusters are cool and work like a charm with a quarter turn.

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