Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with Alta BH-100 Ball Head

Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with Alta BH-100 Ball Head

Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with Alta BH-100 Ball Head

B&H # VAAP2263AB10 MFR # ALTA PRO 2+ 263AB 100
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 15.4 lb, Leg Sections: 3
  • Tiltable & Rotatable Rapid Center Column
  • Swivel 360°, Tilt 90° Up or Down
  • Aluminum Alloy Legs, Twist Locks
  • Maximum Height: 68.2"
  • Minimum Height: 9.0"
  • Folded Length: 29.0", Weight: 5.0 lb
  • Arca-Type Ball Head, Quick Release Plate
  • Independent 360° Pan, 90° Tilt
  • Ball-and-Socket Tension Control
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  • 1Description

This Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit from Vanguard supports up to 15.4 lb, measures 29.0" when folded, and includes an Alta BH-100 Arca-type compatible ball head with QS-60 V2 Quick Release Plate. Each of its 3-section legs features an independent spread as well as twist locks for rapid deployment. Together, the three legs can be extended to obtain a maximum height of 56.8", or 68.2" with the center column fully raised. When the center column and the legs are retracted, the tripod kit stands at 27.8". 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.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the QS-60 V2 Quick Release Plate. The quick release plate can be attached or removed from the integrated clamp located at the top of the head's ball-and-socket joint by tightening or loosening the clamp's knurled, locking knob. Within the recessed surface between the clamp's jaws is a retaining pin. This pin prevents an installed QS-60 V2 Quick Release Plate from accidentally sliding off when the clamp is opened. The quick release plate features a rubberized, non-slip platform while two built-in bubble levels along the edges of the clamp accommodate landscape or portrait orientations.

By loosening the ball head's primary locking knob, the head's ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. Variable tension can be applied to the ball-and-socket joint's movements by rotating the friction knob located above the primary locking knob. Toward the side of the ball head opposite the primary locking knob is a secondary locking knob, which controls the ability to rotate the head 360°.

For added versatility, the center column is connected to the tripod by a fulcrum which 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 9.0". 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.

General Use and Handling
  • Supports up to 15.4 lb
  • Push-and-pull rapid center column for rapid positioning
  • Can be set to a maximum height of 56.8", or 68.2" with the center column fully raised
  • Tripod kit stands at 27.8" 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 9.0"
  • 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
  • Aluminum-alloy 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 5.0 lb, measures 29.0" when folded
Ball Head
  • Arca-type ball head
  • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount
  • Reducer bushing included for compatibility with tripods or support systems that feature a 1/4"-20 mount
  • Uses ball-and-socket joint to help maximize pan-and-tilt flexibility
  • Ball-and-socket joint provides 360° of swivel control, is tiltable down to a 90° angle, and can be locked into place
  • Large, primary locking knob with knurled surface allows ball-and-socket joint to be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position
  • Knurled friction knob located above the primary locking knob applies variable tension on the ball-and-socket joint's movements
  • Secondary locking knob with knurled surface allows head to rotate 360°
  • Integrated clamp on top of on the ball-and-socket joint is compatible with included QS-60 V2 Quick Release Plate
  • Two built-in bubble levels along the edges of the clamp accommodate landscape or portrait orientations
  • Integrated retaining pin on the clamp prevents QS-60 V2 Quick Release Plate from accidentally sliding off when the clamp is opened
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
UPC: 026196349082
In the Box
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with Alta BH-100 Ball Head
  • Alta BH-100 Ball Head
  • Tripod Bag
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty (Extended 8 Years with Online Registration)
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    • 1Description

    Vanguard ALTA PRO 2+ 263AB 100 specs

    Tripod Head
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 1/4"-20 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    General
    Load Capacity 15.4 lb / 6.99 kg
    Maximum Working Height 68.2" / 173.2 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 56.8" / 144.1 cm
    Minimum Working Height Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Folded Length 29" / 73.7 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 5.3 lb / 2.40 kg
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Leg Positions 4 Positions
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 3
    Bubble Level Yes
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Ballast Hook, 3/8"-16 Accessory Mounting Thread
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column Yes
    Center Column Rotation 360°
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.8 x 5.4 x 5.3"

    Vanguard ALTA PRO 2+ 263AB 100 reviews

    Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with Alta BH-100 Ball Head is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Update to previous review Very pleased with how Vanguard handled a complaint with this product. A couple months after I left my review citing the faulty thread spacer, Vanguard contacted me that they had updated the tripod to remedy my complaint and offered to send me a replacement. Sure enough, the new tripod had the head fixed and is studier than ever. Wouldn't hesitate to use now for any purpose. Thank you Vanguard for going above and beyond. I will look to you first for any accessories in the future. Disclaimer: Vanguard provided me with an updated, working tripod but this review was written based on my own opinion and experience.
    Date published: 2018-08-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alta Pro 2+ pros and cons The Alta Pro 2+ is a remarkable tripod great for landscape photographers. Pros: Quick to set up and adjust on the spot for quick composition changes Multiple leg angles help with rough terrain and windy stabilization issues. Not too heavy but strong and durable. multiple rubberized grips so slipping and tearing of foam grips is a non issue. Cons: The BH-100 ball head (while the ball head works great and holds the camera steady, I have an issue with build quality. The supplied wrench for the quick release plate does not match up with the hex slot to tighten down the camera to the plate. This will cause the hex slot to strip out guaranteed after a few times. The second thing is that when tightening the quick release plate to the ball head the knob is difficult to fully tighten and loosen due to its proximity to the bottom of the camera body. Overall I gave the tripod a 5 star review because it can be purchased without the ball head and upgrades are available to make the bullhead issue null and void. Just something to think about for Vanguard going forward.
    Date published: 2017-06-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wish I could have given it 5 stars First, as a professional photographer, I am challenged almost daily as I try new things or take on client projects which require innovative solutions.� Because of those considerations, I need an arsenal of weapons in my bag.� One of the many are my tripods.� I currently have 5 and each serves a different purpose.� When I was given, and asked to review the Alta Pro 2+, I greedily accepted.� As far as I'm concerned, you can't have too many tripods.� In the interest of full disclosure, I was given this tripod to keep. All I had to do was use it and review it, so you might think my opinion and my review would be shaded toward the hand that fed me.� Well, I don't.� Frankly I have been a Manfrotto guy for years.� Use them; Love them; Buy them.� But then comes this Vanguard box to my door and the first thing I noticed when I opened it was how close it resembled one of my existing Manfrotto tripods.� The second thing I noticed it how different it was to use.� Essentially, all tripods strive to provide the same result:� To give you as stable a platform as possible from which to shoot.� Sounds easy.� It isn't always.� Gimmicks get added and the locking levers, feet, knobs, leg releases and heads change.� Sometimes to make our lives easier.� Sometimes, without realizing they are even doing it, they make simple tasks more difficult.� One of first things I liked about the Vanguard was the heft of the unit.� It's technically classified as a Lightweight aluminum tripod.� It is. But it feels stronger.� Open the legs and set it on the floor and it feels stable.� Extend the legs, using a simple lock/unlock twisting motion and they extend easily.� Again the platform is stable.� My favorite feature of this model is that it is exactly the same as my similar Manfrotto in that you raise the center post to it's highest position, turn a lever releasing a hinge and you rotate it 90 degrees and instead of holding the camera vertical, you now have it horizontal. close the legs and then extend them to the full outward locking detent and you have a camera that can sit 6 inches off the floor and change its angle of attack to any position Possible.� When you have a camera platform where you can place the tripod on the floor with the camera and a 14mm wide angle lens against the wall behind a basket, and trigger it with a remote during a basketball game, you will get some amazing images.� It's the same if you set the tripod on the floor of the passenger side and have the camera out the car window.� The List of things you can do with that configuration is endless.� It has taken me (because I timed it) 7 seconds to get the Alta Pro to reconfigure from vertical to horizontal.� It took almost 6 minutes to get the Manfrotto to do the same thing.� The engineers at Vanguard saw a really simple way to accomplish the task, that the Manfrotto folks haven't figured out yet.� Maybe now the Vanguard is here, they will.� The knobs, levers and twist locks all have rubber ribbing which makes holding them and turning them much easier than the smooth metal of the Manfrotto.� The Alta Pro comes with a carry bag.� Those are the features I like.� These are the minor one I don't.� The 'quick release' camera plate isn't.� Unscrewing the locking mechanism to get the plates to slide out of its slot is time consuming, and reaching that screw when there is a camera attached (Mine are Canon 1Dx and Canon 5Ds) takes some nimble fingers, because there is not much room to work.� The rubber feet leave marks on the floor, and there are times and places when you really don't want to do that.� They left marks on a white shooting backdrop that looked like a magic marker had been employed.� They left marks on a hardwood floor and a marble entry.� When the center post is raised to its highest position and locked down, there is play in the tripod.� From the legs to the floor the unit is very stable, but I felt some play when I raised the center post and no amount of locking knobs and levers made it go away.� Perhaps it was just mine.� Maybe it was a flaw, but I can't know that, so I felt compelled to mention it.� Other than those minor issues, I really like the tripod.� In fact is has replaced the similar Manfrotto because of what it does easier.� I hope you found this review helpful
    Date published: 2018-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Tripod Really easy to use and provides many options for presenting the camera at different angles, including looking down and from a very low point.
    Date published: 2017-11-27
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