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Vanguard ALTA PH-32 3-Way Pan Head (Aluminum)

BH #VAALTAPH32 • MFR #ALTA PH-32
Vanguard ALTA PH-32 3-Way Pan Head (Aluminum)
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Maximum Height: 5.2
  • Weight: 1.5 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
The aluminum ALTA PH-32 3-Way Pan Head from Vanguard is a 1.5 lb Arca-type compatible support that has a load capacity of 11 lb. The head has two separate handle locks, one for the vertical tilt and the other handle locks the lateral tilt and panning simultaneously. The front tilting range is -60° to +90°, the lateral range is -30° to +90°, and the head can rotate a full 360°. In addition, the 5.2" tall support has two bubble levels, and includes a quick plate with a safety pin, which prevents the plate from sliding or falling out if the clamp was partially opened by accident.
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Vanguard PH-32 Overview

The aluminum ALTA PH-32 3-Way Pan Head from Vanguard is a 1.5 lb Arca-type compatible support that has a load capacity of 11 lb. The head has two separate handle locks, one for the vertical tilt and the other handle locks the lateral tilt and panning simultaneously. The front tilting range is -60° to +90°, the lateral range is -30° to +90°, and the head can rotate a full 360°. In addition, the 5.2" tall support has two bubble levels, and includes a quick plate with a safety pin, which prevents the plate from sliding or falling out if the clamp was partially opened by accident.

UPC: 026196349426

Vanguard PH-32 Specs

General
Head TypePan & Tilt Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female & 1/4"-20 with Bushing
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
Load Capacity11 lb / 4.99 kg
Number of Bubble Levels2
Friction ControlNo
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialAluminum
Pan & Tilt Range
Lateral Tilt-30° to +90°
Vertical Tilt+90° to -60°
Panning Range360°
Physical
Base Diameter2.2" / 55.88 mm
DimensionsH: 5.2" / H: 13.2 cm
Weight1.5 lb / 680.38 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.5 x 6 x 3.5"

Vanguard PH-32 Reviews

Won't work vertical

By Jeff
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-23

Won't stand up straight for vertical. You have to turn the head backwards and point one of the levers forward to get the head to level. None of which matters very much, as the camera plate won't support a Canon 5D Mk4 in vertical configuration. Tighten it as much as possible with the hand tightener and it slowly droops down, reset the plate and it still droops down. . . And once I took it off to replace it with a ball head, I can't figure out how to put it back together again. Overall, a bad design.

A solid head, but weird lock mechanism

By Norman
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-09

Strengths: - A solid head. - The control levers have a clever mechanism in them that allows them to be in either a short (compact) position or a longer position. Weakness: - The description on the B&H website says it has an independent pan lock, but this is not really true. The lock mechanism for the pan function is weird in my opinion. It has two positions. In one position, twisting the front handle simultaneously locks both the pan and the front-back tilt. In the other position, the front handle only locks the front-back tilt; there is then no lock for the pan function. In my opinion, a pan-tilt head should ideally have 3 separate locks – one for pan, one for front-back tilt, and one for left-right tilt.

Good product

By Otto
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-04

Quality material, smooth movement. Shipping was fast. I highly recommend this product!

Odd

By David
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-18

I am giving this 2 stars because of an odd design that I did not notice in the description. Unless I am missing something, I cannot make JUST the panning work. I must also loosen the tilt function and then it pans and tilts when I do not want it to tilt. If I can find out how to work around this, I will change the rating.

Smooth

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

This may be the best 3-way head I have ever owned. Quality craftsmanship in a simple, easy to use design. I like that the handles pull out and retract and the panning is smooth as butter. It simply does what it was designed to do in an elegant way. The size is just right for my Nikon D810 with a normal or telephoto or any of my lenses, even my Nikon 200-500. Highly recommended and you may want to look at Vanguard’s tripods too.

New purchase

By Martha
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-24

I am pleased with the Vanguard 3 way pan head for my Vanguard tripod.

Works great

By Deb
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-05

The end caps would not stay on the handles and kept falling off, had to glue them in so they stayed. Was a bit frustrating that it had to be repaired on arrival. But, besides that minor issue the head works great!!!!

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