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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with SBH-100 Ball Head

BH #VAAP263AB • MFR #ALTA PRO 263AB 100
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with SBH-100 Ball Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 15.4 lb, Leg Sections: 3
  • Tiltable & Rotatable Rapid Center Column
  • Swivel 360°, Tilt 90° Up or Down
  • Aluminum-Alloy Legs, Flip Locks
This Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit from Vanguard supports up to 15.4 lb, measures 28.1" when folded, and includes an SBH-100 ball head with QS-39 Quick Release Plate. Each of its 3-section legs features an independent spread as well as flip locks for fast deployment. Together, the three legs can be can be positioned for a minimum height of 56" to a maximum height of 68.1" with the center column fully raised. Foam covers on each of the legs provide a secure, comfortable grip while moving the tripod, and rubber feet each with a twist-out, metal spike further enhance stability on a wide variety of surfaces, including soft and uneven soil.
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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB100 Tripod with SBH-10... Overview

This Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit from Vanguard supports up to 15.4 lb, measures 28.1" when folded, and includes an SBH-100 ball head with QS-39 Quick Release Plate. Each of its 3-section legs features an independent spread as well as flip locks for fast deployment. Together, the three legs can be can be positioned for a minimum height of 56" to a maximum height of 68.1" with the center column fully raised. Foam covers on each of the legs provide a secure, comfortable grip while moving the tripod, and rubber feet each with a twist-out, metal spike further enhance stability on a wide variety of surfaces, including soft and uneven soil.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the QS-39 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. The quick release plate features a rubberized, non-slip platform while two built-in bubble levels are located along the edges of the clamp.

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. 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, 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, and 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 carry bag 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 minimum height of 56" to a maximum height of 68.1" with the center column fully raised
  • For added versatility, the center column is connected to the tripod by a fulcrum that enables up to 90° of upwards or downwards tilt
  • 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, flip locks for fast deployment, and can be independently spread
  • Legs can be locked at 25°, 50°, or 80° angles
  • Foam covers on each of the legs provide a secure and comfortable grip
  • Rubber feet with twist-out, metal spikes further enhance stability on a wide variety of surfaces, including soft and uneven soil
  • Built-in tripod bubble level, ballast hook, and 1/4"-20 mount for direct attachment of accessories that feature 1/4"-20 female accessory threads
  • 1/4"-20 to 3/8"-16 mount adapter for attachment of accessories that feature 3/8"-16 female accessory threads
  • Weighs 5.4 lb, measures 28.1" when folded

Ball Head

  • Magnesium-alloy ball head with quick release clamp
  • Compatible 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
  • 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-39 Quick Release Plate
  • Two built-in bubble levels along the edges of the clamp
UPC: 026196335986

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB100 Tripod with SBH-10... Specs

Head
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threads
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Number of Bubble Levels2
General
Load Capacity15.4 lb / 7 kg
Maximum Working Height68.1" / 173 cm
Minimum Working Height56" / 142.2 cm
Closed Length28.1" / 71.4 cm
MaterialsAluminum Alloy, Magnesium Alloy
Weight5.4 lb / 2.4 kg
Legs
Leg Lock TypeFlip Lock
Leg Positions3 Positions
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections3
Bubble LevelYes
Feet FeaturesRetractable, Spiked
Center Column
Center Column FeaturesBallast Hook
Center Column Sections1
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnYes
Center Column Rotation360°
Packaging Info
Package Weight7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)29.5 x 5.2 x 4.2"

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB100 Tripod with SBH-10... Reviews

Kinda Works

By Daniel
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-04

I have used this tripod for a couple years and am now shopping for a replacement. It serviced me at the beginning in the sense that it held up my camera. Out of the box, I have had to work around its deficiencies. The tripod head, when locked-in, does not stay in place. There is a range of rotation, left to right and back again, even when tightened 100%. The legs are also not very sturdy. All that said, this is a good entry-level tripod. However, if you already have a $70+ tripod you are looking to upgrade, to this may not be it.

Fine for hobbyists, definitely not pro.

By Jonathan
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-22

The center column was crooked, so even if you level the tripod base, the part that the ball head sits on can never be leveled, making it useless for any type of panorama.

Yup!

By Elibet
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-30

This is exactly what I needed. Heavy enough for me but the floor 360 feature is the best!

Sturdy ~inexpensive tripd....

By Allison
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-24

we needed something for beach use where we didn’t care too much about weight and technical requirements (fine-tune leveling etc) were not a factor. this is faster to set up and sturdier than our expensive CF tripods. and due to the weight it handled long exposures in steady 25 knot winds with 0 issues.

Very Happy With This Purchase

By Reagan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-07

I was looking for the perfect tripod for months and months before I landed on this one, and wow! I am sooo happy with my decision! It's exactly as described. It delivers in every way. And it looks great, too. A total five-star purchase.

Sturdy tripod

By Luthea
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-27

Very happy with purchase. Tripod is sturdy and perfect for flat lay photography.

Lighter and sturdier than I remembered.

By Henrique
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-03

I was pleasantly surprised with the weight and sturdiness of the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB. I had previously owned an identical Vanguard Alta Pro that I got from B&H back in 2013, but in 2016 I sold it because I was moving from Brazil to the US. I knew about its capabilities and I loved it. Upon my arrival in the US I got a second-hand tripod, also a Vanguard, for very little money. It was heavier than the 263AB, although it allowed less positions and flexibility. I was in need of a second tripod, so why not go with something that I already knew? I'm very glad I purchased another 263AB. Excellent product at a very affordable price point.

Worth Every Dollar!

By Tony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-05

I've owned this for about 6 months now, completely satisfied. GREAT VALUE!

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