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

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

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

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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, Flip Locks
  • Maximum Height: 68.1"
  • Minimum Height: 56"
  • Folded Length: 28.1", Weight: 5.4 lb
  • Ball Head, Quick Release Plate
  • Independent 360° Pan, 90° Tilt
  • Dual, Built-In Bubble Levels
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Vanguard 263 AB Overview

  • 1Description

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
In the Box
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with SBH-100 Ball Head
  • Vanguard SBH-100 Ball Head
  • QS-39 Quick Release Plate
  • Tripod Bag
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to Limited 10-Year Warranty with Product Registration
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    Vanguard 263 AB Specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threads
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Load Capacity 15.4 lb / 7 kg
    Maximum Working Height 68.1" / 173 cm
    Minimum Working Height 56" / 142.2 cm
    Folded Length 28.1" / 71.4 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy, Magnesium Alloy
    Weight 5.4 lb / 2.4 kg
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Leg Positions 3 Positions
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 3
    Bubble Level Yes
    Feet Features Retractable, Spiked
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Ballast Hook
    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) 29.5 x 5.2 x 4.2"

    Vanguard 263 AB Reviews

    Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with SBH-100 Ball Head is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 253.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Misleading name Pro? No. After one week of use the legs won't stay extended, it takes almost no weight or pressure for one of the legs to compress when locked. The ball head is nice, but these legs are garbage. I'm using it with a T2i and Canon 100mm Macro 2.8L and it can't support the weight. I tried tightening the locks but the screws/bolts are already as tight as possible, I'd only strip the screws. I've been using gaffers tape to secure the legs, but this is time consuming and I've missed several photo op's while trying to put the tape in place, talk about frustrating. If you want a good tripod don't bother with this, spend a little more and spring on something italian.
    Date published: 2014-06-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Built solid, but not Arca-Swiss compatible. I bought this product, as it was recommended by several websites I visit. This was my first tripod valued at over 50 bucks, so was pretty excited to get it. Unfortunately, it is not Arca-Swiss compatible. I was not aware of this when I purchased it. Completely my fault for not doing my DD on it prior to purchase. This reason alone was the reason I sent it back. Other than this issue, it seemed like a very solidly built tri-pod, and was easy to set up and get the hang of. Unfortunate about the Arca-Swiss incompatibility. Seems it wouldn't be too hard to do this. I would though recommend this tri-pod of Arca-Swiss compatibility is not an issue.
    Date published: 2016-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth it! I was hesitant to go with the Vanguard brand at first basd on my lack of knowledge of the brand. After extensive research I discovered that the quality and the amount of features were all on or above par of the more popular brands, but at a fraction of the cost. The tripod is very solid and yet light. There are plastic components on it, but they feel solid and robust. The head is great and provides a lot of grip while functioning like it's lubed with butter. Super smooth solid gliding action! I would definitely recomend this to anyone looking for a great quality tripod without breaking the bank.
    Date published: 2016-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality product with solid construction With so many to choose from... I purchased this tripod because its overall design features, quality construction and moderate price. As a photo enthusiast I wanted an all around tripod with as many features and functions that I can place my peace of mind in using medium weight equipment (T2i w/ 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 lens). Its well suited for the studio or even toting around on a backpack, although its not the lightest pod available. With its reversible-tilt-center pole, it has great potential for those extreme or low angle shots which I look forward to using soon, but it was its solid SBH-100 Ballhead that sold me. The tripod comes with an second mounting plate which really helps if you need to flip two cameras quickly, a quality carry bag and a rock/weight pad to attached between the pods extended legs.
    Date published: 2011-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy!!! Being fairly new to photograph with no plans on turning back, I did a good share of research. While looking for the best do all/bang for your buck tripod, this seemed to keep coming up on top allot. Love many things about this. The foam on the legs for grip and colder temps a plus. Where you mount the camera being able to come out and put the lens right to the ground. The multiple positions/angles to put each leg so you can place it in spots where the standard type tripod would not fit. The weight hook, if more stability is needed and retractable spikes on the feet. This is said to be one that hit the line of inexpensive and quality. I'm very pleased and would recommend.
    Date published: 2013-11-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great tripod for the price Photo-enthusiast, semi-pro wanna be. Overall I am giving this about 4 1/2- 4 3/4 stars, it has it's drawbacks, but the performance makes up for it in the asking price. I am always looking to step my camera skills up to the next level and felt the urge to purchase a new tripod because the one I had been using for years would not squat low enough for macro shots. This one does that and I very pleased with it so far. For convenience I was looking for one that I could strap to my back pack - that criteria was a fail on my part because I underestimated the actual size (no fault of the vendor, they gave the size specs). The size fail was easily forgiven because it has its own carrying case with a strap. In addition the size was overlooked because I was unwilling to compromise on the max load capacity. The lighter/smaller tripods couldn't meet the 12-15 lb max load I wanted -- I was looking at possible future purchases of heavier full-frame cameras and heavier zoom lenses. At this point I've only used the tripod twice; once for a night cityscape shoot and another for a macro shot of a spider web (photo of tripod in action attached) and I am more than happy with it. I'm new to both the ball head and the ISSL features. The multiple levels are very handy too. Really loving the ISSL for macro shots. I think the ISSL will prove itself as well for the radical angle shots I am fond of (when using a wider lens). The legs are a bit sticky as mentioned in a previous review, but that didn't warrant for a poor rating from me. Neither was the lack of understandable directions a big deal for me because I am more of a hands-on learner. I am very VERY pleased with my purchase and would definitely recommend this tripod to someone who wasn't willing to spend a lot of money for a professional grade tripod. Attached is an image to show what the tripod and ISSL is capable of. Please pardon my amateur snapshot, as it was taken with my phone and intended to show off the the tripod itself. Also please note that I wasn't worried about the tripod tipping because the one foot was jammed up against a solid wall - wouldn't recommend this set-up out in the open unless the weight sack is hanging between the legs of the tripod. Thanks for the read.
    Date published: 2012-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tripod I was looking for a great tripod at a reasonable price and I found it in Vanguard's Alta Pro 263AB with the SBH 100 Ballhead. I had looked at tripods at my local camera store but they started in the $200 price range and the ballhead was extra. So the combo from B & H was a super deal. It has all the functionality that I need and then some. It is easy to use and setup, it also came with an extra mounting plate which is great if you need to switch out different cameras quickly. I really like the ballhead locking mechanism as it holds the camera securely, it is also easy to use. There are also multiple bubble levels to help when leveling the tripod.
    Date published: 2014-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Tripod and With Ballhead I got this primarily for outdoor use for nature/wildlife photography. It is an excellent tripod, not to heavy and at an affordable price. Quick setup, sturdy locking mechanism and I love the ballhead. It also extends tall enough for me to be comfortable for a day of shooting ( i am 6'1). The Vanguard Alta Pro is capable of holding large lenses, macro angles, and good flow with the ballhead. Cons - the only one is that I would like a quick head release so I could in the future quickly switch from the ballhead, but not an issue in my mind. Pros - Sturdy, light weight, easy to use, tool kit, excellent ballhead, bag, quick setup, durabliity.
    Date published: 2015-07-03
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    Is the quick release plate compatible with an arca tripod plate?
    Asked by: Matthew R.
    The QS-39 is a proprietary Vanguard quick release and will not be compatible with Arca Swiss.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2019-03-26


    Hi, Is there an international warranty with this product? If not, is one available with some extra fee? Thanks!
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The manufacturer's warranty is valid in the US only, however, we do offer an extended service plan through a third party company called Square Trade, which provides international coverage. You can find out more about Square Trade here:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is this the same tripod as the Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT, just with the added ball head?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    AT = aluminum tripod onlyAB = aluminum tripod with ball headAGH = aluminum tripod with pistol grip ball headAP = aluminum tripod with panheadChange the A to C for carbon fiber tripods
    Answered by: john m.
    Date published: 2019-01-30


    I know that this Model comes with a Ballhead, and My question is that is it Universal? I have a Canon 60D, and I wanted to know if it's compatible?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The SBH-100 ball head included with this Vanguard tripod would fit on the bottom of your Canon EOS 60D via the quick release plate for the head.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2019-03-26


    How tall is this tripod with out the middle extension extended and camera on.
    Asked by: billy i.
    The tripod is 56 without the center column extended and the legs adjusted to max height.
    Answered by: Andrea O.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    can I change the ballhead and if yes how ?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, you can change the ball head on the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod. You simply unscrew the head from the legs.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-11-23


    Is it change to Sunwayfoto DDC-60i Screw-Knob Clamp (60mm) ?
    Asked by: Osamu G.
    It is our opinion that changing the Vanguard top plate is probably not possible.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    I'll be using a Canon 7D. Is the ballhead that is included compatible with this?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the ballhead is fully compatible with the 7D.
    Answered by: Matthew C.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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