Vanguard Alta Pro 263AP Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with PH-32 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AP Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with PH-32 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AP Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with PH-32 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 11.0 lb, Leg Sections: 3
  • Tiltable & Rotatable Rapid Center Column
  • Swivel 360°, Tilt 90° Up or Down
  • Aluminum-Alloy Legs, Flip Locks
  • Maximum Height: 70.0"
  • Minimum Height: 57.6"
  • Folded Length: 28.5", Weight: 5.7 lb
  • 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head
  • Quick Release Plate, 1/4"-20 Mount
  • Independent 360° Pan, 90° Tilt
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Vanguard 263AP overview

  • 1Description

This Alta Pro 263AP Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit from Vanguard supports up to 11.0 lb, measures 28.5" when folded, and includes a PH-32 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with QS-51 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 57.6" to a maximum height of 70.0" 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-51 Quick Release Plate, which is secured to the tripod's pan-and-tilt head using a quick release cam lock. The quick release plate features a rubberized, non-slip platform while three built-in bubble levels are located along the edges of the clamp to accommodate portrait and landscape orientations.

The PH-32 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head can be rotated 360°, and tilted -60° backwards or 90° forwards. For portrait orientation, it offers a sideways +90°/-30° tilt. Each of these three movements function independently of each other and can be locked into place.

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 11.0 lb
  • Push-and-pull rapid center column for rapid positioning
  • Can be set to a minimum height of 57.6" to a maximum height of 70.0" 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 5.7 lb, measures 28.5" when folded
Head
  • 3-way, pan-and-tilt head
  • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 1/4"-20 mount
  • Can be rotated 360°, and tilted -60° backwards or 90° forwards
  • Sideways +90°/-30° tilt for portrait orientation
  • Two independent, user-extendable handles, one for backwards or forwards tilt, and one for sideways tilt
  • Quick release cam lock on top of head is compatible with included QS-51 Quick Release Plate
  • Three built-in bubble levels accommodate portrait and landscape orientations
  • Durable, magnesium-alloy construction
UPC: 026196343370
In the Box
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AP Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with PH-32 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head
  • PH-32 Panhead
  • Tripod Bag
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to Limited 10-Year Warranty with Product Registration
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    • 1Description

    Vanguard 263AP specs

    Tripod Head
    Head Type Pan & Tilt Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread & 1/4"-20 with Bushing
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Number of Bubble Levels 3
    General
    Load Capacity 11 lb / 5 kg
    Maximum Working Height 70" / 177.8 cm
    Minimum Working Height 57.6" / 146.3 cm
    Folded Length 28.5" / 72.4 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy, Magnesium Alloy
    Weight 5.7 lb / 2.6 kg
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Leg Positions 3 Positions
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 3
    Bubble Level Yes
    Tripod 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 7.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.3 x 5.0 x 5.0"

    Vanguard 263AP reviews

    Alta Pro 263AP Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with PH-32 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 26.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product I purchased this Vanguard Alta Pro 263ap tripod with the PH-32 pan head because it had all the features I was looking for. I've used it with my Nikon D750 and D7100 cameras for landscape and astrophotography. Very sturdy tripod, great quality, easy to use, and is ideal for a variety of situations. The PH-32 pan head has very smooth pan and tilt action. My cameras fit on the pan head with the quick release plate very firmly with no issues. It would be hard to find a better quality product for the price.
    Date published: 2016-04-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Lateral Tripod For my unusual needs I looked into about a dozen different tripods. There are a few more expensive tripod/head kits that would have acheived my goals better. However when comparing the units in the B&H store, I did not see a couple hundred dollars in usefulness in the more popular brand's offering. The one place I do find this tripod a little lacking is in the leg angle selectors. They do not feel as definite as some of the models from Manfrotto and others. However they work well enough. After trying out several models from manfrotto, Smith Victor and others, this model seems to have a more robust mechanism for transitioning from vertical to lateral, and is also the most cost effective without being 'cheap'. Best of all it has a hook on the bottom of the post to attach a sandbag or camera bag in order to stabilize the unit.
    Date published: 2016-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Tripod I bought this product because it had all the features I wanted at an affordable price.I love it. I am a Realtor serious about my photos and I needed to speed up my shoot time. With this tripod, the adjustments are quick and easy and the multiple bubbles really make leveling a snap. I also like the ease at which the camera releases and snaps back on the tripod.
    Date published: 2015-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HARD TO IMAGINE... ...a situation you couldn't cover with the configurartion flexibility built into this tripod. Includes bubble levels both on the leg assembly and the camera plate. Another useful feature is that the camera mounts to a removable plate so you can quickly slide the camera & plate into, or out of, the tripod head with the flip of a locking lever--no screwing around! Nice, smooth pan & tilt action for moving image work, too! Bracket for head tube can be rotated 180 degrees.
    Date published: 2014-02-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerhouse of a tripod This tripod is super greatI've been using it for documenting flat work and have travelled around with it, and it's perfect. (It comes with a carry-case toothe case is just alright.) It's weighty/sturdy enough that I'm not scared of it toppling over, and it has all the right indicators to let me know whether or not the camera is parallel to the ground. Getting the arm out takes a little bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's smooth sailing from there.
    Date published: 2015-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding piece of work I was looking for tripod which I can use for taking pictures as well as videos and I am stunned to see the features of this tripod and I am stunned the way this tripod works. It is very sturdy and robust and fluid head allows smooth panning and tilting and I am really having good time with this. I am enjoying taking videos more than I used to be. It is an amazing piece of work. I am glad I have opted for this.
    Date published: 2016-03-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong Tripod for my Big, Heavy Camera I brought this tripod for my Canon EOS-5D MK III. I feel comfortable using this tripod for such heavy camera. Tilt movements feel great. However, I don't know if it is defective, the Panorama switch (on/off) does not work. The pan head still rotates when I turned the switch to Photo position (it suppose to lock this rotational motion). Other than this issue, I really like this tripod and pan-head.
    Date published: 2014-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Buy Great Tripod for both Video and Photography. It is sturdy and good weight. There is nothing really that i can say is bad about this pruduct.
    Date published: 2015-02-08
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