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Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs with Multi-Angle Central Column System


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Alta pro 283CT
  • 28mm 3 section carbon fiber legs adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles to enable extreme low angle photography
  • Hexagon-shaped central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
  • The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement
  • Premium magnesium die-cast canopy with bubble level and anti-shock ring
  • Quarter twist leg locks and rubber feet with retractable spikes
  • Outstanding stability and loading capacity
  • All weather foam hand grips
  • Folded height: 25.25", Extended height: 66.875", Weight: 3.75 pounds
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Product Description

Size: Alta pro 283CT

Alta Pro tripods have unmatched flexibility, stability and enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 130-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.   The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod’s stability. Other features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, quarter-twist leg locks,  patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy and head, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories. Alta Pro 283CT is carbon fiber and has quarter-twist leg locks.

Product Details

Size: Alta pro 283CT
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 5.1 x 25.2 inches ; 3.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003G2YZNW
  • Item model number: Alta pro 283CT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 1, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Alloy options are cheaper and offer most of the features.
Stephen Mahanes
I just "Assumed" that Carbon Fiber would be feather light - it's not heavy by any means, but my smaller aluminum was lighter..
Ottor
AS I said, finally, a well built, solid unit with tons of perks and neat options to help get the job done.
Foto Nut

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chilly on January 13, 2011
Size Name: Alta pro 283CT Verified Purchase
I was looking for a tripod to go with my first new DSLR D7000. Vanguard tripods have some pretty good reviews, so I picked this up when I Amazon offered 20% discount. It's probably an overkill for this camera but the tripod is beautiful (even has pattern on the legs). Functionally, it's very complete, even came with carry bag and stone bag. I only wish it has a strap to tie the legs when folded, but I'll make one, just to make it easier to carry as putting it in and out of the bag is not very practical. While it has almost all the functions of the more expansive fiber tripod that costs double or triple the price, it is a bit stiff and not as easier to work with. This is the only reason it gets a 4 stars instead of 5. I'll update if the joints gets smooths out after some use, together with the durability, then it will deserve the extra star!

Update: After 2 weeks of use, it has loosen up a bit but still quite stiff. I was in a camera shop the other day and check out the Gitzo while waiting. The Gitzo is definitely more refine and feel lighter (without the ball head). I noticed that the center column of Gitzo is also made of fiber carbon vs the Vanguard is aluminum. The Gitzo is no doubt a better tripod but at double the cost. So all in all, this is still a good alternative for non-professional such as my self. The rating stays, hopefully, the joints and twists will loosen up after more use, that will make it more close to Gitzo.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth L. Weaver on January 30, 2010
Size Name: Alta pro 283CT Verified Purchase
Not only is the tripod light weight being constructed of carbon fiber, it is extremely strong and stable. The MACC( Multi angle central column) feature is a especially useful for macro shots low to the ground. The Amazon price was about $100 less than other places that I shopped.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 17, 2012
Size Name: Alta pro 283CT
I already own a Manfrotto travel tripod but wanted something more substantial for my Nikon D90 when I used my long zoom or 400mm lenses as the former can be a bit unsteady. Although pricy I decided to go for a carbon fiber tripod because of the sturdiness and lighter weight; two things necessary for landscape photography when hiking and climbing.
Manfrotto, Gitzo, and others set the standard for tripods and I was prepared to buy one of them when I came upon the Vanguard line. I was intrigued by all of the features of the Alta Pro 283CT, especially the center column which easily switches to any angle - even completely upside down. With the legs spread out all the way and the camera upside down I can actually shoot from ground level without having to lay down on the ground or having to place my camera on the ground...Nice!
The four-section legs lock and unlock quickly and easily needing only a ¼ turn and the retractable spikes on the end are useful on soft surfaces.
The 283CT comes without a head which gives you the freedom of adding a ball or pan head of your choice. Many tripods come with a ball head included. Since I prefer a pan head I welcomed the opportunity to use the head of my choice.
All in all I liked everything about it - sturdy, full featured, well-constructed, and it came with a travel bag and stone bag included. The only negative I could find is the attractive travel bag holds the tripod nicely without a head but is not long (or wide) enough to use when a head is attached rendering it useless. That's why 4 stars instead of 5. It seems that it could be modified to allow for a head.
Vanguard may be a young company but the 283CT competes formidably with the "big guys." I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ottor on November 11, 2011
Size Name: Alta pro 253CT Verified Purchase
The several months worth of research I went through before I purchased this tripod was extremely worthwhile to say the least. With the myriad of product out there, I wanted to make sure I got the tripod the suited my needs the best. I'm a landscape photographer, and wanted one that fit me - literally. I'm 6' and was tired of bending over to see through my camera with my old tripod. This one will tower over me if I need it to.. There's not a position that this tripod wont adjust to - a dream for macro shooters! Secondly, I wanted one that was sturdy - 2nd requirement met with flying colors! Nothing will tip this over, and have never had need to use the hook attached to use weight to stabelize the tripod - it's extremely sturdy. Third, I wanted something lightweight to carry over miles of hiking to get to that beautiful scenery... Here's where I have to give it a 4 star rating. I just "Assumed" that Carbon Fiber would be feather light - it's not heavy by any means, but my smaller aluminum was lighter.. That small difference doesn't distract from my 5 star rating at all - if you want a tall, sturdy, lightweight tripod that will last you for many years, stop looking, and get this one. I paired it with a pistol grip head, but that's another review - (btw, I love it also!)..
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Foto Nut on April 26, 2011
Size Name: Alta pro 283CT Verified Purchase
Finally, a carbon fiber light weight tripod at a price that won't break the bank. I watched all the videos and You Tube videos before I bought one and actually called Vanguard to talk to a Rep because I had a few questions. The Rep was very helpful and the tripod goes everywhere with me. Something I didn't take before because of the inconvenience and weight. AS I said, finally, a well built, solid unit with tons of perks and neat options to help get the job done. I have never owned a Gitzo or other major name brand expensive tripod, so I can't compare to those. I can only state from my experience, this is a well made, well thought out unit at a price that makes sense.
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