Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs with Multi-Angle Central Column System
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- 25mm 4 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: 20.875", Extended height: 61", Weight: 3.46 pounds
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|Item Dimensions||20.88 x 5.12 x 4.72 inches|
|Item Weight||3.46 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||5.15 pounds|
Meet the tripod that can take your photography to a whole new level. Alta Pro is a bestselling and award-winning tripod unmatched flexibility and stability that enables more angle possibilities than ever before. With lightweight carbon fiber legs, Alta Pro 254CT is popular for those who need extreme flexibility minus a heavy weight. Its 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 balance and stability.
Top Customer Reviews
Some have complained about slipping/broken legs and cite what they have done to fix it (i.e. epoxy), but I looked into that since it was a concern and found out that that is a silly reason not to buy this since this tripod comes with Vanguard's Limited Lifetime Warranty, meaning that as long as the leg are not working because of an something you did, such as letting it fall down a mountain, Vanguard will FIX IT FOR FREE, FOR THE LIFE OF THE TRIPOD, (you will have to pay shipping to get it to them, but hey...) I also goggled accounts of photographers that had slippage problems, sent it in to Vanguard and it was fixed and returned in two weeks, so they are not a company with a nightmare service department like Jawbone. You will need the receipt for warranty work but if you buy a Amazon like me your receipt will always be in your account under your ORDERS.
Given the price of some other tripods and the fact that this can do a lot more then they can I am willing to roll the dice on this one knowing that a worst case scenario is that I have to pay shipping to get it quickly fixed.
I was impressed with tripod quality.Very solid build.
Weights little bit more than I expected, but I can't understand why pay more for Manforto o Gitzo.
June update ( About 6 months since purchase)
Well now, when I have the product more than half year I'm changing my mind.
I both this tripod for my SE Asia 1 year journey , after 4 months one of the tripod legs stopped working properly, I can't block the leg and it opens wide open.
I sent few emails to manufacture to get recommendation where I can fix it in Asia , no answer for 3 months.
I'm still able to use it , but not on any surface ,which is really frustrating, and I'm not enjoying the product anymore
After owning a cheap Silk Pro and travel tripod, to help take my photography to the next stage, I really needed to buy a "grown-up" tripod. Bar the obvious that everyone wants from a tripod, I really needed one that could fulfill the following:
* Be light to carry around all day - therefore making Carbon Fibre a must.
* Collapse down to a short length - so I could easily attach it to my Lowepro backpack
* Capable of lying extremely low to the ground without inverting the central column
The 284CT has won awards and it's easy to see why, I watched a photographer called Glyn Dewis on YouTube talk about it and based on what I already know owning the best travel tripod ever (IMHO) it was always going to be a contender. A friend has the Manfrotto 190, which is an excellent tripod but it's heavier and doesn't collapse down to anywhere near the same minimum height as this one. This tripod is just as stable, but so much more versatile. As I've said before your mileage will vary, but I need one that I can take hiking without substituting the stability of a full sized tripod. Basically this is the idea tripod for all situations. It's too big to be a true travel tripod, but because it has 4 sections it collapses down much smaller than tripods of similar height when fully extended. Importantly with the right ball head (as mentioned I use the BBH-200) without extending the central column it is perfectly eye-level for me and I am a shade under 5'10" (every half inch counts right ;)). As any professional landscape photographer will tell you, as soon as you use a tripod with the central column extended, your risk of not having a tack-sharp photo increases exponentially.
The standout (but no longer unique) feature of this tripod is the Multi-Angle Central Column. (MACC) It's quick and easy to use and once locked into place, it's unbelievable steady - rock solid in fact. The MACC system is superb for architectural photography, and is solid at any ridiculous angle with my Canon 5D MKIII 24-70mm f/2.8L II and the heavy TS-E 24mm f3.5L II lens, not even a hint of creep. Also this means that if you're into macro photography you can get incredibly close at ridiculous angles.
I don't write many reviews, as it has to be something special (or extremely bad) for me to comment on a product. This review was a no brainer for me, as this is an excellent piece of kit. I also must say I gave a 5 stars to the BBH-200 tripod head (which I reviewed on Amazon.co.uk for those who are interested).
This is a must buy product if you're looking for a tripod to tick the same boxes as mine above.
My first Vanguard tripod is the Tracker 4 its a fantastic tripod with a pan and tilt head combo. The only problem for me was the weight
of it. Just to heavy for travel but great for house or studio work. My next Vanguard was a monopod the Elite CP-324 very glad I have it.
Its about a 1lb and really well built. Now the Alta Pro my third and hopefully last tripod have not taken out yet. I do a lot of Bronx Zoo
shots and at about 3 3/4lbs this will be very easy to carry around my shoulder. Have played around with it in the house and its very well built and sturdy. I use it with the same head I bought for the monopod the Vanguard SBH 100. Vanguard seems to give you more bells and whistles then other manufacturers for the same or less money. By this I mean spiked and rubber feet included on the Monopod and Alta Pro and with the Alta Pro they also included the weight bag and carrying bag. Now on other reviews I saw before I bought the Alta Pro 284CT people were saying the tripod and with a head attached could not fit in the bag. The head I use SBH 100 by Vanguard fits perfectly in and closes easily.
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