Hi does it still worth its price? Do u advice to change head? Is there any smaller that is as good as this one with same possibilities for macro etc?
After a few years using this tripod (with a Manfrotto 498RC2 head) i can say that it's pretty nice. It's very sturdy and the center column is quite handy. But i have a few complains: it's quite heavy, quite long in the "closed position" and the rubber feet are now stuck, because salty water ruined the screws but that's probably my fault. But the weight and big size when mounted on a backpack are quite annoying. It's not the best for long walks. And yeah i caught my skin a few times...
As for the Manfrotto head is quite nice but when using the camera on a vertical position you can't rotate the levers 360 degrees. The camera gets in their way...
10 years after it's first release and it's still a useful tripod to own. Using mine in 2019.
I bought this a couple weeks back in anticipation of taking night photographs of the milky way while on vacation. Worked great. Built real solid and the fit and finish is worth the money. It's not the lightest tripod but if you're going for extreme weight reduction you're going to buy carbon fiber, most probably, anyways. Overall it performed great. I recommend it.
Would you recommend this tripod over the Manfrotto XT190xpro3?
Not high enough
This isn't a review.
Its a used car salesman telling you how a tripod works.
haha! Skin caught. Classic.
This was super useful just to see it before buying online. Certainly convinced us to spend more or better!
is this good enough for Macro photography ? secondly is the head replaceable and will it carry heavy lenses like Nikkor 600MM on my D810
great vid. i have read many people say the legs stop locking after a few months of use
I bought one of these (legs alone, since I already had a Vanguard ballhead) primarily for macrophotography.
I've been very happy with it so far. It's sturdy without being excessively heavy. Given that 80% of my photography is macro, weight isn't an issue in any case.
Having recently discovered that there's visible flex in my living room floor causing movement blur. I put this tripod on my macro table along with the subject and light tent. I discovered if I configured the legs like those on the Browning M1917 tripod and used the swinging center column, I could both fit the tripod on the table and achieve a low and stable position with good objective to subject distance.
I plan to eventually buy an extra center column and cut it off short to allow a low ballhead position with the legs at their lowest position.
I've found this tripod to be of high quality. It's an excellent value for the money.
I plan to use the 180 degree column rotation to take macro pictures of stuff from above, namely 35mm film!
It's also useful for any other kind of macro work that requires to be low to the ground, where flowers usually are...
I've had great use out of this tripod and it's still going strong after nearly 4 years. It's sturdy and solid. However it is heavy (2.2 kg without a head) and I now mainly only use it with a gimbal head attached when I'm doing wildlife with my 50-500mm Sigma lens - and believe me it doesn't get to go too far from the car unless I've got a pack mule with me!!! The centre column versatility is also very useful and has allowed me to get my camera right over the subject when I've been doing macros.
I've had the Alta Pro 264AT for a couple of years now (pretty much the same as the one you show here). I like all of the functions, such as the removable post for macro work and I like the lock in plate. By biggest dislike is the fact that it is not acra compatible. So, as it comes with only two plates that means I either have to buy more plates to put on my other gear or keep changing them. As I have more Arca stuff I have now switched the head to an iOptron which is very good but doesn't have the safety lock function. Another thing about the Vanguard SB100 head - the rubber grips are crap - I have lost the one that adjusts the plate tension and have replaced it with rubber bands.Also, when I was trying to remove the ball head it took me quite a while to realise that there are grub screws under the head part (top of post) that need to be released. Man, they hold it well! Having said all that, overall I think it is a bloody good tripod for the money and at this point I think that I would get another and change all my plates to the Vanguard QS39. - Oh, one other thing, the adjustable position on the legs doesn't seem to 'click' in very well anymore.
Does it fit ARCA plates?
@2:12 looks like you "caught skin" in the leg adjustment lever. Looks painful.
I am looking at this tripod for macro...one of its best features,imo, that you failed to mention that was you can get the legs to lay nearly flat...will be great that low with a macro lens!
Absolutely amazing review! Thank you.
Matt, thank you for fast demonstration of all advantages of tihs tripod.
Unwatchable due to audio
Am I right I’m thinking if you want to shoot upward, trees or sky etc you can move or angle that pistol grip in a certain way that it WILL angle upward? The default / usual setting would render the pistol grip on the way.
Hi Matt, thanks for the review. Quick question: Do you think this could be used as a support to film down vertically on a table for example? I'm looking for a way to film drawing from above. Many thanks.
Loved the ending. Nice review. I've had this tripod for years. I've seen some negative reviews about its sturdiness and ability to handle a heavy camera. My Nikon D810 with the 80-200mm AF-S F2.8 has no problems. Except that I use a screwdriver to tighten the camera to the round thingy...Can't think of the word.... Other than that, this thing is a beast.
excellent presentation. what is the spec. number for the mobile phone holder. I liked this when you hooked it to the Vanguard Alta 263 AGH.
Does this tripod comes with a head? What is the definition for both Tripod and the head + QR and all?
ANy tips on fixing a loose d-ring?
Hi Matt, thanks for the video. Can I use my Canon 5D Mark IV with 70-200 f2.8 IS II lens with this tripod?
can you use a real camera like a olympus or Panasonic micro four thirds system or a fuji x system on this??
I bought this tripod because I was informed that I can remember the angle I shot at for a next fotoshoot (productphotography from a certain angle). I think it is not possible is it?
hi,im planning to buy this tripod and im wondering if i could put another ballhead there instead of using the pistol grip head?
Great video review. Thanks!
Thoughts on a pistol grip vs the traditional lever / grip style of tripods? Considering entry level vanguard options of each.
Hi Matt. Even if this video of yours has already a few years, I'm thinking of buying this tripos within the next week or so. However, its weight seems to low to be a sturdy tripod (less than 3 Kgs). Could you confirm is this is a problem? I know it has a hook to hang some weight, but is this a sturdy tripod at such a "low" weight? Thanks in advance.
YES. You can take the center post out and insert it upside down.
can the camera be completed inveterate on this tripod? as in turned completely upside down? is this model worth the extra 10 bucks for the pistol grip?
Hi, can i use this tripod on panasonic GH5 ?
Thanks for the review Matt. I take a lot of video and photos of clouds and the moon etc. and have been looking for a tripod that would allow me to shoot straight up and odd angles. The only question I have is about a number of posts on Amazon and a couple of photo sites about parts breaking. From that research that I have done so far this ball head tripod with the pistol grip would be great for what I am looking for at a good price so let me know how sturdy you think it is. Great video.
Hi , It was very Interesting review of Vanguard Alto pro 263AGH. I actually bought the tripod and now I am looking for a Case for my Galaxy S7 edge so that I can mount it on the tripod, something like the one you used in your video. Can you please let me know where you bought it? thanks in advance.
...and what is even better. Due to the middle pole and the hinging plus the ball head, there are so many positions to fix your camera or binoculairs in that you can use it as an equatorial tripod/mount.
Is it compatible with Sony a7-III ?
I purchased this tripod around 7 years ago after watching this video. Still going good.
Just so you know, Jared, I bought this tripod 6 years ago after seeing your review here, and to this day I am still using it (2-3x/a week). I went with the ball head mount and it, too, still works flawlessly. I use it mainly for astrophotography and nature shooting, and it has never failed to perform whatever I need it to do. Great recommendation! Thank you!
Jared, I loved your video and your presentation. In this one particularly, tasting and smelling the product convinced me to buy this model. I am like you, a fine nose and fine mouth ! You often make my day with your humor . Don't know if it's right....unfortunately I'm French. We cannot always be lucky ! Oh ! I also love your socks....did you smell them too
That center column is nicer than manfrottos version it only goes 90 degrees
I got it on Ebay for $130 on ebay with a ball head.
Very interested in this one. How’s the panning smoothness on this if doing video?
Watched this review and bought this Tripod in 2013, still use it in 2019.
Hey fro what about the Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CGHT Carbon Fiber Tripod with Alta GH-300T Grip Head and Multi-Angle Center Column... Do you you stand by this product? Lot's of love from London Ontario, Canada.
Thanks for the helpful review. A photographer friend recommended this so I got one, and I really like it.
Love Vanguard. I have the 235AB and I travel with it everywhere in the world.
this tripod very good and i'll get it in two weeks...vanguard makes good tripods but their mounting plates are garbage
not true mr Fro doesn't know, you get the screw close to being tight the you spin it with the plate itself to fully tighten it.
Good to see Colin karpernick again.
thanks for this very interesting video, but I have a question, which kind of tripode you recommend for a mirrorlees camera, and what do you think of using a tripod with video head to take pictures, I have seen options to put the camera an L bracket and use this type of tripods, with the two functions and better movement
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I have one and it is very good and sturdy. However, in time you need to tighten the nuts that are on the quick release locks that holds the extension legs in place. When you extend the legs and lock them in place you might notice the one or more of the legs might try to slide down when you put weight on it even though it is locked in place. That's when the nuts on the quick release locks need to be tightened down as a simple preventive maintenance in your part.
Thank you for the great review.
Well explained, thanks for your review my doubts about the usage of tools cleared
Thank you! Your video is a time saver. Subscribed.
Zipper noise....seriously WTF!!! That case sucks !
How do you like this tripod now that you have had of a while?
Thank you so much for this. When you change the head, after you unscrew the three spots under the head, then tighten the little knob so it won't spin when you try twisting it off, is there any other step you have to do before just twisting it off? I'm having the hardest time getting it off. I took off the three little screws, but when I try to twist it off, it doesn't even budge a little tiny bit. Perhaps it's just a lack of strength issue, but I wanted to check that I wasn't doing something wrong before I go beat it against a brick wall out of frustration. haha.
Thank you for this review! It was excellent!
Excellent video, thanks so much.
Thanks for this review - this is my first tripod. I must say the instructions that came with it are horrible, but your walk through helped tremendously! I would pause your video and do exactly what you had done until I felt comfortable knowing how it all worked.
Good review man
Hi Mike, Can you please let me know how to remove the head, since I am planning to travel with it and needs it to fit in my travel bag. Or what are the sections ( and how?/what care should I take) I can separate so it will fit inside the bad?
Great review Mike, thinking of purchasing the pistol grip 263 AGH version and found this review very useful for the overall function of the tripod and what comes in the box ~ Gracias!
Nice review! Helped out a ton
Hello mate, just a small correction it's Alta not Altra :)