Bought this tripod a few years ago, it died this year (one of the leg extensions has become fully loose/broken, there is an inner plastic bit that broke)... Overall it's ok.
update , the 2020 version no longer has a quick release head and the feet are just rubber , no spikes plus the tilt up collar is not there , you can still invert the column.
I've had this tripod head for many years now and it's been used heavily for pro hybrid work in many outdoor architecture and construction environments. It's good, but not great. The pan smoothness is a 7/10. A bit grabby from the start position after years and the lubrication seeps a little from the swivel points and it's very sticky when picking up and moving the tripod. The head is also difficult to screw tightly onto the legs and panning will eventually loosen it and again make panning jumpy.
Apart from that the plate, levels and twist lock handles are great. I've looked for new and more expensive replacements but this style with fluid drag is very uncommon. It's simply the best type of hybrid head for my work that needs to go from dead level photography to moving video immediately. Would I buy it again? It's served me well, great value for money and not a lot of alternatives, so probably. Although Manfrotto have something similar that's just been released but I'm sceptical of Manfrotto's long term quality too.
If you're not a pro, you won't regret buying this head.
Can you show a footage captured with that head? I want to see how does it's fluid head performance?
Great review Jamie - going to go go grab myself one now.
I've had one of these for some years now and it has seen a lot of use. I'm a big fan first off, and it's one of the best gear investments I've made for shooting youtube vids. I use the pullout center thing all the time to get shots close to the ground, over tables etc. That feature is truly awesome. BTW, I don't use it a lot, but you can also put the centerpiece in upside down. I also use the adjustable leg angles a lot, often on uneven ground to compensate, instead of adjusting the leg length. I have not been nice to this tripod and it has never really let me down. It just needs a little screw or nut adjustment now and again as things do work loose over time. I got pine pitch on the legs once, which made them hard to move in and out, but though all the other mud, ashes, dirt, bits of forest debris and grime, it's never got stuck or anything. I have a different head, a pistol grip ball head, it's kind of cool, but that head is probably more versatile and the ball head doesn't pan well. So yeah, thumbs up and it's durable.
can someone explain 264 vs 263? I can't see the difference lol
I love your hands, that's what I have to say.
Just purchased one and I love it. I did my own research and came up with the same idea, however, I didn't realise that you could remove elevator column and turn it into an horizontal object viewer - thanks for the tip. You can change the head and turn it into both horizontal (has it already) and vertical smooth action camera pan capabilities. It's just a real nice rig. Sincere thanks for your review.
Mine also says Alta 263P but does not have the red latch in the middle with that 90 degree setup :-( The central column does not come off clean as there is a stopper at the bottom where the hook hangs of ... hmmm.. I guess they are all a bit different! Any comment? Awesome video by the way .. you are a champion!
so amazing we enjoy that is, thanks alot
Great review! Are you still happy with it? Have you used it for video much since getting it, if so how do you find the head for video work? Did you go with Vanguard for a reason (I am tossing up between this one and one of the Manfrotto models with the extendable centre column)?
Hi Jamie. Many thanks for this. I found it to be a very helpful and practical review.
I prefer tripods with twist locks, but they seem to be almost as rare as hens' teeth these days.
Question - what cameras did you shoot this video on? Thanks again.
Great video. Just received mine. Can't figure out how panoramic knob works. Mine seems to be locked in place.
Just purchased myself one. Arrived yesterday. Can't wait to use it!
Dont recomend it... I mean its a good tripod, very versatile, sturdy, except its leg locking mechanism, when changing leg angle i dont hear the click anymore, it has worn out after couple of weeks of occasional use... :(
I just bought this model based on your wonderful review. I ordered the Alta + 263 AP with the pan head and it DOES NOT have the horizontal bar option. Just in case someone else buys the same, it was the same price, I ordered in the states, looking closely there are details not present in the Alta + 263P. I am a bit bummed because I wanted to get excited about my tripod too:) I will send back and try to get the one you mentioned:)
Hi , thanks for video. Is this ball head has sort of «timer « to turn the head to take panoramas view ?
What's the difference between this and the Alta+ Pro 264ap?
Great review fella - Subscribed and looking forward to watching more.
Let me know what your favourite tripod is at the moment. What do you think of this one?
Many thanks for that excellent review. It helped me decide which to go for, and I got exactly the one you had there. Delighted with it.
This was so useful!! I know it’s know its 2 yrs later LOL but it really helped !
I've seen that you no longer have the tripod, but could you please tell me if you had the same issues as this user? https://lightsandtones.com/blog/2017/6/23/review-vanguard-alta-pro-2-ab100-tripod
Basically the complaint is about the centre column locking mechanism... Even when the colum is strongly tightened, it's not completely stable (the review has 2 gif's that exemplify that).
Did yours have the same problem?
Is it an issue at all? If there is no wind I guess it should be fine, but in windy conditions, I just don't know... I was going to buy this tripod but now I'm doubting my choice... Thank you in advance!
By the way, which one are you using now?
Did Vanguard give you this tripod to review?
This review was quite helpful for me. I just purchased a used one and hoping to try some overhead cooking shots with it. Love the versatility and range of motion this tripod offers. Thanks for making this video!
Nice review, thanks for that. By the way what is the max height without extending the central coloumn. I am looking for a tripod tall enough so i dont have to stoop while doing landscape.
Thanks .. I’ve had for 2 years or so and still learned something new from your video (I never read instructions 😵) . Love this tripod
Very nice! Thanks for making this video! I’ve been on the fence on which model to get and I’m definitely buying this one right now!
I wasn’t twisting the head hard enough. Good review. Thank you.
Do you know how to remove the head?
How is this tripod holding up after almost 2 years?
very helpful review , good work.
Thanks for this great video. I just ordered the same one. I could see clearly the material surface and you did a great job showing how everything works. I bought it for photographing artwork so I opted for the pan and tilt head and hope it will help me get precise angle and alignment. I am hoping the tilt head can come off in case I want to fit a ball head on it instead.
Just ordered one of these with the pistol grip head. Mainly for using a monocular for bird watching as I can follow the birds easier.
Just ordered this to use for action figure photography and reviews. Really hoping I like it! I saw in a previous comment that you mentioned selling it. Did you find the tripod to be stable and did you like the way it panned?
Thanks! I just purchased one but with the ball head. This will be my slightly smaller, lighter second tripod. Still using my 8 yr old Vanguard Auctus Plus 283AT. It still works like new after hundreds of location and studio assignments! So I'm also a big Vanguard fan.
I enjoy using the tripod you have with a ball head. Just want you know that I made a great choice.
very nice review, i was trying to look the inverted feature of this tripod and i find it in your video. thanks!. a quick tip, watch out with the levels of the music in the background for your videos, is a little bit difficult to hear your voice.
I had had a difficult experience obtaining a good, medium priced video tripod, but that problem ended after receiving this. https://goo.gl/oZ6N6p This is often definitely not the greatest end model of tripod I tried, but it really surprised me about how exactly superior it turned out to those more expensive brands. Vanguard didn't simply just copy the functions of some higher brand like other lesser brands do -- they actually have really nice, original features that only aren't found elsewhere.
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Hi there's a circle switch thing for photo and panorama. Can you tell me what it is for?
I just got this tripod, and I cannot unlock the quick release like you do at 3:45... even after pressing the red button, it will not move at all. It came with an allan wrench, so I tried to loosen it, but it will not loosen! My allan wrench got stripped, and now I can't use this tripod at all. There's nothing in the manual about this either... EXTREMELY frustrating...
Dude, very nice video, but any idea why the box says AP and one of the legs says AT? At 1:21 for example
"helloooo....i'm stupid" lolol
I really enjoyed this vid.... brought joy to my heart and a smile to my face... well done sir!
After all that ?....the title and link were to a different tripod than the one you were showing. The title and link ?...263AP......the tripod you showed was 263AT ..... just saying !
hi, is it suitable for videography?