About Vanguard 263AT

Alta Pro 263AT...
• Alta Pro tripods have unmatched stability and flexibility, 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 180-degree angles invariable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.

• The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securelyrepositions 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, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy and head, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains. Alta Pro 263AT is aluminum alloy and has quick-flip leg locks.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (14),Unfolds quickly (10),Lightweight (8),Folds away (5)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (13),Portraits (10),Night shots (8),Wildlife (8),Home (7),Video (4),Weddings (4),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11)

Vanguard 263AT Features

  • Central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
  • Aluminum alloy
  • Quick-flip leg locks
  • Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles

Vanguard 263AT Specifications

Leg Tubes: Aluminum Alloy
Canopy: Magnesium Alloy
Max Height with extended column
Center Column Extension
Folded Length
22 5/8"
Leg Sections
Leg Diameter
26mm Tubular
Leg Lock Type
Quick Release Leg Lock
Max Load Capacity
15.4 lb (7.0 kg)
3.31 lbs
Notes and Special Features
Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles
Leg Pads
Self Leveling Rubber Feet
Vanguard Limited Lifetime Warranty

Vanguard 263AT Reviews

Review Snapshot®


(based on 16 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review


Very Impressed

Using this mostly for video sales training. The usability is very good, fluid motion and angle adjustments were perfect for our needs. Best of all the price is affordable and fit all of our needs.

Reviewed by 16 customers


All angles


from Charlotte, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this tripod for macro work. I like how easy it is to bring up the center column and swing to the side. But be careful on the length when pulling up the bar because the camera will make it heavy on one side to cause a tip over. Overall works great.


Just what you need


from Brainerd, Minnesota  -  Photo Enthusiast

This tripod works great for photographing papers, documents, books, objects, etc. where you shoot straight down at the object. It is so much easier than taping something to a wall or surface or trying to hold the object up and shooting parallel to the ground. Of course you can use it for almost most any other tripod work, but shooting perpendicular to the ground, is where I find it greatest advantage.


This product is well built & I recommend


from Lake Lure, NC  -  Casual Photographer

The tripod is sturdy and will support my Canon 5D with no problem. It is a bit heavy but the carrying case will help to pack it around.


Inexpensive and light


from Denver, CO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this tripod thinking it was the one with the variable angle center column (totally my mistake). So, I was a little disappointed at first. However, I am fully content after having used it. This is my first fully functioning tripod and it works great. I just got back from several days in Oregon and I put it to work quite a bit while I was there and it did not disappoint at all. Legs extend quickly and with just the right amount of tension so they don't fully collpase suring small adjustments. I was very light even while carrying it during a 5 mile walk through and around downtown Portland.


Very Impressed


from Boise, ID  -  Photo Enthusiast

Using this mostly for video sales training. The usability is very good, fluid motion and angle adjustments were perfect for our needs. Best of all the price is affordable and fit all of our needs.


Glad I went with this tripod!


from Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was worried about height, but this tripod is more than adequate for my 5'9" frame. My favorite thing though by far, is the center column! I love how it allows me to position the camera at so many different angles. The only thing I wish was better was the instructions and labeling of the various knobs, etc. Still an A+ in my book though!


Terrific Tripod


from Pikesville, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

My first "real" tripod. My others have been El Cheapo and good only for use on even, solid ground. Haven't stress-tested it yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so soon. Based on my playing with it so far, I have a great deal of confidence it will suit my needs.


I would buy this again


from New York, NY  -  Photography Student

I bought this tripod as a replacement for my Cannon tripod. The Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT was recommended by the Adorama staff. Thank you Adorama for a great product.




from Atlanta  -  Photo Enthusiast

Can get closer to things then with a normal tripod

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Quality of the materials is poor


from Colorado  -  Photo Enthusiast

Quality of this tripod is really poor. After 1.5 years of light use locks that keep legs at the angle are no longer working. Locks that tighten legs sections hardly working. Central column when in the used in horizontal position is wobbly to the point of being useless.


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Shopper  does this come with a bag?
JAMES S  Yes, a black bag sort of like camping chais come in with a string at the top and slip clinch balls.
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