Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT 26mm 3-Section Aluminum Alloy Tripod Legs, Maximum Height 65", Supports 15.4 lbs.


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About Vanguard 263AT

Photographers can say goodbye to missing incredible shots and fumbling with their tripods. VANGUARD Alta Pro tripod fuses convenience, flexibility and stability to help photographers take breathtaking, unique shots, safely and at unbelievable speed. Alta Pro expands your creative opportunities so you'll never miss the perfect shot again.

With several design patents pending, Alta Pro may change the industry's standards for tripod design. Unlike traditional tripods, Alta Pro's Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column as needed from zero to 130-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions. This allows more angle possibilities than ever before.

Its Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System feature allows photographers to securely reposition the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod's stability.

Designed to support an array of camera types including DSLR and video cameras, camera setup is quick and easy. Alta Pro's design also enables macro photographyand special wide-angle shots with additional attachments that can be mounted to either end of the central column.

Other features include:
• Advanced camera vibration and shock control
• Legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles with a simple push of easy-release button
• Patented premium magnesium, die-casted canopy
• Hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability
• Non-slip, spiked rubber feet Alta Pro is available in three models.

Made of solid carbon and very lightweight, Alta Pro 283CT holds equipment up to 17.6 lbs. and has three leg sections that extend to 66 inches. With three leg sections extending to 65 inches, Alta Pro 263AT is made of strong aluminum alloy and holds up to 15.4 lbs. Alta Pro 264AT, made of solid aluminum alloy, extends to 61 inches and holds up to 15.4 lbs.

Since 1986, VANGUARD has provided photographers around the world with innovative, high-quality tripods, monopods, ball heads, pan heads, bags, cases, optics and other photography accessories. With ISO 9001 and 14001-certified facilities and hundreds of design patents, VANGUARD has earned a solid reputation that spans the world.

The Vanguard 263AT is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Portraits, Wildlife and more.The Vanguard 263AT is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Vanguard 263AT is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Vanguard 263AT: Folds away, Lightweight, Stable and Unfolds quickly

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 Specifications

Tripod Material
Aluminum Alloy
Max Height
Center Column Type
Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) (Allows for central column to vary as needed from zero to 130-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions)
Leg Sections
Leg Diameter
Leg Lock Type
Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System
Max Load Capacity
15.4 lbs.
Notes and Special Features
Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles
Spiked Legs
Non-slip, spiked rubber feet

Vanguard 263AT Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Item - Great Buy

Used this for the first time on a blustery 21 degree f night; photographing the Boston harbor skyline. Had it set up then broken down in seconds. Three padded legs came in very "handy" when I had to take gloves off. I actually used both the rubber feet and one spike at the same time due to ground conditions. Very impressed with the stability for HDR bracketing.


Most Liked Negative Review


Quality of the materials is poor

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.

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  Why Did You Choose This?
GRANT D  Has horizontal mode which facilitates close-up work. Also legs flatten for low-level shooting.
Shopper  Does this come with a head? Not clear from the description. If not, which head would you recommend? Thanks.
Jim S  Thanks all. Think I'll go with the SBH-100; more compact for traveling/carrying.
Shopper  What is the diameter of the largest part of the legs? Thank you
ALVIN A  Hi there, the diameter is 3 centimeters, a little bit more than 1 inch, where the rubber is.
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