Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT 28mm 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs, Maximum Height 66", Supports 17.6 lbs.

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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 photography and 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 283CT is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Vanguard 283CT: Lightweight and Stable

Summary of Customer Reviews

(7)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Stable (5),Lightweight (4),Unfolds quickly (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4),Night shots (3),Wildlife (3)

Vanguard 283CT Specifications

Tripod Material
Carbon Fiber
Max Height
66"
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
Three
Leg Diameter
28mm
Leg Lock Type
Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System
Max Load Capacity
17.6 lbs.
Notes and Special Features
Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles
Spiked Legs
Non-slip, spiked rubber feet
Mfr #
ALTA PRO 283CT
SKU
VGALTAP283CT

Vanguard 283CT Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (4)

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    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Almost perfect tripod

I'll start with my only complaint. The tripod is a bit large when closed. I know at some point I'll get a travel tripod but right now I've carried it along with a camera, and 3 lens for almost a whole day of walking in NYC. Taking it cross country on an airplane, we'll see. After that it's all good. I am 6'2" and this is more than tall enough for me. The key feature is adaptability. Obviously the leg lengths are easily adjustable but one can also choose from three different angles for the leg...

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I'll start with my only complaint. The tripod is a bit large when closed. I know at some point I'll get a travel tripod but right now I've carried it along with a camera, and 3 lens for almost a whole day of walking in NYC. Taking it cross country on an airplane, we'll see. After that it's all good. I am 6'2" and this is more than tall enough for me. The key feature is adaptability. Obviously the leg lengths are easily adjustable but one can also choose from three different angles for the legs. The center column can be adjusted in height, too. I know these are not unique features. However, what is unique and very easy to use is, the center column can be locked at any angle from straight up and down to straight down and up, a full 180 deg! This is just great for shooting macro shots. Combine the choice of angles for the center column with a wide spread position of the legs and one can get the camera right on the ground. I actually did some shots with the camera inches off the sidewalk in Times Sq, yet still upright. It also comes with a soft case with a shoulder strap and a fabric attachable shelf or stone bag. There is a hook to attach weight for stabilization. As it is the tripod is very stable the smallest section on the legs isn't like the gossamer legs I saw on a travel monopod this weekend. As they say with cars, the fit and finish is excellent. Really, I couldn't be happier with the tripod. I hadn't had the chance to "play" with it at the store (stopped in but one wasn't on the floor and I didn't have time to wait for a salesman) so I relied on all the reviews, which spot on. If you are looking for reasonable weight, infinite adjustments, stability and a good price this is it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too fragile

The locks of the legs tilt are very fragile. I already have two of them broken, as visible in the image below. It is also too short determining that opens the central column, less stable. I sent an email to the manufacturer requesting action but not getting any response yet.

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
4.0

Solid tripod with a few quibbles

By

from Cottage Grove, MN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this tripod several months ago to replace a lighter-duty aluminum model, and tried out several comparable models from other major brands in a store before buying the Auctus 283CT from Adorama. Overall, I'm very pleased with it. I shoot a lot of HDR and long exposures, and it is rock solid stable and dampens vibration much better than my old aluminum tripod. It's ruggedly built and looks like it will last a long time. I like the heavy leg tension bolts - my old one had allen screws on the underside of the top casting that didn't do a thing, and it lost tension within a year. The leg adjustment collars operate smoothly and are well sealed - I've had no problems with grit getting into the works when shooting on sand, mud or in the water. You can actually feel air pressure resistance and hear the hiss of air running out when you collapse them. I do a lot of hiking and hill- and stair-climbing (waterfalls, towers, etc.), and while it's a little heavier and bulkier than my old one, it's only by a few inches and a pound or so and I haven't found it noticeable, especially in return for the added height and stability. The nitpicks: 1. The instructions are entirely graphical and mostly useless. Text instructions would be good for some of the features and maintenance instructions would be desirable. 2. The center column does not slide up and down smoothly, and I don't like the design. In theory, you turn a bottom collar to adjust tension, then lock and unlock it with a top twist-ring that has little ears on it. But the ears are too short to get at under the base of my head, and the whole thing seems redundant - I'd get rid of the top ring entirely. And there's a little rotational play in the center column, even when fully locked. 3. The leg angle adjustment requires two hands and there isn't much to grab onto to raise the latches. It's difficult with wet hands and will be even worse with winter gloves. 4. The weight hook is (was) threaded rather loosely onto the bottom of the center column. It fell off and was lost on one of my first outings. 5. To remove the center column extension for low-angle shots, you rotate a knurled knob at the bottom which twists a threaded rod into the upper section. The two parts fit together very securely, but it takes a lot of twists to assemble/disassemble. Maybe that's a necessary tradeoff for a tight joint, but it does slow me down.

 
5.0

I would recommend this product

By

from Georgia  -  Casual Photographer

Very sturdy and was easy to set up

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Too fragile

By

from Brazil  -  Pro Photographer

The locks of the legs tilt are very fragile. I already have two of them broken, as visible in the image below. It is also too short determining that opens the central column, less stable. I sent an email to the manufacturer requesting action but not getting any response yet.

 
5.0

Great Tripod

By

from Atlanta, GA  -  Pro Photographer

I was looking to upgrade my tripod and was going to go with a different popular brand, but the rebate deal for the free ball head was unbeatable. I'm glad I bought this tri-pod! Not only does the carbon construction make a difference with the weight, but it's a sturdy tripod that allows me to shoot all terrain (outdoor portraits, beach weddings, architectural details on location, etc.). I'm very pleased with the performance and quality, which is comparable to the other brands I researched.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very nice, sturdy, light tripod.

By

from SE Pennsylvania  -  Photo Enthusiast

Supposedly there are only two kinds of tripods, lightweight, easy to carry ones and good tripods. This tripod is in the latter category, because even though it is carbon fiber, it is a pretty large tripod, and therefore a bit cumbersome. I have a collection of tripods, accumulated over the years, as I began to see the importance of using one. This is by far my favorite. It is very flexible, with a center post that can be pulled up, out, down, and legs that adjust at several different angles. The leg clamps take a bit of getting used to, but you learn to tighten them down and they are serious sturdy. Comes with a handy soft case with a shoulder strap, and a little bag that you can use to put rocks or other weights in and hang from the center post to stabilize in wind. The more I use it, the more I like it, which is the opposite of a couple others that I own.

 
4.0

Great, Solid Tripod

By

from Canton, GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a very solid tripod that is still light enough to carry on longer hikes.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Almost perfect tripod

By

from Fairfield, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

I'll start with my only complaint. The tripod is a bit large when closed. I know at some point I'll get a travel tripod but right now I've carried it along with a camera, and 3 lens for almost a whole day of walking in NYC. Taking it cross country on an airplane, we'll see. After that it's all good. I am 6'2" and this is more than tall enough for me. The key feature is adaptability. Obviously the leg lengths are easily adjustable but one can also choose from three different angles for the legs. The center column can be adjusted in height, too. I know these are not unique features. However, what is unique and very easy to use is, the center column can be locked at any angle from straight up and down to straight down and up, a full 180 deg! This is just great for shooting macro shots. Combine the choice of angles for the center column with a wide spread position of the legs and one can get the camera right on the ground. I actually did some shots with the camera inches off the sidewalk in Times Sq, yet still upright. It also comes with a soft case with a shoulder strap and a fabric attachable shelf or stone bag. There is a hook to attach weight for stabilization. As it is the tripod is very stable the smallest section on the legs isn't like the gossamer legs I saw on a travel monopod this weekend. As they say with cars, the fit and finish is excellent. Really, I couldn't be happier with the tripod. I hadn't had the chance to "play" with it at the store (stopped in but one wasn't on the floor and I didn't have time to wait for a salesman) so I relied on all the reviews, which spot on. If you are looking for reasonable weight, infinite adjustments, stability and a good price this is it.

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