Vanguard PH-242 Pan Head with Quick Release, Window/Clamp Type Mount, Max Height: 6.8", Max Loading Capacity: 6.6 lbs

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About Vanguard PH-242

Capture the moment no matter the location. No tripod? No problem. PH window mounts have unique bases and non-slip platforms. They easily attach to vehicle windows, tripods, fences, tree branches, tubular structures and others, enabling steady use of cameras, camcorders or spotting scopes for effortless panning.

With an industry-leading extra wide base of 1.6 in./42 mm, PH-242 enables mounting to decks and other structures. Its two-way fluid pan head has a dual safety release quick shoe, bubble level and a large quick release platform with weight balance adjustment.

Vanguard PH-242 Features

  • Extra wide base -(1.6 in/42 mm) enables mounting to decks and two-by-four inch-constructed stands
  • Bubble level
  • Large quick release platform
  • Weight balancing adjustment

Vanguard PH-242 Specifications

Maximum loading capacity(kg)
Maximum loading capacity(lbs)
Bubble level(pcs)
Quick shoe included
Panhead movements
3-way pan head
Extended height(mm)
Extended height(inch)
24.9 oz.

Vanguard PH-242 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers


Looks good


from Lewiston, ID  -  Casual Photographer

Plan to use on a custom built bench mount stand for a spotting scope, not built yet,but see no reason it won't work well.




from Accra, Ghana  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this to be used on an African Safari that has not happened yet. I will know more after the safari. I am impressed that the unit is very heavy-duty.


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Shopper  Do you have any suggestions or tips on using it?
GRANT D  This tripod is a excellent buy for the money. Very exactingly built. It is, however, very light in weight. Great for carrying outdoors, but If placed on soft surfaces such as rugs, grass, soft earth, etc. this tripod gets a bit bouncy and you will need to weight the it down for stability. Vanguard anticipates this by providing a triangular piece of nylon material which fastens to each leg of the tripod, upon which may be placed a heavy weight ,such as a rock, a gallon jug of water or a sand bag to stabilize it. Indoors, I use a paint can with pea gravel in it hung from the center column.....use whatever common sense suggests. Finding weights gets more difficult in the field. What I find works there is to get a medium length black rubber bungi cord with "S" hooks on both ends. Attach it to the center column and put a stirrup on the bottom S-hook, ( a cord or stirrup-like handle which you can find in weight lifting supply stores--improvise!) insert your foot and step down on the ground during the the few seconds of exposure. Works for me and I'm cranky about issues of sharpness. I use a Sony a850 and have no difficulties.
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