Vanguard 253CB-50 3-Section Carbon Fiber Alta Pro 253-CT Tripod Legs with SBH-50 QR Ballhead, Maximum Height 68.75", Supports 15.4 lbs

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About Vanguard 253CB-50

Alta Pro tripods have unmatched flexibility, stability and 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 in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.

The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod's stability. Additional tripod features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, lightweight carbon fiber legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, quarter-twist leg locks, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories.

Its SBH 50 fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and has smooth locking knobs, an outstanding loading capacity and fine-tuning functions.

The Vanguard 253CB-50 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Wildlife and more.The Vanguard 253CB-50 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Vanguard 253CB-50: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion and Stable

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (7),Large range of motion (6),Attaches firmly (4),Strong clamp (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (7),Night shots (6),Wildlife (4),Home (3),Portraits (3),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Vanguard 253CB-50 Features

  • Lightweight carbon fiber
  • Central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
  • Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles
  • Smooth fluid-like ball head
  • Enables extreme low-angle photography

Vanguard 253CB-50 Specifications

Number of Leg Sections
Leg Diameter(mm)
Head Specs
Bubble level (pcs)
Extended height
68.75" / 1745mm
Folded height
27.375"/ 695mm
1.94kg / 4.28lbs
Mfr #

Vanguard 253CB-50 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Amazingly light and strong Tripod.

Extremely lightweight and yet still stable. Tripod is solidly built of good quality low weight materials. It Holds my D800 with 1lb lens at all angles, fully extended, and with riser set horizontal. Riser adjusts to all angles without removing any component. The tripod is excellent for macro photography. Weight can be added when using heavy lenses or accessories at unusual riser angles.

Reviewed by 7 customers


lightweight, yet solid


from miami, fl  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This tripod with the SBH-50 was an incredible bargain.The SBH-50 doesn't have a separate pan control and is somewhat lightweight, so I ordered the SBH-100. Now I have the perfect combo, still at a bargain. I will keep the SBH-50 for a future monopod purchase. I went to a few landsape outings already, this tripod is lightweight, yet solid. Extending the legs is effortless. It is so versatile with the tilting center column that you can get the camera to any angle you wish. With the column tilted,just keep an eye on the balance, which may require extending one leg more than the other two. One concern was that I didn't get the rock bag shown in the picture. Called Adorama cust serv, and received the bag a week later directly from Vanguard. Overall I am extremely happy with this purchase.


Solid and a Joy to Use


from Mount Vernon, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this tripod for landscapes, general outdoor photography and some studio projects. It sets up fast, is very stable and adjusts quickly. The center post's ability to swing out at an angle has become one of my favorite features and has allowed me to set up shots that would have been much more difficult before, such as positioning the camera over the edge of a balcony railing a bit. I also appreciate the height it extends to-- I can set up with the camera higher than my head without having to extend the center post too far. I do a lot of hiking and, despite its carbon fiber legs, this tripod is a bit heavy for me to imagine taking it on extended trips. However, for a day in the mountains I don't think I will be able to resist the bit of extra weight.


Venguard 253CB is a great deal


from Venice, Florida  -  Photography Student

I use a D300 and Nikkor 300mm F4 plus teleconverter most of the time. The Vanguard tripod and head work very well. I take them on kayak tours and hikes to take shots of wildlife.. I also use them in my stained glass studio and on location. The tripod is lightweight, strong and stable, and can be adjusted to handle any position I've ever needed. I'm very pleased.


Greay Tripod


from Colorado  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Good clamp


Great Functionality & Value


from KY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very nice quality works perfectly as it should. Only complaint would be the small knob on the ball lock, not really a problem for me but someone smaller would probably benefit from something with a bit more leverage. Otherwise it's perfect and silky smooth, you'd be hard pressed to find a better platform for the money. Highly recommended!


Very happy with my decision


from Cincinnati OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

I did a lot of research before selecting the 253CB-50. I read hundreds of reviews for various tripods. I read lots of articles and forum posts that recommended various characteristics of good tripods. This tripod had everything that I wanted: carbon fiber, ball head, three segment legs, a maximum weight that I could grow my kit into, an adjustable center post that would swing 180 degrees and a price that I felt comfortable with. It is very light. Last week I carried it (it came with a case and shoulder strap) on a three-hour photo walk and it never felt heavy. In the time that I've had it, the only disappointment was that the tripod didn't fit in my suitcase without removing the head.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Amazingly light and strong Tripod.


from Bonsall, Ca  -  Pro Photographer

Extremely lightweight and yet still stable. Tripod is solidly built of good quality low weight materials. It Holds my D800 with 1lb lens at all angles, fully extended, and with riser set horizontal. Riser adjusts to all angles without removing any component. The tripod is excellent for macro photography. Weight can be added when using heavy lenses or accessories at unusual riser angles.


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Doug B  What is the difference between the 253CB and the 253DT?
TODD K  There does not appear to be a Vanguard 253DT product. There is a 253CT item. The Vanguard 253CT is the Alta+ carbon legs tripod without a head. The 253CB is a kit tat includes the 253CT legs, the SBH 50 ball head and a vinyl carrying case. The 253CB kit is a great deal for the money. The 253CT with the SBH 50 head weighs a grand total of just 1.935 kg. The tripod is not only extremely light but, also very strong and sturdy. If using the tripod outside, I recommend attaching a sand bag - 8 lbs - to the center rod of the tripod for stability in the wind. Good luck. Sincerely, Todd

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