Vanguard 263-AGH 3-Section Aluminum Alloy Alta Pro 263-AT Tripod Legs with GH-100 Pistol Grip Head, Maximum Height 68.5", Supports 15.4lbs

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About Vanguard 263-AGH

Quite possibly the most flexible tripod/ball head pair in the world, Alta Pro 263AGH is everything you need for out-of-this-world photography. Alta Pro tripods have unmatched versatility and stability, 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, aluminum alloy legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, quick-flip 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 GH-100 pistol grip-style ball head has a Grip Position Release System with a handle that allows 360-degrees of panning movements and -32 to +90 degrees of side-to-side tilt and -8 to +0--degree back to front tilt movement all around.

The Vanguard 263-AGH is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Vanguard 263-AGH is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Vanguard 263-AGH is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Vanguard 263-AGH: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Lightweight, Stable, Strong clamp and Unfolds quickly

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (29),Strong clamp (17),Attaches firmly (16),Large range of motion (16),Lightweight (7),Unfolds quickly (5)
Heavy (5)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (27),Night shots (26),Portraits (24),Home (18),Travel (17),Wildlife (16),Sports/action (7),Video (7),Weddings (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (22),Semi-pro photographer (4),Photography student (3)

Vanguard 263-AGH Features

  • Central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
  • Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles
  • Enables extreme low-angle photography
  • Ball head enables single-handed, comfortable operation
  • Friction Control System modifies ball head friction with ease

Vanguard 263-AGH Specifications

Number of Leg Sections
Leg Diameter
Head Specs
Bubble level (pcs)
Extended height
1740mm / 68.5"
Folded height
725mm / 28.5"
2.645kg / 5.83lbs
Mfr #

Vanguard 263-AGH Reviews

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(based on 32 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Like a Rock

It may be overkill, but if you need to get your camera in a certain position and need rock solid stability this is the tripod you need. The 360 degree panning head is unique and you may have to experiment with the scalable click and turn mechanism to get that picture perfect shot. It is impressive and just plain cool.

Reviewed by 32 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Heavy duty


from Chicago  -  Photo Enthusiast

This a fantastic, heavy duty tripod. The center column turning into an extension for macro photography saves money. The pistol grip also saves money on a gimbel head. The legs extend easily, and can being able to remove the center column means the tripod can get very close to the ground. It may be a bit heavy, and the pistol grip may make it a bit cumbersome for a photo bag/backpack, but those are small prices to pay. I would definitely recommend this product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


What I was lookinf for


from Radcliff, KY  -  Casual Photographer

main us is for night photography. This tripod provided the need support and weight capacity for my Canon 5D Mark II and attached telephoto lenses such as the Canon 100-400 zoom. It is simple to operate and light enough to carry around. The best feature is the ability to remove the center post and to re attach it for side and various angled shoots.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


"This is what I call flexibility"


from West Virginia  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have had this tripod for about 4 months and I really like the flexibilty you have from the pistol grip to the moveable central column to the multi-positional legs. The pistol grip is somewhat limited when you want to tilt up, but with the push of a button you can extend the rear leg to take care of this. I am disappointed with the ball that the pistol grip is fastened to, it has become loose and it rocks back and forth a little now every time I want to move it or touch my camera. Overall though, I think this is a good deal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I would recommend.


from Waterford, Maine  -  Photo Enthusiast

Has done all that I've asked of it so far. Love the center column tilt feature (ISSL). Pistol grip is a bit stiff, but not bad.


Review Vanguard 'Alta Pro 263AT & GH-100


from Dayton, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

The Alta Pro 263AT offers excellent stability even when the bottom leg sections are called into play and the center column is fully extended. Its very well implemented pivot for the center column offers more versatility when compared to other tripod brands which are more limited with only vertical or horizontal use. Having a 6kg maximum load capacity, the Vanguard Alta Pro GH-100 pistol grip head supports well a mid range DSLR with a heavy 70-200mm pro lens. The GH-100 pistol grip head includes a bubble level and scale on the base marked in five degree increments which are very useful when shooting panoramic. The 'Alta Pro 263AT & GH-100 pistol grip' is a highly recommended kit with an impressive standard of build quality, advanced features and an reasonable price tag.


Very handy


from Wauwatosa, WI  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was looking for an upgrade on a cheapo walmart tripod and settled on this one. I have been using this tripod mainly for use in stop-motion animation as to achieve more interesting angles of shooting than the standard straight on shot. I have found that the tripod itself is very well constructed, sturdy, and flexible to fit many different situations. There is some weight to it but it is not overly heavy. The pistol grip is alright, I would rate the grip a 3 stars. The controls on the grip are overly complicated and i find that depending on what lens you have when shooting a portrait formate the camera will not hold in place but move down. basically the hold isn't that strong. Another thing with this grip is that the angle you can tip back is not very much making low angle shots rather tedious to do. Over all happy.


solid performer


from New York, NY  -  Casual Photographer

I've had this tripod for a couple of months now. Weighing 6 pounds even, it's heavier than I expected and would be difficult to lug around much. However, the weight also affords great stability, which is especially useful when using the option to put the tripod in its offset position (see YouTube videos demonstrating this tripod's versatility). I can set up my T3i so that its lens center is just 10 inches off the floor and 20 inches from the central axis of the tripod. This is a unique design. Clamps secure the legs firmly, and they can be tightened if it's eventually necessary with a adjustment tool that's provided. The appearance and build quality are quite nice. This tripod is something I'm sure I'll be proud to own for years to come. Well worth the dough.




from Chicago  -  Photography Student

This thing is great and 100% worth the money

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic Tripod!


from Philadelphia, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

It maybe heavy but worth every single pound of it! Slightly complicated to use but once you get a handle of it its a great piece of gear! You'll never regret buying it! Would recommend to anyone unless you want a travel tripod! :D


This is the best tripod i have ever had!


from Kearny, NJ  -  Photography Student

I really dont have any words to describe this tripod but it works perfect!! its very stable, not that heavy, the pistol grip is AMAZING!! I think this kit will be the best to get!


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MICHAEL W  Ease of use, weight, durability, and reputation
kim s  Hi there i need a tripod for my rapid box octa mini would this one work? regards Kim Spencer
BILL O  I'm not sure what a rapid box octa mini is. I use it with Canon DLSR cameras with 250 mm telephoto lens and have never had a problem. I have a friend who still shoots with VHS camcorders and they work fine with this tripod.
Shopper  Do I have to buy thequick release plate or is it already included?
ALLEN P  One is included, but not a bad idea to pick up a spare.
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