The Vanguard Auctus Plus 323CT is the first large carbon fibre tripod the company has released. And weighing in at 3.55kg, it is also pretty heavy.
The first and most noticeable feature is the geared centre column. This allows for the raising of the centre column – heightened either using a crank handle or a rubber–coated, water valve-type device.
When fully extended, and without the centre column raised, the tripod reaches approximately 4.5ft, with a further 2ft added with the column. There are also leg extension locks that lift vertically – you simply lift and swing the leg into position. There are also rubber feet, commonly known as snow shoes, for further stability, which can easily be removed to reveal spikes if needed. The legs have twist grip locks and further down there are markings on the leg sections. This is a great feature that allows for uniform leg lengths when you’re setting up.
This is a great piece of kit, but at 3550g this is for seriously committed landscapers only. You really wouldn’t want to be carrying this beast too far!
- Street price: £403 (Secondhand price as of July 2016)
- Weight: 3550g
- Number of sections: 3
- Minimum height: 720mm
- Maximum height with centre column up: 1800mm
- Closed length: 815mm
- Max load: 18kg
- Visit: www.vanguardworld.co.uk
This review was first published in the May 2012 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.