The Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT comes bundled with a generous amount of extras, including a carrycase, mini tool kit and even a stone bag that suspends in-between the tripod legs, providing a basket for stand weights or other bits and bobs that’ll add extra stability.
On the base of each leg of the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT sits a rubber foot that, when unscrewed, reveals a metal spike for added purchase on rocky terrain. The three individual leg sections are constructed of a lightweight aluminium alloy, and adjusted with durable flip-locks. The legs are also able to splay further outward to a shallow 10-degree angle by operating the leg-spread lock buttons - activated with just a press of the thumb.
Thumbscrews keep the centre column locked tightly in place, and once raised to its tallest setting, a quick-release lever allows it to rotate round 180 degrees – great for super-low shooting angles. At the very top of the tripod sits the centre column plate that gives the option of both 3/8in and 1/4in threads by simply unscrewing and attaching the thread cover that’s neatly concealed in the plate itself. On the neck of the centre column sits a rubber dampening ring that’ll absorb most of the shock, should you accidentally let go of it with your D-SLR on-board.
The whole setup functions extremely fluently, and its slick design and practical features tick all the boxes - making it hard to find a complaint. The only downside is the price, but the features and build of the 263AT justify the extra cash.
- Street price: £109.99 (As of July 2016)
- Maximum height: 165cm
- Weight: 2kg
- Max load: 7kg
- Visit: www.vanguardworld.co.uk
This review was first published in the February 2014 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.