Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT

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.

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT

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
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This review was first published in the February 2014 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.