This super versatile tripod will allow you to get the shots you have only ever dreamed of before, with more positions available than the advanced karma sutra, the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 comes with tripod and the SBH-100 Ball head forming an unstoppable combination. With 26mm, 3 section aluminium alloy legs that adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles it allows for extreme low angle photography, its features a Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System which allows the central column to move from 0 to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions, ideal for macro-photography and high-impact wide-angle shots. The SB H-100 ball head smoothly rotates 360 degrees and includes a quick release plate and bubble levels to ensure you have a flat surface to shoot from.
Other features include the Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System that can be used to securely reposition the central column in one quick movement without losing stability, a premium magnesium die-cast canopy with anti-shock ring, quick flip leg locks with chunky rubber feet and retractable spikes for a firm grip on every terrain. The central column design is what makes the Alta Pro such an excellent tripod, there isn’t an angle you cannot hit and its super stable because the feet are so low, for a little extra stability you can use the hook at the end of the column to add weight like your camera bag or dog.
The Alta Pro looks great, the matt finish provides a sleek, professional impression, the silicone grips that open the legs out however look a little cheap in comparison and the clips at the top of the legs don’t feel very stable either, other than that all the other components are good quality the handles and nice and chunky and suitable for gloved hands. The whole tripod is a bit of a lump at 2.44kg and only packs down to 28.125", but it is worth lugging it about in exchange for the secure shots it provides, it is an excellent all rounder that is well worth the investment. RRP £164.99
4.8 out of 5
All angles are possible
Aluminium legs adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles
Ball head rotates 360 degrees
Hexagon-shaped central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock System
Quick flip leg locks, rubber feet with retractable spikes
Load capacity of up to 15.4 pounds
Extends to 68.125"
Quality of some components could be improved