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VANGUARD Alta+ 233AP Aluminium Tripod with PH-22 Pan Head


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  • Ultra compact and lightweight
  • Enables low-angle photography
  • Legs adjust to 25,50 and 80-degree angles
  • Advanced camera vibration control
  • Convertible Spliked rubber feet

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  • Product Dimensions: 66.5 x 11.5 x 10.5 cm ; 1.6 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.4 Kg
  • Item model number: Alta+ 233AP
  • ASIN: B002NA9Q50
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Carrying Case:Carrying bag, Features:Built-in bubble level, multi-angle tripod legs, accessory hook, built-in fluid system, Quick Release System:Yes, Tripod Legs Lock Type:Flip lock lever, Placing / Mounting:Floor-standing, Max Supported Weight:3 kg, Tripod Legs Sections Qty:3, Max Operating Height:160 cm, Tilt (degrees):+90/-60; +90/-30, Tripod Head:Pan, Head Name:Vanguard PH-23, Tripod Head Positioning:3-way, Pan (degrees):360, Features:Built-in spirit level

Manufacturer's Description

The Vanguard Alta+ 233AP Tripod is designed to meet the requirements of the most demanding photographer. This aluminum tripod offers a magnesium alloy canopy and head. The legs can all be adjusted individually to 3 different angles (25° 50° 80°) for uneven terrain and low angle shooting. The dual locking safety mechanism and anti-shock ring prevent the damage that can be caused by camera vibration and will eliminate any worries you might have about your equipment falling from the tripod during transportation. Ergonomic handles, easy to lock panhead, large foam grips for all weather use and spiked rubber feet for increased stability are all features offered by this series.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Sep 2013
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The weight of camera equipment is not a constant - it's always several times heavier late in the day after trudging several miles and with a long hike back than it is when you are bright and fresh.

Over recent years, our lot has been made easier by technological developments, miniaturisation and some plain common sense developments. The electronics of photography have been reduced to the extent that the limiting factor is to have buttons of a size that can be manipulated. The merging of video and still shot equipment often means one body rather than two, digital zoom means it is possible to manage with a couple of interchangeable lenses or maybe even just one fixed lens. Lightweight but robust materials have reduced the volume and weight of camera bags.

Until now I have been managing with a very good quality Manfrotto tripod which is excellent for what I need but, combined with its padded case, now weighs at least three times the combined total of all the rest of my kit. As a result, it has gradually tended to get left at home. The lighter everything has become, the more weight has become an issue because it is suddenly possible to get effective shots without needing a Sherpa (read partner) for carrying the kit.

The difficulty with tripods is that to do their job they need to be easily and swiftly erected/collapsed, strong enough to achieve this time and again, provide a rigid base for the camera but offer smooth pan and tilt and withstand being carted around. All of this requires precision engineering, robust design and high quality materials and usually involve significant cost and weight. Lightweight high quality tripods have been around for years but have usually been budget-busting options - until this Vanguard item came along.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debs VINE VOICE on 16 Sep 2013
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Vanguard is not a make that I had previously considered when it came to photographic accessories, and I was looking forward to receiving it. They seem to produce a wide range of accessories, at various price points and in terms of specification, offer a lot of value.

The tripod itself is well made and gives the impression of being fairly durable. In order to keep weight down they have used a bit of plastic (such as the silver releases at the top of the legs to change angle). This is in contrast to the likes of Manfrotto who use what appears to the hand to be better quality plastics and lightweight alloys. A similar price Manfrotto would be the MK294 - indeed at full price the Manfrotto is £20 cheaper.

When one considers features such as a reversible centre column and ability to change the angle of the legs then you are looking at a Manfrotto 190 and 804 head for comparison.

It is here that I have concerns with this tripod - if you are looking for a travel tripod, it is a 3 section tripod - not terribly short for carrying, and not considerably lighter than other tripods. If you're looking for a stable, well built and high spec tripod - again it is good. But not exceptional.

It could be that if you are looking for 1 "do it all" tripod then this one could be a great option - especially if you have a small DSLR or mirrorless compact. If you're looking for a light, compact travel tripod - you could find better. If you want a well built tripod and weight is less of a concern then you could find others more suited. It does offer versatility and good specification - but with compromises across the board - for a good price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Troy Tempest VINE VOICE on 26 Aug 2013
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First impressions of this tripod are that it is well made - the materials are to a high standard and it is put together well. The PH22 head is easily added to the tripod and was ready for testing in a matter of seconds!

The tripod extends to a good height. The central pole can be reversed very quickly using a handy "click and release" button which enables you to remove the base of the pole. This is really handy if you want to use the tripod for macro work close to the ground as it means you can still use the pan head rather than having to attach the camera to the opposite end of the pole. The hinges for the legs have 3 settings meaning that you can get some very low shots if required! The pan head comes with the best locking mechanism I have seen for a quick release plate and one that actually feels very secure (other manufacturers take note!). My EOS50D is not a light camera but felt secure on this tripod.

The pan head was quite stiff to use - not a problem if you are taking still photographs but I wonder whether this could cause problems if trying to pan with a video camera. It may be that this is simply due to the newness of the camera but even with the handles loosened off completely the movement was a little stiff.

The legs seem firm and have foam padding - useful for grabbing on cold days as well as protecting the legs. The feet are plastic and screw up to reveal spikes for a soft surface. A (very small) niggle with the feet is that there is no flexibility so that when you change the angle of the legs they don't sit flat on the floor - only a small niggle but..

This is a lightweight tripod and whilst this is handy for when you are carrying it around, this can cause you a few issues when you are using it.
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