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|Product Length:||4.72 inches|
|Product Width:||5.12 inches|
|Product Height:||21.13 inches|
|Product Weight:||4.63 pounds|
|Package Length:||21.7 inches|
|Package Width:||5.4 inches|
|Package Height:||4.8 inches|
|Package Weight:||6.2 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 21 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 21 customer reviews )
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27 of 29 found the following review helpful:
Exception value and INCREDILY versatile TRIPOD... Mar 29, 2011
By Gregory J. Mcbride
"Tinker of tiny things"
First off this is an absolutely great tripod which is extremely well engineered with solid construction as well as being the most versatile "must have" accessory for any photographer.
I am a professional photographer and over the years I have owned several tripods. I got into the light weight tripods for a short while because I was concerned about the overall weight I was carrying.
That went on for about 2-3 years until I was shown how a light weight tripod holding an expensive Canon 5D (at the time $2,500) along with a 70x200mm series "L" (at the time $1,250 lens) had taken a really nasty fall because of a very slight nudge from a shirt sleeve as the photographer was setting up. (OUCH!)
He said it all happened so fast and then down it went. The remains of the 5D looked like someone had taken a sledge hammer to the front of it. And that "L" series beautiful chunk of glass was now many pieces of useless glass.
I have long since changed my theories on tripods and their weight of burden, and true stability for holding a camera steady (which is why one should use a tripod in the first place) vs the use of more substantial sturdy tripods while sacraficing possibly only a few onces more weight.
Sure if you're on a 10 mile uphill climb in high altitude or on a dessert 100 degree treck, yeah I might go for the lighter tripod. But...how often are you doing that?
Sure you say that you must steady the tripod with something hanging from the center bar etc. But as in my fellow photographers calamity, as he was setting up this accident happened. Where was the time to properly steady the tripod? You're after the fading rapidly changing light.
Moral of the story "USE A MORE STEADY / POSSIBLY A MORE HEAVIER TRIPOD AND GET THE SHOT AS WELL AS POSSIBLY AVOIDING THE FATE OF A SMASHED $2,500 CAMERA AND A USELESS $1,250 LENS."
Now why did I go into all that? This tripod does not weight that much more than your so called "light weight" models. Yet it will give you a whole lot more versatility as well as a much more steady base. And again, seriously ask yourself how often are you going on that strenious jaunt?
Nor will this tripod totally prevent accidently knocking it over.
BUT, after setting it up. I did give it a complete work out. I tried all the adjustments it allows, which are absolutely phenomenal for a whole wide range of shooting circumstances not just "macro" photography.
I tried to jiggle the head, the legs, the adjustable angle center post and every other part of it. Each time as I tightened it down following all the adjustments, the more I began to admire and truly be amazed at the solid construction of this slightly heavier "confidently more sturdy" tripod.
I am astonished with the full concept and "ease of usability" thinking that went into the design of this incredibe piece of equipment.
GOOD JOB, maybe that is why it won the 2009 award for being one of the "Best Accessories" for photographers.
This baby will have the assignment of holding my "Pride and Joys" and I not only feel like I have broaden my horizons for shooting angles but I am confident it will do the job, SUPERBLY.
Thanks photo equipment designer engineer guys. And thanks for offering this highly evolved accessory for sale at a very reasonable price.
And for all of you out there wondering if you should go ahead and pull the trigger on buying one of these tripods. Go for it! IT WILL BE MONEY EXTEMELY WELL SPENT!
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Wow. Talk about extreme value! Nov 02, 2010
I can't believe that Vanguard can make these so affordable. This tripod just screams of quality. The instructions are great. The included bag is awesome. Works perfectly with Vanguard ball head systems. I picked up an SBH-250 to go with it. This Vanguard Alta tripod, the Vanguard SBH-250 ball head and an extra Vanguard quick mount cost me less than the most popular Manfrotto tripod alone, and it's a much higher quality product.
Try one out for yourself. Seriously! Get one now before prices go up!
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
First Sturdy Tripod Feb 17, 2011
By North Mainer
This is my first pro-level tripod. I have used a light-weight aluminum tripod from Woolco (For those who remember Woolco from 30 years ago). It was too short and too light-weight - too cheap. This tripod is heavy duty and is substantially sturdier than any tripod I have ever used except for some heavy video tripods at the office.
I live in a substantially cold and snowy area (Average snowfall 116 inches) and have always hated the twist-lock legs on the tripods available to me. The flip-lock legs on this tripod work extremely well. The subzero cold does not have any effect on their functions. The foam covered legs are most appreciated in the cold weather. The foam create an increased resistance during carrying and hands (also tongues) do not stick to the cold raw metal during setup, use and take-down. Also the center column functioned equally as well in the cold.
Very stable - comes with handy weight holder that fastens under the center column to add weight for windy conditions. A previous reviewer described the bag that comes with it as awesome. I agree it is a great bag but I like to be little less visble as the bag has a screaming bright orange cover to the bag.
Do I recommend the tripod - definitely - and with their Model 250 ballhead I bought with it - absolutely. Excellent buy for a moderately heavy user down to an infrequent tripod user.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Does the job for less Jun 04, 2010
By Brett Knutson
Was going to get a Manfrotto 055xbpro with a good head, would have spent around $400 for this set up. Found this unit by accident in some reviews and gave it a try, glad I did! Saved over $150 and it has more flexibility than the Manfrotto. Added the SBH-250 head and the system is solid as a rock. Bit heavy for a long hike, though there is a carbon version, that will cost you a few more coins. You can't go wrong with unit.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
I agree Jul 31, 2011
The other reviews have been more comprehensive--I just wanted to add my two-cents' worth. Everything about this tripod is very well thought out and nicely manufactured. All adjustments are smooth and positive (and adjustable, with the supplied allen wrench) and solid. Did I say SOLID? The unit, folded, is 21" in length. With the Vanguard SBH-100 Ball Head the entire rig weighs about five pounds. Not that it matters for your use of the tripod, but the packaging for the tripod and the pistol-grip ball head were very cleverly thought out. The reason that matters at all is that it demonstrates an overall ethic of quality, evidenced throughout the product. It's as if someone in charge actually cared about doing their best. How quaint is that? My only quibble would be with the little operation brochures. The line drawings are clear, but a bit cryptic in terms of illustrating adjustments. Might have been better to do without the multi-culti translations, and use the pages for more step-by-step cartoon-panel style depictions of operations. Doesn't matter; everything is so obvious you'll get it down in no time. First-rate product, especially for the price.
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