Recently I have been using the Vanguard Alta pro 2+ 263, and I thought I would do a short review.
Before I start, I'm going to skip to the end and tell you that I'm absolutely in love with this tripod so I apologize in advance if I sound like I am completely gushing about it. I will try and just stick to what it does.
The first thing I noticed about it is that it has twisting leg locks , not something I have been used to on my previous tripods but after using them just a couple of times they are a godsend. They are completely rubber so they have great grip and I have not found any of them to stick at all yet.
I have been using the aluminium 3 section version but I understand there is a 4 section version as well.
As far as weight goes it's not too heavy at all (2.3kg) and it fits perfectly into the side pocket of my Alta Rise rucksack, as if it was made for it. Which in fact it was :-) It is in fact a lovely length for attaching to whatever bag you have.
Fully extended it sits at a perfect height for me, I'm 5 ft 8, I know this isn't as tall as a lot of tripods but it's perfect for myself. The legs spread to 20, 40, 60, and 80 degree angles so that you can have the tripod basically on the floor if you want to, depending on how you have the centre column setup.
Which brings me to the centre column itself itself, extend it fully and loosen a knob on the side and it flips over 90 degrees so that you can really get a low down perspective. you can set it to any angle you like between 0 and 90 degrees. I really like this feature as it helps greatly with macro or low level landscape photography. My version came with an Alta BH100 ball head, and I have had no issues with this at all. I often have quite a heavy set up on my tripod and I have had no issues whatsoever with any slippage.
The rubber feet also twist off to reveal spikes that will hold grip in just about any terrain.
The Alta BH 100 head does exactly what you need it to do and nothing that you don't need it to do. There is a large knob to adjust the ball position and there is a smaller knob which once loosened, enables you to turn the entire head on a horizontal axis.
All in all I am really, really happy with the performance of this tripod. It's not the biggest and most sturdy, and it's not the smallest and most compact , It is just right.
I personally think that it is suitable for all photographers, young and old, novice or professional.
Thank you for reading.