Excerpt: I was going to order a Vanguard tripod from B & H. Went out locally yesterday to "Precision Camera" here in Austin. Asked if they sold Vanguard, they said no, but we have something similar.
Pros: Build quality, versatility, features,ease of use
Excerpt: Not a hiker's tripod, this aluminum tripod is a very sturdy and versatile piece of quality equipment. The Manfrotto universal joint is excellent for getting perspective stability, and the legs have very good reach and sturdiness.
Excerpt: I love this tripod! The center column easily moves into a vertical position, which has helped with some recent work I've had shooting food dishes. I use it with two heads: the Manfrotto 303 Plus and the Manfrotto 804RC2 head (I use a grip with the three way head).