Reviews and Problems with Vanguard Alta Pro 263AGH
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21 September 2011
Conclusion: Looking at the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AGH as a whole kit, we'd be more tempted to buy the legs on their own and fit a regular Vanguard SBH-100 ball and socket head, which has a 10kg load rating, adjustable friction damper and separate panning control.
Excerpt: There's often money to be saved by buying a complete kit that includes both tripod and a tripod head in one package. In this case, however, the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT legs sell for around £125 on their own and the GH-100 pistol grip head is available for about £85 if you shop around. Buying them as kit you can expect to pay around £195, so you'll only save about £15. Even so, there are plenty of novel features to capture the interest.
Pros: Legs boast advanced features that are quick and easy to use, Well implemented 180 degree centre column pivot facility, Very good build quality ensures stability
Cons: Pistol grip head lacks firm clamping action and is fiddly to use, AGH kit isn't much of a money-saver, Tension adjustments have cross-head screws instead of allen key screws