Excerpt: This is an Additional tri-pod for me, but I wanted something a little more substantial for the times I'm using long lenses and for the times I want to hang-out for Macro shots. This purchase from Adorama was just another fine example of customer trusting a business and the business respecting the wishes of the "buyer". I've had nothing but a great relationship with all the people at adorama, and as it happens the great quality products come at a great price.
Excerpt: When I set up the tripod, the tripod level showed it to be level. When the level bubbles on the Quick Shoe were leveled, the ball head was not actually leveled. I modified a travel trailer level (a round single bubble level) to slide onto the QS plate. After this bubble was leveled, the attached QS levels were not level. I also noticed if the ball head was rotated the trailer level bubble did not retain level.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: I absolutely love this tripod. The only con is the weight but at times it is a benefit. It also has a hook on the center column for extra weight. I find that my heavy dslr with flash/flash bracket in portrait mode tends to be top heavy. Not an issue with the tripod. Center column is easy to work but it is a little harder with camera attached but my camera is heavy so....
Pros: 4 sections, Excellent center column, Good Stability, Unfolds Quickly, Weight hook
Summary: I predict that their prices will sky rocket at some point. I don't see how they can make such an excellent--stable, easy to operate and beaufifully made--tripod at such a low price. I also have a 263AT and a more expensive 283AT which is heavier, more expensive but with a geared center column. It is the ideal studio tripod.
Excerpt: I used this tripod on macro photography of wildflowers, insects & butterflies. I find the multi-angle central column very helpful especially when shooting close subjects. Also the tripod has low angles that I can shoot close to the ground, i.e when making images of children frolicking on the grass.
Summary: Exteneding the legs is a little tough... Should wear in time. Pretty sure my Manfrotto struggled from this all those years back. Quickplate system on Vanguard heads is a little different, not better, but not worse than Manfrotto quick release system. Has one advantage and that is a slider and lock that can help with balance. If you need a tripod, this is the one to get. Check other review sites. It's amazing.
Pros: I upgraded from a Manfrotto 190XB series to this. I paired it with a Vangaurd ballhead (SBH-250) and am really enjoying the angles I use accomplish with this very stable tripod. Roughly 5 lbs with the head attached, not bad for an aluminum tripod. Tripod has a level and with a few twists, spiked feet. This one will last me for years to come. Very pleased with it.
Cons: Bag that comes with it seems to fit the legs fine. Add a SBH-250 ballhead and no matter what it is sticking up past the bag. Not a dealbreaker. Vanguard suggested the Alta+ Bag 70 for this setup and it is very affordable based on what they told me. Manfrotto legs worked at one more angle, but I never used it... Mentioning it as others may.
Excerpt: DMKFoto Heavy Duty Ball Head with Quick Release Plate is a very good choice for this . It is cheap and matchs the load capacity, weight, price. This brand also has some wonderful tripods for amazing price.
Summary: Some reported claims of splitting adapter screw and equipment. The adapter screw is a standard conversion nut with treads on the inside & outside. Once everything is mounded together the threads are totally confined & I just can't envision failure due to it splitting into two pieces. That is, how could the pieces un-thread themselves?
Pros: Great Price. Stable. Tripod & mounted ball head with quick disconnect fit in furnished carrying case.