Vanguard Alta Pro2+ 264CT plus Alta BH-100
What Vanguard say
Alta Pro 2+ 264CT is a lightweight, 26mm, 4 section Carbon Fiber Tripod with max pay load of up to 7 Kg/15.5 lbs. Featuring our unique MACC (Multi-Angle Center Column) it can be positioned at almost any angle from negative to positive thus offering ultimate freedom of creativity.
Rapid action - intuitive set-up in a matter of seconds
Unique Perspective - MACC (Multi-Angle Center Column) for limitless shooting angle
Never waver - firm hexagonal center column
Position versatility - 4 section legs with 4 position angles - 20°, 40°, 60°,80°
Robust – Carbon Fiber for lightweight and long-lasting performances
Rock Solid positioning - unique “locked” “unlocked” Twist-Lock system
Level headed - bubble level control
High work load performance - up to 7 Kg/15.5 lbs, for multi gear options
Extra Stability - canopy suspension loop for counterbalance weight
Alta Link - 3/8 thread bonus connection for any accessory: reflector, articulated or flexible arms, and much more
Grip and go - non-slip, all-weather TPU grips on 2 legs
Firm on your feet - angled rubber feet to match any terrain (spiked feet available to be purchased separately)
Bag it – bonus tripod bag with shoulder strap included
Key Product Highlights include:
MACC (Multi-Angle Center Column System): with a unique quick action center column, you will enjoy quick, simple and intuitive “twist and lock” positioning at any angle of 15° steps. And range rotation of -90° to +90° that supports unlimited creativity, while significantly improving results in any field of photography, landscape to macro!
Central Column & Lock Mechanism: our mechanism offers one handed, effortless smooth operation and rapid action set-up, while our unique hexagonal central column ensures enhanced rigidity and stability.
Leg Angle selector: achieve perfect positioning and balance of the tripod to match any working terrain, by using the strong and steady 4 angles leg setting options of 20°, 40°, 60° or 80°)
Advanced Twist-Lock: ultra-fast 35° turn to “lock” or “unlock” ensures instant leg extension/contraction. This exceptional new system is engineered to support an unmatched loading capacity in comparison to any tripod other tripod in this segment.
ALTA Link: the tripod canopy is fitted with a 3/8 threaded connector, which will allow easy connection any additional accessories, such as lighting equipment and articulated or flexible arms, thus linking our users to incredible new creative possibilities.
Superb Build Quality and Multi Featured: manufactured with 1st rate material this solid performance tripod is sturdy, lightweight. Its many features include: fitted Bubble level and dedicated suspension loop to ensure perfect position and additional stability by hanging counterweight or bags; Non-slip, all-weather TPU grips on 2 legs; angled rubber feet to ensure perfect grip on any terrain (rubber feet welcome ALTA SF spiked feet sold separately). Included bonus Tripod bag designed to fit any standard head combo.
On Review with me
For the past 2 months I have been using the new Vanguard Alta Pro2+ as my main tripod, both in the studio and out on the road. It's been brilliant to say the least. The tripod can adapt to all situations required - filming, products shoots, mic stand, light stand, table top support, top down views, camera slider, travel, working on the rucksack, working in the rain and cold (snow too).
Best of all it only weighs 1.7kg which compared to the Veo2 travel tripod is 300grams more which in the grand scheme of things isn't much but this is a £400 carbon fibre tripod, the legs alone cost £300 and the head is a further £90, currently there isn't many tripod head options compared to the previous Alta Pro model and something I would be interested in Vanguard releasing is a lighter ball head. The BH-100 ball head is great, strong and robust but you do notice the weight of it.
Don't be put off by the heavier ball head, this tripod is built for a different purpose and in the studio this tripod really comes in to its element. The Alta Pro2+ is more versatile than the smaller Veo2 with it being more stable when extended and the ability to twist, turn and look at every angle a creative could need.
Straight out of the box the Alta Pro2+ looks and feels pretty special with its new colour scheme in soft grey, yellow and carbon weave and let’s not forget the new Alta Pro bag it comes with which is handy for carrying the tripod around to avoid bumps and scratches to the body. One thing I have noticed is the centre column can scratch up easily but when you wipe the metal down the marks disappear so no harm done.
At first I found the Alta Pro2 very technical, now this might sound odd for a tripod but as tripods go this has every gear and dial to move the head, column or legs in any angle you want. It can be a little overwhelming for someone new to come to as all the dials sit in the same area and all look similar but only vary in size slightly and have icons on the side. So the ultimate question why not just look at the icons to help then Matt? You are right that would help but as a busy creative as myself with tight deadlines and times to stick to when filming every second I can shave off can help me massively. So I wouldn't look and just mess around trying to get the right dial to twist the ball head but end up tilting the camera. It didn't take long to get it right; this was the only case on the first time using the tripod. After which super quick and easy to understand and get it right.
Moving on from dials and my poor navigation, the sliding and rotating centre column is brilliant! Now a lot of other tripod manufacturers do similar such as the Manfrotto xPro series but what makes the Vanguard stand out is the tilt you can introduce to the column as well not just a flat 90 degrees as it spins.
This ability to tilt, spin and extend gives the Alta Pro2+ the ability to open up more creative opportunities as a photographer and videographer:
Sliding the camera in and out of the subject or product.
Trying to produce bird’s eye views looking down on products has never been easier! Oh you can also remove the centre column as well and reverse it so you can swing the camera between the legs. When I said this tripod can turn in any direction, I meant it.
Like the Veo2 tripod the Alta Pro2+ also saw an update to its leg locks, going from flip to twist and similar to the new Veo2 they have rubber grips but with an extra notch on the lock to help grip in wet and colder conditions which is helpful. From my current experience with the Alta Pro2+ in various weather conditions I have had no issues to legs locking up or rubber slipping. As with most twist locks you can open all the legs up in one go and can quickly collapse it back down.
Having just tried and reviewed the new Veo2 and an owner of the Veo tripod I have been torn between the Veo and the Alta Pro collections. I enjoy using both for different reasons but the ultimate goal for me is to have one tripod to do everything.
The Veo2 is great for being lightweight and portable, its half the size of the Alta Pro but in this same respect the Alta Pro is a lot more stable when fully extended and can also support heavier gear. Although I have no issues with the Nikon D500 and telephoto on the Veo2 you can’t help but feel safer on the heavier Alta Pro.
The Alta Pro is heavier but not by much, the aluminium models will be considerably more but if you go carbon fibre you will see significant weight saving. Both are extremely easy to use out of the box but one can become a lightly lost with the dials on the Alta Pro but it’s easy to overcome and the rewards far out span this minor problem. This is also more user problem than the product being a problem.
Whichever tripod you decide; either the Veo2 or Alta Pro2+ will keep you togs extremely happy and fulfilled, for me personally I have opted to continue using the Alta Pro2+ and purchased my own model. The ability to look in any direction have a camera slider, light-ish weight and portable for both studio work and travel fitted my requirements to a tee! I look forward to using this tripod for a long time and it is going to sure serve me well into 2018 and beyond.
It really does give you the ultimate in creative freedom!
Transparency Notice: Please note that I am a Vanguard Photo UK brand ambassador and receive the products for free to review from Vanguard Photo UK and are returned after completing the review. The review is no guarantee of endorsement. I receive no monetary gain from Vanguard Photo from the reviews or discount codes. Any Vanguard kit I own has been bought by myself.