Vanguard Photo Alta Pro low angle adapter
ALTA LAA LOW ANGLE ADAPTOR
The Alta Low Angle Adaptor is designed for Alta Pro 2 tripods. It allows photographers to remove the central column provided with the tripod and replace it with the shorter central column. This, when combined with the 4 separate leg angles, allows the photographer to get low angle shots such as for Macro photography.
While the Alta Pro 2+ tripods include a multi-angle central column, the Alta Low Angle Adaptor can also be used with the Alta Pro 2+ range of tripods to provide a more solid base for shots where even slightest movement can impact the final photograph.
You might be thinking if you are familiar with the Vanguard Alta Pro tripods. Why do you need a low angle adapter when the Alta Pro tripod has a multi-angle centre column that can be pulled out and go as low as you like with the legs and ball head.
You aren’t silly for thinking this but the Alta Low Angle Adapter (Alta LAA) makes your Alta Pro2+ lighter, faster to use and still offers the full function of the multi-angle centre column still but with a shorter column and this gives you a more solid base for the likes of long exposures and astro photography for example where the slightest movement can impact the final results.
The standard centre column with the Alta Pro2+ set up comes in weighing 1.6kg and depending on the ball head you can get anything from 1.8kg to 2.4kg total. My set up uses the Vanguard Alta BH-250 which weighs 577g and support up to 20kg pay load. This makes my tripod a total of 2.2kg but with the new Alta LAA I can make my total set up with this solid ball head a little under 2kg.
Not much but 200g difference can make every difference in the world of the outdoors, camping and hiking.
I could go one step further and swap the ball head to my Veo 2 BH-50 which weighs a mere 300g, so half that of the Alta ball head and would give me a tripod that I don’t need to crouch to use (I’m 6ft 2 in height) but weighs a total of 1.8kg with only a few alternatives to the set up.
Of course you can use the Vanguard Veo 2 264CB if you really want to go lightweight and use the Veo low angle adapter which would give you a total weight of 1.1kg for this tripod but the Vanguard Alta Pro2+ versus the Vanguard Veo 2+ is in another league. It might be heavier and bulkier but in storms and strong winds the Alta Pro wins every time and with that multi-angle centre column you have infinite creative opportunities. Don’t get me wrong the Veo 2 will always be my go-to and my personal favourite but the Alta Pro champs this and happily trade the little extra weight for peace of mind knowing my long exposures won’t get ruined from the wind.
So to put it bluntly, no you don’t need the Alta Low Angle Adapter but if you don’t need the full length of the centre column and you want the extra speed and less hassle in dropping your Alta Pro2+ tripod to the ground as well as the weight benefits then like me the Alta LAA can have its benefits.
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