Vanguard Alta Pro 263AGH + GH-100 head
Price: £195, $300
Buy it: www.vanguardworld.co.uk
Aluminium-based Alta Pro 263AT tripod legs are combined with a GH-100 pistol-grip ball head.
These have load ratings of 7kg and 6kg respectively, and the folded height of 73cm extends to a maximum operating height of 175cm. The kit weighs 2.7kg.
Advanced features include three-position multi-angle legs, each of which is based on three sections. There's also a neat 180-degree centre-column pivot facility.
However, while the legs are extremely stable and easy to use, the pistol-grip ball head is a bit fiddly and lacks a firm clamping action. We'd prefer the legs with Vanguard's SBH-100 ball head.
We say… The feature-packed aluminium legs are let down by the awkward ball head.
Build Quality: 4
Image Quality: 3
Value for money: 3
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