ALTA PRO 263AB 100

With unmatched stability and flexibility, Alta Pro tripods enable more angle possibilities than ever before. The Alta Pro 263AT tripod and SBH 100 ball head together make an impressive pair.

  • 26mm 3 section aluminum alloy legs adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles to enable extreme low angle photography
  • Smooth fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and includes a quick release plate and bubble levels
  • Hexagon-shaped central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
  • The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement
  • Premium magnesium die-cast canopy and anti-shock ring
  • Quick flip leg locks and rubber feet with retractable spikes
  • Outstanding stability and loading capacity
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User Manual



ALTA PRO 263AB 100

Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod and SBH-100 Ballhead provides the stability, durability and reliability you want in your gear. The aluminum alloy legs have settings for 25°, 50°, and 80° with easy-release buttons for quick set-up. This lightweight (5.38 lbs/2.44 kg) tripod collapses to 28.125" (71.5 cm) and can be extended up to 5.67' (1.73 m). It can support up to 15.4 Lbs (7 kg).

The Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) system allows you to move the central column from zero to 180° angles in various vertical and horizontal positions, making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze, and the Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) system securely repositions the central column in one simple movement.

A magnesium die-cast canopy, quick-flip leg locks, non-slip, spiked rubber feet and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories make this tripod a great addition to your kit bag.

SBH-100 Ball Head

The smooth fluid-like SBH-100 ballhead is made of lightweight magnesium alloy and features a precision-cut ballhead, two bubble levels, and a fine-tuning function.

KIT highlights

  • Lightweight (5.38 lbs/2.44 kg) aluminum tripod
  • Supports up to 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
  • Central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
  • Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles
  • Smooth fluid-like ballhead is made of lightweight magnesium alloy and features a precision-cut ballhead, two bubble levels, and a fine-tuning function, as well as a quick shoe
  • Enables extreme low-angle photography

  • Specs

    Warranty Applicable by national law
    Extended Warranty 10 years
    Folded height (inch) 28.18
    Head Specs SBH-100
    Material Aluminum
    Maximum loading capacity (lbs) 15.4
    Maximum Height (in) 65 - 70
    Swivel 360

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    ALTA PRO 263AB 100 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most efficient tripod I've ever used I have been an amateur landscape photographer for many years and I always thought a tripod should not be worth more than $100 - about the amount I spent on my last one before this one. I received this Vanguard professional tripod free for reviewing from Amazon and I must say - this is an entire different class than what I am used to. The ball makes all the difference. Of course, one has to get familiar with some of the tightening knobs, but in the end, it is by far the best tripod I've ever seen. Just last weekend I went to some waterfalls in Tennessee and even when the surface was very uneven, it did not make a difference with this tripod! All I had to adjust was the position of the ball head. It is like working with 3D controls rather than 2D at one time with my old tripod. I was able to adjust angles and position much faster than otherwise. The legs are sturdy - I placed this tripod in running water for some of the half-second RAW shots of the falling water, and the results are fabulous. I did not think this tripod is heavy - at least compared to some others I used - and it was easy to carry it around in its bag.
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    One more question: How much weight can the ball head and center column support when the center column is extended out horizontally all the way (at a 90 degree angle) without tilting or sagging?  Thanks! 

    Asked by: ChrisLeininger
    Hello- The center column when horizontal can hold approximately 10#, the tripod will tip over before the center column sags.
    Answered by: Michelle
    Date published: 2016-05-06

    Hello! Just curious, what's the difference between the SBH 100 Ball Head that comes with this tripod and the TBH 100 Ball Head that can be purchased separately. Also, is the SBH Ball Head removable?  Thank you! 

    Asked by: ChrisLeininger
    Hello- The difference between the SBH & TBH 100 is the TBH is Arca Swiss where the SBH is not. Yes the SBH ball head is removable.
    Answered by: Michelle
    Date published: 2016-05-06

    I recently purchased the Alta Pro 263AB 100 tripod from a local camera shop in Flemington, NJ. I am having difficulty figuring out how to maneuver it and use it and just realized that I should have received a manual with it and didn't. Can you please send

    Asked by: Maureen Zampella
    Thank you for your purchase. You can download the manual here. If you have any other questions let us know. Thank!
    Answered by: Vanguard
    Date published: 2016-04-15

    Can the center column be removed and the ball head attached without the column for the "extra low angle option" as in the VEO 204AB? Or do you have to get low angle shots by using the swivel center column?

    Asked by: Eric
    The center column on the alta pro can be removed to get the low angle shots.
    Answered by: Vanguard
    Date published: 2016-04-15

    Do your maximum tripod height specifications include the center column being extended?  I assume the height is the distance to the mounting surface of the head (on tripods with included heads) with the head in a horizontal position?

    Asked by: Paul
    Yes, that are correct. The maximum height includes the center column extended to the top of the ball head.
    Answered by: Vanguard
    Date published: 2016-03-24

    How long will this be on special.

    Asked by: steveo
    Hello, Our Alta Pro tripod special runs through the end of May. Thank you for your interest in Vanguard, have a great day!
    Answered by: Vanguard
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