The Vanguard Alta CA 233AGH is a lightweight tripod aimed at enthusiast photographers and costs around £160 with a GH-30 pistol grip head included.
Vanguard Alta CA 233AGH Features
Despite being strong enough to support a professional body and telephoto lens combination, this tripod weighs only 1.6kg, which isn't much for a tripod of this size that's able to support such a weight. The aluminium legs are complemented with a magnesium alloy canopy, which provides a firm base for the legs to pivot from.
Each of the legs can be set independently at three angles, and the push button latch system makes setting the desired angle a pleasure. The centre column has a large hook at its base, which can be used for hanging something with a bit of weight to it, like a camera bag, to provide extra stability.
- Aluminium legs and centre column
- Magnesium alloy canopy
- Weighs 1.6kg
- Can support a payload of up to 5kg
- Quick flip leg locks
- Three leg angles
- Supplied with GH-30 pistol grip head
Vanguard Alta CA 233AGH Handling
As this tripod weighs only 1.6kg and is 63cm long when folded it is quite portable for a tripod able to support 5kg. As the tripod is supplied with a carrying case and head, the £160 asking price is quite reasonable for what you get.
In use, the tripod is simple to set up, with the legs being easy to set up at your desired angle, and the quick flip latches only requiring a light touch to release. In some ways, the ease with which the quick flip latches can be released can be an issue, occasionally undoing themselves if knocked accidentally when being transported without the supplied case. The GH-30 pistol grip has a dial to set the desired amount of resistance, which can be very useful if using the support for panning, as well as for simply being set up static. The quick release plate is small, but easy to affix to the camera, and then to the tripod, which automatically latches onto the plate.
Vanguard Alta CA 233AGH Performance
For a tripod of this type, the Alta 233 feels very sturdy and stable, although the flat feet can slip a little on soft ground. The large metal hook makes affixing ballast to the tripod very easy indeed, which can further aid stability.
The centre column cannot be set up horizontally, but it can be reversed, enabling the camera to be hung upside down from the tripod. The hook at the base of the centre column can be unscrewed, revealing a standard tripod socket, which can take the place of the column to provide further options for setting the camera up for low-angle shooting.
The maximum height of this tripod is 156.5cm, which is fairly typical for a tripod of this size. When closed, this tripod is 63cm long, which isn't the most compact, but the light-weight and supplied carry case adds to its portability.
Value For Money
With a price of around £160 and the ability to support a payload as large as 5kg, the price of this tripod is comparable to other, similarly specified tripods.
For example, The Giottos Vitruvian VGRN 9255 Tripod plus MH5400-652 ball head kit can be picked up for around £150. This tripod and head combination can support up to 6kg, but lacks a pistol grip on the head.
Vanguard Alta CA 233AGH Verdict
This tripod is a fairly reasonably priced, sturdy and easy to use item. The build quality of the tripod is very good, and it is very easy to set up, and fold away. The quick flip leg latches may be a little too quick to open on occasion, but if the tripod is carried in its supplied carry case, this is rarely an issue. The GH-30 pistol grip head offers plenty of adjustments, and it is a pleasure to set up, thanks to the large controls, that will even be suitable for operating wearing gloves.
Overall, this tripod is a good buy, for those not wishing to fork out a small fortune for carbon fibre, or wanting a tripod so large it will never leave the home.
The Vanguard Alta CA 233AGH is reasonably price, sturdy and easy to use with very good build quality.
Vanguard Alta CA 233 AGH Specifications
|Minimum Height||No Data|
|Maximum Weight Capacity||5kg|
|Number of Leg Sections||3|
|Head||GH-30 pistol grip head|
|Box Contents||GH-30 pistol grip head, Tripod, Carry Case|
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