Vanguard Auctus Plus 324AT Tripod Review

I am not really a “tripod guy” as I do as much handheld as possible but once in a while you do need a tripod so I have used a Vanguard Alta Pro 284CT for about two years for doing detail shots, product shots, brackets, and other things that need a stable platform. While the Alta Pro 284CT has been a great platform, there have been times that I needed something a bit more solid. The problem is that a really good, heavy-duty platform has always been well outside my budget range, until the Vanguard Auctus Plus 324AT came along.

Why a big tripod

A big sturdy tripod platform has several benefits over a smaller model. The main advantages are that it is more stable and can raise up higher. The downside is that a large tripod is going to be heavy. The Auctus Plus 324AT is not a tripod that you will likely strap to you backpack for an afternoon hike. But when you need a big, seriously stable platform, this is where the Auctus Plus 324AT shines.

Features

The Auctus Plus 324AT is more than just three legs and a mounting plate, like other Vanguard tripods, the Auctus Plus 324AT has some unique features that make it sand out from the rest.

Product Highlights

  • Ultra-smooth dual-function wheel gear that adjusts central column height smoothly and securely while supporting heavy gear
  • Impressively precise ESHP Wheel System also enables height fine tuning, while supporting an extreme loading weight
  • Dust and sand-deterring, rock-solid, strong leg locks provide reliable protection
  • Legs adjust to 3 angles for uneven terrain and low-angle photography
  • All-terrain feet convert from anti-rust spikes to angled, textured rubber
Specifications
  • Load Capacity: 39.7 lbs (18 kg)
  • Maximum Height: 5.57′ (1.69 m)
  • Minimum Height: 4.82′ (1.47 m)
  • Folded Length: 25″ (63.5 cm)
  • Weight: 8.60 lbs (3.90 kg)

The Vanguard Auctus Plus 324AT features a center column that rotate over to 90 degrees and is reversible  so you can hang your camera underneath the base for low-to-the-ground shooting.

How good is it?

Anytime you have a product that is a hundred or two less expensive than a competing product you really need to take a careful look to see if the product has skimped in any key areas  or if it really is a solid product and the competitors are simply charging more for their brand name.
The Vanguard Auctus Plus 324AT Tripod certainly does not seem lacking anywhere, the legs are beefy and solid, the center column is thick and rigid, connections are all done with large, high quality components. There really is nothing to complain about, and almost nothing to even nit pick about.
The feet are huge for a very stable footing on almost any material and are removable to expose large spikes for use outdoors.

Large Plastic Feet

Hidden Spikes

Summary

I have been a fan of Vanguard products for a while and the Vanguard Auctus Plus 324AT Tripod certainly did not disappoint on any level. If you need a high quality, large tripod base, be sure and check out the Vanguard Auctus series and see if there is one that will suite your requirements.

Vanguard Website: http://vanguardusa.com/

Online Ordering

Amazon.com $429.99
B & H Photo $429.99

KerryG

Kerry Garrison is a wedding, portrait, and product photographer living in Castle Rock, Colorado. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms. Kerry's work can be found at http://kerrygarrison.com and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/KerryGarrison

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