Manfrotto 190 vs BeFree (other suggestions welcome)

Started May 24, 2013 | Questions thread
dzba Senior Member • Posts: 1,294
Re: Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT

Hi Steven,

I too have an old Vivitar tripod I used exclusively, and the last couple of years I've used a Slick tripod that I added a Manfrotto ball head onto.  I bought a new camera 6 months ago and lately have been looking at tripods.  To be specific I narrowed it down to the Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT with the SBH 100 ball head.  I thought to do a search here at dpreview and your response came up.

I was wondering if the above comes with 1 or maybe 2 quick release plates that screw onto the camera ?  I was also curious how stable the camera is when the center column is tilted close to the ground and extended ?  I'm thinking of closeups for wildflowers and with the articulated LCD screens on both my cameras this appears to be a very hand feature.  Any feedback would be appreciated!

Thanks, Mike

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