OK folks...It's time for our 12 recommended items for our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide...If you browse the web, just about everybody has put up their own gift ideas for the holidays. Our guide highlights the best photo items and values currently available and item #1 is no exception.

When you think of buying your tripod, it's usually your second purchase that is key. The first time photo gearheads buy a tripod, it's usually an $40 basic model that doesn't hold much weight and breaks after the 2nd time you use it. With this Alta Pro 263 AB tripod by Vanguard, you'll have strong, versatile pair of legs that will last a long time!


The Alta Pro 263AT tripod and it's accompaning SBH-100 ball head make an impressive pair. Alta Pro tripods have unmatched stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod’s stability. Additional tripod features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, aluminum alloy legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, quick-flip leg locks, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains. Its SBH-100 fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and has smooth locking knobs,and an outstanding loading capacity.

 With an extended height of just over 68 inches and a weight capacity of 15 pounds, this may be the only tripod you'll ever need! And if purchased during the holidays, you get a free Vanguard Reno 450R backpack for FREE! (via mail-in rebate). The price for the Alta Pro 263AB is just $199.99!

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