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Vanguard Abeo Pro

I’ve only owned two tripods my entire life and even though I use one for almost every shoot, each has somehow surpassed its life expectancy. These two weren’t raised in a bad neighborhood but after I’m done with them they wish they had. Needless to say I treat my tools as such and they get worn. Enter my third tripod, the Vanguard Abeo Pro 283CGH kit.

I’ve been interested in a pistol grip styled tripod head for a while because of its perceived convenience. In theory, the grip would also solve my biggest problem with tripods: difficulty using them in the cold. Unfortunately,d I didn’t make it to the snow for this trip but I did put it through some work. Read on to see how the new tripod from Vanguard fairs in our review.

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Vanguard GH-300T Pistol Grip Ball Head with Shutter Release Trigger

Here is a series of announcements from the photographic company Vanguard. First off is the GH-300T Pistol Grip Ball Head, and at first it looks like a traditional grip except it has the ability to take photos while your finger is still on the trigger. The ability to take photos while you are adjusting gives you the ability to quickly capture subjects without having to move your hand from the grip to your DSLR. The shutter on the grip also has the ability to do bulb — in case you forget your release cable or remote at home. The grip comes with 2 cables, which they say will work with 80% of cameras today. So Nikon and Canon shooters should be fine, but other cables will be sold separately. [click to continue…]

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Vanguard is a new brand for me and I’m always curious to see different companies’ takes on standard photo gear. The VANGUARD Abeo Plus 323CB Tripod with BBH-200 Professional Ball Head has some common features with other high quality carbon fiber tripods, but the head is a little unique.

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Image courtesy of B&H Photo

Here’s a “cheap photo” opportunity for you guys: Vanguard USA is currently offering mail-in rebates of up to $50 on select products. If you just purchased or are about to purchase or fancy one of the products listed below, just send them in the original receipt together with their official rebate form and the UPC barcode from the product packaging, and get up to $50 cash back! The offer is valid through January 13, 2013 on items purchased between October 15 and December 31, 2012, and can be claimed for the following products:

  • Alta Pro tripods — $50 rebate on carbon fiber models and $25 rebate on aluminum models
  • BBH ball heads — $25 rebate
  • UP-Rise backpacks, sling bags and messenger bags — $15 rebate (excluding zoom bags and shoulder bags)

Fancy any of these? You can buy them over at B&H, and then go on an claim your mail-in rebate.

Purchase Vanguard Alta Pro tripods from B&H Photo (also read our first impressions here)

Purchase Vanguard BBH ball heads from B&H Photo

Purchase Vanguard UP-Rise bags from B&H Photo

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More and more photographers are starting to use their cameras to record video. Before I started shooting video I was like most photographers and bought a normal ball head for my tripod. A ball head works great for still photography as it allows for quick and easy adjustments, but I soon realized that it doesn’t work well for video. The ball head was harder to get level and keep level while panning. As I started recording more videos I looked on the Internet for good video heads that would fit on my tripod. I have a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod so I started looking at what Manfrotto had to offer.

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