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New Camera Tripod Makes Photography Possible at Virtually Any Angle

LAS VEGAS , March 3, 2009--PMA -- VANGUARD, one of the global leaders in high-quality photographic accessories, today introduced VANGUARD Alta Pro, an innovative tripod with advanced flexibility and stability, at the Photo Marketing Association conference, PMA 09, in Las Vegas .

"Photographers can say goodbye to missing incredible shots and fumbling with their tripods," said Anne Lee , VANGUARD Founder and CEO. "VANGUARD Alta Pro tripod fuses convenience, flexibility and stability to help photographers take breathtaking, unique shots, safely and at unbelievable speed. Alta Pro expands your creative opportunities so you'll never miss the perfect shot again."

With several design patents pending, Alta Pro may change the industry's standards for tripod design. Unlike traditional tripods, Alta Pro's Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column as needed from zero to 130-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions. This allows more angle possibilities than ever before.

Its Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System feature allows photographers to securely reposition the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod's stability.

Designed to support an array of camera types including DSLR and video cameras, camera setup is quick and easy. Alta Pro's design also enables macro photography and special wide-angle shots with additional attachments that can be mounted to either end of the central column.

Other features include:

-- Advanced camera vibration and shock control -- Legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles with a simple push of easy-release button -- Patented premium magnesium, die-casted canopy -- Hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability -- Non-slip, spiked rubber feet

Alta Pro is available in three models. Made of solid carbon and very lightweight, Alta Pro 283CT holds equipment up to 17.6 lbs. and has three leg sections that extend to 66 inches. With three leg sections extending to 65 inches, Alta Pro 263AT is made of strong aluminum alloy and holds up to 15.4 lbs. Alta Pro 264AT, made of solid aluminum alloy, extends to 61 inches and holds up to 15.4 lbs.

Alta Pro is part of the VANGUARD Alta+ Series tripod family, also new for 2009. As light as only two pounds and as compact as 13.5 inches, Alta+ tripods were designed for convenience while traveling without sacrificing the stability, durability, ease of use and reliability every photographer needs in a tripod. Its legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles. Alta+ tripods are available with carbon or aluminum alloy construction in 20 models of varying height.

Alta Pro and Alta+ tripods are just two of the new-for-2009 product lines released by VANGUARD at PMA 09. Others include:

-- SBH ball heads- A lightweight line of stable magnesium alloy-constructed ball heads with tilting and ultra smooth movement, designed to support heavy equipment -- Kenline i-Pro bags- With three patents, padded laptop holder and lots of why-didn't-I-think-of-that features, this line of soft-sided photo-video bags was designed for serious photographers -- Pampas bags- Line of durable and convenient sling-style, soft-sided camera and accessories bags for on-the-go photography -- Endeavor, Spirit, and Sereno binoculars- Industry-leading protective coatings, enhanced durability and special features to meet the needs of all professionals

Media and conference attendees are invited to see Alta Pro, Alta+ and the entire product line-up in action in the VANGUARD Booth R230 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Since 1986, VANGUARD has provided photographers around the world with innovative, high-quality tripods, monopods, ball heads, pan heads, bags, cases, optics and other photography accessories. With ISO 9001 and 14001-certified facilities and hundreds of design patents, VANGUARD has earned a solid reputation that spans the world. VANGUARD products are available through its extensive global dealer and distribution network. For more information about VANGUARD products, visit