Review: Vanguard Auctus Plus 323CT

by Beau Johnston

  • Extended height: 70 7/8 in
  • Min.Extended Height: 57 1/8 in
  • Folded height: 28 in
  • Weight:8.05 lb
  • Maximum loading capacity: 39.7 lb
  • Number of Leg Sections: 3
  • Leg Diameter: 32 mm
  • Bubble level: Yes
  • Price: $599.99 (MSRP)

Our Thoughts:
A lot changed at the end of 2012.  I was becoming more serious about product photography and had attended two photography workshops to work on my photography skills.  I had also, thanks to some CRAZY deals on Craigslist, fallen into owning new lenses and an older pro Nikon body.     Heavier camera gear and a desire to expand farther into studio work meant I was in need of a sturdy carbon fiber tripod.  I was impressed with my Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 100 and very much impressed with Vanguard as a company - it was refreshing to talk to an actual person when I contacted their customer service - so I decided to continue supporting them.  After learning it had received the prestigious 2011 TIPA and Red Dot awards, I decided to give the Auctus Plus 323CT a try, and I am glad I did.