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01-07-2016, 12:25 PM   #1
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Question about the QR on Vanguard ball heads

It appears that the ball head included in the Alta Pro "kit" tripods is NOT Arca-Swiss compatible - is this correct?

Is it possible to remove the QR clamp part and attach a different, Arca-swiss compatible clamp?

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Hard to say whether an AS plate will fit in place of the Vanguard oem QR plate or not, the clamp portion looks a lot like an AS clamp. Why don't you try mounting an AS plate on the head? If it isn't compatible, you can buy this: Clamp FOR Quick Release Plate Compatible Arca Swiss Tripod Ball Head QR50 | eBay and mount it on the Vanguard QR plate to get AS compatibility.
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Hard to say whether an AS plate will fit in place of the Vanguard oem QR plate or not, the clamp portion looks a lot like an AS clamp. Why don't you try mounting an AS plate on the head? If it isn't compatible, you can buy this: Clamp FOR Quick Release Plate Compatible Arca Swiss Tripod Ball Head QR50 | eBay and mount it on the Vanguard QR plate to get AS compatibility.
That's what I was trying to ask - Reviews say the plate that comes with the SBH-100 is bigger than an AS plate. I'm assuming the clamp part just unscrews from the ball stem, just trying to confirm that before buying.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jswilson64 Quote
It appears that the ball head included in the Alta Pro "kit" tripods is NOT Arca-Swiss compatible - is this correct?

Is it possible to remove the QR clamp part and attach a different, Arca-swiss compatible clamp?

Thanks.
Vanguard tripods are not Acra-Swiss compatible. I have Alta Pro 263AB and it will not take a Acra-Swiss plates. I use this as a lightweight travel tripod so me this is not an issue. In my opinion this is the single biggest downfall of these tripods.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Scorpio71GR Quote
Vanguard tripods are Acra-Swiss compatible.
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I have Alta Pro 263AB and it will not take a Acra-Swiss plates.
You are contradicting yourself...
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Older version of the Vanguard ball heads are not Arca compatible. I believe that the latest versions are. This all seemed to change after right after I got my Vanguard ball heads. The heads themselves are smooth and work well for me
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I got more info from Vanguard. The SBH heads are NOT arca-compatible. But, the QR plate-clamp-thingy-part that attaches to the ball is removable via an Allen head screw. So you can put on an Arca-compatible plate-clamp-doohickey of your choice.

Or you could do what I think I'm going to do after all this, and buy a Sirui, with (they claim) arca-compatibility out of the box.
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