VANGUARD introduces ultra smooth tripod for semi-pro photographers, top-of-the-line tripod ball heads, professional camera bag and trolley series and more at 2012 International CES in Las Vegas
(Whitmore Lake, Mich – CES Booth #36635) VANGUARD, one of the global leaders in photo-video accessories, today introduced its anticipated Abeo series tripod, BBH ball head and Kinray and Xcenior series camera bags at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas. Also introduced were new, upgraded models in VANGUARD's GH series of pistol-grip ball heads and Nivelo line of compact tripods. Attendees will receive hands-on demos in VANGUARD’S booth (#36635).
Whether photographers are shooting still or video or both, Abeo is built to support with unwavering reliability and stability thanks to premium magnesium die-cast construction. Its legs securely adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles with an ergonomic, ultra fast release button. Quick-flip leg locks enable fast setup and are tension adjustable.
Abeo enables unique shots, too, with an easy-to-set-up low-angle adaptor. Available with a pan head or ball head, Abeo supports cameras with large zoom lenses and camcorders with attached gear.
Abeo has rubber feet and thick foam on its legs to enable a secure grip even in wet weather. It boasts a hexagon-shaped central column for greater security and a large bubble level on its canopy. It has a 1./4 and 3/8” camera screw interface.
Abeo is available in five models at street prices of $189-269 (USD).
BBH professional ball head
When the level position is attained, BBH holds the camera in place. This, coupled with use of its two bubble levels to ensure the tripod’s balance, enables perfectly accurate 360-degree panoramic photography and videography. This magnesium ball head has a unique open body design that helps maintain a lighter weight. The ball also boasts a scratch-free, oxidized surface for ultra smooth moment. BBH can be positioned at accurate 90-degree angles in one second. Other features include two bubble levels, a ¼ to 3/8” adaptor on the base and a universal standard clamp that enables quick shoe movement but holds securely in place.
BBH is available in three sizes at street prices of $169-249.
GH-200 professional pistol grip ball head
GH-200 is modeled after VANGUARD’s multiple award-winning GH-100. GH-200 supports standard and large zoom lenses with impressive security. Its quick shoe plate with clamp knob enables large telephoto lenses to be shifted forward and backward for precise positioning, while maintaining steady center-of-gravity support and preventing accidental release.
GH-200 provides smooth movement with extremely impressive ergonomic control. This well-engineered ball head has the Grip Position Release System with an industry-leading pistol grip-style handle, which rotates 360 degrees and enables you to unlock, reposition and lock gear into place with ease. Its one-handed, convenient operation frees the user’s other hand to make lens zoom adjustments. The handle can be positioned at any angle, too, for maximum comfort. Depression of the handle allows 360-degrees of panning movement and -32 to +90-degrees of side-to-side tilt and -8 to +90-degree back to front tilt movement all round. It instantly locks into place with simple release of the handle.
Other impressive features include its Friction Control System which allows photographers to modify the level of friction on the ball to accommodate changing equipment weight, such as switching to heavier lenses. The anodized center ball allows for extremely fluid movement without sacrificing precise control. It also has a bubble level located beside the quick shoe plate for balance.
Other notable features include a 72-click point panorama, offering 72-point rotation with click-into-place positioning that moves the camera 5 degrees per click and prevents jumps in shots to ensure a perfect 360-degree panorama..
GH-200 has a street price of $169 (USD).
Kinray series camera and spotting scope bags
Kinray Series, inspired by the unique needs of birders and outdoor photographers, is customizable for a perfect fit. It’s roomy on the inside, with removable dividers to securely hold a spotting scope and DSLR camera for digiscoping or DSLR camera and attached telephoto lens.
Durable and weather-resistant, Kinray will protect gear in foul weather. A stowed rain cover provides additional protection. Large quick access from the front enables fast, organized removal of your gear. It’s comfortable, too, with length-adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable chest harness that provides an impressive fit. Breathable fabric on the back keeps you dry.
Kinray converts from a daypack into a backpack, depending on your needs, by simple removal of a thick cushion and other dividers. It can even be used as an everyday backpack by removing all dividers.
Kinray also boasts a tripod holder and adjustable upper strap. Zippered pockets conveniently hold and keep organized small items like snacks, keys, guidebooks, etc. A front strap with karabiner holds small accessories. Two lower front straps hold larger accessories such as sleeping bags or jackets. Smaller accessories such as pouches can be clipped onto the side loops of the bag.
Kinray is available in green or purple in three sizes (two in two-strap, backstyle style and one in sling bag style) at street prices of $149-249 (USD).
Xcenior professional shoulder bags and trolleys
Xcenior Series shoulder bag is the modern professional photographer’s studio on the go, delivering impressive performance in all of the key areas. It has a large capacity to keep an array of gear organized. It’s a standout protector, too, with an innovative multi-layered interior and anti-shock bottom.
Busy photographers can pack a complete set of gear and tote it from shoot to shoot with ease. With great security and highly comfortable features, Xcenior stands out as one of the best on the market. Beyond its sleek, attractive design, Xcenior takes protection seriously. Anti-scratch, moisture-resistant fabric on its bottom keeps gear protected from dust and water. It has a molded, semi-solid exterior. It also boasts a tripod carrying system; a full-size tripod stays ultra safe by conveniently securing to Xcenior’s sturdy handle and stays held snugly against the bag with two adjustable straps.
Unlike other shoulder bags, Xcenior is customizable, too, with dividers with hook-and-loop fasteners. Photographers can tailor it to fit their exact needs, which may change depending on the scenario and gear. There are numerous pockets on all sides and in the interior to keep accessories organized. A side-hanging system enables photographers to attach lens cases and pouches. Its rain cover conveniently tucks away for use when needed. It also features a bonus accessory pouch and memory card sleeve.
Security is a top priority for Xcenior, too, with three secure points on the upper part of the bag, so photographers will be assured their expensive gear is safe. Xcenior is shockingly comfortable to carry, even when fully loaded. An anti-slip shoulder strap evenly distributes weight on shoulders and its innovative padded t-shaped handle provides reliable support.
Additional features include a detachable rain cover, trolley sleeve, name card holder and a bonus accessory pouch and memory card holder.
Xenior shoulder bag is available in three sizes at street prices of $219-299 (USD).
The travel-loving Xcenior Trolley is a trusted companion for the jet-setting professional photographer. It’s ultra secure, customizable and easy to use.
Airline carry-on friendly (except for the largest model), it’s packed with the features to make travel convenient and secure. Inside, it’s well padded and a mesh inner bag keeps gear in place. It’s completely configurable with hook-and-loop fasteners so photographers can adjust to fit their gear. Xcenior doubles as luggage for general use, too. Simply remove the padded inner compartment. It comes complete with a bonus accessory pouch.
Photographers can tote a tripod, too, by attaching to its front or side straps. A laptop will stay well protected in its padded sleeve.
Xcenior provides impressive protection with thick padding and a zippered mesh bag to cradle gear. Side straps provide extra security but buckle away neatly when not needed. Oversized wheels enable smooth rolling and molded feet provide great stability. A strong trolley handle extends and collapses with ease. Three handles enable users to conveniently load it into airplane overhead compartments. Its top handle is thick and moves smoothly. Xcenior’s generous in the details, too, with a roomy front pocket and durable, high-end buckles, zippers and straps photographers can count on years of great performance.
Xcenior Trolley bag is available in three sizes at street prices of $249-349 (USD).
Nivelo 244 and 245 compact tripods for compact cameras
Modeled after our popular Nivelo 204 tripod released at CES 2011, new-for-2012 Nivelo 244BK and
245BK tripods are flexible, lightweight, compact tripods that fold in a few seconds flat and boast all the features of a full-size tripod, minus the hassle. Their innovative open canopy lets users invert the Quick Fold Central Column to get great close-up shots.
Strong 24-mm diameter legs can be individually positioned at 25 and 50-degree angles for steady use on uneven terrain. Their legs lock and unlock with incredible speed by simply turning the feet. This eliminates fumbling with cumbersome leg locks. They collapse in one second and their compact size enables easy carrying.
Nivelo 244BK and 245BK are available for street prices of $139 and $149 (USD), respectively
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. For more information about VANGUARD products, visit www.vanguardworld.com.