VANGUARD Tripod and Camera Bag Earn Prestigious Awards
Auctus Plus 323CT Named 2011 Best Tripod and Skyborne Series Named 2011 Best Photo Bag
Whitmore Lake, MI – VANGUARD, one of the global leaders in photo-video accessories, today announced its Auctus Plus 323CT tripod and Skyborne Series camera bag have earned prestigious 2011 TIPA awards.
The best imaging products of 2011 were voted on by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) General Assembly held in early April in Istanbul. The editors of about thirty of the top photo magazines from around the world selected the best imaging products of the year.
VANGUARD’s Auctus Plus 323CT was named 2011 Best Tripod. According to the TIPA website, members of TIPA were struck by the versatility of the tripod. Read more about that here. It enables extreme stability, flexibility and fine tuning. Auctus Plus is designed for professional photographers who shoot both in studio and outside because this ultra stable tripod enables precise positioning and fine tuning and boasts unique features that make outdoor shoots a breeze, too.
With lightweight carbon fiber legs, Auctus Plus 323CT tripod offers extreme stability and flexibility. Its legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles for use on uneven ground and for low-angle photography. Its ultra-smooth Extreme Support Height Positioning (ESHP) Wheel System is a dual-function wheel gear that adjusts central column height securely while supporting heavy gear. It is particularly unique in that this advanced gear wheel also enables precise height fine tuning while holding an extreme loading weight – a feature not previously introduced.
It’s designed to go from a studio to an outdoor shoot in a snap with additional features for the outdoors. Auctus Plus’ leg locks are exceptionally solid, secure and seal out dust and sand to provide impressive reliability. Setup is quick, too, with one-twist-to-loosen locks. Unique All-terrain Feet convert from anti-rust spikes to angled, textured rubber for secure footing on an array of terrains.
Other features include an innovative locking camera screw wheel, large bubble level, anti-shock ring, leg scales for precise height adjustment, rubber foam grips and bonus snow shoes.
Weight: 8.04 lbs.
Height when leg sections are collapsed: 28 inches
Height when leg sections are fully extended: 70.9 inches
Minimum extended height (center column not extended): 57.1 inches
Diameter of legs: 32 mm
Maximum loading weight capacity: 39.7 lbs.
MAP/street price: $479
List materials used:
Legs: Carbon fiber
Canopy: Magnesium alloy
Learn more about Auctus Plus here.
Watch the Auctus Plus tripod video here.
Skyborne Series backpack was voted the "Best Photo Bag 2011" for its ergonomic design and generous space, according to the TIPA website. Read more about what TIPA members think of Skyborne here.
Skyborne is a thrill-loving backpack with an advanced design that includes air-infused cushioning in all of the key areas.
TIPA members were likely impressed by Skyborne’s ergonomic harness system with easy-adjust, air-filled shoulder straps to minimize tire. It securely holds a laptop in a well-padded compartment with anti-theft buckles. Skyborne comes complete with a bonus detached laptop sleeve with handle and shoulder carrying strap. A tripod can be attached to an adjustable strap and holder. Gear stays protected thanks to an air-infused bottom.
It holds an impressive amount of gear and has bottom and top access points that enable users to go from traveling to shooting mode in just a few seconds. It delivers on the details, too, with generous space to hold gear along with other adventure essentials, and it boasts numerous pockets for small accessories.
Other features include a detachable padded waist strap for increased security, rain cover, trolley for luggage handles, water bottle and cell phone holders and numerous pockets for lens caps and memory card cases. Skyborne models range from $229 to $289 (USD).
Learn more about Skyborne here. Watch the Skyborne video here. More information about the award is available on www.tipa.com.
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 www.vanguardworld.com.