Vanguard ABEO 243AV Tripod Review

First off, I would like to say I have been trying to make a video about this tripod for a while now and it has always ended up being 30-45 minutes long. I think writing my thoughts on this tripod is a better way to condense the info you are looking for.

Vlogging and Blogging

First off, I would like to say thank you to Vanguard for sending the ABEO 234AV tripod to us. When I first started blogging and then vlogging, I was using a cheap cheap cheap tripod that I picked up online. It worked for what I needed it for and honestly I think anyone who is unsure about their future in vlogging and blogging should start with an inexpensive tripod. As you work your way up the ladder of Camera gear you should upgrade your tripod to match.

Gifts are Great!

For Christmas a few years back, I was gifted the Vanguard Espod CX 203AGH tripod. This is a great lighter weight tripod that I carry as my travel tripod.

Espod CX 203AGH Ball Head

Espod CX 203AGH Ball Head

Left-Right Vanguard ABEO 243AV - Espod CX 203AGH

Left-Right Vanguard ABEO 243AV – Espod CX 203AGH

While the Vanguard Espod CX 203AGH tripod is a great tripod, it didn’t always match the style of videos we were setting out to create. The head on this is a pistol grip making it easy to level the camera even if you are not on level ground, it is tall enough for most anyone to use for photos or for videos, but it was missing something. Enter the ABEO 243AV tripod from Vanguard.

Specs:

Abeo 243AV is a lightweight, aluminum video tripod, ideally suited to work in the field or in the studio with lighter weight equipment.

· 24mm 3 section aluminum alloy legs adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles to enable extreme low angle photography

· Anti-spin central column stays in position

· Includes PH-113V two-way video pan head with lever locks for 360 degree rotation and frontal tilt movement

· Short column adaptor allows users to get close to the ground for low-angle videography

· Large bubble level on the magnesium die-cast canopy

· Thick foam on legs enable a comfortable, secure grip

· Quick release leg locks and rubber feet

Vanguard ABEO 243AV SHORT w/ Canon 80D

Vanguard ABEO 243AV SHORT w/ Canon 80D

Vanguard ABEO 243AV w/ Canon 80D

Vanguard ABEO 243AV w/ Canon 80D

A Working Tripod

This tripod is great for the work we do. I love to take it to conventions and have my camera man get great shots as he can easily pan and tilt the camera. It is lightweight enough that if you throw it in your bag you aren’t going to hate yourself for carrying it. If you are working in tight spaces it folds up and stores neatly.

Shoes not for walking

The shoe for the ABEO 243av works in the Espod CX 203AGH tripod making it easy to change camera locations if you have that shoe. HOWEVER the reverse is not compatible. You cannot use the Espod CX 203AGH shoe in the ABEO 243AV head. I wish it did, but the shoe isn’t so expensive that if you are running multiple tripods and moving the cameras from one to the other that you are going to be pissed off about the cost of another shoe.

Vanguard PH113V head mounted to the ABEO 243AV tripod

Vanguard PH113V head mounted to the ABEO 243AV tripod

Vanguard PH113V head mounted to the ABEO 243AV tripod (Lock side)

Vanguard PH113V head mounted to the ABEO 243AV tripod (Lock side)

Cost:

Vanguardworld.us is selling this for $169 which is what you are going to find for at Amazon. If this seems like an expensive tripod I implore you to look at the Espod CX 203AGH as it retails for $60 USD.

Vanguard vs. Other Brands

Every year I get to see Vanguard in person as they exhibit at one of the shows I attend. This year I had the opportunity to meet the owner of the company and tell her how much I love their full line of products. They make other items such as bags and scopes to name a few.

I can’t tell you if they are better than any other product on the market because honestly, they are my brand of choice when it comes to tripods. This is because the people I have talked to and worked with are some of the most helpful and easy to work with people. They honestly just want their product to take care of you for years to come. That means something to me.

Vanguard ABEO 243AV with the legs spread

Vanguard ABEO 243AV with the legs spread

Vanguard ABEO 243AV at its shortest

Vanguard ABEO 243AV at its shortest

Business and First Class Lounge Series: Emirates LAX

First, I want to talk about why I am doing this new series. As you can see in past articles I traveled to India for a month with family and flew Emirates. It was my first time flying internationally in business class and lets just that that when you get a taste you never want to go back to economy class. I wasn’t set up to vlog at the time of my trip and wanted to focus on enjoying my trip as much as possible without needing to focus on cameras and editing 24/7. When I take my next long haul trip I do plan on bringing you along for the ride but until that day I would like to just share with you my thoughts on different lounges from around the world . Let’s get started shall we?

Business Class LAX

The lounge at LAX has a nice range of foods that range from hamburgers to more traditional Arabian and Emirati foods. The bar was quite packed with a wide selection of drinks to choose from. As you can see in the video the lounge is broken up into an “inside/outside” feel with the outside overlooking the international terminal (Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX) and the inside which is quieter and away from view of the gates. The lounge does have showers which I would have used had we had a few extra minutes to spare before boarding the incredible Airbus A380.  I enjoyed the quick snack we had before boarding the plane.  I was careful not to fill up in anticipation of  the tasty meals I heard were served by Emirates on the A380. We were fortunate enough to be there while it wasn’t crowded or noisy so I could give a quick tour with family on Facetime.

Overall, the service in the lounge was excellent. Next week I plan to talk about the lounge in Dubai as we had a chance to check out both of the lounges in the different terminals.

Atticus James Vlog 2: Drones and Pumper Trucks

I don’t know why but construction is fascination to me to watch. I personally have never enjoyed working in it (in the years that I have done it) but nonetheless it is interesting to watch from a birds eye view.

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Now Boarding: Pelican Carry-On Elite

Pelican Luggage First Look

 

After my recent month long trip, I knew I need to replace my cheap luggage. Pelican shipped out their 22” Elite Carry-on Luggage for me to review.

I will be publishing my review later on this year.  I want a chance to use it on a few of my upcoming trips to give you a good overall review. Stay tuned.

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I’m Home!

I’m Home!

I’m Home!

So before I give my wrap up of India I still have a few days I didn’t write about while I was in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

A Geography Lesson

First and foremost, we heard repeated from people visiting while we were, that they thought they were in Saudi Arabia. Just to make sure everyone is on the same page, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in The United Arab Emirates (UAE). They are their own country.

Thank you, now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Reality In Dubai

We left Mumbai for a second time on the 23rd to head back to the UAE to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Contrary to what the young lads at Taco Bell seem to think, not everyone drives fancy cars. I did not see a single pet tiger, and while I didn’t visit every bathroom, I can say, I never found gold toilet paper anywhere.

Burj Khalifa

We stayed at the Sheraton, at the Mall of the Emirates. The night we got in, our first stop was to visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. This was AMAZING! I have only been up there at night and I can tell you for fact that the view changes from day to night. If you get a chance to go up during the night and the day it is worth seeing. The fountains were cool in front of the Burj but I wouldn’t call them better than Vegas… just different.

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Side note: I noticed I have a few days missing from my travels, so I will be re-uploading them shortly.

On the 24th we visited Abu Dhabi and took a bus tour around the city. There wasn’t any one spot we wanted to get off the bus and visit. I am not Muslim but we did see the grand mosque. Honestly it is a mosque to me, so it wasn’t something I really care about. The carpet is one single piece and that was cool. The chandlers are like 9 tons. Otherwise it was just another mosque to me.

We stopped at one of the malls and grabbed lunch which was very tasty. We wanted to have the leftovers for dinner but there was not a way to get it home and still have it safe to eat. Tis’ a shame.

The Gardens

On the 25th We stayed in Dubai and visited the Butterfly Gardens and the Miracle Gardens. Why are they a miracle? Because we are in the desert! It is beautiful and green and flowering and how they are able to have this is the desert is amazing! They desalinate the ocean water to keep the UAE green and beautiful. Truly incredible.

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The Butterfly Gardens were AWESOME!!!! Why? Because they let us pick them up! Grandpa needed a pet so I gave them to him!

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We met some people from Colorado who are now living Kuwait teaching. I ended up giving them a few butterflies as well. If you are in Dubai these places are sooooooooo worth the cost to visit.

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The next morning we work up at 4am and headed to the airport. I am ending my trip to Dubai and India here because Emirates Airline will have a review coming shortly and that is where I will pick up from.

India is Calling my Name

This trip to India was amazing and I honestly wish I was there right now. It has been great being home but India is calling and I am ready to pick up the phone.

I am so thankful to my grandfather for planning and inviting me on this trip of a lifetime. I cannot wait to finish telling you all the stories.

Song of the Day

Rob Thomas – Ever the same

I just like the song