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

Vlog 8 | Dallas DEEP Ellum Dinner and Drinks

Dallas Deep Ellum Cover

Today Tanner and I head to grab a bite at Angry Dog in Deep Ellum and then we head to The Foundry Dallas for a quick drink with some friends who asked to not be on camera.
 

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Atticus James | blink-182 | California

I had to post this today because of how excited I am about the new blink-182 album.  This has been the only thing playing in my office today.

I grew up on blink-182 and everyone of my ex girlfriends can tell you just which song is my all time favorite from blink-182. I can only give you a hint as to which album it is off of but not the song. Winking smile Keep somethings to myself, (the hint is Take Off Your Pants and Jacket – blink-182)

I wanted to share my top three songs off the new album, California, which are in no particular order.

Teenage Satellites – blink-182

 No Future – blink-182

Built This Pool – blink-182 [10 HOUR LOOP]

I like “Built This Pool” because it is just a throw back to funny songs like Family Reunion and Happy Holidays.  All the others I would rather not mention at this time if you know what I mean.

Sadly, Tom Delong is off chasing aliens but I think Matt Skiba is doing a good job at keeping the band we all know and love, alive. He will never be Tom, but we wouldn’t want him to be anyways.

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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AJ’s Trip to India – Bringing Home a Bride?

AJ’s Trip to India – Bringing Home a Bride?

Bringing Home a Bride?

This week has been filled with anticipation for the adventure ahead. My grandfather has been joking with his friends that the whole point of this trip is for me to bring home a bride… Thanks -_- Grandpa!

Trip Needs a Richter Scale?

I have been out of the country before(obviously), but never on a trip of this magnitude. I am packing light, so we will just do our laundry as need be, in India.

A380

We are flying on the A380. This is just one more part of this trip that makes it epic! My best friend and his father are plane nuts and sometimes I am just plain nuts myself… wait a minute… I digress. I told them that I was flying on the big bad boy and my best friend is a bit jealous. He has been a world traveler his whole life and still wants to take a trip in one.

Modes of Transportation

I have been looking over the itinerary and it reads something like this: plane, rickshaw, car, bus, plane, train, boat, plane car and bus ride. Needless to say, we will be busy traveling to many awesome locations. Hey, any production studios want to pay for me to scout awesome locations? I only charge $1.5 million per location per movie. Cheap, cheap, cheap!

What Did I forget?

I am sitting here just waiting for it to be time to leave thinking, sh*t did I pack everything?

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