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Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader

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Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader

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Product Highlights

  • For HDSLR Cameras & Compact Camcorders
  • Supports Up to 8.8 lb
  • Drag: 3 Grades Each of H/V + Zero
  • 5-Step Counterbalance
  • Balance Plate with 4.1" Sliding Range
  • 68.1" Maximum System Height
  • Floor Spreader with Telescopic Arms
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The Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader is a full tripod system for videographers who use HDSLR cameras and smaller camcorders. Whether you're doing documentaries, ENG, weddings, corporate videos, or any other type of projects with a smaller camera, the Ace system matches your needs, enabling broadcast-style performance with lightweight components. With its light weight, compact size, and floor spreader, this system is perfect for projects that involve multiple setup changes on level surfaces.

With a payload up to 8.8 lb, the Ace fluid head features five steps of counterbalance as well as a plate that features a 4.1" range of adjustment, so you can balance your small camera to a very precise degree. Designed by Sachtler engineers for the Ace head, the SA drag system enables smooth, precise panning and tilting via the head's pan bar, with three grades of drag in both the horizontal and vertical dimensions, plus the option of zero drag. The head's tilt range is +90° to -75°.

The tripod mounts the head via its 75mm bowl. With the Ace head attached, the two-stage aluminum model reaches a maximum height of 68.1" for a comfortable working height for almost all users. Also included is an on-ground spreader, model SP 75, which adds to the stability of the system when you're operating on a level surface. The spreader features telescopic arms to accommodate different tripod heights.

SA Drag for Perfect Performance
For the Ace head, Sachtler engineers developed a patented drag, SA (synchronized actuated) drag, which guarantees accuracy and repeatability at a remarkable price. With three vertical and three horizontal grades of drag, SA drag enables fine adjustments for precise panning and tilting. Damping can also be completely deactivated
Lightweight Material
Weighing just 3.7 lb on its own, the Ace head is composed of a glass fiber-reinforced composite material, which keeps the head especially light and offers a comfortable, non-slip surface feel. The head enables camera operators to work extremely intuitively and professionally – and with the system's light weight and compact size, operators will want to take Ace on the go
Familiar Sachtler Features
The Ace head reflects Sachtler's 50 years of developing camera support products, which is evident in such practical features as the Ace camera plate's parking position for spare camera screws and the long 4.1" sliding range. The plate comes with a 1/4"-20 screw and a video pin
Broadcast Feel for Smaller Cameras
With its payload range of 0-8.8 lb, Ace is ideal for smaller HD & HDV camcorders as well as HDSLR cameras. The five-step counterbalance makes it easy to achieve proper balance quickly

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General
Load Capacity 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Maximum Height 68.1" (173 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended N/A
Minimum Height 22.4" (57 cm)
Folded Length 34.3" (87 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/no
Weight 10.1 lb (4.6 kg)
Head
Counter Balance System 5-step
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
Balance Plate 4.1" (10.4 cm) range of adjustment
Tilt Drag 3 grades each in horizontal and vertical, plus zero
Tilt Range +90° / -75°
Tilt Lock Not specified by manufacturer
Spring Loaded Counter Balance In 5 steps
Pan Range Not specified by manufacturer
Pan Lock Not specified by manufacturer
Legs
Material Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting 75mm bowl
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Thumb screws
Independent Leg Spread Yes, without spreader attached
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/yes
Center Brace No
Operating Temperature -22 to 140°F (-30 to 60°C)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 13.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 42.5 x 10.0 x 10.0"
Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader
  • Spreader SP 75 On-Ground Tripod Spreader
  • Ace Camera Mounting Plate
  • Ace Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 2-Years with Product Registration
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    SachtlerAce Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader
     
    4.6

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (20)
    • Lightweight (16)
    • Folds away (11)
    • Unfolds quickly (10)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Movies (9)
    • Stabilization (8)
    • In the studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (10), Aspiring film maker (3), Tech savvy (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Ace Is Smooth Action

    I ordered a $200 tripod from B&H and realized at first use that it was a little too flimsy for my Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM especially for wedding videography that demands lots of pans...Read complete review

    I ordered a $200 tripod from B&H and realized at first use that it was a little too flimsy for my Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM especially for wedding videography that demands lots of pans and tilts. So I continued searching and saw that Sachtler had come out with a tripod for under $[$]and called it the ACE! That intrigued me since I had used Sachtlers before and I know they're high end tripods. But I certainly couldn't afford a high end $2000 tripod! But B&H was kind enough for me to return the $200 tripod and credit it toward my new ACE!The ACE is very light, but it is not flimsy! The ACE was rated for 8lbs and my Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM is 5lbs. They work perfectly together. The pan and tilt action is totally smooth.The is one thing that bothers me - sound transfer. I am not sure if it's a design flaw in the tripod plate. The camera sits flat on the 5.5 inch long plate and connects it solidly to the tripod head and gives you plenty of forward and backward space to balance your camera. And there are 4 rubber cushions on the top of the plate. Yet, when I use the onboard shotgun microphone, the sound from me holding the handle and steadying the tripod is very audible and transfers to my recording. When I use the built-in microphone, the sound is less audible.I figure there might be too much contact with the camera and the tripod plate. Remember the tripod plates with the older cameras which had the inverted U design for shoulder shots? Those were connected to the tripod plate at the front and back end and never had that issue. It was minimal contact.I think it's an engineering thing - if you look at the way an overpass on the highway sits on the pillars - it's connected to a small block which minimizes load transfer.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Like some features - don't like others

    Only had a chance to use it once. Very smooth fluid head. Stable when setup. Cheap ground spreader - lightweight plastic - action is not smooth - sorta of a pain to work...Read complete review

    Only had a chance to use it once. Very smooth fluid head. Stable when setup. Cheap ground spreader - lightweight plastic - action is not smooth - sorta of a pain to work with. Have used other more expensive Sachtler tripods and the ground spreader was more substantial and easier to work with. So I have mixed feelings - hopefully over time it will become more natural to work with. Jury is still out on whether I'd recommend this to others.

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    4.0

    Legs could be better

    By I use do things

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Film Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Great Head Great Price
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Bubble Level Can Be Iffy
    • Legs Are Garbagei

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio
    • Static Shots With No Move

    Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

    The head is great. DEFINITELY outperforms all other tripods heads in this price range. Big CON is that the level bubble seems slightly untrustworthy. Usually end up leveling by eye.

    The legs suck. I usually need to utilize a counterweight or sandbag when doing camera movements because they are to flimsy.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Love it

    By Tina

    from KC

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Slightly Heavy Expected

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

    Exactly what I needed, works great!

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    • No

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    4.0

    Well built for the price

    By Chris

    from Cleveland

    About Me Broadcast Tv Producer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • In The Studio
      • Remote Field Shooting

      Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

      We have a couple of higher end Sachtler tripods and needed another, but didn't want to shell out $. This one was nearly as nice for a third of the price. Components are a little cheaper, but I really can't tell much difference beyond that.

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      5.0

      Thrilled with this Sachtler

      By kris

      from NYC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

          I've used this tripod on a couple of doc shoots since purchasing it and have been thrilled with it! For the price, it's extremely smooth, relatively light, and quick/easy/intuitive to set up. Overall, awesome performance for the price.

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          5.0

          Great Rig

          By Prof

          from Kansas City, MO.

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies

            Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

            So far a really nice small tripod for video work.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Worth every penny

            By Saltymoss

            from Savannah, GA

            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Movies
              • Stabilization

              Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

              What a huge improvement to my video gear. This single item has help made my productions amazing. A true fluid head makes all the differance in the world.

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              5.0

              Top Notch

              By Buss

              from Sacramento, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

              One of the best around.

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              5.0

              The best system

              By Stanislav from Siberia

              from Tomsk, Siberia, Russia

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Movies
                • Stabilization

                Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                This head is the best head for working in winter even -40C. We have -47C in Siberia, Russia. Other heads are not working properly in such conditions. The head is light and tripod also not heavy. Tripod is very comfortable and compact because of 2-stage. System has many tunings and any camera - light or heavy - will feel like as a single whole, as a unit with this system and cameraman will think only about creative side of his work. Thank You and sorry for my english. Stanislav from Siberia.

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                3.0

                Like some features - don't like others

                By Jim

                from Plymouth, MN

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Smooth fluid head

                Cons

                • Cheap Ground Spreader

                Best Uses

                • Movies
                • Stabilization

                Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                Only had a chance to use it once. Very smooth fluid head. Stable when setup. Cheap ground spreader - lightweight plastic - action is not smooth - sorta of a pain to work with. Have used other more expensive Sachtler tripods and the ground spreader was more substantial and easier to work with. So I have mixed feelings - hopefully over time it will become more natural to work with. Jury is still out on whether I'd recommend this to others.

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                5.0

                The best tripod in the world

                By John Pirtle

                from Houston Texas

                About Me Film Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Broadcast Quality
                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                    The drags are smooth. No bumps or backlash or slop.
                    The locks work.
                    The counterbalance works perfectly.
                    The Balance plate and camera attach screw have enormous travel to balance any configuration.

                    Absolutely fantastic reguardless of price.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect lightweight tripod.

                    By Henry

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Film Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • Limited Drag Settings

                    Best Uses

                    • DSLR
                    • Run and Gun

                    Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                    For the money, this is probably the best lightweight tripod you can find. While it lacks the payload capacity and flourishes of the big boys, it does not sacrifice on build quality or reliability. Nice work, Sachtler.

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                    4.0

                    Great for the price

                    By Doug_EX

                    from Gaspe, Qc, Canada

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                        For the price it can't be beat...period. Yes, it could be better, but the price would not be the same too. It's a truly fluid head...and it comes with a bag. For the price, it's perfect!

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                        5.0

                        The best one

                        By Karson

                        from Hong Kong

                        About Me Film Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Plastic
                        • Weak Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Movies
                        • Stabilization

                        Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                        I have tried different brand, vinten manfrotto etc. the Ace system must be cheapest, lightest and best system I have even used.

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                        5.0

                        Best Tripod for the price range

                        By Fourthcubix

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Film Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                            Really liking this tripod. The fluid head has three vertical and three horizontal tension settings and 5 spring tension settings. The action is smooth and the legs are steady. I am recommending this to my colleagues.

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                            4.0

                            Great affordable tripod

                            By TC

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                                Lightweight and compact, but sturdy/stable enough so you don't have to worry about it. The head is quite nice, too, for a lower-priced tri.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Ace Is Smooth Action

                                By MustBeBelize

                                from Houston, Texas

                                About Me Film Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Stabilization

                                  Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                                  I ordered a $200 tripod from B&H and realized at first use that it was a little too flimsy for my Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM especially for wedding videography that demands lots of pans and tilts. So I continued searching and saw that Sachtler had come out with a tripod for under $[$]and called it the ACE! That intrigued me since I had used Sachtlers before and I know they're high end tripods. But I certainly couldn't afford a high end $2000 tripod! But B&H was kind enough for me to return the $200 tripod and credit it toward my new ACE!The ACE is very light, but it is not flimsy! The ACE was rated for 8lbs and my Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM is 5lbs. They work perfectly together. The pan and tilt action is totally smooth.The is one thing that bothers me - sound transfer. I am not sure if it's a design flaw in the tripod plate. The camera sits flat on the 5.5 inch long plate and connects it solidly to the tripod head and gives you plenty of forward and backward space to balance your camera. And there are 4 rubber cushions on the top of the plate. Yet, when I use the onboard shotgun microphone, the sound from me holding the handle and steadying the tripod is very audible and transfers to my recording. When I use the built-in microphone, the sound is less audible.I figure there might be too much contact with the camera and the tripod plate. Remember the tripod plates with the older cameras which had the inverted U design for shoulder shots? Those were connected to the tripod plate at the front and back end and never had that issue. It was minimal contact.I think it's an engineering thing - if you look at the way an overpass on the highway sits on the pillars - it's connected to a small block which minimizes load transfer.

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                                  5.0

                                  stable and robust

                                  By sam

                                  from kenya

                                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Movies
                                    • Stabilization

                                    Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                                    for canon 5d mark3 and matte box rig.very stabble and gives you confidence as you do your shooting.

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                                    5.0

                                    FaNTASTIC

                                    By jlp

                                    from hEMPSTEAD, ny

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Stabilization

                                      Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                                      IF YOU NEED A TRIPOD FOR THE NEW COMPACT VIDEO CAMERAS, THIS IS THE IDEAL SOLUTION, SMOOTH AND ADJILE

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Product

                                      By lugardo

                                      from Puerto Rico

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                                          Great for professional cameras!

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                                          4.0

                                          Simple and Solid

                                          By JRo

                                          from Cape May, NJ

                                          About Me Videographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Folds Small
                                          • Good Stability

                                          Cons

                                          • Too lightweight

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Documentary
                                          • Interviews

                                          Comments about Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader:

                                          great budget tripod for dslr shooters
                                          smooth pan and tilt
                                          great fluid head

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