Sachtler Ace Tripods Offer Videographers Professional Performance at an Entry-Level Price

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Sachtler imbues its Ace Fluid Head Tripods with the same level of expertise found in its broadcast-quality FSB system heads. The Ace Fluid Head, 2-Stage Aluminum tripods were designed specifically to offer prosumers, independent filmmakers, advanced film students and experienced professionals the option of a lightweight, easy-to-use tripod for less than $1,000. The ergonomically designed Sachtler Ace tripods offer best-in-class drag performance among tripods used with HDV camcorders and video-enabled digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

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

The Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader has a maximum system height of 66.5 inches, while the Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader has a maximum system height of 68.1 inches. Both tripods are excellent choices for gigs that call for a great deal of movement, such as weddings, festivals or conventions, and their sturdy, lightweight design also makes them a fine choice for low-budget films or secondary units on bigger productions.

5-Step Counterbalance

Designed to support a payload of up to 8.8 lb (4 kg), the Sachtler Ace tripods provide much better support for low-weight cameras than you might experience with tripods that cost twice as much. Both tripods have a 5-step counterbalance that enables you to find the ideal setup for almost any camera configuration you might use. These units also use the same camera-mounting plate as the FSB system, making it easy to interchange cameras if you have multiple tripods set up for your shoot, or you can order additional Sachtler Camera Plates specifically for your Ace Fluid Tripod Head. These optional plates come with a 1/4-20" screw and pin as well as spare 1/4-20" and 3/8" screw pins.

Patented Synchronized Actual Drag (SA-Drag™) Solution

The Ace’s fluid head is smaller than the FSB system and made of a fiberglass reinforced composite material that’s lighter than metal and also more cost effective to manufacture. The patented SA-Drag™ (Synchronized Actual Drag) on Ace tripods also has 3 grades each of horizontal and vertical steps and three capsule damping modules, which make it easier to adjust from very tight control with lots of resistance to very loose control with very little resistance at all. The combination of all these features means that you can focus more on your subject, thereby spending more time on your shoot than adjusting your legs, or worrying about the reliability of a smooth pan or tilt.

Customize your Ace

Enhance the professional, broadcast feel of your tripod with a genuine Sachtler Pan Bar for Ace Tripods. This pan bar is designed to work specifically with the Ace fluid head and measures 10.8 inches (374mm). You may also want to add a Sachtler Mid-Level Spreader Ace Set, which includes three rubber feet in addition to the sturdy spreader, and supports a payload of up to 44 lb (20 kg).

The Carrying Case

The Sachtler Ace Tripods put professional equipment within reach of serious videographers in search of a lightweight, affordable camera-support system. Each tripod comes with a high quality, black 900D polyester Sachtler Ace Bag for Tripods emblazoned with the Sachtler logo. The bags can fit ACE M and 75/2 tripods and they feature strong zippers and an adjustable carry strap.

  Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader Sachtler Ace Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader
Load Capacity 8.8 lb (4 kg) 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Maximum Height 66.5" (169 cm) 68.1" (173 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended N/A N/A
Minimum Height 30.7" (78 cm) 22.4" (57 cm)
Folded Length 33.5" (85 cm) 34.3" (87 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes / no Yes / no
Weight 9.7 lb (4.4 kg) 10.1 lb (4.6 kg)
Counter Balance System (Head) 5-step 5-step
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes Yes
Balance Plate 4.1" (10.4 cm) range of adjustment 4.1" (10.4 cm) range of adjustment
Tilt Drag 3 grades each in horizontal and vertical, plus zero 3 grades each in horizontal and vertical, plus zero
Tilt Range +90° / -75° +90° / -75°
Tilt Lock Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Spring-Loaded
Counterbalance
In 5 steps In 5 steps
Pan Range Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Pan Lock Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Material (Legs) Aluminum Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting 75mm bowl 75mm bowl
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3 2/3
Leg Lock Type Thumb screws Thumb screws
Independent Leg Spread Yes, without spreader attached Yes, without spreader attached
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes / yes Yes / yes
Center Brace Mid-level spreader No
Operating Temperature -22 to 140°F (-30 to 60°C) -22 to 140°F (-30 to 60°C)