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SachtlerAce M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader
 
4.4

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (57)
  • Stable (36)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Unfolds quickly (27)
  • Professional quality (26)

Cons

  • Poor quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Movies (26)
  • Independent films (23)
  • Stabilization (20)
  • In the studio (14)
  • Complex projects (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film professional (28), Business owner (11), Professional artist (11), Tech savvy (11), Professional (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (8), Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (100), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sachtler knows how to do "fluid" heads.

Now I know what a "fluid" tripod head really is. If butter could be manufactured from steel, this is what it would be like. None of what you have heard about...Read complete review

Now I know what a "fluid" tripod head really is. If butter could be manufactured from steel, this is what it would be like. None of what you have heard about this tripod is an exaggeration. It really is that good. Even the tripod is better than expected. I can perfectly balance my Sony PXW-X70.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great head, legs however are not durable

We bought 7 of these earlier this year after digging around and seeing good reviews on them. The head is fantastic, and we've had zero issues with them. The legs however are simply...Read complete review

We bought 7 of these earlier this year after digging around and seeing good reviews on them. The head is fantastic, and we've had zero issues with them. The legs however are simply not durable, where the metal leg sections fit into the plastic, after repeated use they start coming apart. I'm not sure if they were just pressure fit or if they used an adhesive that was too weak but they don't stay together. Of the 7 sets, 4 of them have had sections separate. I'm sending them in for warranty repair.

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5.0

Exactly what I'd been seeking for my first "real" tripod.

By SJJ

from New York, NY

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Folds Small
  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight
  • Price
  • Unfolds Quickly
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Video

    Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

    For indie DSLR filmmaking, great price for a genuine fluid head to get started on.

    The legs may lack some in stability/build, but this is a fair tradeoff for its lightness and compactness.

    Solid investment, as in the event I move on to more substantial pro tripods, I'll still want to keep this at the ready for get-up-and-go/guerrilla projects.

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    • No

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    5.0

    This the best tripod. Perfect for my needs.

    By Scripski

    from Colorado

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

      I'm a pro of 35 years. All I've ever used in the video world is a Sachtler. All the knobs are in the right place. The fluid head is like butter. And now with the age of the DSLR this tripod is the perfect sized for smaller cameras. It's the best! I've done this at home.

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      2.0

      Great head, bad lags

      By Joao Inacio

      from Brasilia, Brazil

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • The Head Is Amazing

      Cons

      • Unstable
      • Weak Construction

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

      The headline is enough. After some months the legs separated from the plastic sections. NO, I REALY DO NOT RECOMMEND TO OTHERS.

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      5.0

      The perfect light weight tripod

      By Roice

      from Cape Town

      Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

      If you are looking for a versitile light weight tripod, this is the one to get! Super light weight, incredibly compact, super smooth and silky Sachtler head and with the price tag, yes please on every front! What a win!

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      2.0

      Not living up

      By Adam

      from Redding Ca

      Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

      I have used dozens of tripods. Everything from top end Miller heads to manfrotto kit. That said I have no desire to bash the tripod, instead I would say go buy a $ dollar manfrotto kit it's the same quality. Neither of them so hard stops, they both have the same fluid motion etc. their just charging for he name here the quality just isn't there. Sachtlers upper end kits are amazing but this kit doesn't quite live up to he quality for price.

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      2.0

      Get what you pay for

      By Jeremy

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Weak Construction

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

      After using one of these as a rental (was a pretty new piece of gear too) for a PGA golf tournament last weekend I have to pause to write a review.

      Flat out, you get what you pay for. The head is decent and provides smooth motion. From the head down though...this will not last long in a rigorous production environment. Period. The legs were sticky so I constantly had to balance everything precariously to "unstick" a leg to extend it. Overall it felt cheap and flimsy. The ball adjustment was one of the worst I've ever used. Not only did it stick but it was extremely awkward. The adjustment is a really long hand grip that as you try to position the head ends up hitting the legs thus limiting the movement. There were several instances where I couldn't get my hand in to loosen it. When you are run and gun this is unacceptable.

      I really wanted to like it. But I have to admit that I'm really glad I rented one before I bought one. Granted it's going to cost me alot more but when getting that shot is all that matters....your sticks can't be a problem. And this one was.

      I guess its my fault for using a light duty tripod in a high pressure/demand environment but I expected more from Sachtler.

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      5.0

      Very stable with a smooth head at a competitive price

      By JD

      from Minneapolis, MN

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

        Used for weddings and church events. It does exactly what I need. Very stable. Very smooth head for video. Excelent construction. It's not travel sized but it's not cumbersome either if you're just transporting it to or from venues in a car.

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        4.0

        Broken Leg

        By jchorng

        from New York, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

          I used the tripod heavily for just over a year and loved it. Great size and weight. Traveled all over and mostly shooting on a C100. I have both this and the CF Ace L.

          The fluid head is truly great but I the lower section of the leg fall out. It's a hard piece to repair yourself and customer service was so-so. It's currently being sent in for repair but just thought I'd write a review to let people know.

          The carbon fiber version is worth the money if you can spare it. much lighter and more durable. super flexible and can be used in many scenarios. nice bag too.

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          5.0

          Nice light sticks

          By tnabes

          from los angeles, ca

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

          Overall, I'm very happy with these sticks. the head is very fluid and of high quality -as I would expect from a sachtler. The legs are sturdy enough for a light, run/gun rig and I love that I can use the spreader to snap them open and closed quickly (can't do this with manfrotto spreaders), though I'm not a big fan of the wing-nut stage locks -I prefer latches or -even better- a quick release latch that unlocks all stages of the tripod at once as I've seen before. Also, although I like a ball claw, when I'm running and gunning, I'd prefer a neck, so I can raise/lower the tripod quickly (I may be alone in that, but it's all about speed when I grab my light sticks). One note: the ball claw doesn't have much range of motion.

          I really wish somebody would design a good, light set of sticks that is really built with speed in mind. This, as with most light sticks I've found, is just a lighter design of most heavier tripods out there. When I grab my heavy tripod, I don't care about speed -I just want fluidity and stability. But when I grab my light sticks, I need to be able to move, adjust, balance, spread, raise, etc. with speed. Having to unscrew each leg lock to extend the legs if I want to raise the camera a foot takes too much time.

          However, I'm still giving it 5 stars because these are my needs/wants -and others may want different. For the price, this is a great tripod.

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          5.0

          Reliable and Cost Effective

          By Sebastian

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Run And Gun
            • Video

            Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

            This is a solid product at a great price point.

            Smooth pans and tilts, and the legs are pretty sturdy for a DSLR, as long as you don't have a bunch of other gear rigged up onto it.

            Can't beat it for the price.

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            5.0

            Ace M Fluid Head

            By bob

            from North Dakota

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                I have 5 tripods, used for recording veteran stories, community documentaries, and family histories. The Ace fluid head has rapidily become my favorite. I've found it to be smooth, stable, and user friendly. If care is taken, it even yields acceptable performance with cameras heavier than the advertised 8 pound limit.

                Robert Miller

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                4.0

                Quick to level and smooth through the motions

                By Gary

                from Denton, TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                This is my first Sachtler and so far I love it. I have it for location work with a small lightweight 4k camera. I have a need to set up quick shoot and move on. This baby levels quick, the legs expand quick and movements are super smooth. Wish it was a little lighter, but I can handle that until it makes me more money and I can upgrade to carbon.

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                5.0

                yep, graduated from manfrotto

                By bp

                from kc

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                I'd bet there is not comparable option for under $1000. The head is worth more, so smooth, even panning with 200mm lens. The legs do the job, and if you are doing a lot of run and gun, you will like the mid level spreader for quick collapses and getting the legs out even quickly.Excellent. [$] is a steal.

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                4.0

                When You Can't Afford $1k+ Tri-Pod

                By TieTheKnotVideos

                from Chicago

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                    My first four tri-pods were rather inexpensive Sanford & Davis models with fluid heads. They worked nice for a few months, and then they got loose. And zoom video work was impossible without annoying shake and drift.I needed a good tri-pod and head for an upcoming wedding, but I just couldn't afford the $+ cost of the great sticks... so I bought this Ace.Overall, it's pretty nice. The dampers and friction knobs are nice. The lock-down tabs are convenient and can be used without camera shake. It's light enough, easy enough to move around. But it clatters a lot on tiled surfaces (ie: churches).It's a good buy -- and definitely an upgrade to the $ tri-pods I've burned through. Save yourself the trouble and get one if you're looking for an inexpensive workhorse. Sachtler quality as cheap as it's gonna get.

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                    5.0

                    Best Tripod for the money!

                    By Peter B.

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                        I own and have use many different tripods, for this price range you can't beat the Sachtler Ace M. If you are a professional or know tripods, this is the BEST choice in it's price range, look no further! It has the smoothest head of any tripod in it's price class that I've used, and it is a true fluid head. The drag on both the pan and tilt are a little tight, but then it's not fair to compare it to a multi thousand dollar Sachtler 18 II head which I own, or even their thousand dollar heads, and expect it to be as fluid. If you can afford it, the Sachtler Ace L is better, lighter, has more and smoother drag control, and holds heavier cameras.

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                        5.0

                        Great Tripod if you learn how to use it!

                        By Macgyver

                        from Casper WY

                        About Me Tv Station

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                          We are a small market News station with 5 of these tripods for ENG Electronic News Gathering use. We have the Sony HXR-NX5U camera's and a small LED light we use with these.The tripod head is very good. After having $ Vinten Tripods originally, the replacements from other brands in this price range were junk. The Ace has excellent drag and counterbalance adjustments. I have found that to get good stability with this, you must hang a sandbag from the ring under the tripod head. We usually then hand a second one from the first to give the tripod more stability in high wind area we work.If adjusted correctly, the camera can be moved around with 1 finger and will stay each place you stop. Very smooth and easy to work with.We use these daily and they are abused by our staff and we have had only a few minor failures. One was the clamp on the MidLevel spreader to one of the legs and other had the stop break on a leg when it was pulled out. I drilled a hole, tapped it and was able to fix that issue with a 50cent set screw.Highly recommend this tripod to anyone looking for something in this price range.Thanks,

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                          5.0

                          Great!

                          By AustinTim

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                              I really like this tripod! I use it with a Sony NXCAM and it works great. It has limited controls but they do just what is needed. The fluid head is very smooth especially compared to another head I've used for a few years. Overall quality is top notch. This tripod is everything you've heard!

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                              4.0

                              Great Head for a great price

                              By The Shock Jock

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Independent Films

                                Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                                I'm a freelance DP and this is a great piece of gear. I love the 3x3 settings for the fluid head and the price is hard to beat! It's a bit heavy, but upgrading to the carbon-fiber legs is significantly more expensive.

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                                5.0

                                Great product

                                By Film Junkie

                                from Olive Branch, MS

                                About Me Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                                  This tripod is strong and sturdy. It has a great fluid motion when panning and tilting. I would definitely recommend this product.

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                                  5.0

                                  Sachtler is always the right choice

                                  By Mike

                                  from Fort Lauderdale

                                  Comments about Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader:

                                  I use Sachtler tripods on sporting events. The 18 I got for a company I work with still has it working fine after 20 years. This one is perfect for light cameras. It's smooth. Always get a Sachtler.

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