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SachtlerAce M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader
 
4.5

(based on 95 reviews)

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    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (48)
  • Stable (30)
  • Unfolds quickly (24)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Folds away (20)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Movies (26)
    • Independent films (20)
    • Stabilization (20)
    • In the studio (13)
    • Home movies (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (28), Tech savvy (11), Business owner (9), Professional artist (9), Professional (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (8), Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (84), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very good tripod; even better value.

    I primarily shoot with a HDSLR rig or other lightweight camera system (AF100, VG20, etc), and I didn't wan't to break the bank or have anything too bulky since I travel often,...Read complete review

    I primarily shoot with a HDSLR rig or other lightweight camera system (AF100, VG20, etc), and I didn't wan't to break the bank or have anything too bulky since I travel often, so this tripod system seemed to be made for me. I have used other Sachtler tripods in the past and have always enjoyed them, so I took a shot and ordered this.

    Overall, I am very pleased with how it performs. I have used it on 3 shoots so far and it's performance meets my expectations. Specifically, the head is fantastic. The stages of resistance work great and it's pretty easy to balance my load for nice fluid moves and perfect stops.

    My only complaint is with the sticks and the spreader. This was the one area that other reviews I read commented on, and I agree. The sticks and spreader feel a little "cheap." They just don't lock in nicely and even when spread fully, they still feel a little wobbly. It hasn't been too much of an issue, but it's noticeable. I'm sure they had to cut corners somewhere to keep the price point where they did and still have a good head, so it's understandable.

    Overall, it's a good buy and I'm very pleased. This is now my go-to tripod system.

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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

    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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    5.0

    Great Value Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head

    By Brian237

    from North New Jersey

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

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

      Great value video tripod, easy to setup and set the level. Stable and very smooth. Pan/Tilt adjustments allow for various weights of our camera set-up; from video camera alone to camera, light, mike.

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      5.0

      Sachtler knows how to do "fluid" heads.

      By Tim

      from Marianna, FL

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

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

        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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        3.0

        Entry level Sachtler

        By Reel World Productions

        from Florida

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Fluid Head Movement
        • Light Fluid Head Movemen
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Doesn't Seem Solid

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • Video Production Shoots

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

        Out of the box, the tripod's head is smooth and the tripod light for travel but I am concerned it may be at the expense of durability---it just doesn't seem solid---but getting knocked around a few times on flights and shoots will be the only way to tell.

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        5.0

        Smooth Tripod

        By Excalibur

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Hobbyist

        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
          • Sports Video

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

          Best Tripod in this price range. I tried Benro and Manfrotto. The Ace is much smoother and works well with lightweight cameras. I use a Canon Vixia G30 ans EOS 70d.
          Highly recommend.

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          5.0

          Perfect for Handicams

          By Channel 70 Video Productions

          from Los Angeles/Asheville NC

          About Me Camera Operator

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • A bit heavy
          • EXPENSIVE

          Best Uses

          • In the field

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

          We use Sony HDR-CX560's for b-roll and misc filming and our other tripods were just too heavy easy hauling. After reading the reviews we decided to go with the Ace. Our other Sachtler has proven to be excellent over the years, so we stuck with the brand. So far, the Ace has been great, but does seem somewhat heavy for its size.

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          5.0

          It's a winner!

          By Steve

          from Arkansas

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films

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

            For the price, this Sachtler rig is pretty amazing. It's light. It's tough. It's easy to use. For someone like me who's used to using higher end gear, I wasn't prepared for the quality of the rig. For run and gun shooting where locked down shots are common, this is a wonderful setup. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!

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            5.0

            Manfrotto ain't got nothin' on me!

            By Matt from the mountains

            from Boulder, CO

            About Me Business Owner, Documentary Filmmaker, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Must Remove Camera At Eod

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

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

            I ordered the tripod, took it out of the box, took off to the mountains and have been pushing its limits since it arrived.

            Wow. So smooth. So much lighter than my big, heavy manfrotto which is rated to carry the same payload. So much more control.

            I went to manfrotto for price once too. Fools mistake. Spend the money. Get a tripod which will last as well as do what you're asking it to do, all the time. Especially if you're a DSLR shooter and you want more professional movements under your belt. This head is small, but the benefit is big.

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            5.0

            Perfect Choice

            By Old School

            from Reno, NV

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Setup And Level
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

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

              I have alternated between working with still photography and video for 30 years. Recently I have returned to video work after about a ten year hiatus. Utilizing the HD quality video of my DSLR, I immediately realized the single most important piece of equipment in the rapidly changing technology of video is also the one piece of vital video equip that will never change: a high quality, fluid head tripod. In this world of rapid moving, handheld video, nothing quite catches attention like the occasional rock-steady telephoto pan or action follow. This is where the Ace M and the fine selection of quality SLR lenses really shine. You can't use quality glass without a quality platform. The Ace M will be the one piece of video equipment I know will never become obsolete. Well worth the investment.

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              5.0

              Couldnt be happier

              By Ethan

              from Nashville

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

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

                One of the best tripod kits you can get for DSLR at the price point.

                I rented this head from a rental house locally and finally made the purchase and couldnt be happier.

                Super smooth and with all of the different setting you are sure to find one that suits you setup.

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                4.0

                Affordable and reliable fluid head

                By Iceman

                from Livermore, CA

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Lacks Functionality

                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:

                Bought this tripod to hold my B-camera. It is solid, lightweight, and reliable. The only thing I wish it had is an LED light for its bubble leveler. It is difficult to get the head to level while shooting in low light without it. I have to use available light from my phone to see if it is level; but can't hold the phone and adjust the tripod at the same time. For the price, however, can't complain. The fluid head is as smooth as my more expensive tripods.

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                5.0

                Good tripod

                By Jacquie

                from Baltimore, MD

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

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

                  I own a video company that films a number of dance and other performances in the spring. We own four Miller Solo tripods for our video cameras, but was looking for a less expensive one to use with a DSLR shooting an occasional longer performance like we encounter during our spring glut. Nothing less expensive than my Millers was giving the smooth panning action we needed until I found this. We ordered it thinking if it was terrible we'd return it, but it is staying. Definitely worth the $s.

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                  5.0

                  Better then Expected

                  By sumnerk

                  from Corvallis, OR

                  About Me Film Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

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

                    Very pleased, works well and is very sturdy.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works for me!

                    By Nick Del Toro

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

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

                      I like the 3 levels of resistance for smooth pan shots. It doesnt have a quick release top but the attachment that it does have isnt bad.

                      Great product!

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                      5.0

                      Best Tripod!

                      By Delia

                      from São Paulo, Brazil

                      Verified Buyer

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

                      For the price is the best you can get.

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                      5.0

                      Good value for the price

                      By Jamie

                      from New York, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

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

                        I wanted all the functionalities of Sachtler's higher end tripods, but those tripods were out of my price range. This tripod appears to be Sachtler's least expensive tripod, but it's still not cheap. I compared it to Manfrotto's tripods at a similar or cheaper price, and decided not to settle with Manfrotto.

                        It's functionalities that I enjoy include: adjustable tilt/pan drag, adjustable head for quick leveling, and adjustable counter-balance.

                        The tripod also gets a good height and it's legs are sturdy. Adjusting height is fairly easy. It's also relatively light, which works great for me as I'm only 5'4" and physically not the strongest person. I use it with a DSLR to shoot documentary and shorts. I am very happy with this purchase.

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                        4.0

                        It's a Sachtler

                        By smrpix

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films

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

                          Excellent quality and build. Very smooth panning and tilting. Basically eveything one would expect from Sachtler. The Aluminum legs are definitely heavier than the carbon fiber version -- but one knows that going in.

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                          4.0

                          Great Entry Level Professional Tripod

                          By Tyg5

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Cheaper Material Used

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

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

                          This tripod is worth the money. Though it's made of plastic and you need to be gentle with the sticks, it's actually a REAL fluid head. You will be amazed at just how differently it operates...especially if you're used to working with Manfrotto heads. There is really no comparison.

                          As mentioned, the head is made of plastic but doesn't strike me as necessarily cheap or compromised. The sticks are okay. Sachtler had issues with these sticks falling apart and have since changed their manufacturing procedures. They seem mostly sturdy though I don't like to see the locking mechanisms made of plastic. I usually take care of my gear and will probably have to be extra careful opening and closing the legs. However, so far so good.

                          I like that it's lightweight and the bag is a little better than you'd expect from an entry-level tripod. If you're just starting out or need a good set of sticks for a b-camera, this is a great buy. You're not going to find an ACTUAL fluid head for this price.

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                          4.0

                          Nice Tripod

                          By Nick Hayes

                          from Naperville, IL

                          About Me Film Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films

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

                              Really sturdy and quality tripod. Smooth pan and tilt with nice resistance adjuster. A lot of the head and knobs are plastic. It's a hard plastic but still plastic. Can't hold that against sachtler though.

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                              4.0

                              Nice tripod

                              By Nickhayes

                              from Illinois

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

                              All the knobs on this are plastic along with the head itself. The plastic seems tough and durable though and that, with the included warranty, makes me feel confident in its quality. The pan and tilt are great as is the leveling. Great tripod!

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