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

(based on 92 reviews)

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    (53)

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    (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 (21)
  • Folds away (20)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Movies (26)
    • Stabilization (20)
    • Independent films (18)
    • In the studio (12)
    • Home movies (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (28), Tech savvy (11), Business owner (8), Professional artist (8), Professional (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (8), Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (82), 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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    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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                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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                          4.0

                          Excellent step up for me

                          By DDixon

                          from Knoxville, TN

                          About Me Semi Pro, Serious amateur

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance
                          • 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:

                            For two years I've used one of those ubiquitous budget video tripods that are available all over the web under a number of brand names. I wanted a step up in quality for pans, tilts, etc. I considered getting a better head for my old 75mm ball tripod, but read so many good reports on the head on this one that I decided to try it.

                            The head is really a great improvement for me. Partly due to all the drag adjustments, you can do much more subtle, controlled moves. I had read that the legs were not as excellent as the head, and that's true. They're not bad, just merely good.

                            Still, compared to my old legs, these have better rubber tips, a somewhat adjustable spreader, and are (depending on the spreader settings) 6-10 inches taller. All these features have already been useful to me.

                            The only drawbacks:
                            In certain instances I do get a bit of springback on pans, but I'm learning to control that with practice and/or tension adjustments. My reading suggests that unless you spend 50-100 percent more on a tripod you just get a bit of this, and it does have much less than my old tripod.

                            I wish it were rated for a bit more weight, but I use a Canon XF100 on it so it's fine for me.

                            It sounds petty, but I wish the bubble level were lighted. It's in a recessed area so that would be very helpful. I'm going to have to learn to carry a small flashlight.

                            All in all, a great upgrade for me that is already showing in more polished moves. Anything truly better was way out of my budget.

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                            4.0

                            Almost Perfect

                            By Zaclinmac

                            from New York, NY

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

                            Pretty great, almost perfect, very fluid but the head occasionally locks and I have to mess with it to get it to go back to being fluid.

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                            4.0

                            Great tripod

                            By MG

                            from Beacon, NY

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Improves Performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

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

                              Use it for a variety of camcorders. Great feel and lots of adjustments. Needs a little getting used to.

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