Sachtler Ace Follow Focus, Matte Box, and Baseplate with 15mm Rods

Sachtler Ace Follow Focus, Matte Box, and Baseplate with 15mm Rods

Sachtler Ace Follow Focus, Matte Box, and Baseplate with 15mm Rods

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Product Highlights

  • Supports Large & Small Diameter Lenses
  • Height Adjustable Matte Box & Baseplate
  • Backlash-Free Follow Focus
  • Rear Clamping Interface
  • Two Filter Stages, One Rotating
  • Two 4 x 4" / Two 4 x 5.65" Filter Frames
  • 0.8 Mod Drive Gear & 35mm Friction Wheel
  • Reversible Gear Mechanism
  • Horizontally Adjustable Bridge
  • Spare Screws Recessed in Side Slots
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  • 1Description

The Sachtler Ace Follow Focus, Matte Box and Baseplate with 15mm Rods is a comprehensive kit supporting any camera and compatible with large and small diameter lenses. The baseplate features 15mm rods that are approximately 12" long, and the follow focus and matte box both attach on by 15mm rod mounts.

The matte box features a reversible rod bridge that allows support for most lenses sizes. The rod bridge can be screwed on right-side up or upside down to provide either 3.3" or 4.3" of distance between the center of the support rod to the center of the rear clamping interface. Once mounted, it secures with just a single lever. The matte box features two filter stages, one fixed and the rear one rotating up to 90° left or right. It includes adjustable top and side flags, two 4 x 4" and two 4 x 5.65" filter frames, and two different-sized neoprene rings. The flags gently clip on and fix into desired positions when you tighten each one's lever. The filter frames click into place as you insert them while holding a release button. The neoprene rings slide over your lenses to block out any light coming in through the back. They can be cut if necessary for larger lenses. Two small accessory bars are available on the top of the matte box, each featuring two 1/4"-20 threads for mounting articulating arms, lights, mics, and other accessories.

The follow focus is backlash-free and adjustable to support photo and video lenses of different makes and sizes. It features both a 0.8 Mod drive gear and a 35mm diameter friction wheel to accommodate lenses with and without gear rings. The drive gear and friction wheel are positioned on opposite sides of each other and can be swapped as necessary using an included Allen key. The direction of the gear mechanism is also reversible to support lenses with clockwise- and counterclockwise-moving focus rings. The follow focus can be mounted on either side of the lens, and the follow focus bridge is adjustable horizontally so you can adjust to different sized lenses. Two interchangeable marking discs are included that simply click into place when properly aligned on the handwheel, and they can easily be removed and replaced. Hard stops can be set using an easy to use hard stop slider button, especially useful for some modern photo lenses. The handwheel features a mount for an industry standard focus whip.

The baseplate is height adjustable and features 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads on the bottom for attachment to tripods. One lever secures both of the included 15mm rods in place at once. Height is adjustable from 1.9" to 2.8" by simply loosening another lever and lifting the top portion of the baseplate. A quick release camera plate, anti-twist stop, and spare mounting screws are also included. The anti-twist stop attaches on top of the quick release plate using one of the spare mounting screws to prevent your camera from turning, especially useful for DSLRs. It attaches positioned across at any point along the length of the quick release plate. The spare camera screws come recessed within slots on the top side of the baseplate.

Ace Matte Box
  • Reversible 15mm rod bridge allows use with large and small lenses
  • Rear clamping interface
  • Two filter stages, one fixed one rotating
  • Includes top and side flags, two 4 x 4" and two 4 x 5.65" filter frames, and two neoprene rings
  • Two small accessory bars, each featuring two 1/4"-20 accessory mounting threads
Ace Follow Focus
  • 15mm rod-mount, double-sided, backlash-free follow focus
  • Features a 0.8 Mod drive gear and a 35mm diameter friction wheel
  • Reversible gear mechanism
  • Horizontally adjustable follow focus bridge
  • Includes two interchangeable marking discs
  • Hard stop slider button
  • Standard focus whip mount
Ace Baseplate
  • Height-adjustable from 1.9" to 2.8"
  • Includes quick release camera plate, anti-twist stop, and spare mounting screws
In the Box
Sachtler Ace Follow Focus, Matte Box, and Baseplate with 15mm Rods
  • Approx. 12" (30.5 cm) 15mm Rods
  • 2 x 4 x 4" Filter Frames
  • 2 x 4 x 5.65" Filter Frame
  • Reversible 15mm Rod Bridge
  • Adjustable Top Flag
  • Adjustable Side Flags
  • 2 x Neoprene Rings (Different Sizes)
  • 2 x Marking Discs
  • 0.8 Mod / 50 Tooth Drive Gear
  • Friction Wheel (35mm Diameter)
  • Quick Release Camera Plate
  • Anti-Twist Stop
  • Set of Mounting Screws
  • Allen Key
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Additional 1-Year Limited Warranty with Product Registration
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Ace Matte Box
    Rod Support 15 mm
    Payload 2.2 lb (1 kg) in accessories on each side
    Max Lens Diameter Supported 143 mm
    Rod Bridge Height Small diameter lens configuration: 3.3" (8.5 cm) (center of support rod to center of rear clamping interface)

    Large diameter lens configuration: 4.3" (10.9 cm) (center of support rod to center of rear clamping interface)
    Weight 2 lb (0.9 kg)
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    Rod Support 15 mm (2x approx. 12" / 30.5 cm 15 mm rods included)
    Lens Support 39 - 128 mm diameter
    Friction Wheel 0.8 Mod / 50 teeth 1.4" (35 mm) diameter
    Weight 1 lb (0.45 kg)
    Ace Baseplate
    Payload 13.2 lb (6 kg)
    Height Range 1.9" (4.8 cm) fully retracted
    2.8" (7.2 cm) fully extended
    Weight 1.3 lb (0.6 kg)
    Packaging Infovacvxcxv
    Package Weight 11.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.378 x 12.598 x 10.709"
    Ace Follow Focus, Matte Box, and Baseplate with 15mm Rods is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Further addendum: rattles After using the combination for awhile, I've become aware of two sources of rattles which can interfere with the audio soundtrack. By far the worse one is from the Matte Box plastic buttons to release the filter holders. These are spring-tensioned and do not rattle if the filter holder is not inserted, however with the holder inserted they rattle terribly, a flawed design. The other rattle is from the Follow Focus rings which provide the stop controls. This rattle is more manageable, but also not a good thing. Overall, based on this I have to rate the unit lower than before and can at best recommend it with a big caveat.
    Date published: 2015-10-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Update: Wooden Camera univeral cloth donut fits I was struggling to use my Cine-Mod Nikkor AIs and Zeiss ZF lenses with the Ace Matte Box. The rubber donuts from Sachtler are no help because those lenses breathe. I found the Wooden Camera cloth donut fits the Ace Matte Box perfectly, and solves this problem perfectly. Although the Sachtler specifications curiously omit it, the Ace Matte Box does have a standard 143mm donut clamp, and so the Wooden Camera part fits perfectly. Nothing else new to report, except to ask Sachtler and Vintec why they don't provide this essential accessory, preferably free of charge with this expensive-enough accessories kit? If I would do it all over again, I would buy the Sachtler Ace baseplate for sure, the Follow Focus maybe, but I would look for a different Matte Box because of the rattle, and generally the flimsy construction of the plastic filter holders.
    Date published: 2015-11-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value, Great products I used these items during NAB 2014 as well as a couple of projects before and afterwards.I am very impressed by there design, quality and value.My favorite elements about this trio:The base plate easily moves up and down and adjusts your camera and lens precisely into the matt box. It also is a perfect addition if you already have an ACE tripod.The follow focus has hard stops on it, which makes precise focusing possible when I do not have an AC and I am pulling my own focus. This is valid for narrative films or staged shots and saves a lot of time and takes.It also doesn't have any backlash (wiggle), which his rare enough in super expensive follow focuses, and non existent in less expensive models.The matt box is made of plastic, which is light weight yet durable which is very convenient for hand held.It has buttons instead of knobs for the filters and the sun shade, which I like, because its quicker and we have all lost them knobs before.So far, I have no complaints or ideas on how to make it better. I will update this post (if that's possible) if that status changes.Oh, and one more thing, the kit travels very well via car or plane, which is crucial for me because I shoot all over the world. Its sturdy, yet light weight.
    Date published: 2014-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addendum: Matte Box has 2 height options My mistake, I didn't understand that the Matte Box base can be reversed for an extra inch of height via 2 bolts. This makes the setup much more usable for me, although with the Matte Box at high position, I now have to elevate the Baseplate as well, and the Follow Focus is a little lower than I would have it even with its height extender. With all the items at a higher level, it necessarily puts more strain on the fluid head due to physics. Nevertheless, all is okay. I would have liked, for the high enough price of the setup, that Sachtler would have included several height extenders for both the Matte Box and Follow Focus, for finer control of their relative heights. That would be just a few milled pieces of aluminum....
    Date published: 2015-10-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well built, overall good kit, some limitations I use this with a GH4 with a RRS base plate and a Kirk 501PL adapter. Overall the Ace kit is really well built and well designed. One thing I really appreciate about it is the 501PL compatibility. The set has a limitation in that the Follow Focus only comes with a single height extender requiring assembly, and the Matte Box has no height adjustment relative to the rails. This is not fully addressed by the base plate's continuous height adjustment, which is a nice feature. The situation is acceptable for the Follow Focus and a real problem for me for the Matte Box. It would be easy for Sachtler to provide a similar height extender for the Matte Box, also requiring assembly, and in my opinion they should provide several extenders at different heights, to allow fine-tuning the rig. I contacted them and there is no part like this currently available. Perhaps in a future version of the product they could offer continuous height adjustment on both of these components.
    Date published: 2015-10-18
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