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Sachtler Ace XL Fluid Head (75mm Bowl)

BH #SAS21500004 • MFR #S2150-0004
Sachtler
Sachtler Ace XL Fluid Head (75mm Bowl)
Key Features
  • 17.6 lb Capacity Fluid Drag Head
  • 4.1" Sliding Plate Range
  • 8-Step Counterbalance
  • 3-Step + 0 Pan/Tilt Drag
The Sachtler Ace XL Fluid Head (75mm Bowl) is designed for digital cine-style cameras, supporting rigs weighing up to 17.6 pounds. This fluid head is suitable for larger DSLR and mirrorless MFT cameras, as well as pro-style cameras such as the Blackmagic URSA Mini/Pro, Canon C200/C300 Mk II, Sony FS series, and the Panasonic EVA1. The Ace XL fluid head features eight steps of counterbalance and three steps of pan and tilt drag adjustment, plus a zero drag option for pan and tilt.
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Sachtler Ace XL Overview

The Sachtler Ace XL Fluid Head (75mm Bowl) is designed for digital cine-style cameras, supporting rigs weighing up to 17.6 pounds. This fluid head is suitable for larger DSLR and mirrorless MFT cameras, as well as pro-style cameras such as the Blackmagic URSA Mini/Pro, Canon C200/C300 Mk II, Sony FS series, and the Panasonic EVA1. The Ace XL fluid head features eight steps of counterbalance and three steps of pan and tilt drag adjustment, plus a zero drag option for pan and tilt.

Mount your camera using the Ace XL Fluid Head's slide-in balancing plate with 1/4-20" screw and locating pin. With a sliding range of 4.1" this head can adapt to variously configured rigs. Additional features include a detachable, right-side pan bar and an illuminated bubble level. With an integrated flat head base, the Ace XL can be configured for shooting with a slider.

Compatible Cameras

Including but Not Limited To:
Blackmagic URSA Mini/Mini Pro
Canon C200/C300 Mk II
Sony FS series
Panasonic EVA1

Ace XL Fluid Head Features

Fluid head with 17-pound capacity suited for larger DSLR and mirrorless MFT cameras, and for pro-style digital cine cameras
Eight steps of counterbalance; three steps of pan and drag plus zero settings for disengaging the pan and tilt tension
75mm ball-based head has an integrated flat bottom useful for mounting to sliders, etc.
Additional features include a four-inch sliding plate range, 1/4"-20 camera screw, right-side pan bar and illuminated bubble level

Sachtler Ace XL Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate FeaturesSliding Balance Plate
Balance Plate Sliding Range4.1" / 10.4 cm
Tripod Platform
Base Mount75 mm Half Ball
Pan & Tilt
Drag Control3-Step Plus 0
Vertical Tilt+90° to -75°
Physical
Load Capacity4.4 to 17.6 lb / 2 to 8 kg
Counter BalanceIncremental 8-Step
Bubble Level1 x Illuminated
Operating Temperature-22 to 140°F / -30 to 60°C
Weight3.7 lb / 1.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)18.1 x 10 x 8"

Sachtler Ace XL Reviews

Not Enough Tension

By Steve
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-26

As someone else stated, the drag isn't quite there. It feels too loose. Even set at the highest tension there is not enough drag for the smooth shots Im looking for.

Light weight and works well

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-15

This head works well with the Sony 600mm f/4 lens on an A1 body. In fact it fit better than the FSB8 M2 head. On the FSB8, the counter weight setting for the Sony combination is right between the 5 and 6, and neither are exactly right. And the Ace XL is about 1Kg lighter than the FSB8.

Great product

By Biao
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-14

The best solution with a low budget

Excellent Fluid Head

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-23

Perfect companion to the Sachtler Flowtech 75 sticks. Great fluid head especially for the price.

Great fluid head for nature photographers

By Joe
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-19

I'm a nature photographer that shoots exclusively stills (no video). I'm presently using a Sony Alpha 1 camera body and, mostly, a Sony 600mm f4 GM lens. I have tried a number of tripod heads and I know most nature photographers use a gimbal head when using long telephoto lenses. I had been using a Sachtler FSB8 fluid head with a Gitzo tripod and found it superior to any gimbal head I have tried, and I've tried many. I decided to try this Sachtler Ace XL Fluid Head because it's about 2 pounds lighter than my FSB8 head. I like it almost as well as the FSB8 head. For my setup, the drag setting selections are to my liking. Even though I own the more expensive head, I find myself exclusively using this head in the field because of its lighter weight. Since all my lenses use the arca swiss clamping system, its too bad Sachtler doesn't offer an arca swiss top clamp rather than having to add on an arca swiss clamp to their clamp. (I removed the thumb screw that locks their slideable clamp mount and replaced it with a metric hex bolt of appropriate length so as not to mistakenly turn it when reaching for a different knob. The sliding adjustment range is sufficient with the arca swiss clamping system.) The only thing I don't like as well as the more expensive FSB8 head, is the bubble level is harder to see without turning on its light. Being similarly priced to a top quality gimbal head, I fail to see why more nature photographers shooting stills don't use this fluid head with a 75mm bowl to permit smooth bird-in-flight tracking and quick leveling during setup.

Sturdy and Ergonomic

By Alex
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

This is a great fluid head at a reasonable price. I've used Sachtler heads for a few years now and they are definitely an improvement from your standard Manfrotto heads. I highly recommend the ACE XL because it can carry a decent payload in a compact, ergonomic, and rugged form factor. I use it with the Manfrotto 535 legs and an FX6, Ninja V, and wireless transmitter on top most of the time and this handles it like a champ.

Impressive

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

Very impressed with this fluid head. My previous fluidhead was not the smoothest but the Sachtler Ace XL is very smooth with numbered resistance settings for both panning and tilting. It also has a tension setting that helps prevent your equipment from falling forward or backward when attaching them. One thing to check before purchasing. Will it fit your tripod? I have a Gitzo Tripod with a 75mm plate. This fluid head needs a 75mm bowl head adaptor. This is a drop in for Sachtler tripods.

Upgrade from Manfrotto 504HD...Do it!

By Aubrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-03

I've been using the Manfrotto 504HD for about 10 years or so, and it felt like it was not as responsive in terms of panning, but especially tilting. I did a lot of research and Sachtler Ace XL was the one that most of the videographers recommended at this price point. I put it on Manfrotto Carbon sticks, and man, what a difference in every aspect! Tilting and panning are silky smooth, but most of all, the WEIGHT!!! The 504HD I never realized how HEAVY it was until I started using this Sachtler. Of course, my additional Carbon sticks are super lightweight, which made it even nicer! I would highly recommend this fluid head if you want to 'upgrade' from Manfrotto fluid heads within this price range. You will not be disappointed.

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