Sachtler Ace XL Fluid Head (75mm Bowl)

Sachtler Ace XL Fluid Head (75mm Bowl)

Sachtler Ace XL Fluid Head (75mm Bowl)

B&H # SAS21500004 MFR # S2150-0004
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Product Highlights

  • 17.6 lb Capacity Fluid Drag Head
  • 4.1" Sliding Plate Range
  • 8-Step Counterbalance
  • 3-Step + 0 Pan/Tilt Drag
  • 75mm Bowl Diameter
  • +90° to -75° Tilt Range
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Sachtler Ace XL overview

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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
In the Box
Sachtler Ace XL Fluid Head (75mm Bowl)
  • Sideload Plate S/Ace Tripod QR Plate
  • Pan Bar for Ace Tripods
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 2-Year after Registration
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    Sachtler Ace XL specs

    Payload Capacity 4.4 to 17.6 lb (2 to 8 kg)
    Counterbalance 8 steps
    Pan / Tilt Drag 3 steps + zero
    Sliding Balance Plate Travel 4.1" (10.4 cm)
    Tilt Range +90° / -75°
    Head Attachment Fitting 75 mm bowl (integrated flat base)
    Leveling Bubble Illuminated
    Operating Temperature -22 to 140°F (-30 to 60°C)
    Weight 3.7 lb (1.7 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.1 x 10.0 x 8.0"

    Sachtler Ace XL reviews

    Ace XL Fluid Head (75mm Bowl) is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Will it work with your legs? This head is of high quality, very smooth, top notch finish. I easily balanced my PXW-FS5 on it. I have one MAJOR complaint! In designing this head, Sachtler really short changed the end user. Beware that it may not attach to your legs. I've been in this business for over 30 years. I have several worn out heads and several perfectly good sets of legs. I bought the ACE XL to replace a worn Vinten Vision 3 head. I thought I could easily attach the Sachtler ACE XL to my carbon fiber 75mm Vinten legs. But wait, it was impossible! The stud on this head is about a half in shorter than the Vinten stud AND my old Sachtler 18P stud. Not only is the stud short but the tie-down grip has recessed threads by about a half inch. On top of that inconvenience it has a slightly different thread cut than the Vinten and Manfrotto tie-downs. Out of the box this head was truly impossible to use with my perfectly fine CF Vinten legs. I was moments away from returning it. As a last resort I cannibalized the tie-down from my old 18P. It is now firmly attached yet I can't completely close the legs without first dropping the legs down about an inch since the 18P tie-down is not as slim as the other tie-downs mentioned above. Only 2 stars, great build, and action, affordable. Poorly designed mounting for the end use.
    Date published: 2017-07-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice and light, but not sure will hold up. I expected more of a quality product, way to much plastic for me . . . Not sure it will hold up to regular use. The pans and tilts where nice, but NO better than my older Benro S8 Pro Video Head. The Benro granted is about 2 pounds heavier, but less than half the price as of this writing. They both have the same weight capacity. I tested them each with the same set up, virtually No difference in the quality of moves. If your need a medium capacity head, and are not worried about a couple of extra pounds to your gear, get the Benro.
    Date published: 2017-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best value for a professional 75mm video head The other reviews on this head are unfair and not accurate, in my opinion. We've used an ACE L fluid head for almost 2 years and are very pleased with its operation, counterbalance and smooth panning/tilting. The composite material has held up perfectly well. We looked at competitive heads and bought the latest ACE XL instead - a vote of confidence. The buyer should be aware that with the extended payload range of the XL versus the L that there is no longer a 0 setting for counterbalance, and the unit is rated for 2-8kg versus the L which was rated for 0-6kg. The lowest counterbalance setting of 1 on the XL is similar to the setting 2 on the L. This is less of an issue than it might sound like since the 0 counterbalance setting on the L seems more useful for setup than operation, and neither head is ideal for tilting a truly light camera setup (naked mirrorless with prime lens). I was tempted by the lure of continuous counterbalance adjustment, but found that the repeatable workflow offered by a decent number of discrete settings is superior in the real world. My experience with the less expensive competitor mentioned by another reviewer were very negative, leaving me to wonder if the discrepancy is due to significant variability in quality by that manufacturer or simply lack of discernment by the review. Ultimately the real value in the Sachtler Ace heads is the combination of impeccable results which they are able to provide and the great price point.
    Date published: 2017-10-02
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