SA Drag for Perfect Performance: The Ace head is developed with a patented drag, SA (synchronized actuated) drag, which guarantees accuracy and repeatability. With three vertical and three horizontal grades of drag, SA drag enables fine adjustments for precise panning and tilting
Lightweight Material: Weighing just 3.7 lb on its own, the Ace head is composed of a glass fiber-reinforced composite material, which keeps the head especially light and offers a comfortable, non-slip surface feel
Familiar Sachtler Features: The Ace camera plate's parking position for spare camera screws and the long 4.1" sliding range. The plate comes with a 1/4"-20 screw and a video pin
Broadcast Feel for Smaller Cameras: With its payload range of 0-8.8 lb, Ace is ideal for smaller HD & HDV camcorders as well as HDSLR cameras. The five-step counterbalance makes it easy to achieve proper balance quickly
The Sachtler 1002 System Ace M GS Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & On-Ground Spreader is a full tripod system for videographers who use HDSLR cameras and smaller camcorders. Whether you're doing documentaries, ENG, weddings, corporate videos, or any other type of projects with a smaller camera, the Ace system matches your needs, enabling broadcast-style performance with lightweight components. With its light weight, compact size and floor spreader, this system is perfect for projects that involve multiple setup changes on level surfaces.With a payload up to 8.8 lb, the Ace fluid head features five steps of counterbalance as well as a plate that features a 4.1" range of adjustment, so you can balance your small camera to a very precise degree. Designed by Sachtler engineers for the Ace head, the SA drag system enables smooth, precise panning and tilting via the head's pan bar, with three grades of drag in both the horizontal and vertical dimensions, plus the option of zero drag. The head's tilt range is +90deg. to -75deg. .The tripod mounts the head via its 75mm bowl. With the Ace head attached, the two-stage aluminum model reaches a maximum height of 68.1" for a comfortable working height for almost all users. Also included is an on-ground spreader, model SP 75, which adds to the stability of the system when you're operating on a level surface. The spreader features telescopic arms to accommodate different tripod heights.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I first bought this tripod, I was thrilled. The fluid head is very good, despite its plasticky feel compared to other pro tripods. My only complaint was about the tightening screws on the legs: snapping lever mechanisms are much better. Anyways, after a few months of VERY light use (once or twice a week), one of the legs is kind of falling appart. The tightening screw and the plastic part where it goes came off. I superglued it back on, but now I really have to be extra careful setting it up. I hate that.
This is a great entry level tripod. It has many of the features of the more expensive Sachtler tripods but for a lower price. It's perfect for DSLR's and smallish prosumer cameras. Very smooth fluid head and easy to use ball leveling system. It's light weight which is good but it's also almost totally plastic. I've already started to see some wear on the ball but nothing to bad.
I would recommend this to any video professional that needs a solid tripod but doesn't have $5,000 to spend.
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