Sachtler 1002 Ace M GS System with Ace M Fluid Head, Tripod, On-Ground Spreader SP 75, Bag, Camera Mounting Plate, Pan Bar


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About Sachtler 1002

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.

Sachtler 1002 Features

  • 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

Sachtler 1002 Specifications

Load Capacity
8.8 lb (4 kg)
Maximum Height
68.1" (173 cm)
Minimum Height
22.4" (57 cm)
Folded Length
34.3" (87 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated
Head: Counter Balance System
Head: Quick Release/Wedge Plate
Head: Balance Plate
4.1" (10.4 cm) range of adjustment
Head: Tilt Drag
3 grades each in horizontal and vertical, plus zero
Head: Tilt Range
+90deg. / -75deg.
Head: Spring Loaded Counter Bal
In 5 steps
Legs: Material
Legs: Head Attachment Fitting
75mm bowl
Legs: Leg Stages/Sections
Legs: Leg Lock Type
Thumb screws
Legs: Independent Leg Spread
Yes, without spreader attached
Legs: Spiked/Retractable Feet
Center Brace
Operating Temperature
-22 to 140deg. F (-30 to 60deg. C)
10.1 lb (4.6 kg)

Sachtler 1002 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers


Great Value


from Minneapolis  -  Pro Photographer

I use this tripod for event videography and am really happy with the smoothness of the head and generally with the bulk and build of the tripod. Sure, there aren't as many metal parts as you might want to expect from a solid set of sticks, but that's where the outrageously reasonable price comes in, right?


the Ace M is amazing.


from los angeles, CA.  -  Pro Photographer

I love the Ace M for its durability, versatility, user friendliness and price point. The Ace L which came out this year is even better, featuring a higher payload, the button that lights the balance bubble, and the ACE L - TT has the telescopic legs which I love. I now own both.

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