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.
Reviewed by 2 customers
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?
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.