Sachtler 1001 Ace M MS System with Ace M Fluid Head, Tripod, Mid-Level Spreader, Bag, Camera Mounting Plate, Pan Bar


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About Sachtler 1001

The Sachtler 1001 System Ace M MS Head 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 mid-level spreader, this system is perfect for projects that involve multiple setup changes on unpredictable 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 66.5" for a comfortable working height for almost all users. Also included is a mid-level which adds to the stability of the system on any surface, indoors or out.

The Sachtler 1001 is commonly used for Weddings and more.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Best Uses:
Weddings (4)

Sachtler 1001 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 1001 Specifications

Load Capacity
8.8 lb (4 kg)
Maximum Height
66.5" (169 cm)
Minimum Height
30.7" (78 cm)
Folded Length
33.5" (85 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated
Head: Counter Balance System
Head: 5-step
Head: Quick Release/Wedge Plate
Head: Yes
Head: Balance Plate
Head: 4.1" (10.4 cm) range of adjustment
Head: Tilt Drag
Head: 3 grades each in horizontal and vertical, plus zero
Head: Tilt Range
Head: +90deg. / -75deg.
Head: Spring Loaded Counter Bal
Head: 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
Legs: Center Brace
Mid-level spreader
Operating Temperature
-22 to 140deg. F (-30 to 60deg. C)
9.7 lb (4.4 kg)

Sachtler 1001 Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


Not bad


from Huntsville, AL  -  Pro Photographer

I would rate this similar to Manfrotto at the same price point. It is a little light weight and I think Manfrotto is probably a more durable design in general at this price level. I have heard Sachtler is top end and I wanted to try to see the difference between Manfrotto and at this level there is not much. It works as expected it just feels cheaper and more light weight than my other gear at this same cost point. I bought it for "run and gun" to use with DSLR for video and still photography.


Great item


from Rockville, MD  -  Semi-pro Photographer

One of the minor pieces (plastic) was broken. I called Adorama and they contacted the manufacturer. It was replaced within a week.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent for XA10


from Kansas City, MO.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I searched to find a tripod that would yield professional results with my Canon XA10. Tripods traditionally handle heavier camera set-ups and fail to properly counterbalance smaller cameras. A mismatch creates awkward panning and tilts. The Ace M is specifically designed for set-ups up to 8lbs. Pans, tilts, combo moves are smooth as glass without rollback at the end of the move. That's what a pro fluid head tripod is all about. I also had an issue with the first unit shipped to me. Sachtler's customer service was outstanding and lightning quick. Not only is it a great tripod for the money, but it's built by a company that takes tremendous pride in their products. Thanks, Sachtler.


You Won't Be Disapointed!


from Seattle, Wa  -  Pro Photographer

This is a great little product. Just a smaller verion of what Commercial, Documentary and Sports professionals use. I cannot believe you can buy this kind of technology for this price. I tried a cheaper tripod advertising the same features and the thing was broken in shipping. Tilt and pan drag adjustments are better than I expected. It is a comfort to know the thing will not colapse while resetting lights demonstrating action for talent.

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