April 22, 2015
NAB 2015

Meet Sachtler's Affordable Ace Tripods, Baseplate, Follow Focus, & Matte Box

Sachtler is well known for the quality of their tripods, but not so much for their affordability. That changed that a few years ago when they released the Ace tripod, which at roughly $500, made for a quality budget option for shooters with smaller camera systems. Since then, Sachtler has has pushed the Ace line of products to include more tripods, a baseplate, a follow focus, and a matte box. Micah Van Hove caught up with Danna Kinsky of Sachtler at NAB last week to learn more:

All of the products Danna talks about in the video are currently available for purchase at B&H. The Ace M tripod will set you back $612. The Ace follow focus will set you back $662. And a full kit of Ace accessories (including the base plate, follow focus, and matte box) comes in at $1350. 


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All of that for essentially 1350?! Worth it!

April 22, 2015 at 3:17PM

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Charles Von
Photographer/D.P/Director
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This was really, really painful to watch.

April 22, 2015 at 4:01PM

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treykaiza@gmail.com
Cat Herder
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You can buy excellent (and less hideously looking) alternatives with the same features for $900 less.

But then I guess it won't say Sachtler on it...

April 22, 2015 at 5:43PM, Edited April 22, 5:45PM

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Precisely. Unless the equipment provides a function that helps it exceed limitations of other high quality gear, it usually isn't worth it beyond a logo. Most of the time you can find equal quality products much cheaper OR simply find the actual manufacturer from overseas.

April 22, 2015 at 5:46PM

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If $1350 is "affordable" to you for this, we live in totally different worlds. I'm pushing just to get my sets looking good and my actors paid and fed. $1350 might be able to make a feature for me.

April 22, 2015 at 6:01PM, Edited April 22, 6:01PM

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Jacob Floyd
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Yeah you can build a better rig from used parts and sourced bits from Hong Kong.

I built the following rig (from used parts found on ebay) w/ follow focus for under $300 doing just that.

https://igcdn-photos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t51.2885-15/110787...

April 22, 2015 at 6:12PM

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Affordable is a relative term. You must understand that affordable in this context means a great value for the pro market, which Sachtler is much more aimed at. They command a higher price from this area because they have good customer service, and they are a trusted brand. The indie crowd generally has to search a bit harder and can't necessarily go with name brands. Likewise, something that is "affordable" in the film world would be astronomical to the pro freelance crowd.

April 22, 2015 at 9:34PM

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Joshua Bowen
Editor
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Do you mind telling me the gear you used for that rig?

April 22, 2015 at 10:42PM

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Jag35 DV Runner (found on ebay for $40), Jag35 Friction Follow Focus (found on ebay for $75), the rest was sourced from Hong Kong via ebay:

- Quick release plate
- Cheese plate
- Rod clamps
- Rods
- Hot shoe mount rod clamp
- Cold shoe rod clamp

April 23, 2015 at 3:16AM

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Fair enough. You get what you pay for.

April 23, 2015 at 4:32AM

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Jacob Floyd
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I'm more interested in there ball handle. What is the name of it and how much does it cost? Also does it work with any ball head or ACE tripods only?

April 23, 2015 at 11:11AM

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Joseph Bennetts
Owner of BlackWind productions/Editor/DP/Diretor
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It`s called SpeedLevel Clamp - but as far as I know it´s just for 100mm heads http://www.sachtler.com/fast-faster-sachtler-have-a-look-at-the-brand-ne...

April 24, 2015 at 2:14AM

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Thomas Pohl
Head of Production
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To all the people commenting that you can build a cheaper set up. Yes you can build a setup for cheaper but you would be hard pressed to find a better fluid head for under a grand than what Sachtler offers. In terms of quality nothing comes close in that price range period. Anyone who has used a cheap head and then used a quality system will feel the difference immediately. The only drawback I see is that the when I last used the Ace the sticks were kinda flimsy. I wonder about the quality of the other components weather they match the fluid head or the legs.

Also a tripod system is not something you should be trying to save money on.

April 24, 2015 at 8:03AM

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Jonathan Fantucchio
Architectural Digital Visualist & Dreamer
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You are right, it's not affordable, its cheap!

November 24, 2017 at 4:40PM

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