Sachtler expands portfolio with new fluid head
Sachtler, part of Vitec Videcom, a Vitec Group company, will expand the Ace product line with the new 75mm Ace L fluid head at IBC2012. The new fluid head will be available with a choice of two different carbon-fiber tripods. In comparison to the popular Ace M, Ace L has an extended payload range of 0 to 13 pounds (0 to 6 kilograms). This makes the new fluid head versatile: whether filming with a lightweight video-enabled DSLR camera, a heavier rig with camera accessories or an HDV camcorder. Seven steps make counterbalancing comfortable and quick. The Ace L also features the patented SA dragTM (Synchronised Actuated Drag) damping with three vertical and three horizontal grades of drag (+0), which provides an authentic broadcast feel and familiar dependability for precise panning and tilting. Popular Sachtler features, such as the illuminated bubble level, round out the new Ace L fluid head.
“Due to the great demand for the Ace M, we decided to develop the Ace product line further. The new Ace L offers a choice of carbon-fiber tripods, an extended payload range for work with multiple camera accessories, plus typical Sachtler extras such as the illuminated bubble level – all at the same price/performance ratio which quickly made the Ace M the most popular tripod system in its class,” says Barbara Jaumann, Product Manager at Sachtler.
Sachtler now offers light weight tripod systems for the professional market. The two new Ace L carbon-fiber systems offer a 4.4 pound weight savings over other systems. With the mid-level spreader, the Ace L system weighs a mere 8.6 pounds (3.9 kilograms). In addition to their low weight, carbon fiber tripods win over users with their low torsion.
The TT 75/2 CF telescopic tripod is available with the Ace L system. The three segments per tripod leg can be quickly adjusted in length and secured with a fast action clamp. Three different positions are available for leg angle adjustment. Furthermore, the tripod equipped with the Ace L head provides an extremely broad height range of 17 to 73 inches (43 to 186 centimeters). In addition, Ace L is available with the Ace 75/2 CF mid-level spreader tripod that also comes with Sachtler rubber feet.
The 7-step counterbalance and the long 4.1 inch (104mm) sliding range of the Ace camera plate allows for quick counterbalancing of a camera set-up weighing anywhere from zero to over 13 pounds (six kilograms). In addition, Ace L features clearly marked counterbalance settings to aid repeatable moves. The new fluid head has a tilt range of +90° to -75°. In addition, every Ace L tripod system comes with a bag, which features practical grips as well as a carrying strap. A tripod carrying strap for the Ace L MS CF tripod system is optionally available.
The Ace tripod systems offer optimum camera support for the growing market of video and DSLR filmmakers whose work includes everything from low-budget documentaries and EB to industry films, wedding, event, and training videos as well as webinars. Lightweight, compact, durable, dependable, and like all Sachtler products, they are ergonomically designed and feature intuitive operation. Depending on the requirements, camera operators can choose between the Ace M starter model with mid-level or ground spreader or the new Ace L in one of two configurations – all at an optimal price/performance ratio.