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With a payload range of 0 to 4 kilograms (0 to 8.8 lbs), a 5-step counterbalance and the new patented SA drag™, the new Ace tripod system enables a genuine Sachtler broadcast feel for smaller HDV camcorders and DSLR cameras at an astonishing price. Please click image for larger view.
Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, introduced its new Ace tripod system for the first time in the U.S. Aimed at the growing market of videographers and DSLR filmmakers, Ace offers a payload of up to 8.8 pounds (4 kilograms), ideal for smaller HDV camcorders and DSLR cameras. This is Sachtler's first product that offers Sachtler's professional features to those who shoot low-budget documentaries, ENG, industrials, wedding/event videography and webners.

Ace is constructed of a special composite material that makes it very lightweight. A glass fiber reinforced composite material makes the new 75mm fluid head especially light and offers a comfortable and non-slip surface feel.

In addition to Sachtler's signature ergonomic design and intuitive feel, Ace features the new, patented SA-drag (Synchronised Actuated drag), which features three vertical and three horizontal grades of drag (+0), guaranteeing accuracy and repeatability. For the first time, users in these market segments have access to the 'Sachtler feel' offered by the larger Sachtler heads.

The new tripod also offers perfect counterbalance from 0 to 8.8 lbs (0 to 4 kilograms), making professional work possible with DSLR and smaller HDV cameras. Its 5-step counterbalance makes fast counterbalancing of the camera set-up very simple.

For Sachtler, attention to the ergonomic aspect of the head's design was the highest priority. The new fluid head has a tilt range of +90° to -75° Sachtler's 50+ years of experience developing camera support underlines the Ace's dependability and easy operation. Other features include Sachtler's practical parking position for spare camera screws and the long 104mm sliding range of the camera plate.

In addition to Ace, Sachtler showcased the Video 18 S1 and Video 20 S1 ENG/EFP fluid heads as well as the artemis Cine HD Pro modular camera stabilizer system with HiCap cabling and Hot Swap technology to provide an uninterrupted power supply when changing batteries. Also at NAB 2012, in the Vitec Live Area, director/DP David Linstrom spoke about his documentary work, travelling the world with National Geographic and camera operator Daniel Schade presented the artemis camera stabilizer system.

Founded in 1958 by German camera operator Wendelin Sachtler, Sachtler is one of the worldwide market leaders for professional camera support in the film and TV industry with a complete selection of camera support systems and reporter lights. Since 2000, Sachtler has included the modular-constructed artemis camera stabilizer system in its product range.


Above left to right, Ace sports a 5-step counterbalance (+0) that makes fast counterbalancing of the camera set-up very simple. 2. A special feature of the Ace fluid head is its parking position for spare camera screws (1/4" and 3/8"). 3. With 3 vertical and 3 horizontal grades of drag (+0), the new patented SA drag™ enables fine adjustment for precise panning and tilting. 4. Far right, The long 104 mm sliding range of the camera plate is one of the well known Sachtler features. In addition there is a helpful scale on the camera platform of the Ace fluid head. Click images for larger view.
Sachtler Ace
Sachtler Ace
Sachtler Ace
Sachtler Ace
Above from left to right: Videographers can now rely on Sachtler Ace when shooting low-budget documentaries, industrials, wedding / event, training videos and webinars regardless of what HDV camcorder they use. 2: Sachtler Ace has a modern, ergonomic design. The design enables camera operators to work extremely intuitively and professionally. 3: The new Sachtler Ace fluid head has a tilt range of +90° to -75° and offers a genuine broadcast feel for shooting with smaller HDV camcorders. 4: The new tripod system is lightweight and compact designed and makes it the perfect companion for work on the go. Click images for larger view.











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