Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand and a global industry leader in camera support systems, today introduced the Ace XL 75 mm fluid head. An upgrade of Sachtler's popular Ace L, the Ace XL offers an increase of 2 kilograms of maximum payload capacity over the previous model -- making it ideal for use with the latest cine-style cameras such as Blackmagic Design's URSA Mini Pro.
"When we introduced the Ace L almost five years ago, it quickly became the most popular tripod system in its class, thanks to powerful features such as a choice of lightweight carbon-fiber tripods, an extended payload range for work with multiple camera accessories, and typical Sachtler extras such as the illuminated level bubble," said Tobias Keuthen, Director of Global Product Marketing Management, Sachtler. "The new Ace XL takes everything that's great about the Ace L and makes it even better, all without passing on a price increase to customers."
In comparison to the Ace L, the Ace XL has a maximum payload of 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) which gives the new fluid head the versatility to support a broader range of configurations. Eight counter-balance steps make balancing the camera comfortable and quick, and the Ace XL's patented SA drag¢ (Synchronised Actuated Drag) provides an authentic broadcast feel and familiar dependability for precise panning and tilting. The long 104 mm (4.1 inches) sliding range of the Ace camera plate allows for quick camera setup, and clearly marked counterbalance settings aid in setting repeatable moves and provide a tilt range of +90 to -75 degrees.
The Ace XL fluid head is available in a choice of three different configurations using Sachtler's carbon-fiber tripods, among the lightest-weight tripod systems in the professional market. Customers can choose the Ace XL mounted on the ACE 75/2 CF with either a midlevel spreader or a ground spreader, or paired with the TT 75/2 telescopic tripod. In the ACE 75/2 CF configuration with the midlevel spreader, the Ace XL system weighs a mere 3.9 kilograms (8.6 pounds). The configurations using the ACE 75/2 CF with the ground spreader or the TT 75/2 weigh in at only 4.1 kilograms (9 pounds).
The 75/2 CF tripod with ground spreader provides a height range of 56 to 173 centimeters (22.1 to 68 inches) and the 75/2 CF offers a height range of 79 to 170 centimeters (31 to 67 inches) with midlevel spreaders. With three segments per leg, the TT/2 CF telescopic tripod can be set up quickly and easily in a variety of angles. Equipped with the Ace XL head, the tripod provides an extremely broad height range of 43 to 186 centimeters (16.9 to 73.2 inches). All three Ace XL tripod systems come with a padded bag featuring practical grips and a carrying strap.
The Ace XL will be available June 26 for all three tripod systems. More information is available at www.sachtler.com.