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Old May 31st, 2015, 04:15 AM   #1
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Tripod for use with Panasonic GH4

I'm ruining a lot of dynamic shots because of this cheap (but very portable) Benro tripod I'm currently using for shooting with my GH4 around town when I'm riding my bicycle. (living in Amsterdam)

So I'm looking to buy something that is relatively light and portable and will get me some nice fluid pan or tilt shots. Preferably under $1000 or is that too much to ask? I borrowed a Sachtler ACE (simplest one, I believe) from a friend but both legs fell off... the head felt good, though, for the 30 seconds I used it...

Maybe the head with different legs? Something similar? Or was my friend's copy of the ACE a dud and do others have better experience with this system?
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Old May 31st, 2015, 04:30 AM   #2
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Sachtler ACE (simplest one, I believe) from a friend but both legs fell off... the head felt good, though, for the 30 seconds I used it...
Seriously? In it's price range the Sachtler ace is one of the better tripods but I have to say I don't use it while riding a bike :)
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Old May 31st, 2015, 07:01 AM   #3
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Seriously? In it's price range the Sachtler ace is one of the better tripods but I have to say I don't use it while riding a bike :)
Yeah, the legs were awful- and not just for riding. You pay 600 and no wheels included..?!

Do you own an ACE?
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Old May 31st, 2015, 08:19 AM   #4
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I own this tripod. Head is awesome for the price. Legs are terrible. I've glued mine to fix them but looking for leg replacement.
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Old May 31st, 2015, 08:31 AM   #5
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I own this tripod. Head is awesome for the price. Legs are terrible. I've glued mine to fix them but looking for leg replacement.
Yes, I've read some bad stuff about the legs but you never know if it's just a few people having bad luck. Apparently not. Can't believe Sachtler produces them.

Can you by the head separate? Any advice on alternative sticks?
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Old May 31st, 2015, 11:11 AM   #6
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Do you own an ACE?
Yes, I really like the tripod head and don't have issues with the legs, they work fine for me.
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Old May 31st, 2015, 05:09 PM   #7
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I've been using the Sachtler FSB-6 and FSB-4 with Gitzo legs. It's a good combination, in fact it's the one piece of video gear I have not had any urge to change. I don't remember how the Ace head attaches to the tripod, but if it's like the FSB-series, I recommend looking at the Gitzo legs. I have two sets of the carbon-fiber type. What you want is the type that can be adapted to either accept a flat-top insert for stills head attachment, and also accept a video leveling ball type head.

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Edit: Just confirmed the Ace is mounted via 75mm bowl. The Gitzo version you want is the Systematic one. Then get the bowl adapter for the fluid head.
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Old May 31st, 2015, 06:31 PM   #8
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I'll be following this thread closely. I too have a GH4 & am currently using it with a Sachtler DV10SB head on Gitzo legs. Absolutely bomber setup. The problem for me though, is that when i only have the camera with a light lens mounted to it, the head is way too much. Great with my 150-600mm mounted to it, but i'd love to find a head that will handle the (roughly) 1 pound weight of the camera with a light lens mounted, up to the 5 odd pounds with my heaviest telephoto lens mounted, as well as having the option to add more weight if i end up adding other kit.
I like the specs of the Sachtler Ace L head, Just a little weary of something that cheap. Can it really feel like a higher end Sachtler? If anyone here has used a Sachtler Ace L & any of the FSB or DV heads, i would love to hear your opinion of the Ace head in comparison.
I also have a Miller DS10 with carbon fiber solo legs. A great setup, but still too much counter balance for the camera with a light lens.
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Old May 31st, 2015, 07:19 PM   #9
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I haven't used the Ace, but just from playing with them in the stores, the movement/action of the head (no camera on it) felt like the FSB-4. The load capacity of the Ace L is 13.2 Lbs, which is identical to the load capacity of the FSB-6, and the Ace M matches up with the FSB-4 at 8.8 Lbs. max. So maybe the guts are the same. For use with the FDR-AX100 (2 Lbs), the FSB-4 is great. The GH4 being about 20 oz. bare bones, should work with the Ace M (0.0 - 8.8 Lbs), and you get the leeway to use heavy lenses. The FDR-AX100 took a little too much effort with the FSB-6, felt like I might tilt the whole tripod when trying to tilt the camera down at a sharp angle.

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Old May 31st, 2015, 08:23 PM   #10
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Thanks Mark,
Very useful information. I may have to look more seriously at the Ace L by the sound of it. As far as i know, the Ace L also starts at 0lb load rating with a "0" counter balance setting. (something that the DV10 is supposed to have according to the specs, but doesn't). The extra weight rating of the "L" would allow me to use a lightweight travel jib too.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 10:41 AM   #11
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This is not totally off-topic here...

I have the Sony X70 which is about 3 pounds - I occasionally add another couple of pounds of stuff.

I have the Sachtler Ace M and it's by far the best tripod I've ever used. But, I still have some stability issues and sometimes get some kickback on pans, etc. I often do closeup shots of artwork where the small irregularities really show up. I'm a serious amateur in my early sixties, so do not need something that will last me 20 years necessarily :-)

My budget has now changed and I can afford to put $1K to $2K into a better tripod. I've always read that the Sachtler Ace M head is very good, and that it's the sticks that cause some of these issues. I don't use mine heavily enough to have yet seen any durability issues with the legs as mentioned here.

In this thread Mark Watson recommended getting an approx. $1K set of Gitzo legs and a 75mm ball adapter and using the Sachtler Ace M head.

So, I'm looking at several options...

Sachtler's FSB-6 System for about $2K

sachtler 0475 fsb-6 | B&H Photo Video

Or the Ace L for about $1300

Sachtler System Ace L TT 75/2 CF Carbon Fiber Tripod 1013 B&H


Or just keeping my Ace head and adding the recommended Gitzo sticks with ball adapter for about $1100?:

Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) GT3542LS

Gitzo SYSTEMATIC 75mm Bowl Head Adapter for Series 2, GS3321V75


Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Is the $2K solution really a lot better than the other options? With this budget, what others I should be considering?
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Old June 19th, 2015, 10:36 AM   #12
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I've only used Sachtler all my life and was very happy. However, after trying out the ACE at NAB this year, I was not impressed. FSB-6 and 8 felt good. I went over to the Really Right Stuff booth. I never heard of them. I tried out their FH-350 head on their sticks and was totally blown away. In my opinion, this is the setup for every pro videographer with a smallish camera! These are engineered and made in America. When I need another tripod, Really Right Stuff is what I'll get. There are no plastic parts here!

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Old June 20th, 2015, 03:07 AM   #13
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When I need another tripod, Really Right Stuff is what I'll get.
If only we could get it for the Really Right Price...
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Old June 20th, 2015, 08:59 AM   #14
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Thanks for the info, but I'm going to limit myself to things from B&H so that I can easily return them if I choose to.

I'm now also considering keeping my Ace M head but getting Miller Solo DV carbon fiber legs like the $750 2-stage.

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Old June 21st, 2015, 01:04 AM   #15
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Hi David................

Pushed for time, so only one thing to say - Don't! Yet.

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