Sachtler Ace L Fluid Head with Carbon Fiber Tripod / Freddie Wong Edition / Ace M

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The plain jane version of the L, $1,035 last time I looked at B&H and Amazon

The Freddie Wong Edition, and for the life of me I can't figure out the difference other than the lime green accents and different feet, $783 last time I looked at B&H

The Freddie Wong Edition, and for the life of me I can't figure out the difference other than the lime green accents and different feet, $783 last time I looked at B&H

If you want the precision of a Sachtler with its click detents (I do!) and need a fluid head payload limit up to 13.2 lbs, these two - especially the limited edition Freddie Wong version (I'm not a lime green kind of guy, but hey, other than that and the feet I don't see $300 bucks' difference) are the lowest priced units Sachtler makes. They don't have the touch & go QR plate that I like, but hey -- a person has to make compromises! I love Sachtlers.

If you can live with an 8.8 lb limit, the lowest price Sachtler out there is the Ace M, $621 last time I looked at B&H and Amazon (looks like the Freddie Wong got its feet from the M).  That's light for my needs, but yours may vary.

Sachtler Ace M, $621 last time I looked at B&H and Amazon

Sachtler Ace M, $621 last time I looked at B&H and Amazon