There's been a few announcements of Sachtler's latest Ace fluid head + tripod, and it's finally available for pre-order. What's all the buzz about? Well Sachtler tripod systems normally run several thousands of dollars. In fact, just a pan bar alone for a Sachtler Fluid head could run you well over $300 dollars. So it's surprising that this new Sachtler Ace Tripod system is as affordable as Manfrotto gear. With all of the incredible shrinking video cameras, my guess is Sachtler will stay in this space and produce more affordable systems going forward. There's just too much they're missing out on by staying overly high end.
So what could hold back product sales? Well for one, Manfrotto's pretty much cornered the market in Quick Release adapters. Choosing a Sachtler over a Manfrotto 501HDV tripod system like these (click here) means you'll lose the ability to move from one rig to the next with ease. Oh and hopefully the bad rap that Litepanels is having won't affect the sales of this product, because Sachtler is also a Vitec ground brand. There's already several comments about banning Vitec products since that Litepanels announcement.
Sachtler ACE Fluid Head Tripod System
LitePanels 1x1 LED Video Light Color Changing Dimmable
If you aren't familiar with Bi-Color LED lights, these are the ones that allow you to change color temperature so you don't have to fully fuss with color correcting Gels to match ambient. Some very low tech tricks by just using two different colored LED's with a dimmer to mix and match. You can find some information about Bi-Color LED lighting here: http://cheesycam.com/color-changing-variable-color-led-video-lights/. Unfortunately, don't bother looking for those lights on Amazon they are only found on eBay since the worldwide shortage I was talking about.
On auction now is a BI-Color LED from LitePanels. Some of you might already be rocking these so it could be a sweet deal to add in to your existing collection. Cheapest you'll find these right now is still over $1500 each. Yeah we all know this 'particular one' won't sell for that starting bid of $100 US, but you still might be able to grab this used piece cheaper than it's retail price of $2500+ US found here on B&H Photo Video. Perhaps play that 'Price is Right' strategy and bid $1 dollar over the next guy...