I was in a panic this afternoon when I discovered that my brand new sachtler ACE tripod was missing it’s tripod plate, after about an hours searching I remembered the last time it was used…producing the Canon C300 User Review.
The day after the review the FS100 was to be sent down to Malvern as someone had bought it off me, did I leave the plate on the camera, that I will never know.
By pure chance I decided to see if one of my manfrotto 501 tripod plates would fit and amazingly not only does it fit but locks and releases as if it were ment to be there !
This is very good news for both manfrotto and sachtler…here’s why…
1. sachtler ACE owners can use their DSLR or small camcorder on the ACE or manfrotto 501 tripod head.
2. If like me you use a 501 on the Glidetrack slider you don’t have to swap camera plates if you are using an ACE.
3. You now have a cheaper alternative for a spare ACE tripod plate.
This is not by chance but rather by design in my opinion, sachtler were always going to be treading on manfrotto territory by entering the sub £600 part of the market so it would make sense to keep one part of the design the same.
The plate fits as if it were meant in fact it’s too close…I am assured that both brands are separate companies unlike Vinten and manfrotto.
All I can add is well done for a chance design that will benefit both parties and that does not happen that often.