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    Looking for levels to mount on my 8x10

    My camera (8x10 Wista) has no levels on it and that's a shortfall. I'd like to mount a couple on the rear standard (and front?) as well as the bed. Where can I find appropriate levels for this purpose along with a documented procedure to ensure trueness etc.

    Any suggestions?

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    Looking for levels to mount on my 8x10

    hey daniel...

    try:
    http://www.edmundoptics.com/onlinecatalog/displayproduct.cfm?productID=1874&search=1

    or

    http://www.geier-bluhm.com/products.html

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    Looking for levels to mount on my 8x10

    Hi Daniel,

    I merely mounted a small chrome plated round (bulls eye) spirit level on top of my 8X10 Tachihara next to the carrying handle. It works great.

    This type of spirit level is available from Edmund Scientific, and others, for a very reasonable price. Mine is permanently mounted by means of three small brass wood screws. However, double-backed tape should also work , if you don't want to put holes in the wood.

    If the bulls eye type spirit level is mounted solidly on a flat surface, it will ensure trueness. I thought about it, and decided that there was no need for an additional spirit level on the front standard, since it has a zero detent and I usually tilt the front, anyway.

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    Looking for levels to mount on my 8x10

    Daniel, try the cullman level http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=113844&is=REG
    it mounts on a hotshoe-some Wistas have a shoe mount on top. You could mount the shoe on your camera and slide the level on and off as needed and use the level on other things as well.
    it's 30 bucks though-
    Matt

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    Looking for levels to mount on my 8x10

    you can use a pole level which can be found at virtually any hardware store .
    i have a handful of them and i think they cost me something like 25 each.

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    Looking for levels to mount on my 8x10

    You should have a Home Depot or Lowes near you... they have small, single tube levels about 1" long or what I use on my TecIII, is a 2 way bubble that has 2 small tubes perpendicular on a small triangular plate about 1x2".

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    Looking for levels to mount on my 8x10

    There's a potential problem if you use a bubble level on top of the rear standard. It won't be visible if you have the ground glass at eye level when standing up straight. You'll need something to stand up on to level the camera.

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    Looking for levels to mount on my 8x10

    Peter is right. You want a side view of the levels. Orient one to be viewed from the side of the rear standard and the other from the back. It should still be doable from the hardware store (or Edmonds, depending upon one's tolerences) with tube levels as opposed to bullseye ones.

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    Looking for levels to mount on my 8x10

    Thanks all for the input.

    As I consistently have the camera (GG) at eye level, a bullseye level on top of the camera is impractical so I have to opt for side levels on the back standard for ease of use. I will get a bullseye for the bed to coarse-level the camera. For the back, though, I'd like a double tube level (X&Y), with a thin profile and with "sticky tape" back as opposed to screws. Still looking...

    Cheers.

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