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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie View Post
    Thanks for the connection. That is the hinged level I am looking for. A lot better than the blocky things that stick up and can't be left on the cameras.
    I'll stick with my "blocky" three-way level -- that cost me about $5. While I don't leave it on the camera's shoe when it's packed away, there are lots of things I have to take off the camera before it is stowed. Adding/removing a bubble -- which I don't use much anyway -- is not a burden to me.

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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    Yes, these small levels arenít accurate, but they can help, especially if you know the offset. Some of us arenít as good at eyeballing it as others.

    For the blocky shoe types Iíve found Kaiser to be the best. Others are hit and miss. Every 3 way block (shoe type) Iíve tried are so sloppy theyíve been useless.


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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    The Jobu level is the best of this type that I have tried. Machined from a solid block of aluminum. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ble_Level.html

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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    I take a lot of pictures of homes for sale. My experience has been that the hot shoe bubble levels are very helpful. I use a Linhof 3D geared leveling head (actually an Alpa branded version) and find that the image can be very accurately level.

    A few digital SLR's don't have the sensor level with their body.

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Iím not kidding look at the geometry and mechanics of a tiny level fitted to a shoe. The tolerances cannot work.

    Trust your eyes. We are built to hunt.

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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Keller View Post
    A few digital SLR's don't have the sensor level with their body.
    A few do, such as Canon. It's a digital level viewed through the viewfinder.
    (And at least two MF have an analog level viewed through optical viewfinder.)

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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    A few do, such as Canon. It's a digital level viewed through the viewfinder.
    (And at least two MF have an analog level viewed through optical viewfinder.)
    My Fujifilm X100s digital camera has a digital level viewed through the viewfinder. I never use it though because I almost always use the camera for taking pictures of people.

    I've found that most people are not level headed anyway so it doesn't matter!

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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    I was referring to the image sensor. With a few cameras you can level the body of the camera but picture won't be level. The Canon built in digital level seems to be accurate but doesn't seem to have quite as much resolution as a bubble level. The main issue for me is that I put the camera in the corner of a room and can't get behind the camera to look through the viewfinder. An external level is necessary ... and remote shutter trigger.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    A few do, such as Canon. It's a digital level viewed through the viewfinder.
    (And at least two MF have an analog level viewed through optical viewfinder.)

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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    A few do, such as Canon. It's a digital level viewed through the viewfinder.
    (And at least two MF have an analog level viewed through optical viewfinder.)
    More then two. Both of the Linhof Technoramas as well as Hasselblad Wides have visible levels in the finder. And Rollei had an add on level device that could be seen through the sports finder on the TLR.

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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    buy bulls eye levels from amazon, 6 for $5. self stick tape it to the camera.

    you can send me the $35 i saved you.

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    Re: folding hot shoe spirit level

    You have to look straight down at a bulls eye level. Not very helpful when the camera is at eye level (or higher).

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ron View Post
    buy bulls eye levels from amazon, 6 for $5. self stick tape it to the camera.

    you can send me the $35 i saved you.

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