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    Linhof MT Bubble Level Options

    I've been having trouble leveling my Linhof and the Vello levels sold by B&H don't slide in and out of the hotshoe easily.
    Does anyone have recommendations for accurate bubble levels for the MT?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Linhof MT Bubble Level Options

    Shoe mounted levels are not that accurate. Get a good level from a machinist supply dealer and just place it on top of the shoe. That way you can check level in left to right and front to back!

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    Re: Linhof MT Bubble Level Options

    Interesting. Bob any thoughts on the Linhof levels, despite their price?

    Any thoughts on this small pocket level by Milwaukee? https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...2/30218…
    Just concerned about accuracy, obviously!

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    Re: Linhof MT Bubble Level Options

    Quote Originally Posted by v.kapoor View Post
    Interesting. Bob any thoughts on the Linhof levels, despite their price?

    Any thoughts on this small pocket level by Milwaukee? https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...22-5102/30218Ö
    Just concerned about accuracy, obviously!
    The machinist level would be more accurate. The link didnít work.

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    Re: Linhof MT Bubble Level Options

    Quote Originally Posted by v.kapoor View Post
    Not the best but it should do. Might be too large though.

    I used the level in my iPhone.

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    Re: Linhof MT Bubble Level Options

    I've been using the iHandy bubble level app, but honestly it's been tricky with my ballhead.
    Where do you normally place the iPhone when measuring both axises?

    This would be much easier if I were using a pan/tilt head... but I use a ballhead for portability.

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    Re: Linhof MT Bubble Level Options

    Quote Originally Posted by v.kapoor View Post
    I've been using the iHandy bubble level app, but honestly it's been tricky with my ballhead.
    Where do you normally place the iPhone when measuring both axises?

    This would be much easier if I were using a pan/tilt head... but I use a ballhead for portability.
    Unscrew the accessory shoe and you will have a flat surface. The nut that holds the screw on is on the bottom of the top plate.

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    Re: Linhof MT Bubble Level Options

    Ditto!

    But I also think most levels are not accurate at all. The iPhone one works darn good.

    I try to use only my crappy eyes as I used to 'see' level easily. Now I see level good enough.

    I look at a 'flat' board and it's warped the same on both sides...

    I have checked Linhof, Horseman, Sinar, DSLR and aftermarket levels with all kinds of levels from Drew's super duper to a 4 ft plastic level. The longer it is is usually better, but cameras are not 4 feet in any dimension. Then there is damage to the surface of any level. A nick or dent makes it junk until fixed.

    Usually...

    Then as Drew says the film is not necessarily aligned to level in the traps nor flat to the septum.

    This is called 'fudge factor' or nominal or whatever. Nothing is perfect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Not the best but it should do. Might be too large though.

    I used the level in my iPhone.
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    Re: Linhof MT Bubble Level Options

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Unscrew the accessory shoe and you will have a flat surface. The nut that holds the screw on is on the bottom of the top plate.
    Thanks Bob!

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