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    Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    Hello all!

    Just getting into using my field camera. I use a ball head on my tripod. Just preference.

    But i have been finding i need a spirit level.

    I purchased one but its really difficult to fit on the hot shoe of the camera, I have a technika.

    Would anyone have any experience with a good dual axis level?

    Thank you

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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    I've used this with my Technika: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...rit_Level.html

    It's Linhof's part number 002599.

    This Manfrotto branded item bears a striking resemblance and costs rather less: https://www.adorama.com/bg337.html?g...ce=adl-gbase-p

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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    This one is even less expensive and is likely the same as the Linhof and Manfrotto: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ....html/overview

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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    The horizon is pretty reliable. I use it often when outside.

    I have often seen bulls-eye levels and other configurations of bubble level in counter displays at my ACE hardware store . . . often for a buck or two.

    When doing studio work; portraits, table tops etc, I have used an app on my iPhone that seems to work very well for me. Don't know what its called, so check the apps store.
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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    I use this one. It's a three-axis so you don;t need two mounts.
    If for some reason it's too wide to fit the flange, you can always file it down a little.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ble_Level.html

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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    Thank you all.

    Ooof the linhof and manfrotto ones are crazy Guaranteed they are from the same factory somewhere in Asia.

    Wil give them a look and see what I come across. Wil post results.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    I use this one. It's a three-axis so you don;t need two mounts.
    If for some reason it's too wide to fit the flange, you can always file it down a little.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ble_Level.html
    This is the one I have. But it doesn't fit my linhof.

    It seems the rails on the bubble are too thick.

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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    The broader the base of a spirit level, the greater the accuracy. I don't place much stock in shoe mounted levels. In 25+ years of shooting architecture for a living, I've always relied on a "torpedo" level... placed along the groundglass for plumb and on the top of the format frame for level.

    My two cents.

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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    Those B&H prices are totally nuts for made in china garbage.

    Take your pick of these on amazon.... and send me the difference?

    https://www.amazon.com/camera-level/s?k=camera+level

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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    The OP asked for dual spirit level, but these are mostly decorative.
    They're ok if you need to get in the ballpark in a hurry.
    For more precise work, you'll need a torpedo level, as Christopher suggests.
    I use a card level made by Ebisu. They're about $30 shipped on eBay, but they're worth the extra $$.

    This one:
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