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    Spirit Level

    I am using a RRS ball head with a Linhof Technika. Can anyone recomend a good way to level the camera when I am in the field? Does any one have a small bubble level they like? thanks thomas broening- broening.com

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    Re: Spirit Level

    Linhof has one as does Kaiser. They are 2-way levels with an accessory shoe. KAiser actually has two different ones.

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    Re: Spirit Level

    My Zone VI lightweight tripod has a built-in bubble level and the Bogen 3047 head sitting on top has two levels. But, if I'm using one of my two other tripods (both without levels) I use an inexpensive bubble level I bought at Home Depot.
    Paul

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    Re: Spirit Level

    It depends on how critical you are - or what you are photographing - as to what type of level you are using. I found the levels that attach to the top of the Linhof MT camera are not very good, as the shoe is not square to the gg. For architectural photography I have found it critical to level the camera from the gg where the film will sit. I also find that you have to level the lens with tilt adjustment when using wide angle lenses with the MT2000 (or at least with mine); lenses on the internal focusing track are tilted by a few degrees.

    Get a carpenters level that has double lines on the spirit glass to avoid parallax distortion when not looking straight on at the level.

    Mike

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    Re: Spirit Level

    There are really cheap two way bubble levels on ebay the slide into the hot shoe on the camera. Buy a few at a time.

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    Re: Spirit Level

    As mentioned, it really depends on your purpose. For field work I currently use a level in the accessory shoe. However, when the majority of my income was derived from architectural photography, I used grid lines on the ground glass.

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    Re: Spirit Level

    I use a monorail, so your mileage may vary a bit, but for critical work I use a Starrett cross-test/plumb level held against the rear standard (I think it's a model #134). A proper level is MUCH more accurate than the little built-in levels on the camera (or hotshoe levels). I've also used a small machinist's level, but that seems to be overkill.

    That still leaves the problem of getting the rear standard perfectly parallel to the subject (e.g., the side of a building), but once the camera is level, I do that by panning until lines are horizontal and vertical on the groundglass. (And if there's a better way to do this, I'd love to hear it).

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    Re: Spirit Level

    I just use a torpedo level. (it may be called something different depending on where you live)
    Looks like:
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    About 5 or 6 inches long

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    Re: Spirit Level

    I have a two-way level that sits in a horseshoe and a torpedo level... my preference is definitely the torpedo unit that's approximately 6 inches long.

    It works very well.

    Cheers
    Life in the fast lane!

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    Re: Spirit Level

    i use a post level and or a little keychain square level.
    they can be found at a hardware store for almost nothing
    or they give they give them away (keychain).

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