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01-03-2015, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hot shoe levelers

Anyone have one of these?

Vello Low Profile Bubble Level BL-HS1 B&H Photo Video

If so, how well does it work; or would I be better to go with one of the "cube" levelers.

I want one for usage with my monopod.

Thanks in advance!

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I've used both and they do the job. The disadvantage with the "bull's eye" type levels is that you need to look straight down at it for most accurate results. If your camera is up high on a support you have to climb up on something to look down at the level. The cube levels you can read from many angles. I suppose you can use a mirror but it will take a lot of practice to get used to the reversed directions.
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Ross Camera Level

You might check at cameralevel.com for Ross Camera Level. They are made in USA, money back, if you don't like it for any reason. The camera level is very low profile, because they are folding and locked into place with high strength magnets.
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You might check at cameralevel.com for Ross Camera Level. They are made in USA, money back, if you don't like it for any reason. The camera level is very low profile, because they are folding and locked into place with high strength magnets.
Thank you! A little pricey, however it certainly has great features! I'll give this serious consideration; the hinged one.

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" The disadvantage with the "bull's eye" type levels is that you need to look straight down at it for most accurate results."

Excellent point!! I never thought of that; this definitely wouldn't work well for me, "in the field".
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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
" The disadvantage with the "bull's eye" type levels is that you need to look straight down at it for most accurate results."

Excellent point!! I never thought of that; this definitely wouldn't work well for me, "in the field".
That's why I got one like this for my K-01.


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The part that slides into the hot shoe is too thick, requiring a lot of force to get it on and off.
I do not recommend it.
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Thanks; I wouldn't want one that was a struggle getting on/off either!

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Ive got one on my K5iis and its great but I got it from eBay for $3 a couple years ago.
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Which one are you referring to? The cube?
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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
Which one are you referring to? The cube?
The flat single.
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Thanks, that was the one I originally was going to get, but since I have my camera at eye level on the tripod/monopod; I wouldn't be able to see the bubble.
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I have the two cubes in one w/ two opposing bases (two axis model I believe)--and I find it it requires you look from above (in landscape mode)--but it allows you to level the camera in landscape and potrait mode. I find that most convenient.
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" I find it it requires you look from above (in landscape mode)"

I still would not find it convenient to look from above, down on the leveler, as I have the camera at eye level on tripod/monopod.
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Maybe get a tripod head with bubble levels built-in? Much more expensive of course.
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Maybe get a tripod head with bubble levels built-in? Much more expensive of course.
Indeed it would be much more expensive; not to mention I already have a very excellent, sturdy tripod, and just bought my new monopod a couple of weeks ago.

$40 for the flip-up leveler seems to be the answer for me.
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