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11-23-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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does anyone use the electronic level ?

is the electronic level function mostly for tripod ? it seems pretty distracting using it handheld, though it may help ? does anyone use this feature ? don't know if i like it or not yet.

11-23-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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I've only had my K-5 for 3 days, so I haven't had opportunity to use it beyond joking to friends and family that digital photography really is like flying an airplane now. I have left it on though because I do have a tendency to lean the camera so the additional visual cue it nice to have in the viewfinder.

I most definitely am looking forward to using it for setting up landscape/architecture shots, especially panoramas.
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I do not use it.
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11-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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it's kind of distracting as i said, maybe would get used to it, but probably will turn it back off. thank you guys.

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You can make the "fx" button toggle the level if you find it distracting at times....
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FWIW I just checked my K-5 with an I-beam level and the e-level is accurate.
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I use it quite a bit on the K-30. Always on the tripod, more and more handheld, especially when shooting something static.
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Just get a tripod with a spirit level

11-24-2012, 12:19 AM   #9
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I use it occasionally but also have a mini spirit level that fits in the hot shoe. This is much easier than trying level up through the viewfinder especially when on tripod.
11-24-2012, 03:35 AM   #10
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It rocks when composing handheld shots. I love it!
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I tried it, but found it distracting... trying to keep it level and composing the same time, especially hand held, usually the composition and other more important matters suffer as a result, perhaps with more practice that might change. Over time I came to the conclusion that I've got a relatively "level" eye I can see that it might have certain uses, like low light landscape shots etc.
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Yes - on the tripod - but only when using wide angle lenses. It's especially useful if shooting at night time.
But I don't look at the one in the viewfinder, I use the one on the rear lcd. I also use a grid matte viewfinder, this helps also.

I don't actually leave it turned on, I just activate it if I'm going to do a bunch of shots where keeping level is difficult or critical.

I have used the auto horizon correction successfully on a boat - it made all my shots pretty much spot on. Otherwise, I leave it turned off, because I find it makes the images appear softer, although YMMV.
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I use the level in the viewfinder for every shot. I use the external one for a quick check on the tripod.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rockmaster1964 Quote
I use the level in the viewfinder for every shot. I use the external one for a quick check on the tripod.
Second this, the level is the viewfinder is awesome! I would get pretty much every photo with a horizon wrong without it. And I use the big one on the screen is nice for tripod work.
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I use it all the time because I shoot landscape.
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