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Studiohut Hot Shoe Three Axis Double Bubble Level

4.1 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews

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  • Spirit level / bubble level for camera's hot shoe
  • Crystal clear housing slips on a camera shoe mount
  • Triple axis provides precise leveling
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Product Description

A triple axis spirit level that mounts effortlessly to the hot shoe of any standard 35mm SLR camera to help achieve a finer degree of accuracy in capturing image content.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 2.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002C76W4C
  • Item model number: SH-FB-CBSL103-FBA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 5, 2009

Customer Reviews

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By S. Lbck on November 13, 2009
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This small bubble level proved to be a useful tool while photographing multiple images for panoramic stitching.

PROS...
brighter and easier to read than the 2-axis bubble level on my tripod's ball head;
its 3-axes yield more information than two;
small and easy to transport in camera bag;
snug and effortless attachment to my digital SLR's flash connection.
CON...
due to its small size, I expect to loose it sooner or later.

It is worth its modest cost via Amazon. (If lost I would immediately replace it.)
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I bought two of these things. One for my camera and another which I attached to my telescope. They work perfect. This supplier consistently has good prices. The very reasonably priced green laser pointer I bought from them also turned out to be a great deal.
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I had high hopes for this 3-way level replacing the 2-way level that I currently use and have to change orientation from horizontal to vertical. However, this level isn't even close to being accurate. In fact, I can eyeball things more accurately. I purchased two of these and they don't even match each other.

I'm an architectural photographer and rely heavily on an accurate level to keep my shots perfectly aligned. Sadly this product doesn't do the job. Save your money and buy the more expensive, but infinitely more accurate 2-way level.
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Not much to say about this thing. It's very cheap and does it's job very well. I can't imagine why someone would spend $25+ on similar bubble levels. This thing is great. Highly recommend it.
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Actually, before I got this I got two separate, very small (1" length x 3/8" or so width) bubble levels to attach to my Manfrotto ball head, thinking I might just go with that arrangement. (I got those little levels from Sinclair. They've a nice selection for anyone looking for levels to attach to something else.) I was careful to glue them straight and even to the sides of the plate on which the camera sits by way of a quick-release plate--one on the front, the other to the short side--where the camera doesn't overhang. I didn't bother with vertical.

Now I have this Studiohut level and so am in a unique position to do some testing. Given prices for these things (less than $2.00 ea. at Sinclair), I have to say all of them are pretty good. I've got all five (three in the Studiohut and 2 ea. Sinclair) about as lined up as one could reasonably expect for less than $50.00, and even at that price I doubt perfection would result. I'm fairly sure that were I to take some shots of buildings or just the ocean horizon, all would be level.

Although there is some variation between the side-mounted Sinclair and front-to-back (bottom level) Studiohut. Not much, but a little bit. Side to side is a match and the vertical on the Studiohut is almost dead center, certainly within the circle line.

I bought this knowing that it's intended for DSLRs or SLRs, while I have a Lumix LX3. The hotshoe on the LX3 will take it but not all the way in, just as I expected. Clips under the flanges of the hotshoe on each side seem to be preventing sliding the level in all the way, and I'm not about to force it. But it slides in far enough without forcing it. There could be just the slightest tilt, which would account for slight difference (referred to above) from front to back.
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I did not think the level was accurate on the front-to-back axis. Consequently I am not using it. The side-to-side and vertical levels seemed to be okay. I tested it against a long carpenter's level. I also set the cube on known level sufaces and then when taking picutes I tested it again for accuracy. The front-to-back was just seemingly not accurate.
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I just purchased this level to replace a $25 level that I lost in Death Valley. Unfortunately, this level is loose in the hot shoe on my Canon 40D. Applying any pressure to the level causes it to shift forward or back along the lens axis; either position seems stable. This interferes with getting the camera level in three dimensions. Also, the bottom surface of the level has a small lump of plastic in the center that prevents the level from indicating a correct reading when placed on a table top.
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I should have heeded the other reviews that warned that this level is grossly inaccurate. This level is not even close to being accurate. You can see with the naked eye that this level is way off. It was so inaccurate that when I put it on a perfectly level surface no part of the bubble was between the lines. That's BAD!!!

You would think that after so many defective levels being sold that someone would do something about it.

I was an idiot for ordering this level because I was warned by others before me. This was probably the most disappointing item I've purchased in years.

Please don't buy this unless you feel lucky and accidentally get one that works properly. You've been warned again.

If you like returning defective merchandise then go ahead and order it. The construction is very cheap also.

I love the idea of this level, but the execution of the idea was a miserable failure.
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