December 20, 2012

Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level Reference

Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level overview
This is a reference page for the convenient Hot-Shoe 3-Axis Bubble Level as it appears and is referred to, in all articles about the usage of Panoramic heads.

It is a very low cost accessory that will prove very convenient in leveling your camera in either Landscape or Portrait orientation without need of relocation according to the camera orientation.



The Bubble Level

Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level packaging
My copy came into a simple plastic pack with a white cardboard behind and no instructions or branding whatsoever.
Considering the very low price I paid for it, I wouldn't expect anything more.
Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level side/top view
The bubble level is a plexi-glass cube with a 2,5 cm (~1") side and has embedded three bubble levels oriented perpendicular to each other. Each bubble level contains a clear greenish liquid and each bubble indication can be read either from the side...
Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level top view
...or from the top. In any way the cube is oriented the user will have a clear reading of one horizontal and one vertical bubble level. Very convenient indeed!
Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level side view
At the bottom of the cube exists a foot that is appropriately sized in order to fit into a camera flash hot-shoe (Except for Sony-Minolta cameras which require a special version). There is not any tightening mechanism but friction holding the cube in place. Anyway its weight of 16gr (0.56oz) is minimal.

Using the 3-Axis Bubble Level

Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level on Canon EOS 50D - horizontal
Used in camera Landscape (horizontal) orientation in the article Create & Use a Single-Row Panorama Head 



Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level on Canon EOS 50D - vertical
As well as in Portrait (Vertical) orientation.
Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level on Canon EOS 50D - vertical closeup
The 3-Axis Bubble Level was originally introduced in the article Using a Multi-Row Panorama head
Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level on Canon EOS 50D - vertical closeup II
And last, as depicted in the article Using Multi Row Panorama Head Ver II

I hope you found the article useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2010-2012 S.C.Vlachos

Price and Availability:
A logical price for the 3-Axis Bubble Level should be between US$ 3.5 and 10 depending on the source and terms.
Hot-Shoe 3-Axis Bubble Levels is available from Amazon.com or from eBay.com.

If you are interested in the product please consider using above link(s) to make your purchase and help support this site.

Referenced Articles:
Create & Use a Single-Row Panorama Head
Using a Multi-Row Panorama head
Using Multi Row Panorama Head Ver II

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