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Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level

You Pay: $24.95

This Jobu-Design double axis spirit level mounts into the flash shoe of any camera and will help achieve a finer degree of accuracy in capturing image content.

Ideal for QTVR shooting sessions, for landscapes, or anytime a straight horizon is crucial.

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Jobu Design2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level
 
4.6

(based on 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (67)
  • Fits well (60)
  • Improves tripod function (58)
  • Solid/sturdy (35)
  • Compact (9)

Cons

  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (58)
  • Night shots (25)
  • Travel (22)
  • Portraits (19)
  • Home (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (4), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (43), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Indispensable

I've had mine for years (decades?). I've received 100's of "what is that on top of your camera?" questions during that time. When explained I've doubtlessly caused...Read complete review

I've had mine for years (decades?). I've received 100's of "what is that on top of your camera?" questions during that time. When explained I've doubtlessly caused dozens of folks to buy one. I consider bubble levels as a "don't leave home without it" item. Obviously, they are really only for use when the camera is setup (ie tripod etc) and you can view/adjust the camera's level without having to look thru the viewfinder.

I don't know who made mine but I assume these are all OEM'd from elsewhere anyways. I've never broken one although I could see that happening...or breaking off the hot shoe mount....be careful when its mounted. These have 2 "feet" and can be mounted horizontally or vertically (as shown above). I mount mine as shown above, ie one level above the other vertically. Theoretically you should be able to mount it such that you are looking thru one of the "feet"...but that's too fuzzy. I normally use it for left/right tilt in either landscape (lower level)or portrait mode (upper level). For taking panoramic or architectural shots where you want the lens axis to be horizontal, change the mounting using the other "foot" so that level is now horizontal, ie one level in front of the other.

I keep mine protected in an old 35mm film canister (you remember those!!!) that I mark with bold, red stripes using a Sharpie permanent marker should I ever drop it in the field.

Upon 1st getting the level, mount it and level the camera. Then reverse the mounting, ie left to right, and ensure that its still level. If not, return. You could also get a "full" level, ie 10-24", leveled and mount the bubble level on it, reverse it, to ensure its properly constructed.

Indispensable!!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Small and effective, but flimsy

A good value for the price all things considered.

The plastic 'tracks' that hold the level in the hotshoe can be broken with even a little force; luckily there...Read complete review

A good value for the price all things considered.

The plastic 'tracks' that hold the level in the hotshoe can be broken with even a little force; luckily there are 2 of them for 2 different orientations, so breaking one track does not necessarily render the product useless.

The level is not completely clear (as pictured) on both sides of the level; the rear side has the other 'track' I referred to which means you can't see the level if you turn it that way.

That said, it's very helpful to be able to turn a camera into portrait orientation and be able to very quickly check whether the camera is level, since a tripod-based level would be no help at that point.

This item is very small and very light, and when oriented correctly is very clear to see. Overall it's a great buy for the usefulness/price consideration, but the somewhat fragile nature of the plastic tracks implies a craftsmanship that is not as precise as you would expect for professional photo gear OR anything that is supposed to accurately judge horizontal/vertical orientation.

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5.0

simple and easy

By John Sabino

from Methuen, MA

Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

It levels, that's it. Its perfect for what I need it to do. Its not the cheapest nor the most expensive. It's just right :)

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5.0

Awesome.

By Vicki

from Ukiah, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fits Well
  • Solid/Sturdy

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Shots
  • Portraits
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Wildlife

Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

Awesome, just what I wanted.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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4.0

works well, easy to use

By western runner

from la, ca

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fits Well
  • Improves Tripod Function

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots

    Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

    not too complicated, set it on your hotshoe and level on 2 axis. small and easy to use, does what it should. can't get too excited but works well.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Thing in Little Package

    By Rott Love

    from CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits

      Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

      This Jobu level does exactly what it was built to do at a fraction of the cost of other manufacturers out there.
      It is quick and easy to use and see. Get this level and you will always know if your camera is level.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Amazing!

      By Travis

      from Alexandria, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

        Great accessory for the landscape photographer. Much easier than navigating my D7000 menus for the single axis level. I is small, and might be easy to loose.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Jobu Hot Shoe Bubble level

        By Ed the Man

        from Clemson SC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

          Fits perfectly on the hot shoe of the sony video camera. Allows rapid leveling for panning. Solid construction and light.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Works very well

          By btweedd

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Architecture
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

            simple, versatile, easy to read

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Simple and Does the Job

            By DC Photographer

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

              Simple design, easy to read and effective. I use it to level my Large Format 4x5 camera while on a tripod.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Handy Tool!

              By Gorilla Goggles

              from Alberta, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                Compared to all the other levels this thing was cheap and does the trick! Every landscape and architectural photographer should have one of these because I know my 60D only has single axis digital leveling.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Simple to use

                By Marvin

                from Saco, Me

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                  It fits right into the cameras hot shoe and lets you know when you are level in two axis.

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  basic level

                  By Mr. Mike

                  from Delray Bch., FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                    slipped right on hot shoe. it needs to taken off to switch between vertical or horizontal positions. I would have liked to see a bigger bubble. there also was a mold mark in the way of reading the bubble.otherwise it does what it is suppose to do.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    More "Keepers" from Each Shoot

                    By Linda

                    from Silverthorne, CO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Tripod Function

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                      Suffering from consistantly shooting tilted images this simple and inexpensive solution has allowed me to almost completely eliminate my problem. My primary field use is wildlife photography. When I use my bubble level with my gimbal mounted 400mm lens I can be sure that each shot will have the horizon exactly level.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good level for the price.

                      By Joe

                      from Orlando, Fl.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                        For the price this level works just fine. I don't see the need to spend $30.00 or more for a level. Get this one.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works Fine

                        By Jack

                        from Fort Myers, FL

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                          Works fine with camera in landscape orientation. If you work in portrait orientation you should get a 3-axis one.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great for landscapes

                          By Nyfty

                          from Lincoln, NE

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Mounting might be fragile

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                          This has helped me keep the horizon level when I'm shooting images I plan on stitching together later.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great accessory for all cameras

                          By Dave

                          from Levittown, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                            With all the accessories and supports one can attach to cameras, it's easy for the level to be off, even if you've used your fluid head's built in level. Using this in your hotshoe takes out the guesswork. Great product!

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            You can leave it on all the time

                            By Stevet

                            from Encinitas

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Tripod Function

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                              I find this little leveler very useful especially with wide angles. The only thing I would do is put a small square of duct tape on the bottom or else it fall off all the time.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Reasonabley priced level

                              By Jerry

                              from Huntsville, AL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function
                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                                Use for pano photography

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Level

                                By buildertj

                                from Alabama

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                                  The level attaches to my hot shoe very easily and does what it describes. Great product!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Bubble Level

                                  By hohomoho

                                  from Cliffside Park NJ

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fits Well
                                  • Improves Tripod Function
                                  • Solid/Sturdy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Jobu Design 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level:

                                    I'm using it everyday.

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                                    • No

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