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Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level

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The Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level mounts into any standard shoe mount. Its double axis allows positioning of horizontal and vertical axis simultaneously. Ideal for landscapes and architectural photography, and especially for panoramic photography.

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    4.3

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fits well (36)
    • Improves tripod function (34)
    • Easy to use (29)
    • Compact (18)
    • Lightweight (18)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (23)
      • Photography (15)
      • Portraits (12)
      • Travel (12)
      • Night shots (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (10), Enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Level Device for Panoramic Shots

      I purchased this leveler to use when taking a series of pictures for producing a panoramic image. One must level the tripod base plate first, followed by leveling the tripod head. Not doing...Read complete review

      I purchased this leveler to use when taking a series of pictures for producing a panoramic image. One must level the tripod base plate first, followed by leveling the tripod head. Not doing this results in a degraded image.

      My tripod does not come with a builtin leveler so I have tried several options. First I went to a local hardware store and obtained several different models of carpenter line bubble levels for about $2 @. These worked well enough.

      Next, I bought this Acratech leveler. The leveler is designed to be mounted in the flash shoe. It works well enough but I would say that it is a little small to level the tripod base plate. The carpenter levels are about 2x as long (2") and seem to be more capable with the bigger foot print.

      I did use this level to create vertical panaramic images when shooting tall buildings in Chicago. Sidewalk to topside radio tower: click click click. This was done freehand while watching the mounted level bubble and not the image in the view finder. This proved to be mostly successfull.

      Generally speaking, this device is excellent for taking pictures handheld, when the camera must be kept vertically or horizontally lined up with gravity. This is accomplished by mounting the level in the flash shoe.

      Quality control: This leveler should be longer for finer movements. The workmanship left something to be desired.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      I tried, but no thank you.

      I tried using this product for a while, but I have finally given up and purchased a slightly more expensive one from another brand. Small bubbles and the fact that the levels inside are...Read complete review

      I tried using this product for a while, but I have finally given up and purchased a slightly more expensive one from another brand. Small bubbles and the fact that the levels inside are not centered made me second guess this bubble level all the time. The worst part is when compared to other levels, it is definitely off.

      Save yourself the hassle and buy different level.

      (The table in my photo has a slight tilt to it but it is definitely not as extreme as this product thinks it is.)

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      5.0

      Makes Life Easy

      By Jeff

      from OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

        This level makes using a tripod so much simpler. I used to worry about leveling the entire thing, but this lets me set the legs where they feel sturdy and get the head aligned once everything else is okay. The only downside is that the built-in flash on my DSLR cannot fully deploy with this in the hotshoe.

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        • No

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        5.0

        It's a two-in-one green jewel!

        By Matt B

        from Midland, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Pretty Color

        Cons

        • Leprechaun Infestation
        • Stinks If Opened

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Trapping Leprechauns
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

        The design of this thing is brilliant! It's got two little tubes that are filled with magical green goo that have a small bubble in each! Each bubble can be balanced depending on pitch and yaw with laser precision. Careful not to break or accidentally open because it stinks and very small leprechauns have been pouring in by the hundreds ever since!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Solid Level.

        By Maria

        from New York, New York

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

          I bought this level to use with my Toyo 4x5. It fits into the shoe and works well to level vertically and horizontally. I have been pleased with it so far- it's cute and it does its job. My only complaint is that it scratched a little bit when I first tried attaching it to the camera, but the tight fit does help to keep it in place. Overall, I would recommend this product.

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          • No

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          1.0

          Not accurate

          By Chris M

          from Orange, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Inaccurate

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

          Unfortunately, I could only find one orientation in which one of the two chambers provides accurate results.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Does what it is supposed to do!

          By Jeanne

          from New Mexico

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

            I have owned the same one for a couple of years. I purchased this for my son for Christmas. He is always using mine. I have read where it does not fit the hot shoe? I have never had that issue. I have a Canon 40D, Canon 5D Mark II & Canon 5D Mark III. I really don't use it much on the Mark III since the level is built in.

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            • Yes

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            1.0

            I tried, but no thank you.

            By Felipe

            from Bay Area, CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Pros

            • Cheaper Than Most

            Cons

            • Inaccurate
            • Small Bubbles
            • Unstable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

              I tried using this product for a while, but I have finally given up and purchased a slightly more expensive one from another brand. Small bubbles and the fact that the levels inside are not centered made me second guess this bubble level all the time. The worst part is when compared to other levels, it is definitely off.

              Save yourself the hassle and buy different level.

              (The table in my photo has a slight tilt to it but it is definitely not as extreme as this product thinks it is.)

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              • No

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              3.0

              Mounting Problems

              By ratchley

              from Clarksville, TN

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Mounting

                Best Uses

                • Panoramas

                Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                Great little accessory if you don't have sprit levels on you tripod and head. On my canon it would only mount in one orentation which took away from the useability and functionallity. Still better than no spirit level

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great gadget

                By Scott

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots

                  Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                  Great for setting up landscape shots on the tripod. Much easier to use than the bubble in the tripod head. Multiple orientations possible allowing for vertical and horizontal use.

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                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Double Axis Spirit Level by Acratech

                  By RS

                  from Asia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly

                  Cons

                  • Not accurate

                  Best Uses

                  • Super wide angle lens

                  Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                  Not accurate

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Cool little level

                  By shosho27

                  from Owatonna, MN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Hot shoe ready

                  Cons

                  • A little loose

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                  Needed one of these to work with 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 QR Plate (Manfrotto). Helps me level my 7D quickly.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  The best use of [$] you will ever make!

                  By Jim Moore

                  from Elizabeth, PA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • It works

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                  I have been recommending this product to my photography students & workshop participants for years as the only "gadget" that will ever improve their photos. Read my full assessment, "On the Level — How to make Your Photos Level or Plumb Every Time", at the Eft-Stop blog.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Small but vital item for tripod use

                  By Train Fotog

                  from Orem, UT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Architecture
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Panoramas
                    • Precise alignment

                    Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                    Fits my Nikon D40x, D90, and D300 snugly with about 1 to 2 mm clearance with the top of the viewfinder in the horizontal orientation or the other foot in the vertical orientation. Perfect for levelling of tripod shots. Bought this one over a single bubble product since two bubbles allow levelling each axis independently. Keep out of sunlight when not in use as the fluid color can bleach out after a while.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    This is a handy little item

                    By Doug

                    from Severn, MD

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                      I use it for all scenics and panoramic photography
                      Verticals and horizontal images are always true using this spirit level device

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      A great and easy to use tool.

                      By Jerry

                      from Rockford, Illinois

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Inexpensive
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                      Get level horizons every time.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works as advertised

                      By Phyllis H

                      from DC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Night Shots
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                        Bought this on basis of number of reviews. Works as advertised and fits inside an ordinary pill bottle for safe keeping. Another "good thing" for the photographer to have in her bag.

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                        • No

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                        1.0

                        Broke on first use

                        By backpackerjmk

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                            The first time I tried to remove the level from the shoe mount, the plastic broke. I didn't use much force at all to remove it.

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                            5.0

                            Does what it's supposed to do

                            By dr. frank

                            from Americus, GA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                              This is not a high tech item, just a simple vial with a bubble in it. But it's essential to keeping your pictures level and it does what it's supposed to do.

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                              5.0

                              Best thing I've ever bought.

                              By Thiana

                              from Poughkeepsie, NY

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Still life

                                Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                                I bought this so that I didn't have to level my images in photoshop and lose information later. It is amazing.

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                                5.0

                                Handy little item

                                By LB1965

                                from East Hartford, CT

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                                  Easy to use and very useful for making sure the camera is level. Nothing bad to say about it!

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                                  4.0

                                  A Gear-Bag Necessity

                                  By CinebenPDX

                                  from Portland, Or

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Acratech Double Axis Spirit Level:

                                    This little handy-leveler can save you serious frustration in the field as well as in post in trying to match the horizon. This now goes out with me on every shoot, and consider it a permanent part of my gear.

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