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Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level

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Product Highlights
  • Mounts on Camera Hot-Shoe
  • Check Levels in Three Planes

This Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level from Vello mounts on the hot shoe of any standard 35mm SLR camera. It allows you to quickly and precisely align the camera on three planes, for maximum accuracy in mounting your camera in relation to horizon lines or other straight-line elements.

Mounts on camera hot-shoe
Check levels in three planes
Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level
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    VelloThree-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level
     
    4.4

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (32)
    • Improves tripod function (19)
    • Fits well (14)
    • Solid/sturdy (13)
    • Compact (10)

    Cons

    • Loose clamp (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (27)
    • Travel (12)
    • Night shots (9)
    • Video (6)
    • Portraits (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (7), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good enough for Photography

    After reading some comments on this 3 axis level and on some 2 axis level, I was a bit unsure about its accuracy. So I decided to do my own experiment. Nothing Highly...Read complete review

    After reading some comments on this 3 axis level and on some 2 axis level, I was a bit unsure about its accuracy. So I decided to do my own experiment. Nothing Highly scientific since it is mostly use for photography as an artistic expression tool. The results showed me it is accurate enough for all kind of photographic purpose not including HIGHLY scientific photography. Good enough for landscape photography and for panoramic photography. Also go enough to level a movie camera if it is sitting on a panoramic head, resulting in leveled paning mouvement. I found it as accurate as the level included on my Manfrotto tripod head.

    I have to mention the level can be inserted to different direction in the hotshoe. Front first or back first. But it can't be inserted sideways. No matter if you insert it front first or back first, it still read leveled if your camera is really leveled.

    However you have to be careful if you take vertical (portrait) shot. The level base is only 18.44mm wide while my hot hotshoe base is 18.89mm wide. So it is possible to twist it a bit in the hothoes resulting in false reading by about +/- 1.4 degree. When working verticaly, make sure to put equal pressure on both side of the level to ensure it is sitting flat on the edge of the hotshoes (see included pictures). This is why I gave only 4 stars. Other than that, it is very easy to use.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    a little loose in the hot shoe

    I shoot real estate w/ the Canon 5D, and thought a bubble level would be a helpful tool. It was a little loose in the hot shoe, but a piece of card...Read complete review

    I shoot real estate w/ the Canon 5D, and thought a bubble level would be a helpful tool. It was a little loose in the hot shoe, but a piece of card stock, doubled over, solved the problem.

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    5.0

    Good bubble level

    By John

    from Conover, NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

      This level fit well in the hot shoe of my D7100. The camera has a horizon level built in, but I needed a level for the vertical aspect. The Vello three-axis level worked very well.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Functions Well

      By Photonrecorder

      from Shelton, CT. USA

      Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

      Seems to work fine and fits well in the hot shoe. Kind of wonder if these types of levels might be a little easier to read if the corners had large radii.

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      4.0

      Great for Landscape and Architect

      By ChrisB

      from Birmingham, AL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

        This is my second one. After years of use the first one's hot shoe foot cracked, so decided to get a new one.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Does the job

        By FD

        from Allen, TX

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

              I bought this after reading both positive and negative reviews. It does fit a little loose, so I took the advice from another person and cut out a square from a business card and slid it into place. It fits snug after that. I ended up cutting a few extra pieces that I keep in my camera bag. I use it primarily for landscapes and real estate photography. Another friend asked me why I'm using this compared to the level on tripods. The answer is simple. The bubble level sits on the camera which gives you a true level instead of relying what's on the tripod itself. The reason is tripods with sliding plates or heads that tilt 90 degrees are not always aligned correctly. Therefore, this bubble level is the ideal solution to use if you're not planning on using an external flash or other item that fits in the shoe.

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              • No

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              5.0

              compact size perfect

              By SAS

              from WYOMING

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                great level for large and medium format cameras! I put a dab of glue on the hotshoe and all works perfectly.

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                • No

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                1.0

                Bad One?

                By Everyday Epics Photography

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                I placed the one I received in my hotshoe, and set it on my tripod to dead level. Then pulled the level out, turned it around, and placed it back in. It showed as being off. Not the result I wanted. I'll save the money and get a tripod head with the levels built in for better accuracy.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Cannot be beat!

                By CMac

                from Woodland, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Architecture

                  Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                  Simple and easy to use - a must for the process of leveling your tripod. Three-axis Hot Shoe Bubble Level is an absolute must for the architectural photographer.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Simple and effective

                  By stylized Facts

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                    Picked up this three-axis hot-shoe bubble level to replace an old single-axis model. I can't believe I ever wasted the time or money on anything but a three-axis. No matter what the position or orientation of my camera body, this little guy sets me straight. The foot fits perfectly in my Nikon's hot shoe.

                    Do it.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good enough for Photography

                    By Athila

                    from St-Étienne-des-Grès, Qc.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                      After reading some comments on this 3 axis level and on some 2 axis level, I was a bit unsure about its accuracy. So I decided to do my own experiment. Nothing Highly scientific since it is mostly use for photography as an artistic expression tool. The results showed me it is accurate enough for all kind of photographic purpose not including HIGHLY scientific photography. Good enough for landscape photography and for panoramic photography. Also go enough to level a movie camera if it is sitting on a panoramic head, resulting in leveled paning mouvement. I found it as accurate as the level included on my Manfrotto tripod head.

                      I have to mention the level can be inserted to different direction in the hotshoe. Front first or back first. But it can't be inserted sideways. No matter if you insert it front first or back first, it still read leveled if your camera is really leveled.

                      However you have to be careful if you take vertical (portrait) shot. The level base is only 18.44mm wide while my hot hotshoe base is 18.89mm wide. So it is possible to twist it a bit in the hothoes resulting in false reading by about +/- 1.4 degree. When working verticaly, make sure to put equal pressure on both side of the level to ensure it is sitting flat on the edge of the hotshoes (see included pictures). This is why I gave only 4 stars. Other than that, it is very easy to use.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Three-Axis Hot-Shoe works

                      By toroverde

                      from Greeley, CO

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                        This is a great level for photographing landscapes and a must for those working on panaramic shots. It is easy to put on the camera and simple but useful.

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                        5.0

                        A must have for video stabilizers

                        By hovikmgr

                        from Burbank, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                        I use this to balance my Glidecam HD4000. It's really useful.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        great for video

                        By Hector Becerra

                        from Puerto Valarta

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                          during wedding time everything happens to fast and you need to be fast to, is great to have correct horizon on video to don't waste the shoot.
                          is very small and you can save in your pocket ready to use

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          AWESOME

                          By Sir

                          from Charleston, S.C.

                          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

                            Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                            This should be part of every 35mm DSLR camera kit.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Simple!

                            By DenverGreg

                            from Denver, CO

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                              I find this bubble level to be easier to use than the small one on my tripod. Easy to keep in my pocket until I need it!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Landscape, Panorama, HDR Photography

                              By Shutterbug

                              from Tennessee

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Tripod Function

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                                Useful to have in the bag for landscape, panorama, & HDR photography. Very handy, leveling easier on setup.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Must Have For Landscapes

                                By Sawwhet

                                from Bonney Lake WA

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                                  There is not much to say, it's sturdy and works...Glad I was told to buy it. Helps a lot when doing Panorama photography

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  on the level

                                  By landscape shooter

                                  from Huntsville Al

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Tripod Function

                                  Cons

                                  • Loose Clamp

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                                  Makes shooting on the level easy
                                  Panorama is easier to stich
                                  Light and easy to carry

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Great little time-saver

                                  By jeff

                                  from Amherst, Mass.

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fits Well
                                  • Improves Tripod Function

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                                      This is an easy to carry and use device that aids quickly levelling the camera in all directions, critical for architectural and panorama work. It slides securely into the flash holder atop my Pentax K7. Should last indefinitely; would be hard to break.

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                                      • No

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                                      2.0

                                      Not too useful

                                      By KGB_Maine

                                      from Portland, Maine

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor Design

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                                          The Canon hotshoes have small spring bars which push up... this causes the Vello to be very tentative in its positioning. What this unit needs is a counter screwing lock nut, much like what is on a Pocketwizard or a Flash, to insure there is equal pressure on both side, thereby giving it a level seat in the hotshoe. Nice try Vello... It will get you close, but when using it for precise work don't count on it.

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                                          4.0

                                          unctional

                                          By gebnyc

                                          from ny

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level:

                                              fits a bit too tight in the D800E hot shoe

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