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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
     
    4.5

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (37)
    • Improves tripod function (19)
    • Compact (16)
    • Fits well (14)
    • Lightweight (14)

    Cons

    • Loose clamp (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (31)
    • Travel (13)
    • Night shots (9)
    • Video (7)
    • Weddings (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (9), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (39)

    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.

    VS

    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

    well made and accurate

    By aeropix

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This fits snugly into the hotshoe of my Canon 5D MkIII, tight enough to not slide out but loose enough to slip off easily. It makes leveling my camera easy on architectural shoots, even verticals. And it makes copystand photography much easier, giving a head start on aligning the camera level in all dimensions. Has earned a permanent place in my camera bag.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Best hot shoe bubble yet

        By Lenshead

        from Eagan, MN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            Use this for my landscape photography. High quality and very good hot shoe. Should last a very long time and hope I don't lose this one.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Useful for Panos

            By Poppo

            from Easton, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              Useful in taking panos with camera in vertical position on tripod.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Nice for steadicam use.

              By CAF

              from Santa Fe, NM

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

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

                    Great item. Works as supposed to.

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                    5.0

                    Simple and Sweet

                    By cglawrence

                    from Newtown Square, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Architectural

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

                      Perfect for architectural photography - ensure camera is level on every axis.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      On the level

                      By Guillermo

                      from Finger Lakes NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I use this level to set & check camera level as I rotate it through 180 degrees. Prior to using level I square center post of tripod with a regular square and level. The whole process used when setting up panorama shots of landscapes. The level is small, easy to install and works in either primary camera position; wide horizontal or wide vertical.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Saves tons of editing time!

                        By Derrick

                        from Berkshires - MA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Tripod Shooting
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          Don't pick a lesser one to save a few $'s. This is perfect to help you get the shot right the first time. Also when having to post edit a shot, you may loose an important piece straightening your shot out.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very handy

                          By Aspiring Filmmaker

                          from Norcross, GA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              Handy gadget to have. A little loose in the shoe mount but that's not a big deal to me.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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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.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • 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.

                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

                                                Share this review

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Three-Axis Hot-Shoe works

                                                By toroverde

                                                from Greeley, CO

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                See all my reviews

                                                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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