Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level

Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level

Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level

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  • Mounts on Camera Hot-Shoe
  • Check Levels on Three Planes

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Vello BL-HS3 overview

  • 1Description

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 on three planes
UPC: 847628536692
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Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Vello BL-HS3 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.0"

    Vello BL-HS3 reviews

    Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 147.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not too useful 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.
    Date published: 2013-04-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2014-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent function I envisioned using the bubble level with my camera mounted on a tripod. I did not consider that while using Live View on my Canon 70D the level is very helpful with the camera hand held. One example: when hand holding my camera I prefer not to get down on my knees or get into a squat in order to put the camera at the correct level to take a full body portrait shot. So, I remain standing and place the camera near my belt line with the monitor facing up and now that I can look at the horizontal bubble level there less chance of a tilted shot. On my Canon 70D the bubble level fits securely, but not too tightly, into the hot shoe.
    Date published: 2015-02-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from A so-so level I use a level in my architectural assignments. I had apparently lost my trusty one of 15 years ago, so I purchased this item. It does not fit snugly into the flash-shoe of my Canon, therefore its not reliable to do the job its meant to. You can center all bubbles, but it is immediately obvious that it is off about 2 degrees. With a little push it MIGHT go to the true level position, but not for me.
    Date published: 2017-04-05
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not accurate This is accurate in one direction. I tested it by turning it 180 degrees. With the other horizontal axis it is not accurate. The black lines must be printed off by a bit. I marked the bubble that is accurate and will use that one. Don't know if I would get a more accurate one if I exchanged it.
    Date published: 2015-09-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad One? 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.
    Date published: 2014-02-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 stock, doubled over, solved the problem.
    Date published: 2012-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for 3 axis gimbal This is a must to have for your 3 axis stabilizer. Even when I am flying I can use this as reference to see if i am balanced all the way. It is also big so you can see it while operating
    Date published: 2016-04-13
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