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Landscape shooting is arguably my favourite kind of photography and, as I live close to the sea, shots of sunsets over the local bays are one of the more common, if not original, photos I take. Unfortunately, as I have found on numerous occasions, there are few things more frustrating than taking a dozen shots of a beautiful sunset over the beach, only to download the images to your PC and find that none are remotely close to being level. The point where the sea meets the horizon is perhaps the biggest problem area as any small discrepancies are greatly magnified on printed images or those viewed on screen. My camera has a small LCD screen and the viewfinder's crosshairs give only a rough idea as to whether or not it's level so photos that look flat on the LCD often turn out to be anything but.

This item from Hama comprises a plastic block housing two single-bubble spirit levels that fits onto your camera's hot-shoe to give you an idea if your camera is level when taking shots that depend on an even attitude. It has two mounting points, one on the bottom and one on the front, so it can be used when you're taking shots with a landscape perspective or with your camera tilted to take ones in portrait. The bottom mounting point also allows the block to be mounted sideways if you're taking (for example) shots looking downwards; in fact, there probably isn't a perspective that the levels can't be used with.

It fits fairly tightly to the hot-shoe and seems to give an accurate indication of when my camera is centred, although each level only has markings to indicate when plumb has been achieved and doesn't give separate markings for the angle of the camera in degrees, which would have been handy.

Whilst it has undoubtedly helped me to take more uniform photos, I have found that it works best with a tripod as it isn't always easy to keep sight of the image you want whilst watching to make sure the two bubbles stay between the indicator lines - you really need two pairs of eyes to keep track of everything. The front bubble is also a little obscured by the one at the back, whilst it's a pain that you can't use other hot-shoe accessories at the same time so rendering low-light photography impossible. However as long as you understand its limitations this is a useful and cheap addition to any photography kit, especially if you feel a desperate need to straighten up your slanting photos.
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on 12 August 2008
This is really handy for making sure you get straight horizons etc on your pictures. Fits very easily on the hotshoe. Small enough to fit easily into your bag. I use this because although my tripod has a spirit level the camera doesnt. Really handy and very reasonable price.
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on 26 December 2008
A must have accessory to have handy in every camera bag, very practical, obviously light weight and small but its functionality and simplicity are the key factors. You never know when you may need one these levels for particular shots so for the reasons above, well worth the money.
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on 20 February 2011
Handy for tripod work; can't fault it functionally, and accurate enough when checked against another level. Twin hot-shoe mounts mean a third axis level is not necessary.

Beware though: I chose this one partly because the Amazon picture showed the block had ergonomic bevelled edges, unlike some cheaper ones. My example, although in Hama-branded packaging labelled 'Made in Austria', has unbevelled edges. Acceptable despite this, but four stars only.
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on 26 September 2010
Like other reviewers I wanted this for landscapes mainly. I have a good tripod and it does have a couple of spirit levels attached to the head but they are so small as to be useless and are over sensitive. This little gizmo slips nice and snugly into my 50D hotshoe and does a great job of getting those levels sorted out. I have found that although it is best used with a tripod and I imagine most people will use it in that manner but, still, you can use it hand-held and I have done so successfully several times and been pleased with the results.
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on 22 September 2011
Very simple item, but it makes a big difference when you're shooting with a wide-angle lens - lets you keep verticals straight. Has two hotshoes so you can use it in both portrait and landscape mode.
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on 15 June 2011
An item like this is definitely needed. The reason I only gave this 4 stars is because the bubbles are a lot smaller than the space between the lines which affects the accuracy of this product.
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on 7 December 2009
If your camera does not have an in-built level then this little piece of kit is a must for any landscape photographers bag.

Hama Camera Spirit Level
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on 15 September 2011
very well made product ,very clean polished platic with two spirit levels inside.
can be fixed two ways to suit situations.
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on 18 January 2012
This spirit level fits the flash hotshoe on my Canon EOS 600D perfectly, feels well built and includes two easy to see spirit level bubbles for taking photographs in landscape and portrait orientations.
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