Fan Of… Old Fashioned Spirit Levels

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #57.

These are the various spirit (bubble) levels I use to level cameras. The large ones are carried in each of my regularly used camera bags. They were originally used for leveling desktop processors in darkrooms. I walked into a camera store in the early 1990s and there was five of the levels on sale in the corner of a display cabinet. I brought them all and have been using them on the quick release clamps of my various tripod heads ever since.

The smaller (inaccurate) levels I glue to camera supports and brackets with epoxy resin. The epoxy allows me to adjust the level so that it reads accurately.

I still use them despite many of the modern digital cameras have electronic levels built in.

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6 thoughts on “Fan Of… Old Fashioned Spirit Levels”

    1. Thanks Jez. I wonder what happened to all the various processing equipment when digital pretty much killed off the darkroom/processing lab. There’s probably thousands of those 5 inch levels in landfills around the world.

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    1. The big ones are accurate, they’re about 5 inches long and were originally used for leveling desktop film and print processors. The small, inaccurate ones came off eBay and I make them accurate by gluing them to camera mounts and brackets with epoxy resin. The exopy allows me to adjust the level so that it reads accurately.

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