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LightMeter Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2011Sat 11-Jan-14 03:58 AM
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"Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"


Houston, Texas, US
          

That's an awesome feature! If it's accurate, I can leave the bubble level that mounts on the hot show at home. And I can see if the camera's level thru the viewfinder without using a tripod. Do you trust yours? I have shot many shots out of level when not using a tripod. I know you can straighten them, but then you lose the outer edges of the image.

Bill

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tekneektom Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Nov 2011Sat 11-Jan-14 04:01 AM
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#1. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Land O Lakes, US
          

I use Virtual Horizon constantly on my D800 and find it to be quite accurate. However, I realize that it may not be constantly as accurate as a bubble level on both the tripod and camera.

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rb4good Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2006Sat 11-Jan-14 11:23 AM
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Rocky Hill, US
          

I wondered the same thing and so tested it out with my three way bubble with the camera tripod mounted and found that they concurred. I have the Fn button set to turn it on and have used it many times to check and correct my hand held shots.

Rick

  

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shipsdrummer Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Mar 2006Fri 31-Jan-14 01:49 AM
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Bob in New Orleans, US
          

Seems like a great idea. I just assigned my Fn button to do this as well. I love being able to see the level in the bottom of the viewfinder and make adjustments accordingly.


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quenton8 Silver Member Awarded for bringing his experience to the Nikonians community helping members with printing and the use of post-processing software from the perspective of an IT professional. Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Fri 31-Jan-14 09:44 PM
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Toronto, CA
          

>Seems like a great idea. I just assigned my Fn button to do
>this as well. I love being able to see the level in the
>bottom of the viewfinder and make adjustments accordingly.

Bottom of the viewfinder? am I missing something, I only see mine on my LCD???


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>
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LightMeter Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2011Sat 01-Feb-14 02:07 AM
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Houston, Texas, US
          


>
>Bottom of the viewfinder? am I missing something, I only see
>mine on my LCD???
>

Yes. Page 254 in the owner's manual.

Bill

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quenton8 Silver Member Awarded for bringing his experience to the Nikonians community helping members with printing and the use of post-processing software from the perspective of an IT professional. Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Sat 01-Feb-14 12:38 PM
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#13. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Toronto, CA
          

>
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>>Bottom of the viewfinder? am I missing something, I only
>see
>>mine on my LCD???
>>
>
>Yes. Page 254 in the owner's manual.

Thanks -- I had missed that. Did not realize that there might be some functions buried in the assignment to buttons, I will have to look more now.

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jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004Sat 11-Jan-14 04:08 PM
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#3. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Wethersfield, US
          

I use it hand-held, but when on a tripod I use a bubble level unless I have something else in the hot shoe.

-- Jon
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LightMeter Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2011Sun 12-Jan-14 04:05 AM
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#4. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Houston, Texas, US
          

Tomorrow when I have time I'll have to compare it to my bubble level.

Bill

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jec6613 Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Feb 2013Sun 12-Jan-14 04:17 AM
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#5. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Norwalk, US
          

Yes, I do trust it. It's a small highly accurate accelerometer built into the system board, so it's actually calibrated to the sensor, just in case the sensor itself is slightly off-level.

Most spirit levels are orders of magnitude less accurate in their manufacturing tolerances.

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jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004Sun 12-Jan-14 02:52 PM
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#6. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Wethersfield, US
          

>Most spirit levels are orders of magnitude less accurate in
>their manufacturing tolerances.

But whatever accuracy the bubble level has remains the same even if the camera is pointed up or down. Plus I find it a lot more convenient.

-- Jon
Wethersfield, CT, USA
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jec6613 Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Feb 2013Sun 12-Jan-14 03:53 PM
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#7. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Norwalk, US
          

>>Most spirit levels are orders of magnitude less accurate
>in
>>their manufacturing tolerances.
>
>But whatever accuracy the bubble level has remains the same
>even if the camera is pointed up or down. Plus I find it a lot
>more convenient.

That's a display issue, not an issue with a built-in accelerometer. Of course, convenience is another story, entirely - and both are more than accurate enough for typical camera use.

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DaveSoderlund Silver Member Nikonian since 29th May 2010Fri 31-Jan-14 03:50 PM
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#9. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Geneva, US
          

To put it simply -- I love it! I have been afflicted by "chronic crooked horizon" for all of my years of photography, but this is the cure. I especially like it when using Live View on a tripod.

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LightMeter Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2011Sat 01-Feb-14 02:13 AM
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#12. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Houston, Texas, US
          

>To put it simply -- I love it! I have been afflicted by
>"chronic crooked horizon" for all of my years of
>photography, but this is the cure. I especially like it when
>using Live View on a tripod.

Yes I have chronic crooked horizon too. That's why I like to use a tripod and bubble level. Especially when shooting film, because there's no post processing with film. But with the virtual horizon in the viewfinder on the D7100, that just reduced the need for a tripod. However, looking at it can distract me from the subject and I could miss the moment.

Bill

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mdallie Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jan 2011Sun 02-Feb-14 02:16 PM
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#14. "RE: Do you trust the virtual horizon level on the D7100?"
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Novi, US
          

>To put it simply -- I love it! I have been afflicted by
>"chronic crooked horizon" for all of my years of
>photography, but this is the cure. I especially like it when
>using Live View on a tripod.
>
>Dave
>

I would concur. No matter how hard I try, I find almost impossible to shoot a straight shot without that virtual horizon.

Mike

  

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