I need to do some work for a friend this week - listing of his house for sale. it will involve stiching several images into panoramic one as the widest lens i have is 17mm on Dx and some of the rooms are really small.
I need to find a quick and easy solution to level GT5540 base plate and than to level M20 ballhead - that all equipment i have right now. My D7000 has L-plate as well. I Do not want ot spend more than $30-$50 for the levelers. Can i utilise D7000 electronic horizont features for ballhead leveling?
Second question. if now low-cost solution exist whoulf would be good low-cost 3-way paning head?
Thank you in advance
#1. "RE: Urgen question." | In response to Reply # 0J_Harris Nikonian since 29th Mar 2011Sat 16-Feb-13 11:19 AM | edited Sat 16-Feb-13 01:24 PM by J_Harris
If you are using the viewfinder for framing a quick, simple, and efficient method for "horizontal leveling" is the "Viewfinder Virtual Horizon" (page 231 in the D7000 manual). I always use it with my D7000 and tripod/ball head because the leveling bubble is hard to see when the camera is at a standing eye height.
I have assigned the "Horizontal Virtual Horizon" to my depth-of-field button (page 230 in the D7000 manual) and it works great. Press and release the DOF button, level the camera while framing the picture through the viewfinder, press and release the DOF button again and your done.
A "bubble level" will work for both the horizontal and vertical planes, but the "Horizontal Virtual Horizon" is limited to only the "horizontal" plane - I've never found that to be a problem when framing.
Give it a try, it won't cost you a penny.
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#2. "RE: Urgen question." | In response to Reply # 0Chris Platt Nikonian since 30th Sep 2012Sat 16-Feb-13 01:49 PM | edited Sat 16-Feb-13 02:00 PM by Chris Platt
Doesn't your 5540 have a bubble level built into the spider? You should use that to level the base plate first if you are very careful about getting the bubble centered. If not, a small, standard level from a hardware store will work, if you have one, to make sure the base is level in two dimensions before you put the head on. Once the base is level, you can use the camera horizontal level to level the camera on the ball head. You will have to level the base first though, or your camera will move out of horizontal level as you pan even if it started out level. Note that if you use a wide angle lens and the camera is not also level fore and aft in addition to horizontal, you will get converging lines (keystone) that will make it difficult to stitch the images together for a pano, so a bubble level or two dimension level for the camera hot shoe will be helpful as well. They are very inexpensive.
A leveling base makes it far easier, but I don't know of any that can be purchased for less than $100.
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#3. "RE: Urgen question." | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 16-Feb-13 07:04 PM
There are Two and Three way bubble levels that will slide into the cameras hotshoe.
They are priced from about $15.00 - $30.00.
As stated above, the base on your 5540 should have a bubble level that you can use to level the tripod.
The Markins M20 also has a bubble level built into the clamp. You should be able to level the clamp easily then lock it and mount the camera in the clamp.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#4. "RE: Urgen question." | In response to Reply # 3Vlad_IT Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011Sat 16-Feb-13 08:38 PM
Thank you, guys.
the tripod base and the markins QR clam both have the bubble levels, but somehow i never used any of them as i thought those are jokes. Just practiced today and endeed, it can be done with some practice.
Thank you again,