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#1 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 07:38 PM

I just received a very small digital level aimed at the DSLR market but still a liitle marvel .
It has a dampening and led brightness button. It works on small watch batterys for about 30 hours. Has automatic off after 20 minutes. It comes with 3 sets of batteries.
And it works. Green LED in the middle, two yellow ones on each side and red LED's on both ends.
It is small (just over an inch long) but LED's are bright.
I have a Marell digital level on my sled but when I use my Boland HD monitor , I use it just underneath the monitor and it's great.

Here is a quicktime done in 30 seconds while writting this :

http://web.mac.com/f.....al Level.html


Here's a description of the level. Bought mine on ebay:

http://www.warehouse...spx?sku=1026363

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#2 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:04 PM

How well does it handle movement? I know levels tend to go a bit wacky with a bit of inertia.

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#3 RobVanGelder

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:44 AM

That's just like I had made myself from an old IIIa unit, only smaller.
I use this system for years now and love it as it gives me an color-indication which I can see without actually looking at it as it is next to the screen.
Mine has more leds though, not that you want to use that: off-level is off-level, so one ore 2 either side of green in enough!

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#4 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:08 AM

How well does it handle movement? I know levels tend to go a bit wacky with a bit of inertia.

~Jess



It's not perfect but does perform ok in slow pans. With so little to adjust on it , it is far from the versatility of the "real" units made specifically for us but for 50$, it is just that cheap and works for most situations (straight line, slow ending moves, stand-bye from action...)

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#5 Lars Erik

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 04:36 PM

Frederic,

thanks for the tip. I ordered one and used it on a tv-drama for a week now. Very satisfied.


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#6 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:40 AM

It's an interesting little device. It's basic, but it can be calibrated. It gives a basic visual aid - LEDs are plenty bright enough, too. Interesting little tool.
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#7 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 03:24 PM

How are yall mounting this guy? Not that its hard to do just wondering what others are doing.

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#8 Lars Erik

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:08 AM

Jess, I just used gaffa and taped it to the right top of my monitor.

There are 3 small plastic bits sticking out of the bottom of the unit. These are there to lock the unit to a SLR camera, I broke these off, in order to make the unit lie flat.

I have calibrated the unit with several different manual levels.

I'm sure there are more intelligent ways to attach it to the monitor, but this is how I did it. Works fine for me.


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#9 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 10:25 AM

Same here - black paper tape or electrical tape. Top or bottom of the monitor. Thought about velcro but dismissed it as there's no way it'd do the job (nor keep level!)
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#10 Lars Erik

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 05:32 PM

I have fallen in love with this little gagdet. Great help!

FYI, the unit even has a battery save function. If there's no movement in 10-15 minutes, it will switch itself off. Move the rig again, and it switches itself on again.

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#11 Kurt Warner

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 05:25 PM

Lars

I picked mine up over here a few weeks ago after seeing Frederic's video. The US source is Adaroma camera in NYC for $38 USD. I love the fact you can program the thing so if your velcro, or in my case and old Hotshoe, is not level you can quickly program it to the true level.

Thanks Frederic for post this info.

Lars, I hope all is well with you my friend. I've attached a picture of my new monitor arm for my Archer. You'll see the Digital level attached to the top of the LCD.
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#12 James Baldanza SOC

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 05:37 PM

Kurt

Adorama doesn't have a picture of the level on their page, can you confirm this is what you purchased?

http://www.adorama.c...h...l&item_no=2

Thanks

James




Lars

I picked mine up over here a few weeks ago after seeing Frederic's video. The US source is Adaroma camera in NYC for $38 USD. I love the fact you can program the thing so if your velcro, or in my case and old Hotshoe, is not level you can quickly program it to the true level.

Thanks Frederic for post this info.

Lars, I hope all is well with you my friend. I've attached a picture of my new monitor arm for my Archer. You'll see the Digital level attached to the top of the LCD.


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#13 Kurt Warner

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:25 PM

James

Yes, that is the one. I tried to order it direct from Adaroma's web site but it keeped locking up when I got to the shipping section. I just went to Amazon.com and found that they listed it for Adaroma and just used Amazons site to order it.
The unit ships with 4 extra batteries as well.
I had it inside a week.
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#14 James Baldanza SOC

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:57 PM

Thanks for the info.

James


James

Yes, that is the one. I tried to order it direct from Adaroma's web site but it keeped locking up when I got to the shipping section. I just went to Amazon.com and found that they listed it for Adaroma and just used Amazons site to order it.
The unit ships with 4 extra batteries as well.
I had it inside a week.


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