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Old November 15th, 2006, 08:50 AM   #1
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A wonky spirit level?!

I wanted a Sachtler System 6 SB SL MCF Tripod but couldn't find anyone in the UK with one in stock. A salesman convinced me that he had a tripod that was almost identical but cheaper and in stock. ( a grey import I've now realised)

Still, the tripod arrived and everything looked good. I balanced the camera, got the bubble in the centre, turned on my Z1 and everthing in the viewfinder has got a slight tilt, as if the bubbles not centred properly. tested and tested it but still the same.

can anyone think of something i may have missed before i send it back? Never heard of a dodgy spirit level before.

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Old November 15th, 2006, 09:06 AM   #2
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If the spirit level is not actually level, the bubble will slide, of course. I don't know that tripod so I can't offer specifics, but maybe it is possible to fiddle with it so you can manually align the level?
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Old November 15th, 2006, 09:20 AM   #3
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what do you mean by 'slide'? its just that when i turn the head i noticed its goes signficantly off centre ie the bubble slides off centre. again that seemed odd.
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Old November 15th, 2006, 09:40 AM   #4
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Are you talking about the bubble level on the tripod or the head? You really should be leveling to the bubble level on the head and not the tripod. If you are and the head is still unlevel, then there is something wrong with the level on the head and nothing wrong with the tripod.
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Old November 15th, 2006, 02:33 PM   #5
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check the plate is attached properly. Check the head too to see if there is anything uneven. A spirit level bubble cannot lie...unless of course the earth's gravitational pull is shifting and we are all going to die!
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Old November 15th, 2006, 02:54 PM   #6
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I agree about gravity!

I have the plate that came with the tripod attached directly to my camera. The instructions refer to an option of attaching the tripod plate to a seperate camera plate and then attaching both to the camera.

But a camera plate never came with the tripod and I've only seen them on dsr high end cameras anyway rather than a minidv z1.

Still, could this be the problem? The plate fits perfectly to my Z1.
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