The Digital Photo Guy

And Still More Canon 7D Goodies

by on Aug.22, 2010, under Composition, gear

This is On the Level

Most people who do landscape or architectural photography own a spirit level. Also called a bubble level, it’s usually mounted in the camera’s hot shoe and the purpose is to assist in leveling the body side-to-side and front-to-back. The problem with these levels has alwasy been lousy workmanship (too loose, too tight, too sensitive, too insensitive, etc) and cost. Because they’re made of acrylic blocks, they’re prone to damage. Below are two from Jobu Design, I use the one on the right.


Well, citizens, Canon has a better idea and it works like a charm. In fact, Canon gives you two ways to view and use the built-in, electronic level on a 7D. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s built-in, as in no more fumbling around for the little acrylic level somewhere in the bottom of your gear bag and it’s electronic meaning it’s consistent and accurate.


In the LCD, the electronic level looks like an aircraft attitude indicator. This same Electronic Level can be displayed in Live View Mode. In the viewfinder, the level looks like a stripped down attitude indicator. (below)


I find the LCD is most useful when the camera is on a tripod but the VF is better when handholding.

Below are some photos I made using the electronic level feature. It wasn’t absolutely necessary to level these but I can assure you that, if I hadn’t, I would have later noticed something off level or plumb.


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