My Velbon DV-7000 is not on the level
March 17, 2010 10:09 AM   Subscribe

I selected a Velbon DV-7000 tripod for my video and photography projects, partly because it was advertised (by Amazon, B&H, and the manufacturer) as being equipped with a bubble level. I received my tripod yesterday, and just set it up. There is no level! Or am I somehow missing it?

The tripod is equipped with a Vel-flo 9 PH-368 head. I have scrutinized the tripod and the head, and see no sign of a level. Am I overlooking the obvious? A level should be easy to see. Or have I been misled -- or perhaps sold the wrong product? (The tripod is indeed a DV-7000 according to the markings on it; maybe it's available with and without the level?)

Does anyone out there have a Velbon DV-7000? Is yours equipped with a level?
posted by Artifice_Eternity to Technology (7 answers total)
I should note that I even see a customer review on B&H's site claiming that it's equipped with a bubble... and another review claiming it isn't. WTF?
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 10:18 AM on March 17, 2010

Did it come with a different head? If so perhaps that is where the level was.
posted by TedW at 10:26 AM on March 17, 2010

I've never used a Velbon tripod but give the head a closer look. Some manufacturers hide that shit underneath the plate or at the base of the head. It might not also look like a horizonatal tube, it could be circular. The thinking here is that you set up the tripod, check the spirit level, then attach the camera.
posted by phaedon at 10:32 AM on March 17, 2010

Vel-flo fluid heads don't come with levels, the quick release plate which can be added to the head does.
posted by jamaro at 10:43 AM on March 17, 2010

As it turns out, there is a level. I only found it thanks to Google Image Search.

Phaedon, it's kind of like what you suggested -- it's hidden under the top section of the head, which has to be tilted forward to expose the bubble. Here's a picture:

I worked with a variety of tripods when I was in the film industry, but never encountered a level in such an odd place.
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 10:43 AM on March 17, 2010

The level on my Slik tripod is in the same place.
posted by rusty at 12:07 PM on March 17, 2010

Wow, that's ass-headed design.
posted by IAmBroom at 2:47 AM on March 18, 2010

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