On Tripods, levelling and panoramas - how many spirit levels do you need?

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James Palmowski New Member • Posts: 4
On Tripods, levelling and panoramas - how many spirit levels do you need?

I'm looking for a new (travel) tripod and I've seen a few comments regarding levelling and how it's supposed to be "done right" for panoramas.

From what I understand:

  • Spirit level(s) in the head are useless if the tripod base itself isn't level.  Makes sense, we need to swivel around a straight vertical axis so the horizon doesn't shift throughout the pano. 
  • If this is true, why are there so few tripods without a level in the base?  Is it just because shooting panos is deemed specialist and therefore it's assumed you're going to have a leveller and all the additional nodal rotators to "do it right"?  It seems like such a simple (inexpensive) addition so I'm just wondering why this isn't almost standard?
  • How would someone get around the fact that their tripod base doesn't have a built in level if you were travelling light say and didn't want to lug your full pano setup with you?

Thanks for reading and in advance for any comments!

James

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