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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 3
  • Usefulness: 5
Usefull despite thight fit – Resin Hot Shoe Bubble Spirit Level for DSLR/SLR Cameras Reviews

posted by pcmihnea on 05/15/2013 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

Pros:
Very useful alternative to the simple, plastic cover that comes with the camera. I don't use my Hot Shoe so often (for ex. external flash, or microphone), so I needed some utility out of that receptacle. Also, I sometimes take a picture not exactly horizontaly, so an always-on bubble level was the solution. Good build quality, covers two axes, cheaper than the others.
Cons:
As stated by many other reviewers, it is a (very) thight fit (maybe due to widen compatiblity with other DLSRs?), at least on my Nikon D5100 DSLR, and it's a bit shorter than the original plastic cap, but it does cover the electric terminals. I do not recommend it to be frequently plugged/unplugged, in fear of it tearing (it is made out of some sort of rubber - flexible material, not plastic).
Other:
It may be possible to replace the flexible material with a plastic one, by drilling one of my Nikon caps, but it's not really worth it.
Bottomline:
If you're bored of the plastic cap on your Hot Shoe, this might be a more functional "gadget".

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