Replacing fluid in bubble level ? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

The bubble level on my Horseman has lost its fluid. Can anyone suggest a suitable replacement? The original was clear,ie uncoloured.

-- Ian Gordon Bilson (, September 08, 2001


Go to the hardware store and get a small 2way level, you can take it apart and glue them on seperately or just set it on the camera when you are leveling. Pat

-- pat krentz (, September 09, 2001.

I think this has happened to all of us (if it hasn't... it will) as stated, a hardware store will have a small (1.5") 2 way or there are some 4 way's that I personnally like that are slightly larger. They can be mounted or just placed on the standards when needed. Cheers

-- Scott Walton (, September 10, 2001.

Horseman? Call Calumet on their 800 number and ask to talk to the spare parts people. They stock some levels, and since they sell Horseman, they should have, or be able to order some for you.

-- Joe Lipka (, September 10, 2001.

Thank you for your generous replies. I would prefer to refurbish the original level to keep my Horseman LB I will pass on the hardware store solutions, good though they are. Although alcohol is the obvious fluid I am concerned that it may evaporate while the epoxy putty sealant I plan to use is curing..could anyone suggest a less volatile liquid thatb might do the trick?

-- Ian Bilson (, September 11, 2001.

alcohol and water. I am no expert here but in chemistry labs we use this combination for various things, and I think it would work in your case. I would suggest a 50/50 mix. good luck!

-- Jorge Gasteazoro (, September 11, 2001.

Hi Ian I do think the fluid is a diluted Fluorescein solution .. itís provided as ampoules of a brown colored Sol. When diluted it gives that particular color you see in bubble levels.. the intensity of the yellow-green color depends on the dilution. You can get it from pharmacies And shops of medical supplies. We use it in ophthalmology to stain some tissues. Itís relatively difficult to remove it from hands, so use gloves.. however itís not harmful. Ashraf

-- Ashraf Nassef (, September 12, 2001.


Which 50/50 mix would you recommend? Absolut? Stolichnaya...? Cheers, ;^D)

-- Doremus Scudder (, September 15, 2001.


:-))) Actually I am partial to Glennmorangie 100%

-- Jorge Gasteazoro (, September 15, 2001.

Don't forget some antifreeze if you plan on using your camera in the winter!

-- Paul Schilliger (, September 18, 2001.

Just a thought, wouldn't it be better to store that bubble level somewhere safe to use for "original" parts and either order the new part or go to the hardwares store. I wonder what all thoes fluids will do to your bellows and lens when (I'm sure it will happen) when they leak? Stock is nice, yes, but sticky is bad, and crystalzed camera parts arn't good, though the shutter would get a good lube and cleaning. also, does the alcohol melt plasic? I dunno. Dean

-- Dean Lastoria (, September 18, 2001.

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