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    Vibration indicator for large format cameras.

    Is there such thing as a small device that will measure vibrations?

    I would like to have something on my LF camera that would help me select a good time to trip the shutter.
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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    I've never seen device designed specifically for monitoring tripod vibration. Although as I think about it, I think it would have been extremely useful on several occasions.
    Here is a solution for you:
    look for a portable audio amp. You can find several variations on your favorite auction web site. try searching on this string:
    Portable Audio Guitar Bass Mini Amplifier Clip Amp Headphone Speaker
    it's less than $20 including shipping from China.
    I'm sure you can find several others. Guitar players use these as a personal practice tool.
    Then search for a piezo sensor or transducer. There are hundreds of these available for a few dollars to what ever you're willing to pay.
    Plug that into the audio amp and you will have a vibration detector with an audible output into either a speaker or ear buds.
    Depending on how handy you are, you can apply this in several ways.
    Cheers,
    Bill Riley

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    I guess I know what the next phone app will be...
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    a little cup of water?

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    You could try a plumb bob attached to the base of centre column. There is a phone app for detecting vibration — it is part of a wider suite of utility tools e.g. spirit levels, gyroscope, compass, angle finder...
    “The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
    Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
    the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see."
    ~Edward Weston, 1922.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    a little cup of water?
    Holy Jurassic Park! That's brilliant!

    Bill Riley

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    I kinda like my app better. I don't have a cell phone, TG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    a little cup of water?
    Exactly. I use one of the little cups that come with NyQuil.
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    Tape a laser pointer to the front standard. When the spot is still the vibrations have stopped. Put the dot in the image if you want to test how still your camera was during the exposure.

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    PhotoToolsPro App has the function.

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