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Sunwayfoto Leveling Base Review

Another awesome video review from the team that brought you The Nice Clip

Want to make your tripod a million times more useful? This is the DYH-66X levelling base from Sunwayfoto. It provides +/- 16° of tilt, is fluid dampened, and has a scratch-resistant, anodised black finish. Sure, it’s built really nice. But even nicer is what it does.

Simplify your photography setups, maximize your panoramics, and shoot video without dancing around the legs, shortening one at a time until the head is exactly level. Get leveling out of the way so your brain can be creative.

Levelling bases aren’t just for still photographers. You can also convert your nice photo tripod into a killer video tripod by adding a levelling function for flat base video heads. Go small? Sure! Just slap the levelling base between your favorite travel tripod like the Brian from 3Legged Thing, and a small fluid head and you’ve got the most compact and useful video tripod you can imagine.

The machining is artful, the fluid dampened movement like butter, and the ratcheting clamp works like a charm. It’s got a very nice bubble level – nicest bubble level I can remember seeing on anything ever. It even comes with three locking tension screws to keep your head from spinning off the top. Sunway has avoided plastic on this thing like they’re allergic to it. It’s lightweight, but solid. Really nice quality.

Not only does the DYH-66X work just as it should, but it makes your tripod work the way it should have worked in the first place. No instruction manual needed. Screw it onto your tripod, screw your tripod head onto it, level with the aid of the attached bubble, and tighten. Brain dead simple.

There’s just no two ways about it, once you use a quality levelling base on your tripod, you’ll never go back. Combine Sunway’s quality of construction, with the way it will enhance your performance, retail it for sub $120 and Sunwayfoto has delivered a winner.

Available from B&H

and Amazon

DISCLAIMER: Sunwayfoto provided the DYH-66X without charge for the purpose of this review.

About the author: Zeke Kamm, inventor of The Nice Clip lens cap clip, is a veteran Hollywood filmmaker and fine art photographer as well as the best selling author of several photography how-to books. Check them out at Nice-Industries.com

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