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    Re: DIY Loupe

    Hmmm.... They sell reading glasses at drug stores. I should check them out.

    These are all fun, inexpensive, easily checked ideas.

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    I just use a $5 thread counter. It folds up small, yet folds out to set the focal length, and has a good level of magnification. If you lose or damage it, you can pick up another one in any number of stores for not much money, so you don't have to be delicate with it. It's hard for me to imagine wanting anything more from a GG loupe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Kinzer View Post
    Hmmm.... They sell reading glasses at drug stores. I should check them out.

    These are all fun, inexpensive, easily checked ideas.

    Try the drug store cheaters, but I think they need to be a bit stronger. Mine were prescription and Stronger than regular.

    Eventually I went to "normal" prescription readers under the Jewelers magnifying head set called "Opti-Visor".
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    There are only three types of mounting flanges; too big, too small and wrong thread!

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    Mine are all projector lenses from secondhand stores. I like them better than commercial offerings.
    Last edited by online; 24-Jan-2018 at 08:39.

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    I like a Mamiya TLR peep hood with a flip up second lens. It almost covers 4x5. Its big but has the OE case. Plastic base doesn’t scratch.

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    Re: DIY Loupe

    For close up examination of the focused image I use the 80mm viewing lens from a Yashica TLR. I also have some +6 readers that serve when I need a entire screen view, but closer than I can normally see.

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    I've used a pair of +3.25 power reading glasses for years. They are far easier and more convenient than an actual loupe. They come in handy for all kinds of stuff around the houes too...like looking for defects in optics, working with tiny screws, reading the numbers off of the tops of integrated circuits, etc...

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    I use Kodak carousel projector lenses. 4" is good. I drill a hole in the skirt for a hangy string.
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
    Large format: http://flickr.com/michaeldarnton
    Mostly 35mm: http://flickr.com/mdarnton
    You want digital, color, etc?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stradofear

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    Re: DIY Loupe

    Cheap?


    Cheapest loupe I've ever had was salvaged from an old copy machine . . .free.
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    There are only three types of mounting flanges; too big, too small and wrong thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    Cheap?


    Cheapest loupe I've ever had was salvaged from an old copy machine . . .free.
    Drew, I know you have very bad eyesight. You told us. I am -7 in both eyes and starting Macular Degeneration, cataracts...

    I need to try the Opti-Visor. I probably need several different lenses for them. I'm thinking of 3.5x Magnification, 4" Focal Length for GG gazing to start.

    Any advice?

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