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    Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    Am considering purchasing one. Before shelling out $140.00, would love to know of other owners experiences with this Loupe. How well does the tilt work?

    thanks in advance

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    Re: Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    I bought one from B&H.

    Screwed around with it for a while. Decided it was a lot of effort for no benefit.
    Somebody got an idea for a product that folks would think was advantageous.

    Returned it for a refund.

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    Re: Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    I bought one from B&H.

    Screwed around with it for a while. Decided it was a lot of effort for no benefit.
    Somebody got an idea for a product that folks would think was advantageous.

    Returned it for a refund.

    - Leigh
    thank you,
    The magnifier just sounded a little too good, and I wondered why no one else had manufactured and marketed a tilting loupe over the past 50 years.
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    Re: Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    I use one. I like the 6x, but truthfully I never needed the tilting feature. I got mine for around $60, IIRC, but I know I wouldn't be interested in paying the current $140 fare for another. There are plenty of good focusing magnifiers, just find one you like using---IIRC Ron Wisner mentioned using a linen tester in lieu of a loupe.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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    Re: Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    The Peak 4x loupe has a square base, letting you get into corners.

    This might not be powerful enough for you; I find it perfect for what I need.

    http://www.peakoptics.com/index.php?...roducts_id=103
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    Re: Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    I think it is good practice to learn to use a loupe without the skirt near the GG, as you can tilt the loupe in the corners... The thing to watch for is knowing and looking for the brightest tilt angle, while using the grain of the GG to keep focus of the loupe on, and looking for the focus of the lens to have the highest contrast in the critical focus area (which is also the point of highest sharpness)...

    Having mastered this, I then can use old small projector lenses, different raw optics/lenses, etc as cheap very good loupes and smile when I see a loupe selling for hundreds of dollars...
    (One of my main loupes I use now is the magnifing eyepiece with a big rubber eyecup from an old late 80's video camera that has been drilled out for a neck strap... And I don't use a loupe with too much magnification that merely enlarges the GG grain like I am looking outside through a textured bathroom window...) :-)

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    Re: Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    This is my favorite loupe: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._5x_Loupe.html

    They are only available as NOS or used.

    I have an opaque skirt for it. Need to see in the corners? Flip it around and free hand it. That works with most loupes.
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    Re: Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    My favorite "loupe" happens to be a pair of 3.75 reading glasses (three bucks at Job Lots!). Works great...and I like being able to use both eyes. I do carry a regular (7X) loupe...but almost never use it. Your mileage may vary (especially if your focussing screen is not equipped with a fresnel) but you might want to give this a try!

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    Re: Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    I have one and don't find myself using the tilting base. I like the size and the magnification.

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    Re: Silvestri 6x Tilting Loupe experiences?

    The tilting feature on the Silvestri is sort of like sprinkles on a doughnut---you can't ignore them, but you don't need them either.
    Still a fine loupe however.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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