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    4x loupe

    I'm looking to buy a 4x loupe. I have used a Toyo loupe for years. I would get another or Rodenstock or Schneider. Something up to 6x with a non clear base and rubber on gg side. (like the Toyo) B+H does not seem to list them anymore. Are they still available new? Where? Thanks? bkp

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: 4x loupe

    I really like the Peak 7X version, which also turns up under Horseman, Wista, and Nikon brand labels. Most of the fancy 4X versions seem just too bulky for me.

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    Re: 4x loupe

    There is a 6x loupe (new) at various eBay sellers and at CatLabs. I have no knowledge of quality, though. I’m tempted….

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    Re: 4x loupe

    You can wrap a clear base with electrical tape , So even an inexpensive loupe will work. I tend to drop them into rushing water or off steep slopes so I keep several of the peak inexpensive models on hand. I have added a string and a floating keychain to my kit for when near water so I at least have a chance of retrieving it.
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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: 4x loupe

    I've never scratched a groundglass with one; but if you are paranoid, it's easy enough to apply your own soft tape or thin rubber to the bottom.

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    Re: 4x loupe

    How do you know you need 4X? I ask that for all readers of this thread

    I went through many loupes, finding an adjustable 9X best for me

    2 years ago I bought this in the all black, discontinued version

    https://www.edmundoptics.com/p/9x-tr...agnifier/1845/

    As pointed out below, cover the light on the clear ones with black
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    Re: 4x loupe

    I just bought an old Pitman 10X Printer's Magnifier to replace a similar one that hit the floor and cracked.
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    Re: 4x loupe

    I have the Rodenstock Aspheric 4x. Got it from eBay. Works wonderfully.

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    Re: 4x loupe

    I got one from China. I don't think it is available in the US yet. I think the optics are similar to the toys loupe I used to own. I don't have side by side comparison. I like the look better.
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    Re: 4x loupe

    I have two Rodenstock 4x loupes and used it a lot. A few months ago I got a Chamonix 5x loupe. Not adjustable, but much brighter. Now the Rodenstock loupes are not in my camera bag anymore.

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