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08-30-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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Loupes

Thats it. I've listed the scanner on Ebay and am going fully analogue (at least with my film stuff). I'm going to get a loupe and wondered what the more experienced people's recommendations are. I have heard a reversed 50mm lens is very good, but have seen reviews of Pentax loupes which sound good.

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08-30-2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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There are several good ones on the market. Getting one with coated elements is essential. I use a Rodenstock 4X, aspherical.
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I been using the ubiquitous 8x "Agfa" plastic loupe forever for previewing slides and evaluating negatives. It is not fancy, but gets the job done for about $15 USD under Kalt, Samigon, Calumet, and many other brand names.




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P.S. There is even a Flickr group devoted to this device...go figure...
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Ditto on the 8X loupe. This is what I call my "fantastic plastic." Had it for years and works great.

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I use my 4x5 camera's Toyo focusing loupe ( ~4x) to look at negatives.
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Schneider MC 4X was pretty much the hallmark and great for FF viewing, but you will need 8-10x at least for sharpness inspection.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoojammyflip Quote
Thats it. I've listed the scanner on Ebay and am going fully analogue (at least with my film stuff). I'm going to get a loupe and wondered what the more experienced people's recommendations are. I have heard a reversed 50mm lens is very good, but have seen reviews of Pentax loupes which sound good.

Opinions much appreciated.
I have both the Pentax 5.5x and the Zoom 5-11x loupes. The 5.5x covers a slide, but has distortion in the edges. The zoom one does not cover a slide, but is good for detail work. I use them in tandem when viewing my slides on a Gepe light box.

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3m made a series for mostly half-tone stuff into early '70's, one I have is 8x
went up to 15x, interchangable grids for reticule came with it.

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Fuji 4x for me. Nice build quality and focusing.
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Some people might even say i'm a "fanboy"...wrong but i have a new in box one as back up
perfect for bigger negs, Nikon 8x for 35 and Toyo 4x somewhere for my ground glass.

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Fuji 4x for me. Nice build quality and focusing.
Mine should be here in a couple of days. While I like the Agfa 8x, I need a 4x for fine focus with the view camera. Here is my Fuji:




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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Mine should be here in a couple of days. While I like the Agfa 8x, I need a 4x for fine focus with the view camera. Here is my Fuji:




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Yep, that's the one, and that is the purpose for which I bought it as well.
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Ooh, fancies.

I've got nothing special, but I'll add a +1 for the 'agfa' type plastic.

I have one that's similar, though my example is probably really bigger than it needs to be. When I was Ebay shopping, I thought I'd try the jumbo size, which turned out to be somewhat larger than I expected indeed, and this turned out to be less useful than a bit more magnification. I'd go with the standard sort.

I also have long used both a Vivitar +10 close-up adapter, (Which makes a very nice magnifying glass, actually ,) as well as a kind of-generic Paterson enlarging lens.

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09-05-2010, 12:55 PM   #14
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yeehaa, this looks like a whole new way to drop money on my photography. Its a bit disappointing that the loupes are so expensive, given the price I managed to pick up my 50mm f2.8 Nikkor enlarging lens. The other thing I am going to have to get is a light table. Still, I've managed to sell the V300 pretty quickly which means I can subsidise this. 1 step forwards, 2 steps back
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoojammyflip Quote
yeehaa, this looks like a whole new way to drop money on my photography. Its a bit disappointing that the loupes are so expensive, given the price I managed to pick up my 50mm f2.8 Nikkor enlarging lens. The other thing I am going to have to get is a light table. Still, I've managed to sell the V300 pretty quickly which means I can subsidise this. 1 step forwards, 2 steps back
Well, for a light table, one thing I like is to use an under-cabinet flourescent lighting fixture: find one with a smooth diffuser, and you can view a strip at a time without taking up a lot of space.

Loupes, well, you can spend a lot or spend about eight dollars at like Freestyle on that 'Agfa' type, perfectly serviceable, even if it's kind of more of a pleasure to use something really high-quality, there's really no need to spend so much, especially for black and white. (That is, apart from that view camera application, but that's not a concern for you, it sounds like.)

Nice enlarging lens choice, by the way, have one of those, myself. (I like the bright viewing of the 2.8ness. )

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