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10-11-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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Pentax "photo lupe" 5.5x magnif?

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Has anyone got one of these?
What is it used for?
Is it a worthwhile accessory?
Cheers, Pickles.

10-11-2010, 06:07 PM   #2
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Loupes are used to magnify slides or negatives that are backlit on a light table, or to check focus on ground glass on a view camera.

Unless you use a view camera or shoot film, you have no need for one. That is, unless you have a morbid curiosity as to how Epson fits so many dots onto "glicee" prints.
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I use mine to check 21/4 and larger negs.
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On 'bay, there's a listing for a Loreo Lens in cap that you can use a loupe as a macro lens:

Loreo Lens in Cap 35mm Pancake lens for Pentax PK - eBay (item 140328681767 end time Oct-15-10 01:16:33 PDT)

I found it amusing that a $25 micro lens to make a DSLR a P&S combined with a loupe to make it also a macro.

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