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#102990 - 12/03/12 04:58 PM Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication
Dolly Offline
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I'm completely bewildered by the array of loupes on the market. I have clip on loupes, I think are x3 times magnification. The working distance is very small and I find myself struggling for space beneath the lamp magnifyer which I also use to optimise my focus on the hair. I've searched and better searched online? Can anyone advise me please on what I can purchase without breaking my bank?
I think flip up loupes are cheaper and just as good. White hairs and fine hairs are very difficult to target. Any advice would be apprecdiated. I'm at the end of my tether trying to figure it out.

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#102993 - 12/03/12 05:03 PM Re: Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication [Re: Dolly]
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What is your price range?

The conundrum is finding something that will give you the combination of magnification, and comfortable working distance that you require, while still giving you a large enough line of sight, and still be affordable.

Of course, once you work though something that grants you great vision, good lighting with contrast, depth perception, and the focal distance and field of vision you desire, you will find that it is worth almost any price.
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#102998 - 12/03/12 07:14 PM Re: Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication [Re: James W. Walker VII]
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I would not suggest price being the criteria for choosing your magnification.

Designs For Vision are great and only cost about $1,500 and that includes your Rx. Visit companies that manufacture or distribute them and try them out.
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#103057 - 12/05/12 11:34 AM Re: Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication [Re: James W. Walker VII]
Dolly Offline
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Thank you James for your input. Best wishes.

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#103058 - 12/05/12 11:35 AM Re: Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication [Re: Arlene R. Batz, CPE]
Dolly Offline
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Thank you Arlene. I have taken on board your advice. Best wishes.

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#103060 - 12/05/12 11:43 AM Re: Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication [Re: Arlene R. Batz, CPE]
Dolly Offline
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May I ask you which loupes you have. I have read clip ons are preferable as they don't need a prescription? Which magnification do you use? I have read very conflicting opinions on 2.5x , 3x and so on?

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#103061 - 12/05/12 11:44 AM Re: Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication [Re: James W. Walker VII]
Dolly Offline
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I'm short on cash as the moment James, but I suppose up to $1,000 would be acceptable when I am in a position to get them.

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#103063 - 12/05/12 12:24 PM Re: Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication [Re: Dolly]
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If money is a concern, You might consider importing Chinese loupes. They are inferior to the expensive medical products from, say, Germany, US, Japan, Switzerland, but they are still superior to the clipons. One of the users here owns such a product. My impression was that it is absoulutely worth its price.

My loupe is a 6X Heine HRP with full visual correction and LED light. It is clearly a high end solution. But we are earning our money with these tools, and as a tool i consider good visual/lighting more important as using high end epilators like the Platinum.

I am considering to buy a 4x chinese product as a backup and for private use.

A final word to the magnification: the discussion on 2.5 or larger mostly concerns dentists. Our demands are slightly different. Especially when treating fine hairs i would not want to miss the large magnification.
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#103067 - 12/05/12 02:31 PM Re: Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication [Re: beate_r]
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Beate, What is your working distance with these Heine Loupes? CAn you keep good posture working on all areas of the face and body?

I'm looking for a backup that I can travel with and these sound great. What was the approximate price in Euros?

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#103068 - 12/05/12 05:03 PM Re: Loupes Working Distance and Magfiication [Re: beate_r]
Dolly Offline
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I agree that buying the best is a better option. At the moment I don't have enough clients, but would consider paying more if I wait a little longer to be able to afford the best. Thanks for your advice on magnification. 6x sounds good. I will keep a look out for loupes you speak of. Do you have the name of your supplier? Best wishes.

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