I did some research last night for loupes & read through a lot of Mantaray's
posts who has written extensively about his DIY experience. I am impressed that this person who is a doctor was able to do so much on his own, & has given me hope and inspiration for solo DIY! Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that Mantaray frequents these boards these days as he said that time is better spend electrolyzing!
Anyways, I'm looking at either the Medlite Prisma 3.5x or the regular Medlite 3.5x
(the Prisma is $100 more expensive) & the main differences are that the Prisma has an adjustable working distance of 13.7", 17", or 21.7" & field of view of 3.8"~4.5" whereas the regular Medlite has a fixed working distance & field of view of 2.1"~2.5".
1) Is the adjustable working distance worth it (if not I would probably go with the 17") with the larger field of view especially for $100 more?
2) Are "Prisma" prismatic lens a higher quality lens i.e. with resolution, clarity, etc.? Edit:
With Galilean Loupes the image is sharpest within the central circle. Galilean Loupes are lightweight, affordable and easy to use.
Prismatic or Keplerian Loupes or Class IV Loupes are based on the Keplerian Design named after Johannes Kepler, the 17 Century astronomer. The Loupe consists of a compound system of several lenses. The advantages of prismatic lenses are a superior resolution over Galilean equivalents throughout the field of vision. Since there are more lenses in prismatic loupes they have longer telescopes and tend to be slightly heavier.
3) I want to go with the 3.5x, but is the 4.5x better or is it just overkill for DIY work? Most people here seem to like 2.5-3.5x range though most seem to like the 3.5x more.
Regarding lighting — do I really need a loupe light to go with the Medlite loupe or should I just get a regular lamp? Some of these loupe lights are hitting $1000+!!!Mantaray
didn't really specify what type of lighting system he uses though I think he bought some cheap LED headband light from a retail store in conjunction with a halogen lamp?
What are some good bang for the buck (not too cheap and not too expensive) loupe lights/lamps/etc. that you guys recommend for DIY body work?