A more-than-10X Loupe

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  1. albada

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    I'm experimenting with PC-type developers, and their grain (with TMY) is so fine that it's hard to see even in my good 10X loupe (by Peak).
    Actually, I'll admit that's a nice problem to have.:smile:
    Anyway, I need more than 10X. What kind/model of loupe would you recommend for such grain-sniffing?

    Thanks,

    Mark Overton
     
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    There is/was a 20x model, can't remember the model name, but I have one in the darkroom. :smile: Works ok on 35mm Ektar when you have the head to the top of the column. :smile:
     
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    A B&L 30x StereoZoom 4

    If you can't get the "arm" for it, an old enlarger column and ballhead can be jerry-rigged to get you there.
     
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    Ok, the B&L is a little overkill, maybe. To really go overboard, you want a surgical microsope. :smile:

    I was thinking of a grain focuser, not a loupe, anyways the grain focuser brand is Scoponet.
     
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    I use a vintage 30x Micronta pocket microscope. Cheap and it works good.

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    Micronta? Let's see, that's sold by... Shadio Rack?:whistling:
    It never occurred to me to look there for optics. Thanks for the note.

    Mark Overton
     
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    Yes, Radio Shack, but not available from them anymore. Ebay would have that sort of vintage thing.

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    Hello,
    there is a 20 X focussing aid on the market from Ahel in France; here in Germany the price is about 50 € (Fotoimpex in Berlin). With 8 X I cannot even see the grain from TMax 100.
     
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    Just the thing for spotting prints - no eyestrain, really see what you are doing and a really invisible spotting job when you are done.