Loupe recommendations for viewing 6x9 transparencies on a lightbox?

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  1. ghart

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    Most MF loupes cover 6x6 or 6x7 at most. Does anyone know how best to obtain a magnified view of the whole area of a 6x9 transparency? Loupes for reading text tend to be low magnification and not well-corrected.

    I find that for small format the Rodenstock 6x aspherical lupe performs admirably, giving a field of view larger than the negative dimensions, without apparent colour fringing or distortion. I guess that an equivalent unit covering 6x9 just doesn't exist. Sure it would be large, but I happen to prefer viewing at that magnification on a lightbox than scanning and looking at the image on a monitorÂ…

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    No, there are loupes that will do that , Peak, i believe. Mine is at the lab so i don't remember the model number, etc.

    Love mine .
     
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    something like a 90 - 105mm enlarging lens would likely be ideal for a loupe. I'd be surprised if you can find a 6x loupe that covers 6x9. Most of the MF loupes are 3-4x at most for 6x7 coverage, even less for 6x9 probably.
     
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    The current Schneider 3x medium format loupe covers an image field of 8cm x 8cm!
    So you loose only 5 millimeters at each side, and that is almost irrellevant.

    This loupe has outstanding optical quality, excellent sharpness and brillance, no distortion. I has a changeble "foot" (transparent for paper, dark for slides on a lightbox).
    Highly recommended! I am using it for years and I am very satisfied.

    You might have a look at it: www.schneider-kreuznach.com
     
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    This Toyo 6x9 magnified viewing hood would work as a loupe. Or make something similar. Otherwise I don't know of anything sold as a lighttable loupe that big.
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  7. Henning Serger

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    Hello George,

    I am using the Schneider 3x loupe for medium format for my 6x9 transparencies.
    The effective image field is 8cm x 8cm.
    Optical quality is indeed outstanding.
    I can highly recommend it.

    Best regards,
    Henning
     
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    Thanks Henning and all. Seems that it may be worth upgrading my Schneider 6x6 loupe to their newer 6x7 model, which may almost cover 6x9.