Peak Loupes

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by veriwide, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. veriwide

    veriwide Member

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    I have been looking for a good loupe to use for ground glass viewing, and had decided on the Peak loupe with a suction cup for GG attachment. I had look at prices all over the web, and found the best price to be from Peak's own website, $26.00.

    Well I went through their registration process, checked my order, and chose my shipping option. Then after entering my card info, I came to the final order confirmation page. There I find that since my order is under $50, they are going to charge me the $11 difference to make my order $50.

    I am a consumer, but it is not my job to pay a variable rate for a company's product. I have voiced this opinion to Peak, and now to you. I will never buy one of their products, and this experience has made me feel good about paying much more for a Schnieder or Rodenstok loupe, as I know their companies, and qualities.

    Thanks for listening to my rant.
     
  2. BobF

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    You are lucky as you can probably get it cheaper at B&H, but my question is why you would want that particular loupe? It is a $10.00 low quality loupe with a suction cup gimmick that you pay a lot for. I have never used it myself but my impression is that most that have, eventually move on to something better.

    For hands free viewing get a pair of the highest (2.50 +) diopter reading glasses and a cheap Agfa loupe for close inspection. The suction cup just gets in the way.

    If you want good quality at decent price get a Toyo (longer so your nose doesn't hit the GG). I have a Wista that I like a lot but still use reading glasses for most work.
     
  3. Thilo Schmid

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    The Peak Sucking Loupe is indeed a piece of plastic - it has no glass lens and is delicate to scratches.

    Apart from that, the suction cup needs a lot of space when engaged and thus limits the useable area to nearly MF-size on a 4x5 grond glass.

    I prefer the Peak Hand Loupe 3x, since you can vary the mag-ratio by the holding dinstance, can either view from larger distances or have a larger field of view and - last but not least - have a univeral and "real" tool in the field.
     
  4. veriwide

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    I looked at the Toyo-View 3.6x magnifier on the Calumet site for $49.99, then bought it from Adorama for $39.99.