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    A more-than-10X Loupe

    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.
    Anyway, I need more than 10X. What kind/model of loupe would you recommend for such grain-sniffing?

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    There is/was a 20x model, can't remember the model name, but I have one in the darkroom. Works ok on 35mm Ektar when you have the head to the top of the column.
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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.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Shiu View Post
    I use a vintage 30x Micronta pocket microscope. Cheap and it works good.
    Jon
    Micronta? Let's see, that's sold by... Shadio Rack?
    It never occurred to me to look there for optics. Thanks for the note.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
    A B&L 30x StereoZoom 4
    Just the thing for spotting prints - no eyestrain, really see what you are doing and a really invisible spotting job when you are done.
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