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    Focusing loupe power

    Consensus on the appropriate power out there? 4x?

    In rebuilding my LF kit for some reason I forgot to put a focusing loupe on the list. The one I always used was 4x.

    Suggestions?

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    4X always works for me too.

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    8x or 4x
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    I have an 8x and a 4x. I always use the 4x...

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    I use a 10X Peak Model 2. I find it difficult to spot the grain of fine grained 120 film or sheet film with less magnifying power, but that could well be my limited eye sight.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

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    I guess I should specify, I use the 4x with the camera and the 8x when I'm looking at film.

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    Thomas - sorry I should have been clearer in the question - this is just for focusing the camera.

    But I agree the Peak grain magnifiers are the best under the enlarger.

    Thanks everyone. I think I'll stick with good old 4x on the ground glass.

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    Michael,
    I seems when I'm using the 8x on the camera I keep seeing the texture of the ground glass which makes it harder for me to focus...

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    Something slightly different. I use a pair of 6x high-magnification eyeglasses for ground glass focusing. Also for inspection of smaller roll film negatives on the light table.

    These glasses are are intended for people with severe eye issues. But the upside is that they allow comfortable true binocular vision in a totally hands-free environment. Very useful under the darkcloth. And they are very inexpensive to replace should you lose or break them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    Thomas - sorry I should have been clearer in the question - this is just for focusing the camera.
    Doh! I use a 4X on the ground glass of my 5x7.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

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