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10x loupe check


#1

Hi all,
i did some testings to understand better what counts with 10x loupes.
This has by no means the claim to be scientific but may be of interest for someone.
The loupes i compared are the following:

left from top

  • Nikon 10x
  • Bausch & Lomb 10x Hasting Triplet
  • Zeiss / Winkel D80 Apl. 10x

right from top

  • BelOMO 10x Triplet
  • LED LOUPE Triplet 10x-21mm - Dual Light - White/UV
  • GemOro 10x18mm Hastings Triplet

About the magnification there is not a big difference between them.
Pictures taken with Canon 5D and Nikkor 55/3.5 aperture 8.

Crops from center:

Whole lens:

Bausch & Lomb

Nikon

Zeiss

Belomo

LED loupe

Gemoro

Personally i love the Nikon because it is really sharp with great contrast and the case is very lightweight an slim but the lens the smallest of all.
The Bausch & Lomb is kind of a standard, really good an not expensive.
The Belomo is also really good but heavy, i heard it´s only 9x.
I was really surprised by the LED loupe. The lens is big and really sharp and must be achromatic and aplanatic. The light option is a big +.
I think the Gemoro must be a fake, quality is so bad - must be a single lens.

Thank you,
Ole


#2

Thankso for that experiment. I have a 10x and 30x LED loupes bought on eBay a couple of years ago. Like you I am impressed withe their quality and having a real leather pouch is a bonus.
I had to buy 2 more because the wife stoll the first ones…
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301901752513
Good Vale I think.


#3

hello huttonIT1,
i wil check the 30x.
at the moment my favorit is the nikon
because it has kind of a 3d sharpness is very flat and light weight.
i also love the bausch, an old zeiss 8x and an old zeiss 3x6x9x.
all the best best,
ole


#4

Job well done, Ole. Many thanks for sharing this valuable information with new member. It is very helpful, since I need to buy one soon, Henry