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David Fisk09/01/2016 15:41:06
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I've found this budget version very effective. 4 different lenses, lens can be flipped up when not in use, adjustable angle LED. Link:

You can find them a couple of quid cheaper on same site if prepared to wait for delivery from Hong Kong.

One other tip, I use replacement Hard Hat sweat bands, designed to fit into construction helmets for a bit of forehead padding or when pad needs replacing. Can get them quite cheaply in multi-packs if you look on same site. They're self adhesive onto the headband.

Hope this helps.

Carlos FigureArt09/01/2016 20:13:31
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I second Tony's comments, with a no 5 Glass lense, they are the best value/quality from my experience, but I also use a German brand named Eschenbach these are Double the price, with a higher mag for very fine figure work and detailing, they are very light weight and superb quality, they come highly recommended also.

ian a13/02/2018 11:54:42
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Apologies for resurrecting an old post, just had varifocal glasses and whilst they have improved my near vision, I am still struggling with small detail. I have seen copies of the optivisor on amazon for £15 ish and a Optivisors for approx £50. Amazon is showing which is £30 or so, is this a good option?  (is this the version thats been suggested?)



Edited By ian a on 13/02/2018 11:55:26

jimbo13/02/2018 12:37:52
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Hi Ian

*THIS* is the Donegan page which gives the lens number and corresponding magnification and focal length. I have the no 5 and the no 7 lenses. One thing I find is that while the higher magnification can be useful the shorter focal length means that I am working so close that a paint brush handle can catch on the headset.

I have a feeling that the £30 buy is for the LX version which has plastic lenses rather than glass.


ian a13/02/2018 12:56:12
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Thanks Jim, I want to make sure I buy wisely as I dont want to buy a cheaper version to find its not right. You are correct the link is for the LX range. I take it the glass lenses are superior to plastic. Is the optiloupe a useful add on? Also the clip light - Im guessing not so important as I have a well lit desk.

Gary MacKenzie13/02/2018 13:36:32
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Just bought Optivisor No.5 8" Magnifier with extra LP-1 Optiloupe from Amazon.

£47.38 for optivisor and £12.95 for optiloupe. ( prime member so no transport costs )

jimbo13/02/2018 14:43:00
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Hi Ian

Can't comment on the Optilupe or the light although on the first page of this thread I notice that Simon T is not a fan of the light. The prices Gary has just paid are good. You could always be quite cheeky and just buy the Optivisor with the #5 lens and then see what Gary thinks of the Optiloupe. I am sure he would not mind giving us his thoughts on it smile p I know I would appreciate his feedback.


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Gary MacKenzie13/02/2018 15:36:32
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The optiloupe ( for my bad eyesight ) is a massive advantage.

It installs easily ( i have it for left eye which is better eye )

It converts the optivisor to a x5 , and focal length is then approx 4" rather than 8" without.

Already using it to help me paint lapel insignia on my Rommel figure.


jimbo14/02/2018 07:35:53
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Thanks Gary

Sounds as if it was £12.95 well spent.


Jay-BFG14/02/2018 10:37:24
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I have the Donegan 5 with optiloop add on, but to be honest I don’t use them now, what I use is a pair of 3.5x reading glasses over my prescription glasses, and they work a treat, and at only £1.99 a darn sight cheaper.

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