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Old Smokie Inactive Member05 May 2015 5:26 a.m. PST

anyone using a jewellers loupe, can you tell me if you can manually adjust the focus of the lenses, or are they a fixed focus

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2015 5:51 a.m. PST

I have one (somewhere in the house) it is fixed focus but it is the only one I have ever handled so cannot say if that is normal.

What do you intend to use it for? I found mine useless for painting or cleaning up through but good to find all the the mistakes I made afterwords. I have not had it out in decades.


XRaysVision Inactive Member05 May 2015 9:18 a.m. PST

I've had many in the past and still own several; most are not focusable. Jeweler's loupes are held in the eye socket like a monocle. Focus is achieved by moving whatever you're holding back and forth.

I do have a couple of loupes (these are NOT jeweler's loupes) which are used for close inspection of circuit board etching and tiny mechanical parts. These are tubes with clear sides which allow light to enter. They rest directly upon the article being inspected and can be focused. However, they are not useful for painting or cleaning miniatures.

In truth, jeweler's loupes biggest issue is trying to find one with a low enough magnification. Jeweler's loupes are use for inspecting teensy-weensy gems so the magnification is typically too great to of much use. Though I have used low power loupes for miniatures, I find that a magnifying visor much easier to both use and find.

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