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So, by my profession I have approximately 14 years to go before I find out what’s on the other side. 
 

but.... my eyes need help. What the best optivisor? Working at my small scale I needs to admit I need sone assistance 

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Holy crap, how good will you be when you can see what you are doing? You are already pushing us mere mortals over the edge🙃

Seriously, I use the Optimizer with the swing away single lens. I think you can do better than the Optimizer lighting setup. One of our members here suggested

a small rechargeable light that can be velcrowed (?) onto the frame. It has a chrome body and roHs stamped on the body. Sorry, the full name is covered

with my Velcro strip. I've had this light for at least 3-4 years now and is the best I have found. I can't remember the members name that suggested it.

Harley

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67 year old eyes here. I find myself using an Optivisor (with the small add on lens) quite a lot on other tasks besides model construction,as essential as socks as far as I'm concerned. Real glass is a must. I have an old General Tools pair from the last century in the garage. The plastic lenses have some scratches but I still use them for work out there. When I'm not using either pair,I always place them with the visor part in a gallon Ziploc bag to keep dust etc off the lenses.

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Greg, I recently purchased a Beleshi Glass Lens headband (no light).  While these are the enclosed type, I have found the reduced field of view does not interfere with my modelling.  They also do not have a 'mounted' LED but I never use that feature anyway.

 

I went for  a 'package' deal that included 3 lenses of different focal lengths/magnification.  I got these at a really good price through Amazon Australia.  At first, based on the price, I was sceptical these were actually glass lenses but they are :)  - much cheaper than many of the the other manufacturers and I have found them very good.  The only issue being that because they are ground glass lenses the 'depth of field' is much more defined and dependent on the magnification selected.  That said once you determine your working length/focal length they are very clear and easy to work with.

 

I am going to invest in another pair (at that price not a problem) so that I have extra lenses and have two magnification levels to work with, without having to change out the lenses.  Give me a bell or PM if you need extra info.

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Just ordered what Pat suggested. My eyes have only just recently changed. I use three lamps but miss details that I only pick up in photos. It’s the direct light onto the work I need. I love the idea of storing them in a large zip loc bag to keep the dust off. God knows how people do 1/700 

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Hi all, I use the Beileshi with my glass and without - no issue either way but does affect the working distance.

 

Gaetan, I was skeptical at first but they seem to be proper glass lenses and they do include the working distances per lens (by magnification).

 

The table that came with mine state:

 

Lens Plate  Mag ratio  Focus   (Focal Length)

     2                1.5x        20 inches

     4                  2x         10 inches

     5                 2.5x        8 inches

    10                3.5x        4 inches

 

cheers

 

Pat

 

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