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  1. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Jan 19, 2015

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    Almost all collectors are familiar with pocket loupes and their utility, but standing loupes for home (or bench) applications can be very useful, as they free up both hands and have wide diameter lenses. Being exclusively a vintage collector, how could anyone have expected me to resist an early Zeiss example?

    Actually I've had it for some time, but haven't gotten around to showing it. The construction, glass quality, and clean, understated design are very much in line with their mid-century cameras, lenses and binoculars.

    Cheers,

    Tony C.

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  2. pitpro

    pitpro Likes the game. Jan 19, 2015

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    what's the power?
    pic's through the loupe too?
     
  3. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Jan 19, 2015

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    6x

    I'm away from home for an indefinite period, and have no shots of watches through the loupe. Obviously the glass that is on it now is not strong enough for a watchmaker to use for all tasks, but I like it for examining (and admiring) dials and cases, etc.
     
  4. repoman

    repoman Jan 19, 2015

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    Way cool. I really like that setup. I've never been fully satisfied with loupes (even when on a wire), or attachments to my daily eyewear. This would seem to fit a really good niche in between those.
     
  5. Darlinboy

    Darlinboy Pratts! Will I B******S!!! Jan 20, 2015

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    No doubt loupes are a necessary and useful tool for watchmakers and sophisticated collectors.

    As a simple watch enthusiast I find loupes, whether standing or hand-held, to be most effective at turning minuscule imperfections into glaring flaws.[emoji33]

    ymmv.
     
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  6. bill5959

    bill5959 Jan 20, 2015

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    Ah yes. The OCD is kicking in for me right now!
     
  7. woodwkr2

    woodwkr2 Jan 29, 2015

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    Oh... and DIBS.
     
  8. TNTwatch

    TNTwatch Jan 29, 2015

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    Looks to have pretty decent quality. Does it say GDR somewhere? I haven't seen much of their other stuff (cameras, lenses and binoculars) except a few lenses. Though of very high quality, they are not in the same league as their Western cousins.
     
  9. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Jan 29, 2015

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    The Jena factory continued to produce very high quality products post WWII. In any case, you aren't likely to find standing loupes built better or more solidly than this one, no matter what the era.
     
  10. TNTwatch

    TNTwatch Jan 29, 2015

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    Yes, very high quality, just like almost everything from the GDR is of higher quality than from other countries in the Soviet bloc. But I think Jena's quality stayed still, the same as pre war products, while others had moved on to higher level.

    PS: For mid century vintage stuff, not much is better than this loupe though. I'd love to have one.
     
  11. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Jan 29, 2015

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    My understanding is that it was true of some products, but not others. Remember, they produced many different optical products including microscopes, film lenses, binoculars, etc.
     
  12. TNTwatch

    TNTwatch Jan 29, 2015

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    Yes, you're right. Should have said that my opinion applies to their camera lenses only.
     
  13. TNTwatch

    TNTwatch Feb 2, 2015

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    It's actually 6 diopters which is 1.5x in mag power.
     
  14. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Feb 2, 2015

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    Good point – thanks for the correction!
     
  15. TNTwatch

    TNTwatch Feb 2, 2015

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    Glad you like the info. Inspired by yours, I actually went looking for something similar yesterday but afraid it will take a long while to find one...:)
     
    Edited Feb 2, 2015