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27 people found this helpful
works great, and they pay attention to details
on September 6, 2011
I checked for a loose lens..it was solidly in there. I looked closer and it was glued in spots. I think they read comments and tweeked the product. This is a truly big lens, and it does a lot well. As plastic lenses go, the distortion on this one is light, does not appear until you push the power, and happens in a way that still lets you see some detail. This acrylic lens is lighter than a 5" glass, and much brighter than the typical window-glass magnifier. For reading tiny type or little computer characters or details, it's handy, and quicker to bring to bear on the problem with the big view. Holding it 2-3 inches from the eyes and getting close in is really amazing, like those magnifier-visors. You get more power with it by
your eyes, and the 5" size gives you the view in stereo. To those who want more power: the bigger the lens the less power before bad distortion sets in. That's just the way it works. 5x or 10x will push you to 2 inches or 1 inch diameter. At 2x this will let you see a lot more detail with comfort than without it. I found a sandwich bag ziploc makes a perfect dust cover. Good for kids+bugs, crafts, electronic hook-ups, fine print, or someone with vision issues on regular print. As a toy it's actually quite usable. Other toy magnifiers are worse than nothing at all. Looming over a bug with eyes near the thing works quite well.