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Works as Expected
on April 3, 2012
Works as described! Bought this for my grandmother--here are some thoughts:
For those who may not understand how the Fresnel lens works, there is no magnification if the lens is directly against the object or sheet you are trying to magnify. As you pull away holding the lens, what you view will gradually magnify. As far as I can tell, the maximum 3X magnification for this particular lens is approximately six inches from what you are viewing.
This magnifier is not as flimsy and unwieldy as some suggest. It is possible to comfortably hold the lens in landscape (horizontally) with one hand at the bottom corner as the product image suggests, but you will find it more effective and easier to manage if you use two hands in landscape. Holding it in portrait (vertically) with one or two hands is not as comfortable, personally.