4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A good, cheap, loupe,
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This review is from: BelOMO 10x Triplet Loupe Folding Magnifier with attached plain black nylon lanyard with quick release buckle (Misc.)
I'm happy with the products from BelOMO that I've bought.
I have both the 10x and the 20x loupes. For my purposes, the 10x is much more useful. I buy and sell old fountain pens every now and then, so I'm always looking for small (and large) flaws and identifying marks in them. 10X is just the right magnification to see all that's wrong with a pen before I buy. And it's cool to have that much magnifying power in a small package. (And of course it's cool to go walking around with a loupe around your neck, looking like you know what you're doing!)
The 10x is optically very well made, and the "holder" is pretty rugged, too. I've compared this loupe side-by-side with a friend's Schneider 10X (My previous magnifier was a Schneider 4X), and I could see very few differences. The differences I saw (the Schneider had an absolutely flat, perfectly color-corrected focal plane, while the BelOMO had some MINOR, almost invisible, aberrations) were not worth $200 to me. f you want a relatively cheap loupe that works well, go with a BelOMO.
I bought mine with the lanyard, which also works well. I wish it was about 6 inches longer, for a looser hanging fit around my neck.