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05-11-09, 02:56 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Probably not the best place to ask this, but I couldn't see a more relevant forum.
A relative of mine, who is a keen photographer, has asked me to get a magnifying glass, 5-6x magnification, as a Christmas present for the purpose of making out fine detail, especially text, on old (pre-digital) photographs. This has put me in something of a quandry: it seems one can get glasses at this power very cheaply, or one can pay a great deal for one. The latter seem mainly aimed at people with visual impairments. Obviously I want to get something which will do the job required of it, and I'm happy to pay the higher cost if need be, but at the same time I don't want to be wasteful and spend a lot on a glass which is primarily designed for those with limited eyesight.
So, for the purpose of examining photo details, can anyone tell me what advantages a more expensive glass will offer? Or will a cheaper one suffice?
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