The best loupes for jewelry, dentists and photographers: magnify tiny details

Man examining a diamond using the best loupe
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The best loupes are a must-buy for a wide range of professionals, including jewelers, watchmakers, stamp collectors, instrument repairers, dentists and even surgeons. That's because they contain a powerful magnifying lens, usually set within an eyepiece or frame, that lets you view small details very clearly.

Photographers, too, often use loupes, to examine prints up close. They might even attach them to the LCD of a digital SLR to provide a glare-free view outdoors. 

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps. 

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