Illuminated desk mounting magnifying glass. Recommendations ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    As title..

    been looking to buy one for ages but so many to choose from.. and a huge range of prices.. appreciate that the best aren't cheap, but don't mind if they are worth the extra cost.

    Will use it for a variety of tasks, working with small parts, circuit boards, watches, phones etc..

    free standing rather than clamp.. glass in preference to plastic lens..
     
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    Not easy to assess quality from the pictures is it? From experience in using mine, I would suggest the largest sensible lens you can get. Mine is 5" diameter and I would net want to use anything smaller for general craft work or fiddly DIY nuts and bolts etc.
     
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    that's the problem, can't really judge quality.. better to see them in the flesh.. so to speak..
     
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    Our old bench mounted magnifier broke a joint last year. I went out and bought a cheap one from the range for around £20 as we needed something quick.
    Ordered a new inspection quality one as permanant replacement for just over £200 plus vat. Apart from the higher magnification and more substantial build i cant honestly say the dearer one has more clarity than the cheap one.
    Maplins were selling a clamp type for £25 suposedly reduce from £40.
    If you want top end try Cambridge Optics.
     
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    thanks.. Cambridge have a good selection..

    could you put a link to this model please ?
     
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