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Bench Magnifier Lights

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Okay, so my eyes are not as sharp as they once were. 

True story, I shared a one room cabin with a buddy out in Montana one Summer in my early 20's. A single 60 watt bulb lit the place. I would spend nights tying trout flies by the dozens with a headlamp at a tiny table in the corner. Fun times! Strong eyes. Now, not so much. :o 

But now I am looking for a large, mountable magnifier and light for my tying bench. There are lots of models out there with prices all over the map. Does anyone have a recommendation for a model they use and like? 

TIA,

Alan 

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Well I don’t have the problem of my vision going just yet, but I will say that I tie under an OTT light and I thoroughly enjoy it. I’m pretty sure they make one with a magnifying glass on it, and you can usually search out a coupon to get an OTT at a good cost from places like Michaels, JoAnn Fabric, etc. 

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I hear ya! This is what I use $12 on Amazon really like it. It has 3 different levels of magnification. Looks a little cheezy but I've been using it for over a year and its held up well.

BF 

 

 

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Years ago, I got this Studio magnifying light from Michael's (hobby store) offered now in several sites at around $15 with a half price coupon code here:

https://www.michaels.com/default/10120398.html#start=6

 This magnifying light has been a really really great addition to my fly tying bench. I use it for many other things which require magnification. If you can get it with the 50% off code, it is my best recommendation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you can't get it through my link, just go to Michael's craft store and work your way from there. A really best buy!

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20 hours ago, ccb said:

I just have 5x eyeglasses. eBay 

 

I do the same thing. Just good lighting and 3x readers. I hhaven’t been tying anything smaller than 8 bonefish flies though. 5x might be better for 22 sulfurs. 

 

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On ‎12‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 8:12 PM, ccb said:

I just have 5x eyeglasses. eBay 

 

I'd go with the different magnification eyeglasses. Find the magnification that best suits your eye requirement level. I find tying with a magnifying glass problematic. It very difficult to get use to the depth of field knowing where your hands and tying tools are in relationship to the vise and hook. I find magnify glass is best use for inspection and photography. Sometimes you can substitute a magnifying glass instead of buying a close up lens, much cheaper and a quick fix.

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On 12/8/2018 at 10:19 AM, Gilbey said:

Okay, so my eyes are not as sharp as they once were. 

True story, I shared a one room cabin with a buddy out in Montana one Summer in my early 20's. A single 60 watt bulb lit the place. I would spend nights tying trout flies by the dozens with a headlamp at a tiny table in the corner. Fun times! Strong eyes. Now, not so much. :o 

But now I am looking for a large, mountable magnifier and light for my tying bench. There are lots of models out there with prices all over the map. Does anyone have a recommendation for a model they use and like? 

TIA,

Alan 

main think

check the focus lenght,from your eyes to the object.

i picket  magnafying glasys with light  10x to 25 time 4 defrent lenses the focus is 2.5" from object,your eye is 2.5" from object,good for inspection not for working on fly.i would look for focus from 6" to 10".

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Just replaced my 20+ year old Ott light with a new one after the ballast went out.

Bought the same c-clamp version again from Joann’s for something like $72.00 shipped.

If I get another 20 years out of this one it will be money well spent again.

SF

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