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Schneider 4x Magnifier

B&H # SCL4XS Mfr # 08-034558
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Excellent 35mm Loupe
  • Two Interchangeable Skirts
  • Good for Eyeglass Users
  • Distortion Free
  • Crisp, Clear Images
  • No Flare

The 4x Magnifier from Schneider is a universal magnifier of high resolution. This Schneider magnifier has been redesigned to provide an accurate image over a larger eye-to-loupe distance range. The neck strap assembly has been redesigned as well in order to provide a stronger, more secure attachment. This loupe is excellent for people who wear glass since the eye relief is long and comfortable.

The unit comes with two interchangeable skirts. The clear one is for evaluating negatives while the opaque one is for viewing slides on a light box. Every Schneider loupe delivers excellent image fidelity for precise evaluation of slides and negatives.

The image it produces is distortion-free even at bigger viewing distances, eliminating eyestrain
In addition, focusing is now free from cord twisting and the base is specially designed to prevent damage to negatives and slides
High contrast and lack of flare also make Schneider loupes perfect for focusing on the ground glass of large-format cameras
Format 35mm
Magnification 4x
Lens Construction Glass
Linear Field of View Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dioptric Correction Range Not Applicable
Eyepiece Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Schneider 4x Magnifier
  • 2 x Interchangeable Skirts (Clear/Opaque)
  • Neck Strap
  • One-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Schneider4x Magnifier
     
    4.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (4)
    • Compact (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Quality product

      I purchased both the 3x (7cm x 7cm), and the 4x (35mm) loupes. I needed a loupe that had superb optics, is distortion free, and could be focused. I wear...Read complete review

      I purchased both the 3x (7cm x 7cm), and the 4x (35mm) loupes. I needed a loupe that had superb optics, is distortion free, and could be focused. I wear +2.0 reading glasses, so a comfortable eyeglass to viewing lens distance would be needed. A bonus would be if I could use these loupes without my reading glasses. I would be using these loupes to evaluate only slides and negatives on a light table, and not to evaluate prints.

      When I first used these loupes, I was truly amazed at the images. I first tried the loupes with my reading glasses, and there was no eyestrain. The loupes have a large diameter lens, so it is not necessary to put your glasses against the loupe, thanks to the greater eye to lens distance of these loupes. I then removed my reading glasses, and was glad to see that I could focus dead on without the glasses, so no need for my reading glasses with these loupes.

      Both loupes have outstanding optics, are distortion free, sharp edge to edge, resolve beautifully, and present a bright image. The 4x loupe covers the entire 35mm frame, and the 3x loupe covers 7cm x 7cm (I use it to evaluate 6x6 images though). There is enough friction on the focus to prevent wobble, and the focus remains accurate from slide to slide. Each of these loupes came packaged in a cardboard cylinder with foam interiors and end caps to prevent damage. I will not be using the clear skirt, nor the neck strap, so I offer no opinion on these. These loupes have exceeded my expectations.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      great optics, feels "cheap"

      I got this for GG focusing on large format, as well as for looking at negs on a light table. It performs these functions better than I expected. Optics are beautiful to look...Read complete review

      I got this for GG focusing on large format, as well as for looking at negs on a light table. It performs these functions better than I expected. Optics are beautiful to look through. I have 2 somewhat minor complaints - the neck cord is this strange rubber, and the way it attaches to the fittings, isn't adjustable. I guess you could tie a knot in it, or remove it from it's metal end, and glue it back in with some HV-350, but a normal cord, with just simple eyelets would have been a better design choice in my opinion. Also, the feel in your hand is very top-heavy, and unbalanced. While I like the idea of a plastic bottom to not scratch the GG (as opposed to metal), I think you could have made this out of a light metal, to restore better balance, and simply have the end caps plastic. I dunno, it's a great tool to look through, and it is light to carry around, I just think the product could have been better executed. I know everything these days is made to a price point, but I would have paid more for Schneider optics in a higher quality housing.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quality product

      By RM

      from NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

            I purchased both the 3x (7cm x 7cm), and the 4x (35mm) loupes. I needed a loupe that had superb optics, is distortion free, and could be focused. I wear +2.0 reading glasses, so a comfortable eyeglass to viewing lens distance would be needed. A bonus would be if I could use these loupes without my reading glasses. I would be using these loupes to evaluate only slides and negatives on a light table, and not to evaluate prints.

            When I first used these loupes, I was truly amazed at the images. I first tried the loupes with my reading glasses, and there was no eyestrain. The loupes have a large diameter lens, so it is not necessary to put your glasses against the loupe, thanks to the greater eye to lens distance of these loupes. I then removed my reading glasses, and was glad to see that I could focus dead on without the glasses, so no need for my reading glasses with these loupes.

            Both loupes have outstanding optics, are distortion free, sharp edge to edge, resolve beautifully, and present a bright image. The 4x loupe covers the entire 35mm frame, and the 3x loupe covers 7cm x 7cm (I use it to evaluate 6x6 images though). There is enough friction on the focus to prevent wobble, and the focus remains accurate from slide to slide. Each of these loupes came packaged in a cardboard cylinder with foam interiors and end caps to prevent damage. I will not be using the clear skirt, nor the neck strap, so I offer no opinion on these. These loupes have exceeded my expectations.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            great optics,neat diopter adjustment

            By Perce

            from Johnson City, TN

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Format Focussing
              • Lightbox Viewing

              Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

              Already own the 6x6 loupe, this smaller one complements it, great for groundglass focussing

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              great optics, feels "cheap"

              By hired goon

              from NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great optics

              Cons

              • "cheap" feel
              • Strange cord

              Best Uses

              • Ground glass focusing
              • Negative examination
              • Photography

              Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

              I got this for GG focusing on large format, as well as for looking at negs on a light table. It performs these functions better than I expected. Optics are beautiful to look through. I have 2 somewhat minor complaints - the neck cord is this strange rubber, and the way it attaches to the fittings, isn't adjustable. I guess you could tie a knot in it, or remove it from it's metal end, and glue it back in with some HV-350, but a normal cord, with just simple eyelets would have been a better design choice in my opinion. Also, the feel in your hand is very top-heavy, and unbalanced. While I like the idea of a plastic bottom to not scratch the GG (as opposed to metal), I think you could have made this out of a light metal, to restore better balance, and simply have the end caps plastic. I dunno, it's a great tool to look through, and it is light to carry around, I just think the product could have been better executed. I know everything these days is made to a price point, but I would have paid more for Schneider optics in a higher quality housing.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best in class

              By Geo

              from Toronto, Canada

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Enlarging
                • Photography
                • Printing

                Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

                Awesome Product best Loupe ive ever used. sharp!
                was hoping for a metal construction, however durable and well worth every penny. awesome accessories.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great loupe! crystal clear

                By Ware photography

                from Sydney, Australia

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear
                • Compact
                • Consistent Reactions
                • Easily Cleaned
                • Sharp

                Cons

                • Plastic body

                Best Uses

                • Developing
                • Enlarging
                • Photography
                • Viewing

                Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

                You can't go wrong with this loupe. The glass in it is amazing and it is what you are paying for. The plastic body feels a little weak and not solid like a metal body but the glass clarity and zoom makes up for it!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good even when wearing glasses

                By Photo Enthusiast

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Produces excellent images

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography

                  Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

                  This is a very good device for viewing 35mm slides. It is easy to use and the optical quality of the product results in excellent, clear images even when wearing glasses including bifocals. The cord which is attached to the magnifier (for going around the neck) is a bit too long resulting in a loop projecting across the viewing field as the device is brought up to the eye when viewing hand held slides. This is easily overcome by making a simple loop and knot in the cord which shortens it and prevents the before mentioned effect.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By J.John

                  from Jamaica Plain

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • No distortion
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use

                    Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

                    The best loupe I have used! Sure it's a plastic housing, but the glass is what counts--and it is fantastic

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    A good loupe

                    By Cian

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Not Durable

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

                    This is arguably one of the best loupes available. Optically, I figure this is about perfect, and you can view a full 35mm slide. However, I wish it were made of metal instead of plastic. It may look nice but it feels cheap to me. The glass is where it matters though, so take my 4-stars with a grain of salt.

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                    5.0

                    4x loupe by schneider

                    By zaps nature photography

                    from clinton washington

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

                      excelent loupe.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My Choice

                      By Danny

                      from Vienna, VA

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Studio

                        Comments about Schneider 4x Magnifier:

                        Minor spherical distortion at the edges comparably to the Rodenstock 4x. Comes with a removable clear skirt for viewing with reflected light. Very good diopter adjustment. Neck strap mechanism functional but complex. Repair or replacement of neck strap would be non trivial and you could loose or misplace the removable skirt, nonetheless, magnification, field of view, and clarity made this my choice.

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