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Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe

B&H # ROL4X Mfr # 260010
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Use for 35mm Film/Slide Evaluation
  • High-Quality, Multi-Coated Glass
  • Sliding Skirt for Film/Slide Evaluation
  • Multi-Element Design
  • Adjustable for Dioptric Compensation
  • Rubber Eyepiece Folds Down
  • Long Eye Relief / Large Exit Pupil

The 4x Aspheric Loupe from Rodenstock will minimize stray light even against very bright backgrounds. The base is built with a sliding hood that easily converts the loupe from opaque (for viewing film) to clear (for prints or ground glass focusing).

The multi-coated glass has been chosen for its high-quality and ability to minimize reflections. Your image will be sharp edge-to-edge, free from any distortion. The detachable neck strap gives you the freedom to roam around your office or studio and have the loupe handy when you need it.

Aspheric, multi-coated
Resolves even the finest details with high contrast over the entire image field
The loupe is free of visible distortion even in the border area
Sliding skirt that shades frontal light in its lower position for viewing transparencies and allows diffused light to fall through a translucent tube in its upper position for viewing opaque subjects in almost shadow-free illumination
Format 35mm
Magnification 4x
Lens Construction 2 elements / 1 group
Linear Field of View 41 mm (1.6") diameter
Dioptric Correction Range +0.5 to -2.5
Eyepiece 28 mm (1.1") diameter
Exit Pupil 16 mm (0.6") diameter
Eye Relief 30 mm (1.2")
Dimensions 2.0 x 2.6" (53.0 x 65.0 mm)
Weight 2.8 oz (80 g)
Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe
  • Detachable Neck Strap
  • One-Year Warranty
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    Rodenstock4x Aspheric Loupe
     
    4.2

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      Cons

        Best Uses

            • Reviewer Profile:
            • Pro photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No (4)

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          3.0

          Expected overall quality

          By David

          from Martha's Vineyard

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright
          • Great optics

          Cons

          • Cheap feeling
          • Inner Ring Falls Out
          • Poor Construction

          Best Uses

          • Ground glass focusing

          Comments about Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe:

          The optics are impressive and bright helping me focus my view cameras, but I feel the outer body construction is a bit poor and low rent. A plastic ring separating the retractable hood from a light diffuser fell out and is now precariously replaced. Not what I had hoped for but keeping it because the optics are amazing.

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          4.0

          A must for precise focusing in the field

          By Rebecca

          from Delaware

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Diopter Adjustment
          • Easily Cleaned

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography

            Comments about Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe:

            I use the loupe for focusing my 4 x 5 in the field. The size is compact, but large enough to get a good radius for detail focus.One of the primary reasons I purchased this particular Loupe was because I now must wear bifocals and it has been becoming more and more difficult to get a clear focus on the ground glass. With this loupe I have the ability to adjust the diopter. It provides continuous adjustment rather than stepped, which makes adjustment easy and precise.

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            5.0

            Great lupe

            By Peirik

            from Oslo, norway

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good quality
            • Smart design

            Cons

            • No rubber on the edge

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe:

              I use the lupe for focusing on groundglass for large format photography and the 4x is perfect, not too wide but not too tight so the grain on the glass itself isnt obscuring the image and makes focusing really accurate. A smartretractable hood to let light in over the surface you look at, and a diopter makes this perfect for GG focusing and checking negatives.

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              5.0

              Outstanding definition

              By Nahanni

              from Alberta, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe:

                    I use this loupe for examining negatives and for focusing the ground glass image of my 4x5 camera.
                    The loupe is very bright and has excellent definition. The field of view is large. To focus the image in the corners of the ground glass I reverse the loupe and hold it a small distance away form the ground glass surface.
                    The focus mechanism is smooth but a bit looser than I would like. By winding a couple of flat rubber bands around the barrel of the loupe just behind the rubber eyecup a pre-set focus stays put.

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                    4.0

                    Works Great

                    By Rick

                    from Toronto

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe:

                          Works Great!

                          Excellent for ground glass focusing.

                          Plastic face runs smooth on the glass, it's light in weight and easy to carry.

                          The optics are excellent.

                          The only down side is the dioptre adjustment is rather loose. Some people have suggested adding a small screw to fix it into position, I might try it.

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                          5.0

                          Good product at a fair price

                          By Bob at Creativ-Eservices

                          from Sacramento, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well conceived

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Black & White Photos
                            • Ground glass focusing
                            • Slide viewing
                            • Traditional Prints

                            Comments about Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe:

                            The Rodenstock 4x Loupe is an ideal product for viewing slides and negatives on a light box, and because of the built-in retractable clear hood, it also works very well for viewing prints with reflected light. A third use, and one of equal purpose to the slides, is that of focusing on the ground glass on large format cameras -- here, the height is an added asset.

                            I have read some complaints about the loose diopter adjustment. It is on the loose side, somewhat like using an AF lens in manual mode; a manual focus lens offers more resistance for finite movement as well as less drift.

                            The optics are crystal clear, which honestly reflects the brand name and the price.

                            Once again, the built-in retractable clear hood is a major selling point.

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                            4.0

                            Works well for groundglass use

                            By Trail Images

                            from Corona, Ca.

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy On Groundglass Backs
                            • Good Design Overall
                            • Light weight

                            Cons

                            • Diopter Too Loose

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe:

                              I really like the plastic housing over the higher priced all metal units for groundglass viewing.
                              The plastic is easier on the glass for ware factor. It is light weight also. Maybe a square design would improve extreme corner access, but I've not had any issues with the design to speak of. The diopter adjustment is too loose. I actually took a small pin drill and cored a small hole and installed a small set screw. Resolved the diopter movement issue all together.

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                              3.0

                              A few nice features

                              By Danny

                              from Vienna, VA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe:

                                  I needed a loupe for working with negatives on a light table and focusing images on a ground glass so I did close comparison of a few. This is a very nice loupe. There were two things I didn't like about it. The first is the diopter adjustment was too loose, I much prefer the adjustment on the Schneider loupes. The second is the optics are constructed in a way that allow the image to be cut off by a changing the how you look through the loupe. I'm not describing this well. I only noticed this by way of comparison to the Schneider 4x loupe which did not exhibit this characteristic. Acceptable spherical distortion at the edges comparable to the Schneider 4x. Has a built-in retractable clear hood for viewing with reflected light. All loupes should have this style of hood. Photographers have enough little pieces of stuff to carry around and loose, we don't need yet another piece. Has a soft rubber eye-cup which I like. Diopter adjustment smooth but very loose. It needs a little more friction to prevent it from going out of adjustment easily. I can imagine a situation where I would be spending my time adjusting the diopter on this loupe as well as the focusing an image on the ground glass, not something I look forward to. Neck strap mechanism functional and simple. Repair or replacement of neck strap would be trivial which is important.

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                                  5.0

                                  Got to have great optics

                                  By Ron

                                  from Oklahoma, OK

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                  • None I can think of

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Tool when scanning

                                  Comments about Rodenstock 4x Aspheric Loupe:

                                  I use my Rodenstock to view film and slides for focus and to identify any artifacts that may need my attention prior to scanning.

                                  The 4x is a great loupe for reviewing the entire slide or negative. The large piece of aspherical glass has great eye relief.

                                  I have no cons to report. This is a great loupe.

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