Light tables? Light Boxes? Which one to buy
Greetings. I want to purchase a light table or box with a loupe. Can you get a decent one for less that 100.00? How about a loupe for less than 50.00. What should I be looking for? Any information you can provide would be great. How about the Gagne 11 x 18" Stainless Steel Light Box (1 5000K Lamp) it sells for 75.00 at B&H.
#1. "light box" | In response to Reply # 0justinb Basic MemberThu 04-Oct-01 02:33 PM
There are probably people here with a lot more experience than I about this, but since I do shoot primarily slide film, I'll give you my two cents worth. If you are simply wanting to use a light box and loupe to determine whether a particular slide is sharp enough to enlarge, or to compare several slides of similar composition to choose between for enlargement, I have not found that it's necessary to have the finest, most expensive equipment. I personally use a small (6"x8", I think) light box with a color corrected bulb that holds about 6 slides and an inexpensive (~$15.00) composite lens loupe. The plastic lens probably has more distortion and lack of clarity towards the edges of the loupe than it's glass counterpart, but it's easy enough to move around the slide, and I'd rather spend the savings on camera equipment (i.e. - on a lens used to make the slide instead of just temporarily looking at it). I'm sure you will get different opinions, this just happens to be mine. Good luck.
#2. "RE: Light tables? Light Boxes? Which one to buy" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberThu 04-Oct-01 04:01 PM
The Gagne sounds very nice. Unless you get into the superslim lightboxes, there really isn't anything sophisticated going on. It's a box, a fluorescent fixture and a piece of transluscent acrylic. 11 x 18 is big enough to do some sorting without being too big to store.
I like my Peak loupe for slide viewing. It's the 8X model that has a base the size of a 35mm frame. It costs about $40.
You can spend a lot more for a loupe, but I just don't spend hours per day inspecting slides. The Peak is focusable and you can get accessories for it, including a film notching tool.
#3. "RE: Light tables? Light Boxes? Which one to buy" | In response to Reply # 2bbleigh Basic MemberSun 11-Nov-01 03:06 PM
I've used the new superslim light pads with great results. We had sevearl traditional light tables at work but the little super slims were great tools next to the computer workstations. Thay are small enough to put into a booksack and plug in with a 9v adaptor and can be used anywhere. They work great for most applications.
Wendy L. Folse