Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Optivisor Advice Please?

Hi guys and gals,

I've been looking at the 'Optivisors' on amazon and i'm a bit befuddled as to what is good quality and what is not!

Can anyone recommend any of the following:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=optivisor

Any help in this matter would be appreciated :)

Darrell.

7 comments:

  1. Got a gemuine Optivosor (the expensive one on the list) and it's very good (got a '7' lense whch seems about right for me and a '10' lense which is too close-up really). Also got the Rolson version which isn't very good, but for a tenner, who cares?
    The Optivosor has survived several drop tests and the lenses are still fine, but the Rolson is nowhere near as well made and the lenses pick up scratches easily. However the main thing is confort and familiarity. I'd get the cheap version and see how you go with it. If you use them a lot and are confortable with them, then it's worth investing in the real deal, but, if not, you haven't lost much.

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  2. Oh yeah, forgot to say that, although I think they're useful, I don't use them a great deal because I find them restrictive. I have a magnifier lamp, but this has lower magnification. I think my next step is to find a guide dog that can paint!

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    1. Thanks Gary.

      As I plan to use it for sculpting too I think I'll probably go for the top end. I'm pretty sure that I'll get used to using it, not for all painting tasks but for certain ones that require a better picture than my current reading glasses allow.

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  3. Hi Darrel! I got the Optivisor from FrontRank for Christmas a few years back, and thought it looked very promising at first. It comes with different optics, and is actually quite comfortable to wear. Super quality all in all. But, when it was time to paint, I had real problems with the depth vision coordination through the strong optics, which meant it was very hard to place the point of the brush in the right place on the figure I was painting.
    I quickly discarded the visor, and it's been living in my closet ever since.

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    1. Oh dear..... i've got to do something..... maybe a trip to the opticians may be the solution for some very good reading glasses.... they will certainly cost more then the Optivisor!!

      Darrell.

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  4. I didn't realise that you could pay that much for them! I bought a cheap one off ebay and found it works fine. It has a fixed lens and another that flips down behind that but that I've never needed to use.
    It also has a loupe which I have used for reading the detail on a medieval oil pot that I had for Christmas.
    All the lenses are plastic so I'm careful where and how I put it down but I do the same for my glasses.

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    1. Thanks for all the advice folks.

      A real eye opener....... I'll get me coat.....

      Seriouly though, it's best to gather as much intel as one can.

      Darrell.

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