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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Designs For Vision Loupe and Light Review


The most recent pair of loupes that I was able to try out were the Designs For Vision 3.5x magnification Galilean loupes with the Nike Pounce frame. Overall, I felt like this was an decent combination but far from my favorite.





Loupes 


I would have to say that the actual loupes (the optics portion) were my least favorite part about this package. They are 3.5x magnification which means that they are going to have a smaller field of view and shorter depth of field but this was not the problem. The problem for me was the clarity of the optics. I started off by trying the loupes on and holding out my thumbs. At this point everything seemed fine and dandy. However, when I looked into the oral cavity I had difficulty getting a clear image. The tooth was in focus but only in the center of the optics. The edges seemed to be blurry. This is something that I have not noticed in any other pairs of loupes, even Design For Visions 2.5x magnification. I used these loupes for a few weeks but the lack of clarity continued to bother me. It may just be me but clarity is a must. That is why I gave Designs For Visions 3.5x Galilean loupes a B-.

Rating: 8/10

Frame



The frame that I tried was Designs For Vision Nike Pounce. This seemed to be much more sturdy and less likely to break than the Nike Skylon  Ace frame. Overall, the frame was light weight, durable, and most importantly comfortable. The nose pad did seem to put a little more pressure on my nose than the Orascoptics Rudy Project Rydon frame and the Oakley Frame by Surgitel but it was still a comfortable fit. In addition to being comfortable and sturdy the Pounce frame gives an intelligent look to the dentist. So if you are looking for comfort and a good clean look then this frame is perfect.

I would also like to note that the lenses on these frames never fogged up while using them. Anyone who has had lenses fog up on them during a procedure knows how frustrating that can be. In addition, like Orascoptic, Design For Vision sent me these little plastic piece that twists around the temple arm to fasten the loupe light wire on. This is super uncomfortable. I would recommend asking for an elastic piece that snaps together.

Rating: 9/10

Light

The LED DayLite Mini was fantastic. It is not the lightest weight loupe light that I have tried but definitely light enough to use comfortably. However, this light is probably one of the more well built and durable light of any that I have tried. Everything from the light it self, to the cable, to the battery was built to last.

Compared to the Orascoptic Neon Endeavor light that I just reviewed the light was actually more diffuse and covered a wider area (less concentrated). However, I do not feel like this hindered the performance of the light.

The battery pack was not all that appealing to the eye but it did the job. Instead, of having a built on belt clip it came with a separate carrying case that can clip onto your belt. The advantage of this is that if the belt clip breaks you do not have to replace the entire battery but the down fall is that it makes the battery a little bit more bulky while clipped to your belt. In addition, this battery back did not have any high tech fancy touch switch to turn the battery on or adjust the levels of brightness. It simply had an on/off switch and a twisty nob that allowed for you to adjust the light between 0 and 4,400 footcandles.

Perhaps one of the only negative things that I can say about this light is that it gets a bit warm after only a short period of use. So if you plan on having this light on for any length of time be careful when handling the light afterwards. I am not saying that it gets boiling lava hot or anything but it does warm up.

Rating: 8.5/10

Price


Like any of the major loupe companies these loupes are expensive. The nice thing about Design For Vision is they do not charge you an arm and a leg to upgrade from 2.5x Galilean to a 3.5x Galilean (maybe $50-$75). The unfortunate part is that by upgrading to a 3.5x you seem to get a lesser quality optic.

Rating: 7.5/10

Overall Rating

Overall, Designs For Vision 3.5x Galilean loupe with the Nike Pounce frame earned a flat B in this review.
The frames and light were nice but with a sub-par optic and a hefty price tag this is not a purchase that makes sense in my book. In addition, I was not offered any kind of larger carrying case that would carry both the loupes and the light. Seems like something that should be included when buying both as a package. However, the nice thing is is that you can contact a local representative and try them out for yourself.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

That is my review of the Designs For Vision loupe and light. Hopefully you were able find something helpful.Feel free to ask questions or make your own comments.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Orascoptic Loupe and Light Review

I recently had the opportunity to get my hands on a pair of Orascoptic Loupes and the brand new Zeon Endeavor Light. There is a lot to say about this pair of loupes.




Loupes 


The loupe model is the Hires 2 loupes with the Rudy Project frames. The magnification on this pair of loupes is 2.5x. This is great for any of your general dentistry. A 2.5x magnification may not sound like enough to be beneficial, however, with the clarity of Orascoptic Loupes you will see that you have an instant increased visibility in any of your procedures. I would like to mention that unlike some of the other major dental companies Orascoptics loupes maintains a clear image almost all the way to the edge of the field of view. I have absolutely no complaints about the loupe quality from Orascoptic.

Rating: 9/10

Frame

The frame that I tried was Orascoptics famous Rudy Project Rydon frames. There is no doubt that this is a lightweight sturdy frame that is made to last. Unlike a some of the other brands out there the Rudy Project frame does not feel fragile when wearing or handling the frame. The hinges on the frame allow for some outward flex for those with larger heads or even for those of us that may accidentally bend the arm. In addition, the tips of the temple arms are also made to be bent. I have a little bit of a narrower face so I was able to bend the arms to make the fit the way I wanted them to fit. This allowed for a nice comfortable fit.

In addition, to being sturdy and comfortable I did not seem to have any fogging issues. If you have ever worn a dental mask with a pair of cheap glasses you know that fogging can be a problem. However, you can add anti-fog or use anti-fog wipes on just about any pair of loupes and have the same result.

When wearing the light with this frame Orascoptic sent this little plastic piece that twists around the temple arm to hold the wire on. This is super uncomfortable. I ended up having to ask for these little elastic clips which fixed the problem.


Rating: 9/10

Light


The light that I tried was the brand new Neon Endeavor light by Orascoptic. When I say brand new I mean it just came out with in the last month or two. This light was a huge improvement from any of their other lights. I could not believe how small this little gum ball light was. There are other companies out there with similar sized lights with a much smaller price tag.

The light appears to be made to last also. Everything seemed to have sturdy connections at the joint and nothing that would fall apart in the near future. One thing that is different from this light and many others is the size of the cable going from the light to the battery. It is a very small cable comparatively which only added to it being less of a annoyance.

If you are worried about this light not being bright enough don't worry, it is! The light is not only bright but very focused unlike some of the other brands which give off a very diffuse light with blurred boarders. The light can be adjusted between three levels by using the touch battery pack. Yes, the touch battery pack actually works through your scrubs so you can keep it in a front pocket and still turn on, turn off, or change the settings of the light without taking it out.


Overall, very impressed with the light. The only thing that I ran into was the metal piece that allows the battery to clip to a belt is very very stiff and is difficult to get on. Then again other companies have the problem of having this piece break on them. I guess it is not that big of a deal.

Rating: 9/10

Price


Student pricing or not, these loupes are a bit expensive. Perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks in price is the price jump from a 2.5x Galilean loupe to a 3.5x Galilean loupe. For a student the price jumps up nearly $300. A little much considering the 3.5x prismatic loupes are in the same price range.

Rating: 7.5/10

Overall Rating


Orascoptic earned an B+ in my book. Despite having an incredibly nice product the price point was lacking. For some of us this matters and for others it is just a drop in the bucket.

Rating: 8.7/10

That is my review of the Orascoptic Loupes and Light. Hopefully you were able find something helpful.Feel free to ask questions or make your own comments.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

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