Just got back from the Post Office via Aldi where I bought a magnifier for a tenner. I’ve not tried it seriously yet; but first impressions are good.
I bought it because my eyes have been getting worse and I’m struggling to paint with any fluency. The change is taking the enjoyment out of painting as I can’t get in the “painting zone” that comes with fluency.
As you can see there’s a nice large 2x lens without a surround on a bendy arm and two bluish LED lights if required. Very unobtrusive which was part of the appeal. There a 4x insert lens for an extra boost if required. The stand has both a clip and legs that pivot out. The latter aren’t shown on the photo but they are very stylish and make the magnifier easy about on the work bench. Finally there’s a nice cloth cover for the lens to keep it clean and stop it getting scratched.
Last night I tried it out with some 15 mm figures I have on the painting bench. The first thing to say is that it definitively easier. I was appalled at how poor my painting looked when magnified. I then tried to correct the worst of the errors. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.
The small LED lights give a bluish light. I have never painted under artificial light as I find it affects my colour choices and recently I have needed a strong light source but I liked the lighting boost that the LEDs provide. I might even try painting in the evening for the first time.
I’m fired up now and will be giving the magnifier an extended trial next week. These have been on sale at Aldi since yesterday and there were only two left in my store. Recommended for a tenner.