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This is the Donegan DA-5 OptiVisor Headband Magnifier, 2.5x Magnification, 8" Focal Length. I personally use a Zeiss headset magnifier made for dental work, but it is no longer being sold to my knowledge. This Donegan head magnifier has glass lenses which is why I selected it. Most head magnifiers on Amazon have plastic lenses and that’s why they have such a low price. I bought this Donegan head magnifier for backup because it has 2.5x magnification with a 8” focal length. There are some dental headset magnifiers sold on Amazon, but most have a 12”, or greater, focal length and are not practical for sitting at a desk working on cameras.



This is a Bausch & Lomb Watchmaker Loupe, 5x. I keep a loupe on my work desk. The 5x loupe is just about perfect for a camera repairman. My Zeiss headset is 2.5x and sometimes I need to get in a little closer to inspect a camera part.



This is a Bausch & Lomb Watchmaker Loupe, 10x. I own a 10x, but I don’t keep it on my work desk. It’s too powerful for normal daily work on cameras although I do use it a few times a year.





LENS TOOLS
There aren't many lens tools listed here, but I did list a few special tools that are needed for some lens repairs. The cross-point screwdriver is what I mostly use when repairing a lens, along with a metal scribe to mark the timing of the lens.




This is a Andoer Professional DSLR Camera Tool. Many times the tips that come with a spanner will not fit the 35mm lens ring notch and you will have to reshape the spanner tips with a dremel tool. It's best to loosen the lens ring with the spanner and then use a probe to finish unscrewing the ring. Sometimes I put black tape on the lens glass element to protect it during this process. The greatest danger when working on a lens is slipping and scratching the lens glass.



This is a UTEBIT Camera Lens Repair Kit Adjustable 10-100mm Lens Wrench Spanner Tool. Read my comments on the Andoer Professional spanner wrench. Either of these spanners will work, but you will probably need to reshape the tips for the lens you are working on, since these spanners were not made for classic 35mm lens repair.



This is the Japan hobby tool Lens Repair Tool. It’s a basic decorative-cover removal tool. Many camera lenses don’t have a ring, or ring notch, for the camera repairman to grip with a spanner tool and remove the decorative covers. This is a friction tool, you press it against the decorative cover and turn it to unscrew the cover.



This is the Snap Back Case Knive, Swiss Model | KNF-156.00. The camera repairman needs an unpointed dull knife to remove camera leather. The knife should not have a point or be sharp enough to cut the leather. This tool is used by probing under the leather at the corner and slowly peeling off the leather being carefully to not damage it. There are no camera tools made to do this, but this Swiss knife would work. Of course you could also use a Dremel tool and reshape a pocket knife.



This is the X-Acto #1 Precision Knife. Most of the tools the camera repairman uses are pointed objects. Sometimes he needs a dull flat blade to scrape off corrosion or peel leather. The X-Acto works well for this type of tool, but first the blade has to be dulled with a Dremel tool and sandpaper for it to be useful. It will not function properly with a sharp edge or pointed end.



This is the Kai 5100 4-inch Needlecraft Scissor. I have purchased this item more than once. It’s handy for cutting tape, small wires, leather, and many other uses. I use this Kai 5100 scissor with every camera I work on.



This is Light Baffle, 1mm 25cm x 12cm. Nearly all 35mm cameras have deteriorating foam around the film door channel. You need 1mm foam to replace the seals around the film door. How to use this foam: Buy a sheet of this foam and cut it with a box cutter knife and a ruler into narrow strips that fit the film door channel on your camera. Remove the old foam and insert the new foam strips.



This is 3M 468MP Clear Transfer Tape - 3/4 in Width x 5 mil Thick. You can use Pliobond Adhesive or Devcon Contact Cement to replace the leather on a camera, but this double-sided 3M Tape is less messy and you don’t have to breath all those glue fumes during the process. I use it now instead of glue to replace the leather on my cameras.



This is 1/4" 1/2" 3/4" x 60 yd Multi Size Pack Black Painters Tape. I often find I need to tape something on a camera that I am working on and this black tape works the best for me. It does not stick too hard and it leaves no residue when I pull it off. Most of the time I use it to cover shutters when I’m working on a camera to prevent accidental damage with one of my tools.