The complete buyers guide to magnifiers

There are usually only a few reasons why people start looking into buying a magnifier. They include aging and losing some of your close-up vision or because their job, or hobby, requires them to deal with fine detail or very small objects. Magnifiers come in 5 categories and have a range of magnification, but you can’t just use any magnifier for every task. You need to choose the right type and power of magnification to suit the job. So, how do you work out which magnifier is right for you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll look at magnifiers and what you need to know before you buy. 


As we mentioned, there are 5 categories of magnifiers. They are:

  • Low vision reading glasses
  • Magnifiers that are attached to the wearer’s own glasses
  • Stand or handheld magnifiers
  • Video camera magnifiers, and
  • Telescopes

The labels are self-explanatory and you will find what you want under one of these magnifier categories. However, these categories don’t mean much if you don’t know what kind of magnifier you need. So, lets look at your needs.


What you need a magnifier for will help determine the type you need. For example:

  • Help with fine print and general reading – you could use low vision reading glasses, a mountable magnifier that attaches to glasses, or an A4 sized handheld magnifier.
  • When your hands are busy – again, you could use a magnifier that attaches to your glasses, and stand magnifier, or one of the many versions of handsfree magnifiers.
  • Looking at the unseeable – when your subject is too small for the eye to see you could use a magnifier from the telescope category or a video camera one.

As you can see, even once you know the purpose or the use of the magnifier, you still have to narrow your options down more. So, let’s look at magnification.


Its easy to think that getting the strongest magnifiers you can is the way to go, but that is not necessarily true. You see, the higher the magnification the smaller the area is that is in focus. So, having a small focal point while you are reading a book isn’t very practical nor is it efficient reading. A general rule is to use the lowest amount of magnification that you are able, so you have a larger focus area. For text you would use a low range magnifier, stamp collectors would use a mid-range one, and high-powered magnifiers are for ultra-fine details or perhaps gemstones. When it comes to buying the magnifiers, use all the information you have gathered and speak to a reputable dealer, like RS, to make sure you get quality advice and quality products.

Buying the right magnifier is a matter of understanding what its use will be and remembering that the most powerful isn’t always the best. With this guide to buying magnifiers and the team at RS you’ll find the perfect magnifier for your job. As they say, seeing is believing.

Ethan More

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