Glimmer1991

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Halp! :eek:

Money isn't an issue. They're an investment. I just want to get the best/right ones.

Should I go with a Lumadent or just get one of their lights? I mean, saving 100 or 200 bucks just seems like splitting hairs if getting the package deal might make things easier for me in the future.

3.5x seems like a lot, and a lot of my classmates are leaning towards 2.5x... but I don't want to be wishing for something else within a few months.

Yes, this is probably better for the dental forum, but folks look at this one more. :)


P.S. DENTAL SCHOOL IS HARD Y'ALL! LOL. Back to studying gross anatomy...
 

ChapelHillT

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Glimmer, feel free to send me a PM on here and I'll go into a lot more detail on this (I know you're an NC person, happy to meet with you in person at UNC if that's where you ended up--sorry, can't remember if you chose ECU or UNC, both great schools!!!).

For the benefit of others seeing this, I would say: I am a 3rd year and know of a lot of classmates itching to upgrade from their original 2.5x's. The company's really push those to start with for a variety of reasons, many of which I personally don't put a lot of stock in. I started with 3.5x and will be purchasing either 4.8 or 6.0's before I leave school (have to take advantage of that student discount!). I know many classmates who will be doing the same. In my personal opinion, 2.5x is a hell of a lot better than nothing, but ultimately kinda worthless. It's good to get used to some magnification, but after a few months you are going to want more. I would advise everyone to start at 3.5x. I'm sure there are some that would disagree, but thats my opinion, and I know many classmates/faculty that would agree!
 

syap

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I was considering DFV 3.1s I think. Just got a lumadent light. I want to look at Orascoptics but they are always so busy when they are around haha. PS for some reason I feel dental school is easier than undergrad...
 
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Glimmer1991

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I've decided to go with DFV 3.5EF with the Buddy Holly frames. I'm also getting a LumaDent light.

I'll have to report back in a while and let everyone know how they are! :)
 

predentalgirl

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We just had a presentation on loupes today.

2.5x seems what everyone recommends, but upperclassmen say to get 3x.

@Glimmer1991 Def report back on that 3.5x one! I would like to know if the field of vision gets a lot smaller due to the higher magnification, and if that would be an issue when you want to see the bigger picture.
 

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Dfv 3.5x is the better choice but if i had to do it again, id buy zeiss 3.5x...flip ups let you have the steepest angle of decline...my dfv makes me bow my head making my neck strained...
 

Bis-GMA111

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2.5x is more than enough. you're not doing major endo so anything more than that is a waste IMO.

but then again, there are people who can't see with 2.5x, and then there are those who don't need loupes period. see what works for you.
 
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Glimmer1991

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We just had a presentation on loupes today.

2.5x seems what everyone recommends, but upperclassmen say to get 3x.

@Glimmer1991 Def report back on that 3.5x one! I would like to know if the field of vision gets a lot smaller due to the higher magnification, and if that would be an issue when you want to see the bigger picture.
I'm getting the expanded field. :)