Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

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Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#1 Post by Malpi » Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:19 pm

I have looked at a review of this on Amazon and the comments suggesed that it is not possible to do darkfield on it.
Is this correct ?
The questioner specifically asks about a filter but then talks about the condenser So some confusion ?

Perhaps they mean not a darkfield condenser, but an occulting stop in the filter holder,,
(does it have one ? that didnt get answered and I cant see one in pics online)
,,,might still be possible ??

This is a snippet of the comments page :-
Asked by :
flioink
3 months ago
I suppose I can add an additional filter in the condenser folder for darkfield illumination?
Also, are there 60x dry objectives for this?

Reply 1 :
Andres Sosa
2 months ago
I think it is not possible, many people ask the manufacturer about this option but only keep silent.

Reply 2:
SWIFT-BASIC-IN-EU
2 months ago
Sorry can’t.
Thanks.

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#2 Post by 75RR » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:32 pm

Darkfield using stops with low power objectives should be possible on all transmitted light microscopes.

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/ind ... trast.html
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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#3 Post by Malpi » Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:36 pm

Thank you
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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#4 Post by micro » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:12 am

I have the 380t and it has a filter holder for those little plastic dark field filters. You can't go by the seller comments because they don't know what they are talking about. The 380t had similar comments saying darkfield wasn't possible even though it has the filter holder option.

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#5 Post by micro » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:14 am

The reviews and comments say the 350t has a filter holder

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#6 Post by Malpi » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:50 pm

micro wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:12 am
I have the 380t and it has a filter holder for those little plastic dark field filters. You can't go by the seller comments because they don't know what they are talking about. The 380t had similar comments saying darkfield wasn't possible even though it has the filter holder option.
micro wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:14 am
The reviews and comments say the 350t has a filter holder
Thanks micro,
I must be going blind I did not see that, do you have a link to it please.

PS I am considering a 380 also, so that is useful information.

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#7 Post by micro » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:38 pm

They jacked up the price on the 380t I got mine on sale for $222

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N7 ... UTF8&psc=1

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#8 Post by Malpi » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:47 pm

Thanks for that link, yes, without a doubt, it does show a "Swinging Filter Holder"
I know my eyes are not young anymore but they couldnt miss that !

Now that is Amazon states-side, whereas I am on this side of the pond with AmazonUK etc.,
and deffo no filter holder in the pics of 350 and 380 that I was seeing,,, so further investigation needs be done after my evening meal ,,,

Many thanks for your great input.
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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#9 Post by Malpi » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:44 pm

All becomes mysterious : a Diaphragm becomes a Swinging Filter Holder !

I had assumed the diaphragm (in my viewing of AmazonUK) to be an Iris.
Has it been a model upgrade or just a different name for the same thing ?
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#10 Post by Malpi » Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:14 am

It seems that there are not many owners of Swifts on the forum.
Which may indicate that I should look to other manufacturers for my next purchase !

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#11 Post by micro » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:19 pm

Just get something else because the swift models are more expensive now anyway. When I bought mine it was a good deal but now since they cost more you might as well get a more well known brand.

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#12 Post by garstro » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:50 pm

Purchased a Swift 380T thinking it had a filter holder as they included a blue filter. However it had an iris diaphragm instead. No biggy as I'm pleased with this scope. Will try fitting it with patches & polarizing filters eventually.

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#13 Post by Malpi » Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:34 pm

garstro wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:50 pm
thinking it had a filter holder as they included a blue filter. However it had an iris diaphragm instead.
A reasonable assumption I would say as well !
All very strange.

Thanks for your info,input.

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#14 Post by garstro » Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:00 pm

Egads inspected bottom of iris diaphragm & there is a pin sticking out of bottom that you use to slide out the filter holder. Looked & looked before & did not see this. Now will be easy to add filters. :oops:

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#15 Post by Malpi » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:17 pm

Ah !
Well done, another of life's little mysteries sorted :)

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#16 Post by shirleey22 » Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:46 am

so the SW380T has filter holder? i had the SW350B and i never found the filter holder so i put the blue filter on top of the light LOL :lol: :mrgreen:

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#17 Post by garstro » Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:43 pm

I didn't think the 380t had a filter holder until I looked for a iris diaphragm with filter holder for Swift on Ebay. Found one with picture & compared with mine. Same thing. The slide out holder has small metal nub that sticks down. Originally thought it was a fastener for the assembly. Pushed sideways & out it came. Have ordered polarizing filters for filter holder & to go under head. Guess I'll find out if LED lighting will work with this next?

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#18 Post by Malpi » Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:59 pm

I am beginning to think that I should buy one (just to find out / explore, they are well priced here), write an "in depth" review (with pictures !) of Swift filter capabilities,,,
and then sell it, and its copyright, to Swift.
I wonder how much they would pay me for it :lol: :roll:

Hi Shirley, welcome aboard,
I see in your post in "botanic cross sections" that you have returned a 350 and ordered a 380, I would be most interested to hear what you have discovered about the differencies between these two, their pro&cons.

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#19 Post by shirleey22 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:23 am

Malpi wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:59 pm
I am beginning to think that I should buy one (just to find out / explore, they are well priced here), write an "in depth" review (with pictures !) of Swift filter capabilities,,,
and then sell it, and its copyright, to Swift.
I wonder how much they would pay me for it :lol: :roll:

Hi Shirley, welcome aboard,
I see in your post in "botanic cross sections" that you have returned a 350 and ordered a 380, I would be most interested to hear what you have discovered about the differencies between these two, their pro&cons.
Hi Malpi! I’m still expecting the 380, but i will tell you about the differences when i get it! Although, they’re not really different other than how they look like, the 380 is somewhat “advanced” and Oliver told me to get the SW380T but it’s too expensive :( but since its only for hobby then i think i can do enough with the SW380B! I will be uploading images once i get the trick of how to use this forum! :D

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#20 Post by garstro » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:17 am

seller on Ebay I bought the 380T from now wants over $1000 more than I paid. Supply/demand or price gouging?

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#21 Post by shirleey22 » Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:56 am

garstro wrote:
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:17 am
seller on Ebay I bought the 380T from now wants over $1000 more than I paid. Supply/demand or price gouging?

what? why is that? do you have a picture or the link? i saw a 380T at $1,200 and i thought that was crazy.

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#22 Post by shirleey22 » Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:11 am

Malpi wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:59 pm
I am beginning to think that I should buy one (just to find out / explore, they are well priced here), write an "in depth" review (with pictures !) of Swift filter capabilities,,,
and then sell it, and its copyright, to Swift.
I wonder how much they would pay me for it :lol: :roll:

Hi Shirley, welcome aboard,
I see in your post in "botanic cross sections" that you have returned a 350 and ordered a 380, I would be most interested to hear what you have discovered about the differencies between these two, their pro&cons.
i found the differences on ebay! they only added the camera port
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#23 Post by MichaelG. » Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:53 am

shirleey22 wrote:
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:11 am
Malpi wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:59 pm

[…]
Hi Shirley, welcome aboard,
I see in your post in "botanic cross sections" that you have returned a 350 and ordered a 380, I would be most interested to hear what you have discovered about the differencies between these two, their pro&cons.
i found the differences on ebay! they only added the camera port
As a detached observer of this discussion ... I am confused

The ebay clip shows the significant difference between the 380B and 380T
B=Binocular vs T=Trinocular

... but there is no mention of 350

Am I missing something ?

MichaelG.

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Edit: curiosity took me to this Swift page, which features the variants:
http://swiftoptical.com/products/swift-basics

and also to this Youtube video : https://youtu.be/w6q-Z4qOIOk
where the reply to a question by Michael Fuchs is interesting [but not very detailed]

P.S. I have just downloaded the two 9 page user manuals, and suggest that you do the same
... a side-by-side comparison is more revealing than switching between adverts.
Too many 'projects'

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#24 Post by Malpi » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:26 am

Nice find ! I had looked at several Swift ytvids but missed that one (or maybe I saw it and missed the most relevant bit !)

At 1:10 to 1:16 it answers my original post/question/raison d'etre of this topic :-
The 350T does indeed have a swing out filter holder :!: that would take a dark-field thingie.

* 6seconds that may cause me to raid my piggybank :lol:

Thanks to all who participated in this little saga.

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Re: Anyone with a Swift SW350T ?

#25 Post by shirleey22 » Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:25 pm

MichaelG. wrote:
Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:53 am
shirleey22 wrote:
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:11 am
Malpi wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:59 pm

[…]
Hi Shirley, welcome aboard,
I see in your post in "botanic cross sections" that you have returned a 350 and ordered a 380, I would be most interested to hear what you have discovered about the differencies between these two, their pro&cons.
i found the differences on ebay! they only added the camera port
As a detached observer of this discussion ... I am confused

The ebay clip shows the significant difference between the 380B and 380T
B=Binocular vs T=Trinocular

... but there is no mention of 350

Am I missing something ?

MichaelG.

.

Edit: curiosity took me to this Swift page, which features the variants:
http://swiftoptical.com/products/swift-basics

and also to this Youtube video : https://youtu.be/w6q-Z4qOIOk
where the reply to a question by Michael Fuchs is interesting [but not very detailed]

P.S. I have just downloaded the two 9 page user manuals, and suggest that you do the same
... a side-by-side comparison is more revealing than switching between adverts.
lol sorry i just compared the 380b and 380T that i forgot about the 350b (the one i had) :? , but believe me i have searched and looked everything from the sky to earth and below the sea and there seems to be “not much” information OR reviews of the Swift, except mine here about the 350B, it was really good! i really liked it although some objectives were dirty and other stuff. However, the review that led me to buy the SW350B was this one:
https://mymicroscopicworld.com/microsco ... wift-sw350
It was the ONLY one i found from DAYS and WEEKS of research for a REAL review of Swift.
the other website that has a really good comparison page is the OMAX, something Swift should have.

Also, thank you for the links! i have them.

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