Get the Kaiser or Cabin Light Box from Cathay Photo or Ruby Photo. Both of these are daylight corrected.
As for loupe, peak would do if you are on a budget. Else the Rodenstock 4X can do wonders and more justice to your slides.
I've the Rodenstock loupe, sold it and gotten the Mamiya loupe (sold as Cabin here). The Mamiya's pretty good too. But there's some slight distortion if you don't view straight down (the Rodenstock was fine for viewing at any angle if I'm not wrong).
Loupe is a kind of a mangifying glass for viewing slides (and occasionally negatives if you like seeing peoples' hair in orange). As with all optical devices, there are loupes of differing qualities and hence the comparsion of brands.
A lightbox, as the name suggests, is a box with light. Hehe... :sweat:
It provides the back light on which you can place your slides on and view them.
Both are a must-have for serious slide shooters, failing which, you end up a cheapo like me, using the scanner lid as a lightbox and the 50mm lens as a loupe.
Agree with mpenza, there would be times when you need to move the Cabin/Mamiya loupe around, as it's also higher magnification compared to the Rodenstock 4X. BTW, I also compared the Rodenstock 6X (or 8X, I can't remember), and it's also an amazing piece of glass with an amazing ($300+) price ... and of course I like it better than the Cabin :bsmilie: ...
The reason I liked the Cabin was due to price and comfort ... it's larger than the Rodenstock and the feel (subjective, I'll be the first to admit) is better. However, you can't go wrong with either.
A friend of mine has a Rollei which he waxes lyrical about, but I haven't seen them for sale anywhere in Singapore.
Be kind to your eyes, don't use cheap pieces of plastic especially over protracted periods (eg. if you're viewing 100+ slides). I have an el-cheapo loupe which I won't even give to people I dislike ... it'll either worsen your eyesight or kill your enthusiasm for slides.
Another thing ... buy a hurricane bulb blower, if you don't have one already, and get a soft makeup brush/duster from a women's cosmetics counter (is there such a thing as a men's cosmetics counter ? :think: ) ... use them to remove dust from your slides before you view them. And to clean your loupe as well. A microfibre cloth (about $3-5 from an optician) also comes in handy.
If you share slides around, especially "in the field", a $5 daylight slide viewer from Ruby comes in handy. The lens is a piece of plastic, but it's very portable and adequate for viewing only a few slides every now and again.
To see what a color-corrected light table looks like, go to Fotohub (formerly RGB) in Beach Rd. The ones they have there are a good size, but perhaps overkill for a hobbyist. I'd consider the Nikon loupes they have there borderline ... adequate, but you can do much better for very little more money. Which is perfectly fine because they're a business and you don't want people walking away with your Rodenstocks on a daily basis :devil: ...