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  1. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    Suggestions for something similar to the one below? These are Raybans but I don't like the logo on the frames.

    http://www.coolframes.com/get_image....olor=2367&alt=


    There are lots and lots of frames that have that look now. You can find it in almost any brand. If you walk into a shop and ask them for it, they should be able to provide you with a few options.
     
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    Hi CityConnection, I was wondering if you could ID this pair of eyeglasses for me. I believe they are ray bans but I don't know whether they are 1) 5184 2) 5121 ...or possibly another model? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. jakejake

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    1. My Rx reads 6.25/7. What type of lens works best for me?

    2. Thoughts on Rayban and Oakley prescription frames?

    Thanks.
     
  4. twblalock

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    I'm going to Japan in a month and I think I'm going to try and buy a nice pair of sunglasses there. Can you recommend a few brands to look at? I think my max budget is $250. I already found a brand called Effector which looks interesting. I'm looking for something vintage-inspired/classy.

    Also, does anyone know of any sunglasses that are Wayfarer-esque but with adjustable nose pads? I like the Wayfarers, but the top of my nose is very narrow and they slide down. I have that problem with most plastic frames. At the moment I am wearing a pair of Oakley Fives Squared, which fit my nose fairly well. I suppose I could get authentic Wayfarers and then add some stick-on silicone pads, but I would rather find frames that fit properly.
     
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    Hi.........,

    How would we choose best sunglasses, on which basis we should select it? Can you suggest me?
     
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    What are the thoughts in Dita sunglasses? I'm interested in the Challenger model. Worth the money or over hyped?
     
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    I'm going to Japan in a month and I think I'm going to try and buy a nice pair of sunglasses there. Can you recommend a few brands to look at? I think my max budget is $250. I already found a brand called Effector which looks interesting. I'm looking for something vintage-inspired/classy.

    Also, does anyone know of any sunglasses that are Wayfarer-esque but with adjustable nose pads? I like the Wayfarers, but the top of my nose is very narrow and they slide down. I have that problem with most plastic frames. At the moment I am wearing a pair of Oakley Fives Squared, which fit my nose fairly well. I suppose I could get authentic Wayfarers and then add some stick-on silicone pads, but I would rather find frames that fit properly.


    Take a look at Solid Blue... They make a mean pair of specs.
     
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    toniok Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

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    Can anyone identify the eyeglasses please?
     
  9. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    As an eyewear afficianado (with my own Yahoo eyewear club since 1999) I'm more than a little interested in every detail about my own frames....
    Re my new and wonderful Lunor frame, I had visited a great optician's in
    Buffalo (hereby referred to as "Buffalo"), where they carry Lunor frames, and I
    was intrigued by their Lunor selections along with those of other (and other
    generally highly selective designers). Showing a Robert Marc plastic frame to a
    gentleman who appeared to be the lead optician and very knowlegeable, I asked
    him for the price as well as what mine would go for in his shop. He gave a
    price for the Robert Marc something like $100 less than mine. When I expressed
    some surprise, as I do consider Robert Marc a special eyewear chain, he remarked the Lunor is certainly superior and frames like mine have sterling silver hinges. I knew Lunor hinges are considered outstanding and was glad to hear this. But then my curiosity got the better of
    me and I wanted to verify this fact, if possible, as my hingest and related hardware do seem to have a slight goldish tinge.
    First I wrote to Lunor - both their (assumably main) office in Germany and then
    their U.S. rep - Robert Marc, asking specifically the material of the hardware
    for a Lunor model 215 frame in color 03 ("light havana") acetate. No response.
    I wanted to get to the bottom of this what-should-be-simple question and started
    asking the same question of American opticians I know offer Lunor frames (all
    higher-end type establishments). I also asked others' prices for my frame, out
    of curiosity.
    DC wrote he had confirmed with Lunor the hardware on my frame is a nickel-free
    "allow" (sic) with a yellow gold finish - "gold plated." Then I mentioned what Buffalo
    had said (without naming optician) and asked if perhaps Lunor goes to the effort to match the hardware with the specific acetate color. He didn't respond to that question and just
    gave me his price (at that point I wasn't positive if Buffalo had really noticed
    my specific acetate color).
    San Francisco wrote the hinges are "silver as it matched the acetate frame color
    better." I asked better than what, and inquired if 215s of other colors might
    have instead other metals, and mentioned again I had seen the 03 color Lunor
    frame and its hardware looks a bit pale gold.
    He responded it does look gold in their catalog but all the Lunor acetate frames
    they have have silver metal trim for the hinge parts. Then I mentioned someone
    had said the 03 color 215s have gold plated over nickel-free alloy, and that
    I've seen such a frame in person and the hardware does look a bit gold. I added
    perhaps he doesn't have the 03 color in stock or any other Lunors that might be
    an acetate color Lunor might have given the gold-plated hardware to. He
    responded he is confused withthe discrepancies I've described but he contacted the Lunor rep and
    the rep's exact words were "there is no such thing as a gold colored or even gold
    plated hinge on any of those zyl's (sic). Al of those hinges are laser cut from
    a block of steel. Nothing special. It's a more precise and consistent method
    than if the metal was poured into a mold." The optician added he hoped this helps me rather than
    make everything more confusing. I was wondering if San Francisco had meant
    originally all his Lunor frames had only silver-tone hinges and mentioned the
    rep hadn't specifically mentioned "sterling silver" - just that there's no gold
    and implied its all must steel. And that others had said definitely "sterling
    silver." No response (not surprised....).
    Being all confused, I wrote back to the original optician who had said "sterling
    silver" - Buffalo - and mentioned how I had been in their shop, etc. They wrote
    "After double checking with Lunor we are positive that the 215 only comes with
    Sterling Silver hinges," and suggested I give this hardware a good polish such
    that they might look more like sterling.
    Then I wrote to Toronto. They said I am correct that there are some frames with
    sterling silver and gold-plated nickel alloys [I had said "nickel-free alloys"
    and was this person referring to frames in general or Lunor in general?],
    however the Lunor 215 model 03 "has either a titanium or stainless steel hinge
    and he or she is awating verification from their distributor....
    Well. I'm waiting but wonder if some Lunor distributor has been getting all
    these inquiries and if he or she might be been "winging it" without really
    knowing or what's going on here? With polishing my frame's hardware does perhaps
    look more silver or at least I see the goldish tone could be possibly caused by
    reflection from the yellower acetate. That doesn't verify they're sterling, in
    any case....
     
  10. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    1. My Rx reads 6.25/7. What type of lens works best for me?

    2. Thoughts on Rayban and Oakley prescription frames?

    Thanks.


    I am assuming it reads -6.25 and -7.00
    For your lenses, I would suggest a 1.67 or 1.74 aspheric lens. They will be thinner, wider field of view and lighter. It won;t give you as much of the bottle cap effect (depending on the size of your frame).

    Oakley makes their own RX sunglasses. Unfortunately, they do NOT make it in your RX. They only make up to -4 the last time I checked. You will have to get a shop to make them for you. There are tons of difference brands of lenses and each shop will carry their favored brands.

    EDIT: I just realized you said prescription frames. If you are talking clear lenses, the quality between Rayban and Oakley will be about the same. Although Oakleys are a bit more substantial, in the sense that they are bit heavier and better built. The hinges are smoother and the metal is much more durable. In terms of the plastic frames, the Oakleys are a bit thicker. DOesn't mean that they are unbreakable but they will withstand more abuse.

    The Raybans will probably be $100 less than the Oakleys and for their price points, both are fair quality. I wouldn't say they are great frames though. They are both Made in China by Lux, which translates to poor quality control.

    Hope that helps!
     
  11. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    I'm going to Japan in a month and I think I'm going to try and buy a nice pair of sunglasses there. Can you recommend a few brands to look at? I think my max budget is $250. I already found a brand called Effector which looks interesting. I'm looking for something vintage-inspired/classy.

    Also, does anyone know of any sunglasses that are Wayfarer-esque but with adjustable nose pads? I like the Wayfarers, but the top of my nose is very narrow and they slide down. I have that problem with most plastic frames. At the moment I am wearing a pair of Oakley Fives Squared, which fit my nose fairly well. I suppose I could get authentic Wayfarers and then add some stick-on silicone pads, but I would rather find frames that fit properly.


    I don't know much about different Japanese frame companies except for Kio Yamato, O&X, Iyoko Ineyake (which if I recall is made in Denmark or something), Kuozo Kawasaki, Toki, Kame ManNen and Salt (American company but products are made in Japan). You can get most of those brands in North America which might not make them all that special to you. I would suggest to go and try to find a frame that is made in Japan that is good quality and inexpensive. Most of the larger japanese brands have a univeral suggested retail so it will be the same as North America.

    Also, keep in mind that you can always get pad arms implanted on any plastic frame.
     
  12. CityConnection

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    What are the thoughts in Dita sunglasses? I'm interested in the Challenger model. Worth the money or over hyped?

    I haven't had any long term experience with the products but they seem to be quite popular. I don't know what their long term quality is like and that to me is important. Anyone can make a $500 frame but can they make it last without breakages? I think that is more important than pricing a frame at $500 and selling them to people who continually have breakages.

    Maybe someone else can comment on their experiences with the Dita products... My opinion wouldn't be all that valuable due to my limited experience with them. I have only seen them at trade shows.
     
  13. jakejake

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    Thanks for answering my question CC.
     
  14. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    Thanks for answering my question CC.

    No problem. I have been a bit inactive on SF the last few weeks/months because my heavy work schedule. I try to answer questions when I can. I don't bother asking the "can you ID these frames" because anyone could do it, but I like answering more technical questions. No offense to those who ask those questions...
     
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    Anyone know where I can get new lenses cut for a reasonable price in Chicago? It's for a pair of Mykitas that need a new prescription...
     

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