I wanted to buy a pair of these and the Cressi Big Eyes Evolution mask. Do you guys install the lens? How easy is it to install? seems like conflicting information here, one guys says its easy, most others here say its hard.
I installed my own. I think Cressi has a video on there site. Be aware, these are medium difficult to install. If you are very careful you can do it. Make sure you find specific instruction before you try. If you make a mistake you may damage you mask.
If the mask and lenses are ordered online, how does one have them installed by LeasurePro? I see the comment above about installing them for $10.00
I can`t say, that installation of Cressi Big Eeys Evo lens is a piece of cake. But I did it myself after 10 minutes of torments. If You have hard plastic screwdriver, like Tusa, it will be very helpfull.
Changing the lens is not hard, it just takes a little effort to safely remove the lens retainer in front of the lens by gently snapping the retaining tabs out of the mask frame.
I purchased the corrective lenses and installed them myself. The procedure is actually quite easy. They even have a short video on their website to show how. Literally a five minute job, just pop out the frame, remove old lens, place new lens and snap frame back in place. the issue I ran into was that the corrective lens was slightly thicker than the original, and I had a lot of difficulty getting the frame to reseat with the corrective lens. It snapped back into place easily with the original lens, which was thinner.
I received the mask with the lenses pre-installed. Great mask! Have it done so you don;t have to find out if it's hard or not.
I bought the Big Eyes mask and lenses, and it is difficult to get them in, true, but with a little arm muscle and perseverance, it is worth the effort
It is hard because of the thickness of the corrective lenses as opposed to just regular glass. When they are properly installed, they are completely watertight, absolutely no leaks.
I used my mask this past summer in the Atlantic Ocean and did some U/W photos and video....the mask was fantastic and I could see everything with perfect clarity.
It is worth the effort!
We can install them for $10.00 you see above all the feedback on it
You should definitely have them (Leisure Pro) install them. I didn't and I ended up taking them to a dive shop to have a professional do it. It's only easy if you've done it before and know exactly what to do. Once installed they're great. Best mask I've ever had and the corrective lens has released me from wearing contacts under water.
It's very hard -- and you can damage the lenses and mask easily. I bought mine from LeisurePro uninstalled and it came with no directions, and when I called Customer Service, they sent directions for another brand. So I called Cressi USA. They said that no one except themselves and a few specially trained dive shops (which includes LeisurePro) are supposed to install them, and they said that LeisurePro is not supposed to be selling them uninstalled. Cressi does the installation for most dive shops, as it is tricky, especially for stronger corrections. I sent the mask and lenses to Cressi USA and they did it for me (and I had to pay shipping both ways).
So don't let anyone talk you into doing it yourself. If you damage anything, it'll be on you. Pay LeisurePro to do it.
I ordered the Cressi Big Eyes Evolution Mask and the corrective lenses. My correction is pretty big so the corrective lenses were a lot thicker than the lenses that come in the mask. Rather than risk damaging the mask or lenses I took them to my local dive shop and they swapped the lenses for me at no cost. I watched as they made the swap and it did take some effort - it was not easy.
Leisurepro will install them and it is very easy. I am on my second pair. First one was installed in my old Cressi mask in front of me about 15 years ago and I finally upgraded to big eyes last year. They can do it while you wait if they are not too busy. You may want to get a slightly weaker rx (by about 1/2).
They did not install the lenses. With a -4.0 diopter I found it impossible to install them myself, and I had owned a dive shop for years and have installed hundreds of other lenses over the years. I broke the frame trying and ended up throwing the entire thing away. I was surprised that it was not shipped ready to dive. Not recommended for purchase.
I own two Cressi masks. I installed corrective lenses in both masks. It took me a long time to find instructions on-line. Changing out the lenses was not intuitive. I was successful, but these were not easy projects. There are several tabs that must be manipulated with a narrow and thin tool. I used a knife, but that may not be the best tool for the job. You have to be careful not to ruin the retaining rim around the lenses. I like my masks, but I did not enjoy installing the corrective lenses. With that said, I would not hesitate to buy another Cressi mask.
It was hard for me. I was afraid I'd break the frame. It would be nice if they would install it for you.
You need to install them yourself. I had a dive gear shop in Turkey to install them for me. When they are done, they never failed and worked just fine. Installing them can be tricky. I am very handy yet I did not want to touch them. The whole thing, lenses and the mask looks fragile. It does not also come with an instruction manual. I would have bought disposable eye lenses. I heard they work just fine.
Ridiculously difficult. I could not, ruining the mask in the process. Then, after buying another mask, my dealer would not dare. They finally sent the mask to Cressi so they would fit the lens. Do the same.