Allot of people want to know. Is the new Paasche Vision airbrush a capable, and less expensive alternative to Iwata's CM C+ Micron? I will try to answer that question as diligently as possible. Before I go on though I would like to first give you a little background on my experience with these two airbrushes. I have been using the Iwata Custom CM C+ Micron in my studio now for 4 maybe 5 years. So I have plenty of experience to draw on concerning the Micron. The Vision airbrush I have just recently been introduced to. Though I have put it threw some serious production work and believe I can speak confidently on it's behalf after using it for the past two months or so. With that being said lets move on.
The Micron, not allot needs to be said on it's behalf. It is widely used by almost every professional airbrush artist on the planet! For good reason the CM C+ micron is a superb airbrush. The Micron airbrush has a smooth action that is consistent. Every inch of the Micron has been finely tuned before it reaches your dealer. Including the head end of the airbrush. The head, nozzle and needle assembly are matched and then tested for atomization and other spray characteristics. There really are no negative aspects of the Micron that I can think of. It truly is as perfect as a detail airbrush can get that is as far as function goes.
The problem is the Micron is expensive! It is expensive to buy and it is expensive to maintain. The CM-C+ Micron was just over $500.00 the last time I checked. That is the up front cost. Bend a needle or wear out a nozzle and you talking over $100 to fix it. There are allot of airbrush artist that would love to own a Micron. The problem is they just cant afford one, or they cant fit a $500.00 airbrush into their budget. Luckily there are allot of other good airbrushes on the market today that are allot less expensive.
One of those airbrushes is the Paasche Vision. The reason I am singling out the Vision is because of it's similarities to the Micron. Not only that the question is being asked all over the place. Is the Vision as good as and can it pull off the same level of detail as the Micron. What all these questions concerning the comparison of the two airbrushes comes down to is this. Is the Paasche Vision as capable a airbrush as the Micron CM-C+? That is the money question.
In short the answer is yes. I have found the Paasche Vision to be a very precise and well built airbrush. It is a completely different airbrush that can produce the same high end results as the Iwata Micron. The huge benefit to purchasing the Vision airbrush is it's cost. It is less than half the cost of the CM-C+ Micron airbrush.
The Vision as mentioned above is far cheaper. In fact you can purchase a Paasche Vision on Amazon right now for less than $200! The cost of maintaining a Vision airbrush is also much less expensive than maintaining a CM-C+ Micron. You can pretty much rebuild a Vision airbrush for less than $30. The Vision is a beast unto itself. The action feels completely different than that of a micron. Its profile is also completely different. The Vision features a larger profile with a significantly larger fluid reservoir. Despite it's differences it can pull off amazing detail with extremely well atomized spray patterns.
One of the most important features on both of these airbrushes which make them uniquely different unto other airbrushes on the market today is the at head air control valve. By drawing down the air pressure at the nozzle to almost nothing both airbrushes create a nice stippling spray pattern that is perfect for building amazing textures. With another turn of the pressure valve these airbrushes become tools that create beautifully atomized spray patterns, fine lines, dagger strokes and so on.
Another very important point to mention are the draw lengths of these two airbrushes. The Iwata Micron has a short draw on it. In fact if you tear a micron down you will notice a auxiliary lever that has a very tight radius. This is what creates the short tight draw. The Paasche Vision on the other hand has an auxiliary lever that has a long wide radius. You will hear first time Vision users say they have to really pull back on the trigger to get sufficient paint flow. Once you get use to the long draw you begin to realize that there is more control and fines with the longer draw.
So yes the Vision can and does do anything a Micron can do for much less. Though each airbrush is unique to itself in its action, feel and appearance. If you have any other questions regarding the two airbrushes please feel free to contact me. I will do my best to answer any questions you might have.
Please look for me to expand on the Paasche Vision airbrush as I am continually working with it. Allot has been said about the Micron. We all know it is at the top of the heap. It excites me that there is now available a contender that costs much less. I think as Paasche continues to tweak the airbrush it is going to seriously take hold in the airbrush industry.