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An overview of the LM microscope adapters
We offer LM digital adapter solutions for the following microscopes
Online configurator: LM microscope adapter for all digital cameras and microscopes
LM adapter solution for c-mount microscope ports with reduction optics (0.5x / 0.6x / 0.7x or f=55mm / f=75mm / f=100mm)
LM Macroscope 24x (15x and 11x) for Focus Stacking: Highest resolution without compromise
LM Macroscope 9x (5x and 3x) for Focus Stacking: Highest resolution without compromise
LM photo microscopes: the flexible photography solution for large sensor cameras!
Macro Close-Up Lens: LM Macro lens 40/80 with plan achromatic optics
Special mounting medium for microscopy, non toxic,water solved,light hardening,fast solidifying and drying,neutraldoes not make air bubbles,high optical solution,color protecting,solvent free,high refractive index
Micro Tech Lab advisory service: microscopy, digital cameras, high quality photo
Service: improving image quality by giving your microscope a professional check-up
Camera ranking for microscopy use
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Image sensor: dynamic range and it's influence on image quality
Microsocope recommendation
The Zeiss Stemi 508 stereo microscope: microscope adapters for digital cameras (DLSR and system cameras)
The Olympus IX2 series: enhanced versatility for use in a wide range of application
Our LM digital adapters open the Zeiss SV8 stereo microscope to a new, digital world
Nikon’s SMZ 645 and 660 stereo microscopes in microphotography
With the help of LM Digital adapter the inverse Nikon Eclipse MA100 and MA200 microscope become fit for photomicrography
Capture exceptional images with the Leica DM4 B/DM6 B and our LM digital adapters
LM photo microscope with Nikon C-mount camera DS-Fi2 and control panel DS-L3 for measurement tasks, long-term studies and lengthy observations
Install modern camera systems (DSLR, system- or c-mount cameras) with our LM digital adapter on the Olympus SZX9 – a stereo microscope for industrial applications
Capture One Pro software: Tethering in microscopy with Live View for a large variety of cameras
Preview: The Nikon D850 – the new number 1 in our camera ranking!
Sony Alpha 9 – a camera that has everything you need!
Sony Alpha 7S II – a video specialist with ultra-high light sensitivity
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 – an interesting solution for long-term video recording at the microscope
Professional camera with full-frame sensor Leica M10 on the microscope
The new Canon DSLR EOS 1300D – a “microscope camera” with an unbeatable price/performance ratio

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The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K – can this rising new star revolutionise medical practices and lecture halls?

Since we are always on the lookout for new and interesting camera solutions for microscopy and macroscopy applications, the new Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K certainly caught our attention. Promoted by the manufacturer as the world’s smallest 4K studio camera, this unique model features an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range and was designed primarily for professional live productions that demand top-notch video performance.

Considering its design characteristics, the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K can be used for a broad range of applications, especially when the quality of live view images displayed on state-of-the-art ultra HD monitors is of key concern. For instance, the camera can be used in:
- Universities – for discussion of histological or pathological specimens among colleagues or trainees
- Medical practices or hospitals – for discussing a live image with a patient
- Industry – for quality assurance

mount the blackmagic camcorder on a microscope with LM digital adapter

The “4K” cited in the camera’s model name signifies that the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K utilises a high-definition digital video format (ultra HD). With about four times the number of pixels, ultra HD has four times the resolution of normal HD (high definition). This level of pixel density produces clearer, sharper images that bring out more details in the object or specimen. High-resolution images combined with great image quality are particularly interesting considering our interest in microscopy and macroscopy. The basic Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K module is being offered at the very attractive price of about € 1,500.

Here’s a brief look at the technical aspects of the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K.

Notably, it is engineered with a tough magnesium alloy that is only slightly larger than the lens mount itself. By simply attaching one of our LM digital adapters to this bayonet lens mount, the camera can be used on almost any microscope. Its small, lightweight design (82.55 mm (W) x 69.6 mm (D) x 65.8 mm (H), approx. 305 g) also makes the camera a superb choice for eyepiece tube connections (no phototube needed).

The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K is controlled via integrated buttons located on the front of the camera (which, owing to the camera’s overall size, are quite small) or via the SDI interface using accessory products, such as camera control protocols and ATEM switchers. The SDI is a serial digital interface, primarily for the transmission of uncompressed and unencrypted video data.

4K camera

The camera has two digital video outputs: an SDI video output (6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2) and a standard HDMI output. Initially, we were very pleased that an affordably priced camera unit capable of delivering ultra HD images to a monitor via HDMI output had finally arrived in the market. However, following our initial tests and after an even closer review of the camera’s technical data, we realised that the HDMI output only delivers HD 1080p quality instead of the maximum 2160p resolution. In fact, full ultra HD (4K) video resolution is only available via the SDI output. Yet, since most high-resolution monitors do not have an SDI input, an additional converter is necessary.

SDI out and in port blackmagicHDMI port blackmagic camcorder

Unfortunately, it is impossible to control the live image transmission via the USB connection alone since the mini USB 2.0 port on the bottom of the camera can be used only for software updates. The camera has no card slot, and additional accessories are needed to shoot videos, such as the HyperDeck Studio Recorder or the Blackmagic Video Assist (available for around € 980). Although the Video Assist recorder is supposed to work with the latest high-performance SD cards, it apparently cannot support all of the SD cards that are widely available. For optimal remote control of the camera and recording video via SDI in and SDI out, additional equipment (ATEM switcher) is required. To make a recording, an SDI connection must be established (cable with SDI connector on one end and mini DIN connector on the other).

The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K is powered by rechargeable Canon battery packs (LP-E6) that provide about 70 minutes of operating time. As a result, users should either have several battery packs or use an external power supply (external 12–20 V power source).

canon battery port blackmagic

Conclusion: The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K is a special camera designed for live productions, and it certainly shows off its strengths and versatility in that particular field of application. Our LM digital adapters enable users to attach the camera to almost any microscope. Nevertheless, using the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K the way we prefer requires additional accessories. It is also a pity that the camera does not have an HDMI2 port capable of transmitting ultra HD images directly to a monitor. The absence of that port means that an additional converter is needed to send the 4K video signal directly to a monitor.



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Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) impresses at the microscope: Easy installation via eyepiece tube or phototube with the LM microscope adapter
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PC remote control of the Nikon Coolpix digital camera in microscopy
Improved picture quality through mirror lock-up in SLR cameras
Using a tablet (Toshiba runnin Windows 8.1.) for photomicrography
Focus stacking with our LM macroscopes and LM photo microscopes
Nikon NIS Elements Imaging Software
Live video streaming and video capture with a mobile computer (notebook)
Time lapse shots with the Canon Utility software – using the timer function
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Olympus Capture Softwore use in microscopy application
Connecting a digital camera to a computer via video output

 

High-end intermediate optics for connecting microscopes to:
  • digital SLR cameras
  • digital mirrorless system cameras with an interchangeable lens mount
  • c-mount-, USB- and firewire cameras
  • digital compact cameras and camcorders
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