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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
Camera recommendation for microscopy application
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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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Canon EOS 5D Mark III - raising the performance bar!

We were waiting for the follow-up model to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a great deal of anticipation. And – to get to the key point right away – we weren’t disappointed! 

                 Canon 5D Mark III back view cristals Canon 5D Mark III Body sensor

Two terms come straight to mind when describing the camera’s external appearance – “heavy” and “well organised”. At around 960 g (housing only), this camera is certainly among the heavyweights. Luckily, we were able to mount it straight onto a microscope and had no need to lift it with our muscle power alone! For microscopy, the weight of the camera is not particularly important, since high-quality microscopes on their own usually weigh at least 10 kg. In this case, you could say that “quality has its weight”! As with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the camera housing is extremely robust and well built. This certainly makes it the ideal assistant even in unfavourable outdoor conditions, such as are often encountered in macrophotography. 

Like its predecessor, the Canon 5D Mark II, this camera has a full-format sensor (24 x 36 mm) with 22 megapixels. ISO sensitivity has significantly improved (100 to 12,800 and expandable to 102,400). The camera also has a very good signal-to-noise-ratio. Up to around ISO 3,000 there is almost no noise at all. In the laboratory it is therefore possible to take images that are almost always noise-free. The noise reduction at high ISO settings can be adjusted very easily in the menu.

Canon 5D Mark III Noise-free ISO

The camera’s operating controls are very clearly laid out. The power switch needs to be pressed quite firmly, which prevents the camera from being turned off inadvertently. The rear of the camera is laid out logically and is easy to navigate. On the left of the display (which, regrettably, is fixed and does not swivel or tilt) there are five buttons that all relate to images that have already been taken. The most important feature for our area of application is certainly the magnification tool, which is the same as in the previous model. This feature enables the user to magnify the image up to a maximum of 10 times. The fact that the magnification function can also be controlled in Live View mode via the EOS Utility software is a huge advantage in comparison with the lower-priced Canon models. 

Canon EOS Utility

On this model, the Live View shooting switch is located right of the viewfinder eyepiece, doubling as the switch for activating the movie recording function. If the EOS Utility software that comes with the camera is installed on the user’s PC, the camera can be comfortably controlled from the computer while looking at the Live View image on the monitor. For microphotography in particular, we definitely recommend using the software, particularly if the camera does not have a vari-angle display, as is the case with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. 

One of the features of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III that has been very little discussed so far is the Silent Shooting mode. For microscopy, this is an important aspect that offers many advantages. Thanks to the Silent Shooting mode, there are fewer movements and vibrations, which in turn results in better image definition. The higher-priced Canon models all come with this function, including the Canon EOS 40D, 50D, 60D, etc. 

Silent Shooting mode 2, in particular, produced the best results in our tests. However, the topic of Silent Shooting is only superficially covered in the instruction manual. At high microscope magnifications (> 500 x), the image quality can be significantly enhanced by using Mode 2, as even minute vibrations may significantly degrade image quality. This is because the mirror and focal plane shutter can severely reduce the quality of the image if activated at the wrong time. However, the EOS 5D Mark III has settings options which enable the user to reduce these negative effects to a minimum. In Live View mode, the mirror remains folded up and the shutter speed is controlled only via the focal plane shutter, which moves smoothly across the sensor. 

Canon 5D Mark III Silent mode

Equally, vibrations can be reduced by using the mirror lockup function. When this function is enabled, the mirror remains folded up until the camera is turned off. However, it should be noted that it is only possible to shoot one image at a time, even when the operating mode is set to continuous shooting. Mirror lockup will move the mirror out of the way before the image is taken and will only return it to its original position after the shutter has been actuated. At high microscope magnifications we do not recommend that you use continuous shooting, as it causes unnecessary vibrations on the camera and microscope, which reduce the quality of the images. Instead of using continuous shooting, it is possible to make an HD recording, which is almost vibration-free, and then to extract individual frames from the video sequence. 

Canon 5D Mark III mirror lock-up

Under the menu item White Balance, the user can customise almost every setting individually, even the colour temperature on a scale of degrees Kelvin (K). This makes it possible to take the respective laboratory lighting conditions (halogen microscope lighting, LED, etc.) into account to the best possible effect. 

Canon 5D Mark III Farbtemperatur

We tested the Canon 5D Mark III on a Zeiss Axioskop microscope and an Axio Imager. For the Zeiss Axioskop, we used an Interface44, a TUST37C (LM direct image C-mount port 1x without built-in lens) and a DSLRCFC (LM digital SLR wide-field adapter for full-frame sensors with a C-mount connection). The quality of the images that we achieved with this setup was impressive. Some of them will be added to our image database in the very near future. 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, DSLRCFC Adapter, Interface 44, TUST37C, Zeiss microscope

Conclusion:

Working with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a great deal of fun. As always with Canon, the connection to a PC works like clockwork with the EOS Utility software. The camera even supports controlling the magnification function in Live View mode, which is a real blessing when working on the microscope. In silent mode, there are significantly fewer camera vibrations and in addition, the shooting operation noise is also much quieter, which colleagues working in the same room will appreciate very much. One downside is that the EOS 5D Mark III still does not have a vari-angle screen, which would come in very handy if the user is not in a position to work remotely from a computer.

27.09.2012

New LM Digital Adapter for:

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Canon EOS 1D X / Canon EOS 6D / Canon EOS 5DS R ( without low-pass filter) / Canon EOS 80D / Canon EOS 5DS / Canon EOS 70D / Canon EOS 200D / Canon EOS 800D / Rebel T7i / Canon EOS 77D / Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Canon EOS 60D / Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s / Canon EOS 5D Mark II / Canon EOS 1D Mark IV / Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i /

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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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