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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
DSLR camera or special-purpose microscope cameras?
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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LM microscope adapters: Canon’s new midrange DSLR camera, the EOS 80 D, is a perfect fit for microscopes!
front view of Canon EOS 80D

The new APS-C sensor Canon added to its EOS 80D sports a respectable 24 megapixels and uses the manufacturer’s CMOS Dual Pixel technology. Light sensitivity, as expressed by the ISO number, ranges from 100 to 16,000, and can be expanded to 25,000 in manual mode. This capability alone makes the camera an optimal fit for low-light microscopy applications, such as fluorescence microscopy. An especially important feature for our purposes is that the shutter can be released without a lens attached, because only the camera body is needed for photomicrography applications. In our tests, we connected the camera body to one of our LM digital adapters using a C-mount connection.

touch-screen is movable

At an introductory price of around EUR 820, the EOS 80D is perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike. The camera body is sealed against dust and water. During testing, we noticed immediately that the camera's standard operating procedures are unchanged: using it is still relatively simple, which means that even non-experts can capture quality images without a steep learning curve.

The large 7.7 cm (3'') tilting and rotating touchscreen display, which offers a resolution of 1.04 million dots, is another of the camera’s much-appreciated features.

From a video perspective, the EOS 80D also includes an HDMI port to export the Live View feed to an external monitor or projector. Additionally, the free version of Canon’s EOS Utility software that accompanies the camera allows users to control all camera functions remotely from a PC/Mac.
Canon Utility Software  hdr mode

Notably, the camera also features a built-in Wi-Fi module which enables the EOS 80D to connect to smart devices using the Canon Camera Connect app. Since the app connects to the camera wirelessly, users can transfer images and video recordings for live display on a smartphone or tablet. This new development is certainly a big plus when giving presentations.

1.) Select a network
select a network

2.) Connect the camera to your iPad
connect camera

3.) You can now adjust your camera settings remotely and share pictures wirelessly.
adjust camera wireless

The EOS 80D records video in full HD resolution at rates of up to 60 frames per second and in MP4 format. The frame rate for continuous shooting is seven frames per second.

The signal-to-noise ratio is also very good. Our temperature test showed that after 30 minutes of Live View operation, the sensor temperature of the EOS 80D was just 33 degrees, which compares very favourably to the performance of Canon’s top-of-the-line EOS 5D Mark IV.

And like its “big sister” (the 5D Mark IV), Canon’s EOS 80D features the Silent LV Shoot mode.

silent lv shoot mode

A common concern among photomicrographers is the possibility that the mirror could affect image quality negatively. However, since the Live View mode is typically used to capture images, the mirror is always folded up, which prevents shaking or vibration and thus does not degrade image quality. Users who choose not to work in the Live View mode can utilise the camera’s mirror lockup feature.

mirror lockup      

The EOS 80D’s HDR mode is another exceptional feature, which merges multiple exposures into a single HDR image. This is a particular benefit when dealing with heterogeneous microscope specimens of dissimilar thickness, such as insects (thicker bodies, very thin wings).

Use of the EOS Utility software:
Use of EOS utility software

HDR mode DSLR Canon EOS 80D

White balance is easy to adjust using the eyedropper symbol in the Canon EOS Utility software. Just click on the white background to set a white balance.

Switching to Live View mode and using the Magnify button (which toggles between 1x, 5x and 10x) makes it easy to home in on the precise focus.
magnify button
Especially important for professionals giving presentations and/or engaging in discussions that include the use of Live View images is that the power saving mode on the Canon EOS 80D can be disabled completely. This means no more worries about the camera automatically shutting down in mid-presentation.
power save button at canon EOS 80D     auto power off

The image below shows the camera connected to the microscope using a C-mount adapter solution for a C-mount camera port with a 1x optical factor. Notably, this type of connection does not have a reduction lens.
LM Digital Adapter with Canon EOS 80D on Fotoport

For microscopes not equipped with a photo tube, our adapter can also be used to connect the camera to the eyepiece tube – and the optical quality of the images is as good as that achieved using the photo tube solution. By adding just a few accessories, this solution can also be used on the C-mount connection.
connection to the eyepiece tube with lm digital adapter

In summary, the Canon EOS 80D provides:

Conclusion: The Canon EOS 80D is a great, uncomplicated camera with an excellent price/performance ratio. It is packed with professional-grade features and is equipped with a sensor that is only slightly smaller than that of its big sister, the EOS 5D Mark IV. Overall, the EOS 80D is a very good choice for microscopy and macroscopy applications. Particularly worth mentioning is the camera’s versatile and very beneficial swivel screen, especially when the EOS 80D is not tethered to a computer or tablet.


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 / Canon EOS 7D / Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4 Digital / Canon EOS 1300D / EOS Rebel T6 / Canon EOS 100D / Canon EOS 50D / Canon EOS 1200D / EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70 / Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Canon EOS 1D Mark III / Canon EOS 40D / Canon EOS 60Da for astrophotography /

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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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