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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!
Example application: Sand under the LM photo microscope
Example application LM macroscope 24x: European garden spider (Araneus diadematus)
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
Canon EOS 800D DSLR - test on microscope with LM DSLR widefield adapter with planachromatic optics
Canon EOS 200D - practical test on microscope with LM DSLR widefield adapter with planachromatic optics
Various LM digital adapter solutions for many microscopes with the new Canon EOS 77D DSLR

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Full format sensor (24 × 36 mm) vs. half format sensor in microscopy

Large sensors provide in general a higher image quality. Especially colour depth and the signal/noise relatio is better with high quality sensors. With low-lighting (i.e. flourescence microscopy) when very little light reaches the sensor, it is of advantage if the sensor is large. Long exposure times and high ISO settings (> 200,000) make high demands on the camera.   But using full format sensors in microscopy does not have as many advantages as it does in conventional photography. In microscopy, however, the image quality depends very much on the type of microscope used.

Particularly at very high magnifications, the quality of the microscope also determines the resolution of the photographs. What limits the image resolution is exclusively the numerical aperture of the lens, and not the number of pixels. Microscopes are complex optical systems, and image improvements resulting from high numbers of pixels cannot be seen, as no new details in the structure can be reproduced through the resolution of the microscope optical system. From our standpoint, a camera’s zoom function in live view modeis considerably more important in microscopy than a high number of pixels. Using the live preview on the LCD display, the focus plane can be adjusted to its optimum setting. Also very important is that the camera can be navigated by PC or Mac (tethering).

For small magnifications of less than 10x, professional camera (with full format sensors) provide definitely better results.

Full format sensors mainly offer professional features  that are not offered by cheaper cameras (or only in part, depending on the pricing policy of the camera manufacturer). Among these are:

    * Live view
    * Computer control function (USB / LAN / WLAN), Canon EOS Utility, Nikon Remote Control
    * HDMI (high resolution video output)
    * Pivoting LCD display
    * High number of pixels, currently 36 megapixels
    * Excellent signal-to-noise-ratio of the sensor chip with high ISO settings
    * Greater colour depth – 14 or 16 bits per channel RGB (Red/Green/Blue)
    * Ability to take a series of images (at present, approx. 10 images per second)
    * Low shutter release delay (in the millisecond range)
    * Low-vibration plane shutter 
    * Fast exposure time (1/8,000)
    * Long exposure times

The use of highly corrected plan fluoride or plan apochromatic microscope lenses is highly recommended. These are, however, very expensive, starting at around EUR 1,000. For about the same price, you can purchase a digital SLR camera and a suitable LM digital adapter. Digital full format SLR cameras are available for around EUR 1,800 or more, and for a good microscope you will pay from EUR 10,000 and up.

For the following fullframe cameras you will find testing reports on our website: Nikon D4, Nikon D800, Nikon D610, Nikon Df, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Update: 15.07.2014

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New LM Digital Adapter for:

Nikon D850 / Sony Alpha 7III / Sony Alpha 9 / Nikon D5 / Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7R II / Sony Alpha 7R III / Sony Alpha 7S / Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Nikon D750 / Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Sony Alpha 6300 / Sony Alpha 6500 / Nikon D500 / Canon EOS 1D X / Nikon D810 / Nikon D4s / Nikon D800 / Nikon D800E / Nikon D4 / Nikon Df / Nikon D610 / Nikon D600 / Canon EOS 6D / Canon EOS 5DS R ( without low-pass filter) / Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II / Canon EOS 80D / Canon EOS 5DS / Sony Alpha 77 II / Canon EOS 70D / Nikon D7200 / Canon EOS 200D / Canon EOS 800D / Rebel T7i / Canon EOS 77D / Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Canon EOS 60D / Sony Alpha 7R / Sony Alpha 7 / Nikon DS-Qi2 (Microscope Camera) / Nikon D3x / Olympus OM-D E-M1 /

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