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Photographing through a microscope eyepiece

In the simplest case, it is possible to take freehand images through a microscope eyepiece. Depending on the type of camera and lens used, with some samples, useable results may be achieved. Particularly for the hobbyist, if only a low quality photograph needs to be produced, then this method is worth a try

Picture 1: Camera is held by hand over the eyepiece

Fundamentally, it is evident that compact cameras and camcorders with lenses with smaller front elements that are not telescopic are more suitable. The best results are provided by very small compact cameras whose lenses are integrated in the camera body. SLR camera lenses cause the most problems. These lenses mainly have larger maximum apertures and therefore have large diameter lens elements. This results in peripheral darkening and some aberrations. Due to the large number of lens elements in the lens unit the image quality is considerably reduced.

The greatest problem with freehand photography via a microscope is posed by motion blurring. Even when the hand is very steady, it will still move a few millimetres here and there. When pressing the shutter release button in particular, the camera is likely to shake. By using the shutter delay or self timer function on the camera, the shutter release is automatically delayed for a few seconds. This trick reduces blurring.

Finding the right position for the digital camera over the microscope’s optical axis is also not all that easy and can be quite arduous. Often it can take several minutes to find the optimum position.

Advantages of taking freehand photographs over the eyepiece:

• Unbeatable low price, as there is no optical adjustment between the microscope and the digital camera.

Disadvantages: Conclusion:
If superior image quality and ease of use is important to you, then using an LM eyepiece adapter is the best solution. The best image quality is achieved by using a digital SLR camera with Live View function without a lens unit. Only the camera body is required. The LM digital adapter projects the image directly onto the camera’s sensor chip. No unnecessary lens elements will then be in the light path. The optimum LM digital adapter is used according to the size of the camera’s sensor.

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New LM Digital Adapter for:

Canon EOS 1D X / Nikon D4s / Nikon D750 / Nikon D4 / Canon EOS 6D / Canon EOS 70D / Nikon Df / Nikon D810 / Nikon DS-Qi2 (Microscope Camera) / Canon EOS 60D / Nikon D800 / Nikon D800E / Nikon D600 / Nikon D610 / Nikon DS-Ri2 (Microscope Camera) / Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Nikon D5300 (with automatic exposure chip ) / Canon EOS 1D Mark IV / Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Canon EOS 60Da for astrophotography / Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6s / Canon EOS 5DS / Canon EOS 5DR ( without low-pass filter) / Nikon D3S / Canon EOS 5D Mark II / Canon EOS 7D / Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4 Digital / Canon EOS 100D / Olympus OM-D E-M1 / Canon EOS 50D / Canon EOS 1200D / EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70 / Nikon D3x / Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Nikon D7000 / Nikon D7100 / Sony Alpha 7 / Sony Alpha 7R /


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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