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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
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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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Microscope photography with the Nikon SMZ1500 stereoscopic zoom microscope

The Nikon SMZ1500 stereoscopic zoom microscope is a very popular instrument, especially in the United States, and is also increasingly in demand in Europe. We tested it extensively with our products. For our tests we used two different cameras: a Nikon D4 full-frame camera and a Canon EOS 650D with APS-C sensor. The Canon EOS 650D (see left-hand picture) was connected to the microscope using a TUST38C (C-mount 1x port) and a DSLRCTCW_Pro wide-field adapter. To mount the Nikon D4 (see right-hand picture) to the Nikon SMZ1500, we used a Nikon C-mount TV adapter A (as an alternative to our TUST38C) and our DSLRNFC adapter. 

Nikon SMZ1500 Front                Nikon SMZ 1500 with Nikon D4 and DSLRNFC adapter     

It is said that first impressions count, and our first impressions were very good. The Nikon SMZ1500 stereoscopic microscope is designed according to the telescope principle (Abbe principle). It is constructed from very high-grade materials and comes with a solid, stable stand. Furthermore, it has both a coarse and a fine coaxial focussing unit, which prevents backlash. Thanks to the large working distance (at high magnifications up to 50 mm), it also offers enough room for illumination and working. Its adjustable eyepiece tube (angle of incline from 0º to 30º) and low eye level make it very comfortable to work with. In addition, the eyepieces are equipped with built-in diopter adjustment.

Nikon SMZ1500 coarse

For our test series, we used the HR Plan Apo 1x and the standard C-W10x eyepiece with a field of view diameter of 22 mm. This combination yielded total magnifications of 7.5x to 112.5x. The resulting image field is very large and bright.

The optical quality of the Nikon SMZ1500 is excellent. With stereoscopic microscopes there are often field curvature issues and chromatic aberrations (colour fringing). But Nikon has solved this problem, with the images appearing flat and with no aberrations (see butterfly wing, left-hand picture). Even with histological slides, the microscope delivers an excellent performance (see right-hand picture).

butterfly wing with Nikon SMZ1500  histological slide with Nikon SMZ 1500

The built-in aperture diaphragm is very useful for adjusting the optimum depth of field.

 

The zooming knob is very easy to operate. The microscope has an above-average zoom range of 0.75 to 11.25x. Lower priced entry models mostly only offer a zoom factor of 6x to a maximum of 10x. This selector knob eliminates the need to remove your eyes from the eyepiece while changing magnification.

Zooming knob Nikon SMZ1500

The Nikon SMZ1500 can be very easily fitted with a digital SLR or system camera (mirrorless with interchangeable lens mounts). Digital SLR cameras offer very high quality and have an excellent price-performance ratio. Using them enables the optical potential of this microscope to be utilised very well. 

beam splitter Nikon SMZ1500

A factor 1x C-mount port (without built-in lens) is mounted directly onto the beam splitter, and the LM DSLR adapter, together with the DSLR camera body, is then screwed onto the port. When choosing the ideal camera, you would do well to refer to our camera rankings for guidance. Especially at low magnifications (up to 20x), full-frame cameras (e.g. the Nikon D4, Nikon D800, or Canon 5D Mark III) achieve very good results. Nevertheless, cameras with smaller sensors (e.g. the Canon EOS 650D or the Nikon D7000) also deliver a very decent image quality. 

Magnification changer Nikon SMZ1500

The magnification changer for using different lenses is a very convenient accessory.

For photomicrographic images, the lens can be tilted. The lens can be positioned centric to the optical path, exactly where the camera is mounted. As a result, the area close to the axis of the plan apo lens is used, which is a prerequisite for focus stacking (z-stack). At high magnifications, in particular, the depth of field is very small due to physical limitations. For this reason, for three-dimensional slides, we recommend that you purchase a motorised version. This makes it possible to capture individual images at different levels that can then be combined using a special software program (e.g. Helicon, CombineZ) to produce a single image with an enormous focal range. The image below, for example, shows a butterfly wing magnified 125x its original size.

butterfly wing magnified 125x

Conclusion:

Working with the Nikon SMZ1500 is definitely very convenient. The advantages are obvious: it is very stable and well-built, offers a large zoom range (with one lens!), has a high degree of planarity with no image flaws and a large working distance. In addition, lots of accessories are available for purchase. The disadvantages of the Nikon SMZ1500 are its relatively high price and the fact that, due to the construction type (Abbe principle), it provides only a limited three-dimensional impression.

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Photography

Fitting the microscope to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR), system or C-mount cameras is easy with our LM digital SLR adapters, which feature a plan achromatic optical system. Our products make it possible to capture top-quality microscope images. To help you select the adapter that is right for your camera, we have set up an online configurator on our website. You can also email us – ideally with attached photographs of your microscope.

Modern DSLR and system cameras offer the latest technology and are generally very well suited for microscopy applications. Most of them can be controlled remotely via PC/Mac. Because of their high sales volumes, they offer an excellent price/performance ratio compared to special-purpose microscope cameras.

Features of top DSLR and system cameras:
- Large, powerful full-frame sensors (36 x 24 mm)
- Sensor resolution of 50 megapixels
- High light sensitivity (ISO 100,000+)
- Extensive dynamic range (up to 14 aperture stops/f-stops)
- Short exposure times (1/8000 second):
- Full/Ultra HD (4k) video function
- Live video capture on external monitors in ultra HD quality

In most cases, these cameras are significantly more powerful than microscope cameras with smaller sensors (1/2" or 2/3"). On our website you will find our current camera recommendations and a camera ranking which is specifically tailored to microscopy applications.
 




New LM Digital Adapter for:

Nikon D850 / Sony Alpha 9 / Nikon D5 / Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7R II / 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 /

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High-end intermediate optics for connecting microscopes to:
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