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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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The Sony Alpha 7R II – a top-notch camera with full-frame sensor for use in microscopy

Since the mirrorless, full-frame Sony Alpha 7R II received top ratings in every magazine review and test report, we were very curious about the camera and could hardly wait to test it with our LM digital adapters in the photomicro- and –macrography environments.

Sony Alpha 7R II Vollformatkamera MikroskopieSony Alpha 7R II Vollformatkamera Mikroskopie klappbares Display

The body of the Sony Alpha 7R II is of a rigid magnesium alloy design. Without the lens, it weighs 638 grams and has a tilting, rear-mounted screen. Unlike the Sony Alpha 7 II, this model also features a locking mode dial on the top along with an expanded range of customisable functions and buttons.

So much for the external appearance. When working with the Sony Alpha 7R II, it soon becomes obvious that the many positive reviews it has received are indeed justified. The camera uses what is currently the most sophisticated and advanced technology available. The full-frame 42.4 megapixel sensor includes a sensor-shift image stabilisation system, which enables the camera to compensate for vibrations and prevent movement-induced blurring.

These capabilities certainly pay off when working on the microscope, since at high microscope magnifications (> 100x), even the most subtle vibrations can have negative impacts on image quality. 

In our test shots, we used a Zeiss Axiolab.A1 polarisation microscope with “E-Plan Neofluar” objectives, a microscope that is also quite well suited for fluorescence applications.

Taufliege Clear Matrix HDR Modus

The fruit fly (drosophilidae family) was fixed with 70% ethanol, then dehydrated and mounted using our proprietary Clear Matrix® mounting medium. This process made it possible to retain the insect’s natural state with no air bubbles or shrinkage. The quality of the mounting medium is particularly important when working with specimen slides that have a sealing layer. Because of the thickness of the sealing layer used on our fruit fly, we used the Sony Alpha 7R II’s HDR mode. This way, the thick and thin areas of the specimen were illuminated as much as possible, which made more details visible. Had we not chosen that setting, the image would have shown a black head and light body, but no details. 

Sony Alpha 7R II Mikroskopie ISO

The sensor on the Sony Alpha 7R II is exceptionally light sensitive and delivers extremely low-noise results, which allows very high ISO values without loss of quality. The ISO range can be freely selected and extends all the way to 102,400. With such tremendous performance, Sony is placing serious pressure on competitors like Canon and Nikon (which have already announced new camera models for 2016: Canon’s EOS 1Dx Mark II and Nikon’s D5 and D500).

As thermally generated noise is an important parameter for image quality, we measured the Sony Alpha 7R II's sensor surface temperature during operation, since we were curious about how the camera would manage. The result? After 30 minutes of Live View operation, its temperature rose to 32º C. Compared to the sensor surface temperature of other cameras we have measured, the Sony Alpha 7R II produced a very low and especially good outcome, particularly since other cameras had already reached 40º C at the same point.

With increased temperature, thermal noise increases commensurately, but if the sensor remains cool, noise is reduced, which produces better image quality. Notably, the Sony Alpha 7R II’s cooling effectiveness yields a superior signal-to-noise ratio, while keeping power consumption low.

Sony Alpha 7R II Vollformatkamera Mikroskopie Wärmeentwicklung

The camera's high ISO sensitivity also offers many benefits for microscopy applications. In numerous microscopic imaging methods (e.g. fluorescence applications with fluorene dyes, marked antibodies or self-illuminating specimen slides), very little light is emitted. This means that only a small amount of light reaches the camera sensor. But Sony’s new camera technology solves those microscopic challenges very easily. The Sony Alpha 7R II’s ability to handle high ISO settings (102,400) and longer exposure times opens up fantastic new possibilities! Expensive microscope cameras with special cooling systems are no longer needed.

The Sony Alpha 7R II features 4k Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution video recording capabilities that yield about four times as many pixels as Full HD. At this massive resolution, even more microscopic detail can be captured in the video. Live View videos and images can be displayed on an external 4k monitor via the HDMI port, which is very convenient for demonstrations, lectures and discussions. However, maximum Live View time is limited to 30 minutes. After that, the camera shuts down automatically. This is a slight a disadvantage, especially during lectures and talks.

Sony Alpha 7R II Vollformatkamera Mikroskopie Live View Zeit


Attaching the Sony Alpha 7R II to a microscope is simple, as our comprehensive range of products allows the camera to be used on almost all microscope models. We offer LM digital adapter solutions that work on photo tubes as well as on eyepiece tubes (30 mm and 23.3 mm internal diameter).

Sony Alpha 7R II Zeiss Axiolab.A1 LM digital Adapter


The most convenient means of connecting the camera is to attach it to the photo tube (see image above).

When used in a stationary setting (laboratory, photo studio, etc.), the camera is usually attached to the PC/Mac via USB cable. Wherever possible, the camera should be controlled by the PC, as remote control not only improves workflow, but also produces considerably better image quality, since it eliminates the image-degrading vibrations produced when the shutter is pressed manually.

Unfortunately, Sony’s remote control software (with Live View mode) does not provide the full range of remote control capabilities, as it lacks the option of displaying the Live View image on the computer. That function would be very convenient for checking and adjusting focus, and its absence means that these settings must be configured on the camera display. In comparison, the software being offered by Nikon and Canon is far superior.

Sony Alpha 7R II Vollformatkamera Mikroskopie Steuerung PC



The Sony Alpha 7R II is an outstanding camera with an excellent sensor. It is very well suited for use with microscopes, particularly in the area of fluorescence imaging. The camera’s only shortcoming is its remote control software, and we certainly hope Sony will provide a solution that incorporates Live View capabilities. For that reason alone, we had to deduct a few points in our overall ranking of the Sony Alpha 7R II.


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Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7R II / Sony Alpha 7S / Sony Alpha 6300 / Sony Alpha 6500 / Sony Alpha 77 II / Sony Alpha 7R / Sony Alpha 7 / Sony SLT-A99 / Sony Alpha 7II / Sony Alpha 6000 / Sony Alpha 77V / Sony Alpha 580 / Sony Alpha 5100 / Sony Alpha 5000 / Sony Alpha 55 / Sony Alpha 33 / Sony Alpha 35 / Sony NEX-7 / Sony NEX-6 / Sony Alpha 57 / Sony Alpha 37 / Sony NEX-5N / Sony NEX-C3 / Sony NEX-F3 / Sony NEX-5 / Sony NEX-3 / Sony Alpha 65V / Sony Alpha 700 / Sony Alpha 850 /

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High-end intermediate optics for connecting microscopes to:
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