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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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USB (universal serial bus) video cameras in microscopy – quite simply far too slow!

USB cameras are often offered as eyepiece cameras (video eyepieces) or with a C-mount connection. The components and quality vary greatly between different manufacturers, but all of them have one thing in common: they have a bandwidth problem! Digital video cameras are able to take pictures in high resolution, but unfortunately they cannot transport the data stream to the computer quickly enough. This results in data blockages and the number of images transmitted per second falls off sharply. The current USB connections (USB 1.1 and 2.0) pose a bottleneck for the data stream. The currently fastest USB 2.0 connection would need to be at least 10 times faster in order to transfer a video sequence fluently in real time to the computer. In the entertainment industry, for a 2 megapixel resolution or full HD with 1920 x 1080 pixels with 30 pictures per second, a data transfer rate of 3960 Mbit/second is planned.

The required bandwidth is calculated as follows: 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels x 36 bit (colour depth per pixel) x 30 images per second = 2240 Mbit/second

USB 2.0 cameras with resolutions of up to 10 megapixels only provide a data transfer rate of 480 Mbit/second.

Interface Data transfer rate
USB1 12 Mbit/second
USB2 480 Mbit/second
USB3 (not yet on the market) 5000 Mbit/second
HDMI 1.2 3960 Mbit/second
DVI 3700 Mbit/second

The greatly reduced image reproduction rate under 10 images per second poses a problem when focussing the microscopic images.

A strong time lag makes the choice of the optimum focal plane more difficult. If a lower resolution is selected, the focal plane is more difficult to find.

Conclusion: For professional use in microscopy, we can only recommend USB cameras with reservations. However, with a little patience and intuition, good results can be achieved. The new digital HD SLR cameras, such as Canon’s EOS 5D II with “Live View” and HDMI output, offer an alternative to expensive HD video cameras. In video mode, these cameras deliver a real time preview in HD (high definition) quality via the HDMI output. The large format sensor chip of digital SLR cameras has an excellent signal to noise ratio and a photo resolution of over 20 megapixels.

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  • c-mount-, USB- and firewire cameras
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