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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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Converting the Zeiss Axioskop microscope for digital photomicrography in next to no time

Even though it has already been a while since the Zeiss Axioskop microscope was introduced to the market (year of manufacture: 1989), it is still an excellent instrument with an infinity optical system. For this reason it is all the more of an advantage that this microscope can also be equipped with digital cameras (DSLRs, system cameras, etc.).

                               Zeiss Axioskop microscope photoport

The tripod features a strong, robust build quality. The operating controls are within immediate easy reach. The nosepiece is aligned to the rear for every contrasting technique (transmitted light and incident light illumination) and has space for up to 6 lenses. It has an M27 thread or, if the corresponding adapters are used, a W 0.8 x 1/36” thread.

Various specimen stages are available for the Zeiss Axioskop. Ours has an xy cross table with a coaxial drive.

The Zeiss Axioskop is equipped with an ICS (infinity colour-corrected system) optical system. All objective lenses with this system are infinity corrected in terms of image distance. Image flaws are corrected up to the edge of the visual field. The image quality of these optical systems is very good and, thanks to their modular structure, they are easy to expand. For high-quality photographic documentation we recommend the use of high-grade “Plan Neofluar” or the newer “EC Plan Neofluar” objectives.

Zeiss Axioskop Mikroskop Lenses

Due to the structural design of the instrument, the fluorescence mechanism is integrated in the stand. This makes it possible to change quickly between transmitted light and incident fluorescence mode. Furthermore, the following techniques can be performed: dark field, DIC (differential interference contrast) and phase contrast.

The observation eyepieces already have a diameter of 30 mm and thus offer a wide view with a field of vision of 20 (PL10x/20). If no photo tube is available, it is also possible to use the eyepiece tube to install a camera unit.

Binocular and trinocular (separation point 44) tubes are available as options. For photography, we recommend the use of a trinocular tube; this makes working much more ergonomic, as the camera can remain permanently mounted to the microscope.

Zeiss Axioskop microscope interface 44

Originally, the photo port of the trinocular tube was designed for analogue photography with microscope cameras (e.g. microscope camera MC63S or analogue video cameras). With our LM digital adapters, however, fitting digital photo systems to the Zeiss Axioskop microscope is as easy as pie. Digital SLR cameras are the most suitable - advantages are described below- , but digital system cameras, C-mount cameras, high speed cameras and 4k/6k video cameras can also be used without any difficulties.

Zeiss Axioskop Mikroskop LM digital Adapter Camera Red Scarlet 4k camera Zeiss Axioskop Mikroskop


Although the Zeiss Axioskop microscope is getting a bit long in the tooth, it is still an excellent instrument which delivers first-class photographic documentation. The difference between modern Zeiss microscopes and the Axioskop is not the optical quality, but rather the use of electronic elements (motorised stage, Z-axis, coded objectives, etc.). For this reason, it fulfils all of the requirements for use in photomicrography.


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.

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LM microscope adapters: We’re impressed by the performance of Canon’s professional-grade EOS 5D Mark IV camera at the microscope!
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II on the microscope
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Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) in a practical test
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The Sony Alpha 7R on the microscope with the tried and tested LM digital adapters
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Canon EOS 5DS – the twin sister of the Canon EOS 5DS R
The high-performance full-frame Canon EOS 5DS R camera on the microscope
Canon EOS 1200D - simple camera with a very good price performance ratio for microphotography
The Nikon D810 full frame camera in microscopy


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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Special mounting media  for microscopy

Tips and tricks to connect your digital camera and to process digital images


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