|Micro Tech Lab Professional solutions for digital micro and macro photography|
|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|
|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|
System cameras (cameras with an interchangeable lens mount system and no mirror) on the microscope
An interesting alternative to DSLR and compact cameras are system cameras, which have been on the market for a few years now. Where buyers previously had to choose between DSLR and compact cameras, they now can strike a happy medium with a system camera. The question in our particular case is whether system cameras are also suitable for use on a microscope.
System cameras combine many of the benefits of DSLR and compact cameras. They are small and light and thus very well suited to outdoor use, but nevertheless have a large sensor and therefore deliver excellent image quality. Their low weight is due to the fact that they do not have a mirror system for viewing, which is irrelevant when the camera is used on a microscope. All modern cameras have a Live View function which enables the user to prevent the mirror from vibrating upon shutter release.
Far more critical for use in microscopy is the lack of some operating controls, such as the + and – buttons of the magnification function in Live View mode. These are very handy for adjusting the focus if the camera cannot be controlled via PC or Mac. Setting the focus via the menu is very inconvenient. Some cameras also have the option to assign various functions to free buttons.
The main target group for system cameras are ambitious hobby photographers who mainly shoot outdoors. For them it makes sense to simplify the use of the camera by reducing the operating controls and streamlining the menu structure. The emphasis is clearly placed on automatic functions.
At present, the most serious disadvantage of system cameras is that there is not yet a way of controlling them via PC or Mac. Even Canon and Nikon, who for many years now successfully provide software packages for controlling their DSLR cameras, do not offer a similar option for their system camera models.
Some system camera models, for example the Panasonic Lumix GF3, also do not feed the video signal in Live View mode to the HDMI output. This is particularly disappointing, as this function is very useful for focussing on a large screen.
Test reports are available for the following system cameras:
System cameras are compactly designed and their weight is minimal. They are primarily intended for outdoor use and have only limited suitability for microscope applications. We currently recommend the admittedly somewhat larger and heavier DSLR cameras, because they offer significantly more options. If you have decided to purchase a system camera and also want to use it to capture microscopic views, it is essential to check that the camera satisfies the following criteria:
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