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Online configurator: LM microscope adapter for all digital cameras and microscopes
An overview of the LM microscope adapters
We offer LM digital adapter solutions for the following microscopes
Microscope Adapter: LM wide-field adapter for eyepiece tubes with 30 mm inner diameter
LM digital SLR universal wide-field adapter: now with larger image field and focus settings
LM wide-field camcorder adapter for the new generation of ultra HD camcorders
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
Microscope Digital Cameras: Camera ranking for microscopy use
DSLR camera or special-purpose microscope cameras?

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Using high definition cameras with powerful computers and monitors in microscopy

Every techie’s heart leaps when an opportunity arises to use state-of-the-art technology, such as cameras that can shoot 4k (or better) quality videos. Cameras like these can capture the most intricate microscopic details and deliver superb colour fidelity. At the same time, they also improve work efficiency, since they need less time to produce high-quality photographic and video material. Yet image quality depends not only on camera performance, but also on the other components involved (like the computer and monitor). These must also meet critical requirements to deliver premium image quality.


UltraHD Vergleich Full HD Mikrofotografie LMscope


As technology continued to evolve, cameras, monitors and computers have steadily gained speed and power.

To unlock the full potential of 4k cameras, the computer/monitor system must be capable of processing such high quality. By extension, if combined PC performance is lacking, videos shot in 4k quality cannot be displayed effectively. 

Of course, equipment that meets these high standards typically comes at prices that are not necessarily warranted by every application. Nevertheless, by carefully selecting the different components (camera, monitor and PC), users can still achieve excellent results – despite budget constraints.

Equipment capable of up to 6k resolution is currently available on the market, and screen components that are compatible in terms of performance can be had at affordable prices as well. At present (2016), 4k-capable cameras run from € 2,500 upwards, while the necessary computer equipment comes in at around € 800.


Before anything else, users must decide whether to use a special microscope camera or a conventional DSLR or system camera. Regardless of camera type, however, the following minimum requirements must be met:

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Microfotografie LMscope


To assess image quality, a high-end monitor of at least 24" is needed. It is also important that the display offer a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 Full HD, or better still, 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD, 4k or 6k.

Due to the high resolution of photographic and video material, huge quantities of data are generated, and processing these vast amounts of data efficiently requires a high performance CPU. At a minimum, a Quad Core CPU with 4 GB of RAM should be used. Where the graphics card is concerned, it is best to use a model equipped with HDMI (1.4 or 2), or even better, a display port.


If a less powerful graphics card is used, the monitor will be unable to reproduce high resolution images. Where digital image processing is concerned, our experience with the AMD graphics card (FirePro series) has been quite good. The entry-level AMD FirePro W4100 card is relatively low priced (about € 200), but offers four display port outputs and consumes only 50 watts at full tilt. With support for four displays, the card can drive up to four high resolution displays simultaneously.


AMD FirePro W4100 Displayportanschlüsse


This means that only a single-slot cooling solution is required. For most applications, the AMD FirePro W4100 is more than adequate (4k screens for graphics software, remote control software, Photoshop, video editing, etc.). Depending on the application, other FirePro models that offer even greater performance might also be interesting. Notably, NVidia's Quadro series offers excellent products in this segment.


New LM Digital Adapter for:

Sony Alpha 9 / Canon EOS R with Canon Adapter EF-EOS R / Canon EOS RP with Canon Adapter EF-EOS R / Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7R III / Nikon Z6 with F-Mount Adapter FTZ / Sony Alpha 7R II / Nikon Z7 with F-Mount Adapter FTZ / Sony Alpha 7S / Nikon D850 / Canon EOS 1D X Mark II / Sony Alpha 7III / Nikon D5 / Canon EOS 1D X / Nikon D4s / Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Nikon D4 / Nikon D750 / Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Sony Alpha 6300 / Sony Alpha 6500 /

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Nikon D850 fullframe-sensor camera for professionals offers enhanced capabilities for microscopy and macroscopy applications.
Mirrorless system cameras Nikon Z6/ Z7: High-end USB microscope cameras with up to 45 MP sensor resolution
The Sony Handycam FDR AXP33 delivers incredible 4k ultra HD video quality
Test Canon EOS 4000D: Easy mounting on eyepiece- and photo tube with our LM microscope adapter
Sony Alpha 5100 (DSLM) on the microscope – easy connection to either phototube or eyepiece tube with the LM microscope adapter solutions
The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 80 MP pro-grade camera and its performance in microscopy
Powerfull full-frame sensor microscope camera Canon EOS 6D Mark II for the sophisticated requirements of photomicrography
Test: Using the Canon EOS M50 on a microscope. Our LM microscope adapter solution allows for easy connection to either phototube or eyepiece tube
The Alpha 6500 is another top-end system camera from Sony that performs impressively on the microscope
LM photo microscopes: the flexible photography solution for large sensor cameras!
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Nikon NIS Elements Imaging Software
Canon EOS 1200D - simple camera with a very good price performance ratio for microphotography
C-mount interface and microscope adapter, coupler for Zeiss microscopes with phototube 30 mm internal diameter (Interface 60)
Canon EOS Rebel T6i (750D) and Canon EOS Rebel T6s (760D) in microscopy
The Pentax K-5 IIs DSLR camera tested on a microscope
Practical Test: Nikon D800
Testing report: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Professional camera with full-frame sensor Leica M10 on the microscope
LM photo microscope for C-mount camera
Microscope Digital Cameras: Camera ranking for microscopy use


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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Which digital camera works best on a microscope?
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Special mounting media  for microscopy

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