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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
All in one: LM Digital SLR Universal Adapter for phototube and the eyepiece tube (C-Mount, 23.2mm, 30mm 37mm, 38mm, 42mm)
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 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
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Camera recommendation for microscopy application
Microscope Digital Cameras: Camera ranking for microscopy use
DSLR camera or special-purpose microscope cameras?

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Test report - Canon EOS 60D

The suitability of the Canon EOS 60D for microscopy has interested us for a long time. As the successor to the Canon EOS 50D, it is positioned between the Canon EOS 650D and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. 

Canon EOS 60D front Canon EOS 60D back view

From the outside the EOS 60D appears very compact and robust, even though the body is made of plastic rather than metal. For microscopy, this is definitely an advantage, as it helps to keep the weight relatively low. This means that the Canon EOS 60D “only” weighs 750 grams (in comparison, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III weighs a hefty 960 grams!). The rear has a very clear layout with comparatively few buttons and switches. The folding, rotating screen (7.6 mm) takes up more than half of the surface. The predecessor model, the EOS 50D, still had a fixed display.

The EOS 60D has a CMOS sensor (22.3 x 14.7) with 18 megapixels. 

We tested the camera with a Nikon SMZ745T microscope. To connect it to the phototube (left-hand image) we used a  DSLRCC adapter. 

To attach it to the eyepiece tube (right-hand image), we used a TUST30S tube adapter and a DSLRCT adapter. The eyepiece tube also renders the desired large image field, so that high-quality photomicroscopy images without any restrictions can be taken with the SMZ745T microscope, even when using SLR and system cameras. 

Canon EOS 60D and Nikon SMZ745T microscope Canon EOS 60D on eyepiecetube

Now for the technical details. The light sensitivity of the Canon EOS 60D ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 6,400 in automatic (A) mode, while in H mode it is possible to adjust it manually up to ISO 12,800. The signal-to-noise ratio is well under control. The colour depth is 42 bits.

The EOS 60D has an HDMI port and can, of course, produce videos in full HD quality (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) with a maximum of 24 frames per second.

HDMI Port

The battery capacity is around one-third greater than that of the  Canon EOS 650D. Unfortunately, the Canon EOS 60D has only one card slot. 

battery canon EOS 60D Card slot EOS 60D

In our series of tests, the following firmware version was installed:

Firmware Canon EOS 60D

In comparison to the Canon EOS 650D, the Canon EOS 60D has a silent shooting mode. This function is very useful for microscopy applications. It reduces the vibrations in the camera that lead to camera shake and blurred image quality. The silent mode (Canon calls it silent shooting) is set in the menu.

Silent mode Canon EOS 60D Silent shooting Canon EOS 60D

 

As with all of the latest generation Canon DSLR cameras, the EOS 60D also has a Live View mode. The camera’s zoom also works in Live View mode – a very useful feature in photomicrography applications. It is also very convenient that there is no maximum time limit on the Live View. The user is able to choose if Live View shooting should be limited and if so, how long the time limit should be.

 

A big plus with Canon is that the remote control software (EOS Utility) is included when the camera is purchased. With the Canon EOS 60D, this software works with no problems at all. Once you have gotten used to controlling the camera from the PC, you won’t want to do without it. It is simply extremely convenient and also increases the workflow considerably.

           

Conclusion:

The Canon EOS 60D is definitely an insider tip for photomicrography. For only around € 200 more than for the EOS 650D, it offers professional features that are in no way inferior to those of full-frame cameras. Even at large magnifications, for example, the images are still crisp and clearly detailed. The Canon EOS 60D is a successful update to its predecessor, the EOS 50D. The folding, rotating screen is a huge plus. Its biggest advantage over the cheaper Canon models, however, is the silent mode function, which makes it possible to take images with even fewer vibrations.

22.01.2013


New LM Digital Adapter for:

Canon EOS R with Canon Adapter EF-EOS R / Canon EOS RP with Canon Adapter EF-EOS R / Canon EOS 1D X Mark II / Canon EOS 1D X / Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Canon EOS 250D / Canon EOS M50 / Canon EOS 6D / Canon EOS 5DS R ( without low-pass filter) / Canon EOS 80D / Canon EOS 5DS / Canon EOS 70D / Canon EOS 200D / Canon EOS 800D / Rebel T7i / Canon EOS 77D / Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Canon EOS 60D / Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s / Canon EOS 5D Mark II /

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High-end intermediate optics for connecting microscopes to:
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  • digital mirrorless system cameras with an interchangeable lens mount
  • c-mount-, USB- and firewire cameras
  • digital compact cameras and camcorders
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