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Turn your Canon EOS 5D Mark IV into a microscope – with the LM photomicroscope modules

As a representative example for Canon DSLRs and system cameras, we have adapted the EOS 5D Mark IV for microscopy and got sensational results.

The EOS 5D Mark IV is one of Canon’s top-of-the-line DSLRs and is a great camera for scientific imaging. With a 30 MP full-frame sensor, a top sensitivity of ISO 102,400 and Ultra HD (4K) video recording capabilities, it ticks all the boxes when it comes to high-quality images. And combined with our LM photomicroscope and the LM macroscopes, the EOS 5D Mark IV also delivers excellent microscopy and macroscopy imaging results. For a detailed description of the camera’s performance in microscopy, please see here.

Turn your Canon EOS 5D Mark IV into a microscope

The photomicroscope module features high-quality plan achromatic infinity-corrected optics, specifically optimised for photomicrography. The LM photomicroscope is a complete optical system that offers a fixed microscope magnification from 18x to 600x, depending on the lens and tube models selected.

LM photo microscope with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Example application:

example application LM photo microscope EOS 5D IV

The LM photomicroscope modules are attached to the camera body like normal lenses. They are equipped with the appropriate bayonet adapter – in the case of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, the adapter needs to be compatible with the Canon EF mount. This combination of high-quality camera and powerful optical system is able to deliver excellent image quality.

Canon EOS 5D modern microscope camera

We recommend focus stacking, using a motorised focusing rail, to create images with maximum depth of field. The image stacks that are generated automatically are processed with a special software tool (e.g. Helicon Focus) and merged into one single shot. This way, blurriness in parts of the image can be avoided, especially when working with thicker specimens.

The LM photomicroscope can be equipped with a variety of different objective lenses – from macro lenses with extra-large working distance up to microscope objectives.

lm objective lenses for photo microscope
Photo: LM plan lens 5x and 2x

The Canon EOS camera and the motorised StackShot rail can be efficiently controlled with the Helicon Remote software. The camera is connected to the computer with a USB cable.

Conclusion: The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is an excellent camera for microscopy. Combined with our LM photomicroscope, the signature feature of which is its modular design, users will find a multitude of application possibilities that leave nothing to be desired!


New LM Digital Adapter for: Sony Alpha 9 II (ILCE-9M2) / Sony Alpha 9 / Canon EOS R with Canon Adapter EF-EOS R / Canon EOS Ra (Astro) with Canon Adapter EF-EOS R / Sony Alpha 7R IV / 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 Z50 with F-Mount Adapter FTZ / Nikon D850 / Canon EOS 1D X Mark II / Sony Alpha 7III / Nikon D5 / Sony Alpha 6600 / Sony Alpha 6400 / Sony Alpha 6100 / Canon EOS 1D X / Nikon D4s / Olympus OM-D E-M5 III / Canon EOS 90D / Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Nikon D4 / Nikon D750 / Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Sony Alpha 6300 / Sony Alpha 6500 / Nikon D500 / Nikon D810 / Nikon D800 / Nikon D800E / Nikon Df / Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 / Nikon D610 / Nikon D600 / Canon EOS 250D / Canon EOS M50 / Canon EOS 6D / Sony Alpha 99 II (SLT-A99 II) / Canon EOS 5DS R ( without low-pass filter) / Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II / Canon EOS 80D / Canon EOS 5DS / Sony Alpha 77 II / Canon EOS 70D / Nikon D7200 / Pentax K-1 Mark II / Canon EOS 200D /