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Photodocumentation with the microscope: Leitz Metallux 3

(year of construction: 1985)        Update: 27.09.2012

The Leitz Metallux 3 was built for metallographic structure investigation of thin polished sections.The main task is microscopic examination and documentation of metals, plastics, ceramics and composite materials.It is also used for quality controls of semi- and finished products. 

Leitz Metallux 3 front view

Leitz Metallux 3 photoport

Microscopic methods:

Brightfield    yes  
Darkfield yes
Polarised light yes
Interference-contrast yes
Incident flourescence yes
Light microscopy yes


Weight: 21 kg
Dimension: 495 x 528 x 292 mm

Optic; finite

Object stage:

Dimension: 200 x 159 mm
Movement area: 76 x 46 mm
Rotating area: 90°
Loadable up to: 4 kg

Light source:

Standard: Halogen bulb 12V/100W, Lamp housing 103Z

Nosepiece: 5-fold with TL 1x changeable via dovetail guide. Objectivs are directed forward.

Field of View: Depending on the stage of expansion between 20 and 26mm diameter.

Others: The magnification changer is also available as accessory and may influence the image field in digital photography.

Photography: The microcamerasystem WILD MPS was originally available as an accessory for analog photography. 

Leitz Metallux, TUST38C, LM digital adapter, DSLR

For further information and prices see our database. Please select a camera model.


Fitting the microscope to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR), mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras (MILC ), digital single-lens mirrorless (DSLM) 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 single-lens mirrorless (DSLM) 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 single-lens mirrorless cameras (DSLM):
- Large, powerful full-frame sensors (36 x 24 mm)
- Sensor resolution of 61 megapixels or 240 megapixels with Pixel Shift technology
- High light sensitivity (ISO 400,000+)
- Extensive dynamic range (up to 15 aperture stops/f-stops)
- Short exposure times (1/8000 second) up to 1/32,000 seconds using the digital shutter
- 4K Ultra HD  or 8K Ultra HD 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.

New LM Digital Adapter for: Nikon Z9 / Sony Alpha 7R V / Sony Alpha 1 / Sony FX3 Cinema Line / Sony Alpha 9 II (ILCE-9M2) / Sony Alpha 9 / Nikon D6 / Canon EOS R3 / Canon EOS R6 Mark II / Canon EOS R8 / Sony Alpha 7R IV / Canon EOS R5 / Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7S III / Sony Alpha 7R III / Canon EOS R6 / Nikon Z6 / Nikon Z6II / Sony Alpha 7R II / Nikon Z7 / Nikon Z7II / Canon EOS R / Canon EOS Ra (Astro) / Nikon Z5 / Sony Alpha 7C / Canon EOS RP / Sony Alpha 7S / Canon EOS R7 / Leica SL2-S / Canon EOS R10 / Canon EOS 1D X Mark III /