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LM special adapters for connecting digital cameras to Motic research and stereo microscopes

Our LM microscope adapters with plan-achromatic precision optics can be used to attach modern digital cameras (such as DSLRs, mirrorless system cameras, high-speed cameras or C-mount cameras) to a microscope’s phototube or eyepiece tube.

Motic makes affordable, yet high-quality stereo and laboratory microscopes that more than hold their own against well-known brands. 

For photography applications, the microscope is ideally equipped with a phototube (for solutions using the eyepiece tube, see below). We offer the two adapter solutions described below for Motic microscopes that have a phototube with an inner diameter of 38 mm. Which option is preferable depends on the requirements in each individual case.

1. This is the compact standard option we have specially developed for the Motic microscope group. This adapter solution is equipped with high-quality plan-achromatic optics for matching the size of the camera sensor to the microscope. It also features a compact, short design and provides a large field of view without vignetting. We recommend cameras with sensor formats ranging from full-frame to Micro Four Thirds (MFT/µFT).

compact microscope adapter solution for Motic 38mm photo tube

2. The focusable wide-field adapter solution of our “Pro” series is also equipped with plan-achromatic precision optics. Its multi-part, modular construction facilitates maximum flexibility. Combined with individual accessory parts, it can be used on the eyepiece tube or the phototube of a wide range of microscope brands. The adapter is focusable, which enables an optical alignment of the image observed through the eyepiece with the image the camera sees through the phototube. Different magnification factors are available upon request. Depending on the area of application, this adapter solution also includes the option of adding optical filters and/or optical apertures for image optimisation in order to achieve even better image quality and depth of field

Motic photo tube with universal adapter Cmount C-mount 1x widefield

The image below shows a polarisation image captured with the Motic SMZ 171 and a standard DSLR camera with APS-C sensor:

demo image with Motic SMZ 171 SMZ171 and digital camera polarisation photo

Our adapter solutions are suitable for the following Motic microscopes:

3. Adapter solution for the eyepiece tube

If the microscope doesn’t have a phototube, or if several cameras need to be attached to the microscope simultaneously, we also offer an adapter solution that works on the eyepiece tube. To attach the camera, one eyepiece is removed and the camera, together with the adapter unit, is inserted into the tube where the eyepiece was. This adapter solution is very flexible and can also be used on other microscopes. The image quality is equally good as that of the phototube solution. 

Motic adapter solution eyepiece adapter microscope camera



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.

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LM Digital SLR Adapter with special hard anti-reflection coating, plan achromatic optics for Motic phototubes with an inner diameter of 38 mm, inclusive Camera Lens Mount Adapter

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Euro 1389,--
US $ 1472.34
For EU (European Union) VAT (IVA, TVA) not included

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