Motic Panthera: a series of modern, affordable upright microscopes with infinity optics delivers impressive performance.
With our LM microscope adapters, which have an integrated optical system, you can take full advantage of the powerful features offered by modern cameras such as DSLMs, DSLRs or C-mount cameras. These digital cameras are stably attached to the phototube or the eyepiece tube of the microscope in a few easy steps and can be used immediately. Motic microscopes have a very good price-performance ratio and are an interesting alternative to expensive microscope from leading manufacturers.
The microscopes of Motic’s Panthera series are very versatile and suitable for a wide range of tasks, be it educational applications (Panthera E series), laboratory research (Panthera C series) or industrial/technology applications (Panthera TEC) – the microscopes in the Panthera series are suitable for many different requirements.
What all Panthera microscopes have in common is a flexible and high-performing optical system named CCIS® (Colour Corrected Infinity System). The advantages of these objectives are greater system flexibility and a chromatically corrected intermediate image. Depending on the model, they accommodate the following observation methods: brightfield, darkfield, phase contrast (to some extent), polarisation and fluorescence. For the Panthera TEC microscopes, plan-achromate and S-apochromate objectives have been developed.
The Panthera TEC BD models feature 5-fold encoded nosepiece with an M32 or RMS standard mounting thread. The stage has coaxially arranged coarse and fine focus controls for precise specimen focusing. Wide-field eyepieces (field number 22) are also suitable for eyeglass wearers.
Incident illumination is performed by an LED system with selectable colour temperature or by an LED/halogen combination. Transmitted light stands additionally include an LED transmitted illumination system with integrated diaphragms.
All Panthera microscope models are also available as trinocular versions equipped with a phototube which has the typical Motic photoport with an inside diameter of 38 mm and a fixed beam split of 50/50. Many other Motic instruments have the same phototube. For attaching a digital camera to the microscope, we recommend using the phototube because this method leaves both eyepieces available for normal viewing. With our LM adapter solutions, almost every DSLR, DSLM or C-mount camera can be attached to a microscope in a few simple and uncomplicated steps. We offer two adapter options – a compact standard version and a modular, focusable wide-field version.
Shown in the image above: the compact standard adapter version. It has been developed for APS-C and full-frame sensors and features a compact, short design.
The modular wide-field version provides a very large field of view and is extremely versatile, as it can be used on different microscopes. With just a few accessory parts, the main adapter unit can also be used on other microscope brands.
For the models without a phototube, we offer an adapter solution via the eyepiece tube (30 mm inside diameter). To attach the adapter to the microscope, one eyepiece is removed and the camera-adapter combination is put into its place.
We generally recommend using digital cameras with large sensors (M43/ APS-C/ full-frame). C-mount cameras, for which we also carry adapter solutions, deliver good image quality too, but are no match for the commercially available DSLRs and DSLMs in terms of quality. More information about selecting the camera that is right for you can be found in our camera recommendations.
The following Motic microscopes have the same phototube connection as the microscopes featured in this article and can therefore be used with the same adapter solutions:
- Motic RED
- Motic BA210, BA310, BA410
- Motic Panthera
- Motic AE2000
- Motic AE31
- Motic SMZ-161, SMZ-171
- Motic GM-161, GM-171
- Motic SWIFT
Further information about the adapter solution here.
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.