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|An overview of the LM microscope adapters|
|We offer LM digital adapter solutions for the following microscopes|
|Online configurator: LM microscope adapter for all digital cameras and microscopes|
|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!|
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Nikon SMZ 800/1000: excellent results at a reasonable price
Nikon’s SMZ 800 and SMZ 1000, both professional quality stereo microscopes, have parallel optical beam paths that impress users with their combination of modularity and quality. Both models are relatively low priced entry-level models that can be improved to achieve truly excellent results. Moreover, by making only minor enhancements, both are very capable for photographic use.
The best image quality is produced when using cameras with large sensors (DSLRs with full-frame or APS-C sensors). Using our LM microscope adapters, state-of-the-art cameras can be paired with Nikon’s SMZ series microscopes to attain the highest degrees of resolution, dynamic range and light sensitivity.
The SMZ 800 is equipped with an infinity-corrected optical system and incorporates a zoom ratio of 6.3 (the SMZ 1000 offers a 10x zoom factor with a zoom range of 0.8x to 8x). Depending on the eyepiece and the objective selected, this substantial zoom range offers total magnifications from 5x to 378x (SMZ 800) and 4x to 480x (SMZ 1000). For both instruments, illumination is provided by a 6 volt/30 watt halogen lamp. The zooming knob also features click stops that help setting the correct distance when zooming.
Eyepieces that offer a high eyepoint and wide field of view (C-W10x/22) come standard on these instruments. The ergonomic binocular tube, which can be tilted from 0 to 30º, contributes to an ergonomic seating position. Alternatively, a binocular tube with a 20º horizontal inclination and a tube with a low viewing height are available as well. Height can be adjusted to the operator’s eyepoint via intermediate tubes. Further, low-positioned operating elements, variable working distances and eyepieces (with field numbers from 7 to 22) with dioptre adjustment help configure the instrument to the operator’s individual needs.
A transmitted light stand and an epifluorescence module are also optional accessories.
It is very easy to attach a DSLR or system camera to the SMZ 800 and SMZ 1000 microscopes by mounting a beam splitter between the zoom body and the binocular tube.
A C-mount port with a 1x factor is then attached directly to the beam splitter, to which the LM digital adapter and camera are attached. The splitting options are 100% observation/0% photo or 50% observation/50% photo.
Of course, our LM adapter can also be mounted to the fixed tube.
Nikon’s SMZ 800 and SMZ 1000 stereo microscopes are of the telescope type, which means that they have two parallel beam paths which pass through the common main objective.
The telescope type system: both beam paths seen from above and below through the main objective.
The quality of the main objective is directly proportional to image quality. To increase image quality, we recommend exchanging the lower-cost plan objective (available as 0.5x, 0.75x, 1x, 1.5x and 2x objectives) with a plan apo objective (0.5x and 1x), since the plan apo has a higher numerical aperture and is thus ideally suited for high-quality photography across the entire zoom range.
Conclusion: Nikon’s SMZ 800 is a good fit for photomicrography applications. If the budget allows, we recommend opting for the higher-quality plan apo objectives, since they deliver superlative image quality.
Fitting the microscope to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR), system 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 system cameras 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 system cameras:
- Large, powerful full-frame sensors (36 x 24 mm)
- Sensor resolution of 50 megapixels
- High light sensitivity (ISO 100,000+)
- Extensive dynamic range (up to 14 aperture stops/f-stops)
- Short exposure times (1/8000 second):
- Full/Ultra HD (4k) 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.
Nikon D850 / Sony Alpha 7III / Sony Alpha 9 / Nikon D5 / Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7R II / Sony Alpha 7R III / Sony Alpha 7S / Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Nikon D750 / Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Sony Alpha 6300 / Sony Alpha 6500 / Nikon D500 / Canon EOS 1D X / Nikon D810 / Nikon D4s / Nikon D800 / Nikon D800E / Nikon D4 / Nikon Df / Nikon D610 / Nikon D600 / Canon EOS 6D / 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 / Canon EOS 200D / Canon EOS 800D / Rebel T7i / Canon EOS 77D / Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Canon EOS 60D / Sony Alpha 7R / Sony Alpha 7 / Nikon DS-Qi2 (Microscope Camera) / Nikon D3x / Olympus OM-D E-M1 / Nikon D3S / Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s / Canon EOS 5D Mark II / Nikon D7100 / Pentax K-5 / Canon EOS 1D Mark IV / Nikon D7000 / Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Canon EOS 2000D / Rebel T7 / Canon EOS 7D / Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4 Digital / Canon EOS 1300D / EOS Rebel T6 / Canon EOS 4000D / Canon EOS 100D / Nikon DS-Ri2 (Microscope Camera) / Canon EOS 50D / Canon EOS 1200D / EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70 / Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Olympus E-5 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 / Canon EOS 1D Mark III / Canon EOS 40D / Canon EOS 60Da for astrophotography / Sony SLT-A99 / Sony Alpha 7II / Pentax K-3 II / Olympus E-3 / Olympus E-30 / Olympus E-620 / Sony Alpha 6000 / Pentax K-500 / Canon EOS M100 / Canon EOS M6 / Nikon D700 / Nikon D3 / Canon EOS M5 / Sony Alpha 77V / Canon EOS 1000D / Digital Rebel XS / Sony Alpha 580 / Sony Alpha 5100 / Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III / Sony Alpha 5000 / Pentax K-S2 / Pentax K-r / Sony Alpha 55 / Olympus Pen E-PL7 / Olympus OM-D E-M5 / Olympus OM-D E-M10 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 / Pentax K-5 II / Pentax K-5 IIs / Pentax K-3 / Sony Alpha 33 / Nikon D5500 / Nikon D5200 / Nikon D5300 /
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|Testing report: Canon EOS 5D Mark III|
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|Canon EOS 5D Mark II on the microscope|
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