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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.

Nikon SMZ 800 SMZ800 polarisation microscope with adapter solution polfilter

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.

Nikon SMZ800 SMZ1000 beam splitter adapter solution

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.

Nikon SMZ800 1000 beam splitter

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.

Nikon SMZ microscope with DSLR DSLM camera adapter

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.

Nikon SMZ beam path

Nikon SMZ800 SMZ1000 stereo microsocpe

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.

Nikon stereomicroscope plan planapo lens

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.


Photography

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.
 




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