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With our LM digital adapters, conventional DSLRs and mirrorless system cameras can be attached to Nikon’s Ci series of research microscopes to produce excellent photos of microscopic images.

Ergonomic design, easy operation and great optics – that is our first impression of Nikon’s Ci microscopes for clinical and laboratory use. The compact research microscopes of Nikon’s Ci series (the motorised Ci-E weighs 15.4 kg, the CI-L 13.4 kg) offer an extensive range of modules to support a variety of observation methods and applications used for research and inspection. The following imaging techniques are supported: brightfield, epi-fluorescence, darkfield, phase contrast, simple polarising, sensitive colour polarising.

research microscope Nikon Ci for photography
Image: Nikon Ci-E with binocular tube

The ergonomic design features of the Ci series include an ergonomic binocular tube with adjustable eyepiece angle and extension, as well as height-adjustable microscope parts. The LED illuminator is a low-power-consuming illumination system that produces intense brightness, is long-lasting and does not heat up. This is a real benefit for photomicrography, since no heat rises up from the lamp to the camera, which reduces the occurrence of thermal noise. Combined with Nikon’s acclaimed CFI lenses and a good-quality DSLR camera, you can create stunning images of your specimens. All you need to do is attach the camera body directly to the microscope using one of our LM digital adapters.

Different types of tubes are available for the Ci series: a binocular tube (here, our adapter solution is attached directly to the eyepiece tube), various types of trinocular tubes and special ports for C-mount cameras. If you use our LM adapter solutions to attach a camera to one of the trinocular tubes, you need the Nikon Y-T TV tube, which usually comes included with the microscope and is essential for photomicrography applications. A C-mount adapter 1x is attached to this tube, and then the LM DSLR adapter is added to this combination. If the Y-T TV tube has not been provided by Nikon, we can also offer a suitable C-mount adapter: the TUST38C.

Nikon YT-TV tube and c-mount 1x for photography essentiell

The C-TEP2 DSC port for the C-TE2 ergonomic binocular tube is a special case: the adapter solution required for this port needs to be custom-built because of the port’s fixed reduction factor of 0.6x. If your microscope has this type of tube, please order our DD6XC adapter solution.

custom built Nikon Ci-E C-TE2 port with integrated reduction optics

Using a remote control software makes the process of capturing images a lot easier. If you have a Nikon camera, you can use Nikon’s dedicated NIS software, and there are lots of other programs available from other camera manufacturers (reviews for many of them are available on our website).

The Ci-E microscope model offers motorised components such as a button for magnification switching during observation, a motorised six-position nosepiece, and automatic reproduction of light intensity.
 


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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