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The Olympus SZ61 and SZ61TR stereo microscopes for microphotography with LM digital adapters and DSLRs or system cameras (mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lens mounts)
The Olympus SZ61 and SZ61TR are the optimised successors to the Olympus SZ60. The microscopes are available with a wide range of equipment: with or without phototube, various stands and lighting options (LED, side light, fibre optics), etc.
IIn the image below, we mounted the Olympus SZ61TR microscope body with phototube (2 kg in weight) to a conventional stand. For lighting, we used an IKEA halogen lamp. To attach the Pentax K5-IIs to the microscope, we used an Olympus 1x C-mount port as well as a DSLRPTCW_Pro LM digital wide-field adapter.
The SZ61TR is available with a C-mount phototube which has an integrated 0.5x lens for cameras with small image sensors (see image below). This lens is a fixed part of the microscope and reduces the size of the field of view by half. However, when using cameras with larger sensors, the field of view needs to be magnified rather than reduced. For this reason, we recommend removing the built-in lens and using a C-mount connection with a 1x optical zoom factor instead. Olympus provides the required modification instructions upon request. Our LM digital microscope adapters are the ideal mounting device for attaching cameras with larger sensors (DSLRs and system cameras) to this C-mount 1x connection.
The Olympus SZ61/SZ61TR is a good entry-level microscope for users who are new to microscopy or, in our specific case, microphotography. It delivers high optical performance across the entire zoom range (6.7x to 45x) and features a Greenough-type optical system. Microscopes with this optical design produce a very tangible three-dimensional effect. As a result, the Olympus SZ61/SZ61TR is particularly suitable for preparative work under the microscope. Stereo microscopes have two completely separate optical paths which are inclined at an angle of 15°. The human brain is able to generate a three-dimensional image through the optical path and the angular offset.
When using the Olympus SZ61 without phototube, there is the option of mounting the camera to the eyepiece tube (internal diameter 30 mm). The optical quality of the image is equally as good as the solution that uses the phototube. You simply remove an eyepiece and insert our LM digital microscope adapter in its place. We used an LM digital DSLRCT microscope adapter and a TUST30S to connect the Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) to the microscope.
The optical performance of the SZ61 is comparable with that of the Nikon SMZ745, the competitor product. However, the Olympus SZ61 has the great advantage of allowing the user to remove the built-in C-mount 0.5x. The retrofit is a simple and quick task. Therefore, the Olympus SZ61 is better suited for taking photomicroscopy images with DSLRs and system cameras since it achieves a higher resolution and better peripheral definition.
However, the microscope lacks an observation tube with an adjustable viewing angle (“ergo tube”), which would make it possible to eliminate fatigue even over prolonged working periods. Olympus only provides this feature with its more expensive stereo microscopes (SZX 7/10/16).
The Olympus SZ61 is a handy entry-level model with good optical features. It features a Greenough-type optical system. Because it offers the option of replacing the C-mount connection it is also well suited for photographic documentation using DSLRs or system cameras.
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 /
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