Micro Tech Lab Professional solutions for digital micro and macro photography
Products Reviews & buying guide Contact Order Sitemap References


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!
Special mounting medium for microscopy, non toxic,water solved,light hardening,fast solidifying and drying,neutraldoes not make air bubbles,high optical solution,color protecting,solvent free,high refractive index
Micro Tech Lab advisory service: microscopy, digital cameras, high quality photo
Microscope Digital Cameras: Camera ranking for microscopy use

Folge Micro_Tech_Lab auf Facebook Folge Micro_Tech_Lab auf Twitter         213

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. 

      Olympus SZ61 TR with LM digital adapter DSLRPTCW_Pro and Penax K-5 IIs

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.

Phototube Olympus SZ61

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.

optical paths Olympus SZ 61 

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.

Eyepiecetube Olymypus SZ61 with LM digital adapter DSLRCT, TUST30S and Canon Rebel T4i C-mount 0,5x Olympus SZ61

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.

New LM Digital Adapter for:

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 /

Related Links
LM photo microscope for C-mount camera
Microscope Digital Cameras: Camera ranking for microscopy use
Canon EOS 200D - practical test on microscope with LM DSLR widefield adapter with planachromatic optics
LM photo microscope with Nikon C-mount camera DS-Fi2 and control panel DS-L3 for measurement tasks, long-term studies and lengthy observations
LM microscope adapters: We’re impressed by the performance of Canon’s professional-grade EOS 5D Mark IV camera at the microscope!
Canon EOS Utility 2 and Apple computer
Canon EOS 5D Mark II on the microscope
Controlling Olympus digital SLR cameras from your PC with the OLYMPUS Studio 2 software
The Sony Alpha 7R II – a top-notch camera with full-frame sensor for use in microscopy
Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) in a practical test
Using HD / UHD / 4k / 6k components in microphotography


High-end intermediate optics for connecting microscopes to:
  • digital SLR cameras
  • digital mirrorless system cameras with an interchangeable lens mount
  • c-mount-, USB- and firewire cameras
  • digital compact cameras and camcorders
[Further information amd prices]
Which digital camera works best on a microscope?
LM Makroskop 16x Convert your digital SLR camera into a professional microscope
Special mounting media  for microscopy

Tips and tricks to connect your digital camera and to process digital images


 Demo Pictures

© 1999-2018 MICRO TECH LAB. All rights reserved / Legal notice / Privacy policy / Newsletter / Press
Digitalcameras , Digitalcamera , Digital camera , Digital cameras , digital SLRs , digital SLR , Digital single lens reflex camera , Digital single lens reflex cameras , digicam , digicams , DSLR , D-SLR , D'SLR , Camcorder , HD Camcorder , HD Video , Videocamera , Webcam , USB-Camera , Compact digital cameras , --