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Upgrading the Olympus SZH10 stereo microscope for modern digital photographic work as quick as a flash

The Olympus SZH10 stereo microscope with a 10:1 zoom is a popular Olympus instrument from the 1990s. Originally designed for analogue photography, it can be adapted for high-level digital photographic documentation in no time at all.

stereomicroscope Olympus with microscope camera

The Olympus SZH10 microscope is an all-rounder that is still available second hand for around € 4,000. Featuring a Greenough optical system, it is used in many different fields of application, such as

The microscope body has a coarse and fine focus and allows a working distance of up to 50 mm. A revolver for two specimens is available as an option. The transmitted light model has a filter thread of 45 mm and a Koehler illumination system. This offers the advantage of a brighter image with a higher resolution. The light source consists of a 50W/12V halogen lamp.

The illumination type can be changed very quickly from bright field to dark field. In addition, a module for coaxial, vertical illumination is also available.

Different lenses, both plan apo objectives and apochromats for aberration-free images, are available.

 

N.A.

W.D. (mm)

SZH-D.F. Plan 0.5X

0.042

198

SZH-D.F. Plan 0.75X

0.063

113

SZH-D.F. Plan Apo 1X

0.087

81

SZH-D.F. Plan 1.5X

0.125

48

SZH-D.F. Plan 2X

0.167

39

For photomicrographic images, we recommend the plan-apo-1 lens. When using high-grade cameras, this makes it possible to produce top-quality, aberration-free images.

The standard version of the Olympus SZH10 comes without a phototube, but another option with a phototube is available as well. The Olympus SZH has a solid, stable stand and is thus well suited for even heavy camera systems.

The SZH-PT beam splitter with a dovetail ring (internal diameter: 38 mm) is available as an accessory for photomicrography. We offer a special conversion kit to enable almost every modern DSLR camera, mirrorless system camera and USB camera to be used on this microscope.


Photography

Fitting the microscope to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR), mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras (MILC ), digital single-lens mirrorless (DSLM) 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 single-lens mirrorless (DSLM) 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 single-lens mirrorless cameras (DSLM):
- Large, powerful full-frame sensors (36 x 24 mm)
- Sensor resolution of 61 megapixels or 240 megapixels with Pixel Shift technology
- High light sensitivity (ISO 400,000+)
- Extensive dynamic range (up to 15 aperture stops/f-stops)
- Short exposure times (1/8000 second) up to 1/32,000 seconds using the digital shutter
- 4K Ultra HD  or 8K Ultra HD 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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