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Online configurator: LM microscope adapter for all digital cameras and microscopes
An overview of the LM microscope adapters
We offer LM digital adapter solutions for the following microscopes
Microscope Adapter: LM wide-field adapter for eyepiece tubes with 30 mm inner diameter
LM digital SLR universal wide-field adapter: now with larger image field and focus settings
All in one: LM Digital SLR Universal Adapter for phototube and the eyepiece tube (C-Mount, 23.2mm, 30mm 37mm, 38mm, 42mm)
LM adapter solution for c-mount microscope ports with reduction optics (0.5x / 0.6x / 0.7x or f=55mm / f=75mm / f=100mm)
LM wide-field camcorder adapter for the new generation of ultra HD camcorders
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!
Macro Close-Up Lens: LM Macro lens 40/80 with plan achromatic optics
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
Camera recommendation for microscopy application
Microscope Digital Cameras: Camera ranking for microscopy use
DSLR camera or special-purpose microscope cameras?

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Sony Alpha 5100 (DSLM) on the microscope – easy connection to either phototube or eyepiece tube with the LM microscope adapter solutions

With the Alpha 5100 – the successor to its flagship of the range, the NEX-5T – Sony has launched an affordable system camera that gets beginners off to a good start and is also an interesting option for photomicrography applications.

Sony Alpha 5100 DSLM system camera

The camera is equipped with a 24-MP Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that records movies in Full HD. Using the standard Sony E-mount lens mount and one of our LM adapter solutions, the Alpha 5100, which is quite small and compact (dimensions: 11 x 6.3 x 3.6 cm) can be attached to a microscope in just a few easy steps. When this setup is chosen, the LM microscope adapter is attached directly to the camera body. We generally recommend using the phototube of the microscope (C-mount) because this allows the user to continue working with the eyepiece(s).

Sony microscope camera 5100 alpha

If the microscope doesn’t have a phototube, the camera can also be attached to the eyepiece tube. Our product range includes an adapter solution with integrated optics for this scenario. Because the Alpha 5100 weighs in at only 283 grams (battery included), the risk of tipping is negligible even when attaching it to very small, lightweight microscopes.

eyepiece attachment microscope camera

The Alpha 5100 has a 3-inch touchscreen LCD display, which can be tilted up and down at a 180 degree angle and facilitates an ergonomic position, which makes working on the microscope a lot more comfortable. The screen houses 921,000 dots.

LCD display wifi microscope camera

The Alpha 5100 realises up to 6 fps continuous shooting at maximum resolution. ISO sensitivity can be set between 100 and 25,600, which is mid-range. The camera’s HDR mode takes three images at the desired interval (up to 6 EV stops) and combines them in-camera into a single image with balanced contrasts. This is a particular benefit when dealing with microscope specimens that are not uniformly thick, such as insects. The Alpha 5100 offers shutter speeds between 1/4000 and 30 seconds with a Bulb option, which places it in the mid-range category.

Wi-Fi connectivity allows the user to control the camera wirelessly with a compatible smartphone or tablet. The only requirement is Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free.

The Capture One software also enables remote camera control from a PC/Mac, but unfortunately does not support LiveView mode. Recently, we came across a new remote control app for PCs called LOCANA, which allows the user to shoot tethered with LiveView. In addition to the Alpha 5100, the XX are also supported (we haven’t tested the software yet).

The Alpha 5100 has a micro HDMI port at the side of the body, which can be used to connect it to an external monitor. It also works very flexibly with other specialised optical instruments (telescopes, spotting scopes, microscopes, etc.) that have non-CPU lenses. There is no shutter release lock, and the operator can make full use of the camera’s convenient auto exposure capabilities in AV mode.

Newer Sony cameras offer in-camera charging: a very helpful feature that enables the camera to be charged via USB like a cell phone. This eliminates the need for a battery adapter accessory to ensure uninterrupted work in the studio or lab.

Conclusion: The Sony Alpha 5100 system camera is quite well suited for microscopy applications and comes at a very reasonable price point. For more information, please refer to our current camera ranking and our camera recommendations.

New LM Digital Adapter for:

Sony Alpha 9 / Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7R III / Sony Alpha 7R II / Sony Alpha 7S / Sony Alpha 7III / Sony Alpha 6300 / Sony Alpha 6500 / Sony Alpha 99 II (SLT-A99 II) / Sony Alpha 77 II / Sony Alpha 7R / Sony Alpha 7 / Sony Alpha 68 / Sony Alpha 99 (SLT-A99) / Sony Alpha 7II / Sony Alpha 6000 / Sony Alpha 77V / Sony Alpha 580 / Sony Alpha 5100 / Sony Alpha 5000 / Sony Alpha 55 / Sony Alpha 33 / Sony Alpha 35 / Sony NEX-7 / Sony NEX-6 / Sony Alpha 57 /

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High-end intermediate optics for connecting microscopes to:
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