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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
DSLR camera or special-purpose microscope cameras?
Test: Using the Canon EOS M50 on a microscope. Our LM microscope adapter solution allows for easy connection to either phototube or eyepiece tube
The Canon Camera Connect app in microscopy: wireless communication between smartphone or tablet and Canon EOS cameras
Helicon focus: fascinating 3D images in microscopy and macroscopy
Powerfull full-frame sensor microscope camera Canon EOS 6D Mark II for the sophisticated requirements of photomicrography

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Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-3 in microscopy

With the two NEX-5 and NEX-3 camera models, Sony has successfully joined in with the current trend for small mirrorless system cameras. The main target group for these cameras is comprised of users who find operating digital SLR cameras too complicated, but who require the kind of high-quality picture that compact cameras are unable to deliver.



Mirrorless system cameras make photography easier in many respects. Their size is similar to that of zoom compact cameras (the Sony NEX-5 camera, for example, weighs just 287 g!) with the great advantage that interchangeable lenses and other system accessories such as flash units, etc. can be used. The image quality achieved stands up well in comparison with that of the significantly larger digital SLR cameras and the creative functions also come close to matching those offered by larger and more expensive systems.

With its 14.2 megapixels, the Sony NEX-5 (and Sony NEX-3) is extremely well suited to challenging microscopy work. Moreover, the fact that the camera has no mirror enhances the image quality, since when the shutter is released there are no vibrations and consequently no blurring.

It also has an excellent resolution capacity, comparable with that of the Olympus E5. In addition, the fact that any videos recorded with the camera are in full HD and, like camcorders, have an AVCHD memory format, is also very convenient (only Sony NEX-5). The Live View output can be displayed in HD quality via an HDMI port. This means that the benefits of modern HD, LCD and plasma monitors can be fully exploited. The camera possesses a range of further useful features, such as “anti-motion-blur”, a tool to counteract blurring. It takes six photographs in quick succession and stacks them together to produce a single image. This offers significant advantages if the user wishes to capture moving objects. The depth of field can be regulated by simply turning the adjusting ring; the camera then selects the most suitable aperture itself.

In microscopy, the magnification function, which offers a choice of 7x or 14x magnification, is very helpful. This function makes it possible to precisely adjust the focus. The microscopy image at the end of this report was taken using the 14x magnification function.

The Sony NEX-5 offers the possibility of displaying a Live View picture directly on an HD-capable monitor or even a projector (for lectures and talks) via the HDMI interface. This is particularly advantageous if several persons are working together and discussing the slide.

For the purposes of microscope photography, we would prefer it if there was also a remote control software program (tethered shooting) to enable remote control directly from the PC. As it is, the user has to make do either with the camera’s self-timer or should buy the appropriate remote control, which we would recommend.

Working on a microscope does not require a lens. This poses a small problem, which, however, can be easily overcome with a small adjustment to the settings in the menu. If the lens is unscrewed, the display flashes up the following message: “Cannot recognize lens. Attach it properly.”


Select “Setup” in the menu.


In this menu point, activate “Release without lens”.

After this menu item has been successfully activated, the following text appears on the camera’s screen:

Now there is nothing to prevent the user from taking photographs through the microscope! This image was taken using the 14x magnification function. As the display does not have the same number of pixels as the sensor, it is expedient to zoom out a certain part of the slide using the magnification function.

We offer suitable adapter solutions for all microscopes. You can use our database to select the right LM adapter.


Small, handy, user-friendly camera that is ideally suited to microscopy. Gets top marks for its very high resolution capacity, a large sensor, magnification function and the option to produce HD videos. The camera also offers the possibility of displaying a Live View picture on an HD-capable monitor via the HDMI interface, which is not currently standard for digital system cameras. The only shortcoming at present is the lack of remote control software.

Key technical data:

* 14.2 megapixels
* Mirrorless and shutterless (no vibrations and blurring)
* Sensor in APS-C format
* Live View – display on HDMI port
* Full HD videos (Sony NEX-5)
* AVCHD and MP4 memory format


Stand: 03.02.2011

New LM Digital Adapter for:

Sony Alpha 7III / Sony Alpha 9 / Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7R III / Sony Alpha 7R II / Sony Alpha 7S / 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:
  • digital SLR cameras
  • digital mirrorless system cameras with an interchangeable lens mount
  • c-mount-, USB- and firewire cameras
  • digital compact cameras and camcorders
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