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Zeiss Axio Imager 2: digital photomicrography at the highest level

The Carl Zeiss Axio Imager 2 research microscope was developed to satisfy the requirements of a comprehensive range of applications, from simple observation and image acquisition to highly complex analyses. Thanks to six different stand versions and a wide variety of system components, the instrument offers enormous flexibility.

With the help of our LM digital adapters, users can attach all current DSLR and system cameras to the Axio Imager 2 quickly and easily. This combination enables the use of state-of-the-art camera technology to achieve exceptional digital photographic documentation.

The Axio Imager 2 features the IC2S transmitted beam path newly developed by Zeiss. That unique component, based on optimisation of the proven ICS Infinity Optics, provides uniform illumination. As a result, even at low magnifications and large working distances considerably better resolution and contrast can be achieved. In terms of photomicrography, this is certainly a remarkable innovation. Particularly in digital imaging, optimised DIC or DIC + fluorescence imaging renders complex shading correction methods obsolete. The motorised DIC turret (up to 10 positions), combined with proven high-performance Zeiss objectives, delivers brilliant imaging results.

For photomicrographers passionate about their area of expertise, Zeiss offers an extensive array of binocular phototubes:


Item Number

Binocular phototube 30º/23 (50:50), reversed image, Axio Imager


Binocular ergo tube 20º/23 (100:0/ 0:100), reversed image


Binocular ergo tube 20º/23 Mat., (100:0/ 0:100), vertically adjustable, upright and
unreversed image


Binokularer Fototubus Pol 15º/23 (100:0/ 0:100), upright image


Binocular phototube 30º/25 (30vis, 70doc), reversed image


Binocular phototube 30º/25 (100:0/ 70:30/ 0:100), reversed image


Binocular phototube 30º/25 mot. (100:0/ 70:30/ 0:100), 
2 camera ports, reversed image


Binocular phototube with motorised eyepiece shutter 30º/25
(100:0/ 30:70/ 0:100), reversed image


Binocular phototube 15º/25 (100:0/ 0:100), upright and
unreversed image


The image below shows the binocular photo tube 30º/25 (100:0/70:30/0:100), reversed image (item no. 425502-0000-000), combined with our proven LM digital adapter and a DSLR camera.
425502-0000-000, binocular photo tube Zeiss Axio Imager 2, with LM Adapter and camera

As an alternative to conventional halogen light, LED illumination is available for either Koehler or Fixed Koehler illumination. Further highlights include a motorised reflector turret (even for samples with extremely weak fluorescence), motorised diaphragms for better reproducibility and high efficiency filters for fluorescence applications.

In its different configurations, the Zeiss Axio Imager 2 is suitable for a broad range of medical research disciplines, from pathology and human genetics to histology, cell biology, developmental biology and neurobiology. Since this microscope is also used in demanding experiments and lengthy working sessions, Zeiss spared no effort to provide ergonomic comfort (such as the conveniently arranged control buttons, exchangeable fine drive and individually positionable control panel) and stability (the instrument’s key elements are decoupled from the remainder of the stand).
Montage LM Digital Adapter on Zeiss Axio Imager 2


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.

New LM Digital Adapter for: Nikon Z9 / Nikon Z8 / Sony Alpha 7R V / Sony Alpha 1 / Sony FX3 Cinema Line / Sony Alpha 9 II (ILCE-9M2) / Sony Alpha 9 / Nikon D6 / Canon EOS R3 / Canon EOS R6 Mark II / Canon EOS R8 / Sony Alpha 7R IV / Canon EOS R5 / Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7S III / Sony Alpha 7R III / Canon EOS R6 / Nikon Z6 / Nikon Z6II / Sony Alpha 7R II / Nikon Z7 / Nikon Z7II / Canon EOS R / Canon EOS Ra (Astro) / Nikon Z5 / Sony Alpha 7C / Canon EOS RP / Sony Alpha 7S / Canon EOS R7 / Leica SL2-S / Canon EOS R10 / Canon EOS 1D X Mark III / Nikon Z50 / Nikon Z30 / Nikon Z fc / Nikon D850 / Canon EOS 1D X Mark II / Nikon D780 / Olympus OM-1 / Sony Alpha 7III / Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III / Canon EOS R100 / Sony Alpha 6700 / Nikon D5 / Sony Alpha 6600 / Fujifilm X-H2S / Fujifilm X-S10 / Fujifilm X-E4 / Fujifilm X-Pro3 / Olympus OM-D E-M1X / Sony Alpha 6400 / Sony Alpha 6100 / Sony ZV-E10 / Canon EOS 1D X / Nikon D4s / Olympus OM-D E-M5 III / Canon EOS 90D / Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Nikon D4 / Nikon D750 / Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Fujifilm X-T4 / Fujifilm X-T3 / Sony Alpha 6300 / Sony Alpha 6500 / Nikon D500 / Nikon D810 / Nikon D800 / Canon EOS M6 Mark II / Nikon D800E / Nikon Df / Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 / Nikon D610 / Nikon D600 / Canon EOS 250D / Canon EOS 850D / Rebel T8i / Canon EOS 6D / Sony Alpha 99 II (SLT-A99 II) / Canon EOS M200 / Canon EOS 5DS R ( without low-pass filter) / Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II / Canon EOS 80D / Canon EOS M50 Mark II / Canon EOS 5DS / Canon EOS M50 / Sony Alpha 77 II / Canon EOS 70D / Nikon D7200 / Pentax K-1 Mark II / 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) / Olympus OM-D E-M5 II / Nikon D3x / Olympus OM-D E-M1 / Pentax KP /