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Zeiss Axiolab 5: better image and video quality with top-of-the-line digital cameras

Modern camera systems with large image sensors, such as digital mirrorless system cameras (DSLMs), single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) or special C-mount cameras, are able to use the microscope’s full optical potential. With our adapter solutions, which are developed and manufactured in Austria, virtually any digital camera can be used with this smart microscope from Zeiss.

The Zeiss Axiolab 5 is a modern upright laboratory microscope designed for daily routine imaging tasks.

Key specifications

Demo photo with Zeiss Axio 5 polarization photo, high image quality

IC²S stands for “Infinity Contrast & Color Corrected” system. This patented beam path is based on the optimisation of the proven Carl Zeiss “ICS” Infinity Optics. An added new feature is the transmitted light beam path for uniform illumination. According to Zeiss, this results in higher image contrast, perfect uniformity and excellent resolution. Depending on the requirements of each setting, Zeiss offers an extensive range of accessory products. The Axiolab 5 is the successor to Zeiss’s Axio Lab.A1 and falls in the medium price range (the starting price for the basic version with binocular tube is approx. EUR 5,000).

 Zeiss Axiolab5 AxioLab laboratory microscope adapter solution camera

A particularly impressive aspect of the Axiolab 5 is it ergonomic design. The drive and focus knobs are located at a convenient height, and the brightness control can be operated with just one hand without having to change your grip. The viewing height can also be adjusted. Tubes with 20 and 30 degree viewing angles are available. 

The Axiolab 5 is equipped with a backward tilted, encoded revolving nosepiece (M27 thread) for up to five plan, achroplan and plan neofluar objectives. It accommodates a wide range of contrasting techniques such as brightfield, darkfield, phase contrast, DIC, fluorescence and DL polarisation. The field of view diameter is 23 mm. Like most modern microscopes, the Axiolab 5 is equipped with long-life LED illumination. An integrated light manager provides uniform brightness at all magnifications. An LED incident light fluorescence unit with up to 4 filter sets is also available.

Zeiss advertises the Axiolab 5 as a smart stand-alone microscope solution, to be used in combination with a Zeiss C-mount camera (AxioCam). The stand of the microscope features a built-in computer, which allows control of (currently) two Zeiss C-mount cameras directly via the microscope. If you want the microscope to execute all works steps fully automatically, this is certainly a good option. You just need to press a button and you’re done: the C-mount camera creates the image and automatically adds the scaling data directly to it. The Zeiss cameras recommended for the Axiolab 5 are good cameras, but they are not able to use the microscope’s full optical potential.

Modern mirrorless system cameras (DSLMs), digital cameras (DSLRs, SLRs) and also special C-mount cameras are usually more powerful and offer excellent image and video quality. They can also be conveniently controlled remotely from a computer, tablet or smartphone.

With our LM digital adapters, these cameras can be attached to the microscope in just a few simple steps. Users can choose either same-brand cameras or other cameras of their choice. A connection via the photo port is generally the preferred option. Thanks to the modular construction of the Axiolab 5, a wide selection of tubes is available for this purpose.

The following are compatible tubes for the LM adapter solutions: the binocular ergo phototube (25512-0000-000, reversed image), the binocular phototube (425520-9010-000, reversed image), the binocular phototube (425520-9020-000, reversed image) and the binocular phototube (425520-9030-000, upright image).

Camera adapter solution for the photo tube / Zeiss Axiolab 5 photo tubes 425512-0000-000 and 425520-9010-000

LM microscope adapters are designed for professional use. Depending on the customer’s requirements, we can usually offer several adapter versions for a digital camera.

Microscope adapter, camera adapter, compact adapter solution, mounting phototube standard adapter Zeiss 52mm

Shown in the image: the compact “standard” adapter version

 Adapter with integrated polarizing filter

Shown in the image: adapter with integrated polarisation filter

Our “Pro” wide-field adapter solutions are focusable, which means that their modular design enables an optical adjustment of the image viewed through the eyepiece with that of the camera image. In addition, our adapter solutions offer the option of adding multiple accessories for image optimisation, for example optical filters.

For microscopes that don’t have a phototube, our adapters can also be used to connect the camera to the eyepiece tube – one eyepiece is removed and the camera-adapter combination put into its place. The image quality is equally good as that achieved with the phototube solution.

 Zeiss binocular tube 425520-9000-000 and 425520-9090-000

Conclusion: The Zeiss Axiolab 5 offers a high level of optical quality and is also very well manufactured. To take full advantage of the microscope’s features, we recommend using camera systems with larger sensors. With the mirrorless system cameras, SLRs or special C-mount cameras that are currently on the market you can achieve a higher level of image quality. The majority of cameras can be controlled remotely from the computer. With our LM microscope adapters, virtually any camera can be attached to the Axiolab 5 – either via the eyepiece tube or the phototube.

Our products make you extremely flexible when it comes to camera selection. Extensive information on the subject can be found on our camera recommendation page.

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