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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
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LM photo microscopes: the flexible photography solution for large sensor cameras!
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Test report: the Zeiss Primo Star laboratory microscope

The Zeiss Primo Star microscope is very popular – particularly in the educational field, as well as in laboratories. Designed for frequent use, it has a very sturdy construction. It is intended as an entry-level microscope, which means that the controls are easy to use. Costwise, in comparison with the other Zeiss microscopes, it falls into the lower price segment.

Zeiss Primo Star Mikroskop mit Zeiss C-Mount und LM Adapter

The Zeiss Primo Star microscope is a solid, well-constructed instrument. It is highly flexible and can be quickly adapted to the requirements of any given application. The following contrast methods can be used: bright field, dark field, phase contrast and, optionally, fluorescence imaging.

Various halogen lights and LEDs are available for illumination purposes.

The Zeiss Primo Star is also very well suited for photomicrography applications. Using high-grade lenses, such as the Zeiss EC Plan Neofluar objectives, superlative image quality can be achieved. With a special adapter, older top-quality Zeiss lenses, such as Plan Neofluar objectives, can also continue to be used on the microscope.

WF 10x/18 Br and WF 10x/20 Br are available as eyepieces.

The Primo Star is available with or without a photo tube.  If you plan to produce photographic documentation on a regular basis, you should invest in a trinocular tube, as working with a separate photo tube is much more efficient and convenient. 

If you will only occasionally take photographs through the microscope, you can use a binocular tube instead.

Attaching a camera (DSLR, system or USB camera) to either photo tube or eyepiece tube is very easy. We offer attractively priced adapter solutions for most conventional cameras. Please contact us for specific inquiries.

The image quality is equally good with both options (photo tube and eyepiece tube). The only difference is that the photo tube solution is more convenient to use. 

However, the condenser system is somewhat awkward. Phase rings and dark field diaphragms are inserted in the condenser with a slider. This is impractical if dark field and phase contrast imaging are used on a routine basis. Other, somewhat more expensive Zeiss models (e.g. the Zeiss Axiolab) offer more ergonomic solutions.


The Zeiss Primo Star features an excellent price-performance ratio and is very well suited for beginners. It is sturdily built and of excellent quality. It is available in various formats: with or without a photo tube, LED illumination, fluorescence option and phase contrast setup. The optical quality of the images taken depends very much on the type of microscope lenses used.


Fitting the microscope to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR), system 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 system cameras 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 system cameras:
- Large, powerful full-frame sensors (36 x 24 mm)
- Sensor resolution of 50 megapixels
- High light sensitivity (ISO 100,000+)
- Extensive dynamic range (up to 14 aperture stops/f-stops)
- Short exposure times (1/8000 second):
- Full/Ultra HD (4k) 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.

Ordering codeProduct descriptionPricePriceAvailable
DD2XZPrimoLM Direct Imager SLR Adapter with special hard anti-reflection coating, plan achromatic optics for Zeiss Primo Star und Primo Vert with phototube with an inside diameter of 30 mm (Interface P95), with Camera Lens Mount for Canon or Nikon

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Euro 949,--
US $ 1167.27
For EU (European Union) VAT (IVA, TVA) not included

New LM Digital Adapter for:

Nikon D850 / Sony Alpha 7III / Sony Alpha 9 / Nikon D5 / Sony Alpha 7S II / Sony Alpha 7R II / Sony Alpha 7R III / Sony Alpha 7S / Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Nikon D750 / Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Sony Alpha 6300 / Sony Alpha 6500 / Nikon D500 / Canon EOS 1D X / Nikon D810 / Nikon D4s / Nikon D800 / Nikon D800E / Nikon D4 / Nikon Df / Nikon D610 / Nikon D600 / Canon EOS 6D / Canon EOS 5DS R ( without low-pass filter) / Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II / Canon EOS 80D / Canon EOS 5DS / Sony Alpha 77 II / Canon EOS 70D / Nikon D7200 / 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) / Nikon D3x / Olympus OM-D E-M1 /

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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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