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The Leica DM LM: an upright all-rounder with a modular design

Leica introduced its upright DM LM microscope to the market in the 1990s. It features a modern infinity-corrected optical system and a modular design, which allows configuration to the user’s specific requirements.

Our LM digital adapters are the perfect solution for connecting the Leica DM LM to a DSLR or video camera.

Leica DM LM adapter solution for microscope camera, DSLR, DSLM

With the broad availability of high quality lenses, eyepieces and accessories, the Leica DM LM is a top-of-the-range instrument, which, depending on the equipment needed, starts at around € 3,000.

When it comes to selecting special stages, the DM LM’s modular structure speaks for itself: a ceramic-coated stage for continuous use without scratch marks, a ball-bearing rotary specimen stage, special stages for large-format objects, and even a stage that can be heated to 1,750 degrees Celsius – all this is available. The stand structure, characterised by a high degree of mechanical and thermal stability, is also suitable for photomicrography applications that use heavy cameras.

The Leica DM LM is a system microscope that can be adapted for use with all important microscopy techniques, such as:

The revolving nosepiece with 5 or 6 objectives accommodates the following lens types: plan-achromats, semi-apochromats and, at the top of the range, (PL APO) apochromats.

Altogether, there is a choice of eight height-adjustable binocular and trinocular ergo tubes (also available as for use with eyeglasses). At the standard 10x magnification, eyepiece fields of view of 20, 22 and even 25 can be achieved. The advantage of eyepieces with a large field of view is that they provide much more image information at a glance, which saves time and improves efficiency. (However, eyepieces with larger field of view numbers are more expensive than those with a smaller field of view).

A comprehensive range of accessories is available: TV adapter, macro device, microscope camera systems, 2 photo TV outs, microscope photometer, discussion unit for 2, 3 or 5 viewers, slide overlay device, microhardness tester, tracing device, comparison device (used to couple 2 microscopes).

For photomicrography use, the Leica DM LM is an excellent product that offers numerous advantages: the strong light source (100 W halogen lamp, optional mercury lamp Hg 50, Hg 100 or xenon Xe 75) combined with the robust stand structure mentioned above (total weight approx. 18 kg) makes microscope photography a real pleasure. Our LM digital adapters enable the creation of excellent photos and video recordings of microscopic images using DSLR cameras, mirrorless system cameras and C-mount cameras.


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.

New LM Digital Adapter for: Sony Alpha 1 / Sony Alpha 9 II (ILCE-9M2) / Sony Alpha 9 / Nikon D6 / Sony Alpha 7R IV / Canon EOS R5 / Sony Alpha 7S II / 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 1D X Mark III / Nikon Z50 / Nikon D850 / Canon EOS 1D X Mark II / Nikon D780 / Sony Alpha 7III / Nikon D5 / Sony Alpha 6600 / Sony Alpha 6400 / Sony Alpha 6100 / 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 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 / Nikon D3S / Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s / Canon EOS 5D Mark II / Nikon D7100 / Pentax K-5 / Canon EOS 1D Mark IV / Nikon D7000 / Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Canon EOS 2000D / Rebel T7 / Canon EOS 7D / Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4 Digital / Canon EOS 1300D / EOS Rebel T6 / Canon EOS 4000D / Canon EOS 100D / Nikon DS-Ri2 (Microscope Camera) / Canon EOS 50D / Canon EOS 1200D / EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70 / Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Olympus E-5 /