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With our practical LM digital adapters, the Leica MZ6 stereo microscope can be equipped for photography with modern DSLR and system cameras in no time.

The Leica MZ6 is a high-quality stereo microscope designed according to the telescope principle. As it is equipped with an infinity-corrected optical system, it is particularly suitable for digital photography using DSLR and system cameras. Typical areas of use include industrial, hospital and laboratory applications.

The MZ6 is a modern, high-performance stereo microscope with a modular design. Leica produced this model until 2010, when it was replaced by the M60. An extensive range of accessories is available for the MZ6, including the Leica MATS thermocontrol system (for live cell biology), cross stages and a large selection of stands and swing-arm systems.

Leica’s M-series microscopes have two parallel beam paths and one main objective.

Thanks to its ergonomic design, the Leica MZ6 is easily adjustable to accommodate different body heights. Other accessories are available for the ergonomic tubes as well, such as the ErgoWedge +/- 15º.

Where illumination is concerned, Leica also offers a variety of options: cold light source, LED, incident light fluorescence, coaxial incident light and ring light.

As with all stereo microscopes, the Leica MZ6’s two parallel beam paths make it less than ideal for photography. In its favour, however, the MZ6 has an excellent infinity-corrected optical system, which – combined with our LM digital adapters – enables it to deliver good photographic and video material at low magnification levels (<30x). For magnifications below 30x, full-frame DSLR cameras are the best choice.

Thanks to Leica’s modular system and the extensive range of available accessories, cameras can be attached to the microscope in several different ways, depending on the photo tube:

1.) Beam splitter module with long arm

This beam splitter was developed for analogue SLR cameras. The image shows a customised solution for a Sony Alpha DSLR equipped with an APS-C sensor.

leica MZ6 with beam splitter and dslm system camera

2) Beam splitter (HU) with adjustable iris diaphragm (38 mm internal diameter)

attach camera on beam splitter Leica stereoscopec-mount attachment beam splitter

3) Trinocular head with vertical photo tube (36 mm external diameter)

LM digital adapter on trinocular head of Leica MZ6

4) Adapter solution for eyepiece installation

adapter solution on the eyepiece of Leica MZ6 stereomicroscope

Microscopy methods:  Transmitted light (bright field, dark field)  incident light (bright field, fluorescence)

Microscope stand:  stereomicroscope, no display      

Optics: infinite, 2 parallel beam paths

Focal adjustment:  manually or motorised

Manual diaphragm: yes

Stage: heatable

Original camera: compact cameras Leica IC A and IC D, MPS 30/ MPS 60 / SLR camerasystem

Illumination: Fluorescence-LED, LED, coaxial incident light

Optical zoom: yes (6.3:1) with clickstop

Magnification range:  2 to 300 (depending on eyepieces and objectives)

Objectives: planApo, plan, achromate, planachromate

Eyepieces:  30mm (10x/21, 16x/14, 25x/9,5, 40x/6)

Additional information: Stereo fluorescence-module (incident light)


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.

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