Adapters to Couple Live View Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras to Microscope Photoports

Benefits of Using a Live View Interchangeable Lens Camera

HmPg_1jNo annoying and unproductive streaking since the live view ILC camera provides 24 fps video

  • Larger field of view because of the large sensor
  • Higher resolution for your lower power objectives (<40X) because there are 18 or more megapixels
  • Computer control capabilities
  • High sensitivity for capturing still fluorescent images
  • Automatic exposure control features
  • In addition to using the manufacturer’s software, a universal image editing program such as Photoshop maybe used with SLR type cameras as well as the new mirrorless digital cameras.
  • The camera can be removed easily and quickly from the microscope and used for other purposes.
  • A live view ILC camera can be purchased for less than $900.
  • Most OSC adapters are available for under $600.


Camera to Microscope Adapters

Our adapters exploit consumer live view digital single lens reflex cameras. These cameras enable precise focusing and specimen framing at 24 fps. We suggest the Canon T3i (600D) with 18 megapixels on a large chip to enable sharp images with a large field of view. The T3i as well as some other cameras have a means of connecting (teather) to a computer and controling camera functions without touching the camera.

Also, digital SLRs provide the ability to detach the camera lens and attach our adapter. This enables microscopes with a flat top trinocular photoport to directly project the image from the microscope factory lens system onto the image sensor. For microscopes with a phototube, a transfer lens is required in order to provide mechanical clearance.

Microscope Alignment

The benefits of the large field of view offered by live view interchangeable lens cameras require that the field of view be uniformly illuminated. Uniform illumination will be achieved by aligning your microscope with the kohler illumination method. The following link leads to an excellent explanation of kohler illumination as well as a detailed alignment procedure:

Examples of Adapter Configurations

The following figures represent various microscope/camera/computer configurations. Potential applications are presented in the figure descriptions:


Fig.1. Stand alone camera.  This configuration is useful for Fig1_2jmultiple users. Each user brings a storage drive and captures desired images then takes the stored images away. Focusing at 24 fps is accomplished by pressing a magnification button on the camera. Enlargements of 5X and 10X are selectable.








Fig. 2.Fig2_2j System with HD monitor.  This configuration is also useful for multiple users plus conferences. Spectacular high definition images are presented at 24 fps by connecting an HDMI mini to HDMI cable from the camera to the monitor.






Fig3_2jFig. 3. Camera teathered to and controlled by a computer.  This configuration is effective for a single user. The camera controller enables the images to be stored directly on the computer hard drive in a file of the user’s choosing as well as simultaneous camera storage. The image capture, exposure, white balance and other settings may be made by mouse clicks on the camera controller.






Fig4_2jFig. 4. One optional computer screen display. This figure presents a layout of the main screens available to control the image capture parameters. The images are automatically stored on the camera storage drive, user selected computer file, or both. Note that the ability to bypass the camera firmware and adjust the raw image with the more powerful computer processor is available. Both the raw and camera processed images may be captured simultaneously.




Fig5_2jFig. 5. Camera teathered to computer with auxilliary monitor. This configuration shows a supplemental monitor, used as the edit screen and for conferences.






Manufacturer Model Trinoc Adapter Figure Price Type
Meiji ML2000, ML5000 MA603, MA655 OS44 6 $563.00 Tube Lens
Meiji EM TR OS49 7 $350.00 Direct Projection
Nikon Diaphot Photoport OS75 8 $525.00 Direct Projection
Nikon Labophot, Diaphot F-Head OS76 9 $458.00 Tube Lens
Olympus CKX41, BX U-IT137, U-TR30 OS83 11 $350.00 Direct Projection
Meiji MT, U50, TC MA816/05, MA816, MA816/10, MA1034 OS84 12 $375.00 Direct Projection
Nikon SMZ-10 Standard OS85 13 $580.00 Tube Lens
Nikon Eclipse C-TE OS87 14 $576.00 Direct Projection
Nikon Labophot, Optiphot T-Head OS89 15 $525.00 Tube Lens
Olympus SZ40 OS91 16 $425.00 Direct Projection
Olympus BX U-ETBI OS92 17 $940.00 Tube Lens


The following figures present pictures of our adapter designs connected to their respective microscopes and a Canon T3i live view camera. The prices do not include required taxes or shipping — only the adapter equipment for your live view digital SLR camera.
Fig. 6.  OS44 Meiji ML series, $563.00.


Fig. 6.  OS44 Meiji ML series:   $563.00








Fig. 7.  OS49 Meiji EMZ-TR: $350.00Fig. 7. OS49 Meiji EMZ-TR, $350.00










Fig. 8.  OS75 Nikon Diaphot:  $525.00Fig. 8. OS75 Nikon Diaphot, $525.00








Fig. 9.  OS76 Nikon F-Head: $458.00
Fig. 9. OS76 Nikon F-Head, $458.00











Fig. 10.  OS80 Leica 551 001 Head:  $580.00Fig. 10. OS80 Leica 551 001 Head, $580.00










Fig. 11. OS83 Olympus U-TR30, $350.00

Fig. 11.  OS83 Olympus U-TR30:  $350.00










Fig. 12.  OS84 Meiji MT:  $375.00Fig. 12. OS84 Meiji MT, $375.00










Fig. 13. OS85 Nikon SMZ10:  $580.00Fig. 13. OS85 Nikon SMZ10, $580.00










Fig. 14. OS87 Nikon C-TE head:  $576.00Fig. 14. OS87 Nikon C-TE head, $576.00






Fig. 15. OS89 Nikon T-head:  $525.00Fig. 15. OS89 Nikon T-head, $525.00











Fig. 16.  OS91 Olympus SZ40:  $425.00Fig. 16. OS91 Olympus SZ40, $425.00










Fig. 17.  OS92 Olympus U-ETBI with intermediate tube:  $940.00

Fig. 17. OS92 Olympus U-ETBI with intermediate tube, $940.00











Fig. 18.  OS95 Leica 512 799 Head:  $350.00

Fig. 18. OS95 Leica 512 799 Head, $350.00