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Old 6th of August 2012 (Mon)   #1
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Default I need a 400x microscope, but would like to be able to connect my camera to it.

I don't know the price of microscopes, but would hope to keep it under $400.

I need it to have 400x, and that about all I know. I want to be able to connect my 7D or 5D2 for future use.

Can anyone give me some suggestions? I am not having luck finding anything of substance with my searches. All I can find are microscopes that you connect P&S cameras to.
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Old 6th of August 2012 (Mon)   #2
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Default Re: I need a 400x microscope, but would like to be able to connect my camera to it.

Well, I got http://www.ebay.ca/itm/40x-2000x-Lab...item19c8f2135f

with this http://www.microscopenet.com/electro...lens-p-77.html and... the canon adapter. (http://www.microscopenet.com/microsc...ens-p-223.html).

Hope it doesnt suck. lol
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Default Re: I need a 400x microscope, but would like to be able to connect my camera to it.

Once you get all that package post a review !! Sounds interesting..
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Default Re: I need a 400x microscope, but would like to be able to connect my camera to it.

I might be wrong but I think you need to be looking at trinocular microscopes
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Default Re: I need a 400x microscope, but would like to be able to connect my camera to it.

Hmm, well I talked to them and they told me both accessory items are compatible with the microscope I link in the first post.
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Default Re: I need a 400x microscope, but would like to be able to connect my camera to it.

I had looked at this in the past and never came up with a microscope I could easily connect a camera to. What I finally settled on was an adapter that lets you put the microscope lens on the camera:
http://www.edmundoptics.com/mechanic...Num=1#products

You will still need a platform of some sort for focusing. At 400x, I doubt macro rails will suffice. I've only used 4x and 10x objectives successfully with macro rails (and 10x was pretty tough). Anything beyond that, and it gets tough to illuminate the subject without a microscope platform lit from behind.
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Default Re: I need a 400x microscope, but would like to be able to connect my camera to it.

There are several fine microscope makers that either have the camera already built in or have an adapter already built in to the head. Jenoptik, Olympus, Nikon, Zeiss are some of the makers out there. However, your budget is way way underfunded for any serious work. You need a fibher optik light source, binoocular microscope stage, with power supply etc etc. You didn't say what the use is so if it's just slides you go one way, if it's PCB or close electronic work it's another. OFten times you can buy refurbs or rebuilds from secondary sources and save some cash that way too.
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Default Re: I need a 400x microscope, but would like to be able to connect my camera to it.

dont forget to check surplus shed weekly http://www.surplusshed.com/pages/cat...oscopes_1.html They have some good used stuff sometimes and its way cheap. Also im sure you could find some sort of eyepiece adapter for your camera. They make tons of them for telescopes so I dont see why you couldnt find one for a microscope.
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Default Re: I need a 400x microscope, but would like to be able to connect my camera to it.

Here's a couple of links to my fav microscopy sites.

Scroll down to the micro subforums; the macro forums might be of interest, too. There are plenty of helpful experts on this forum.

http://www.photomacrography.net

There is a beginner's forum here (I think it would work best to post your question here):

http://photomacrography.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=15

Also, see this tutorial on microscope setup and components selection by a highly regarded expert:

http://www.photomacrography.net/foru...topic.php?t=12

This recent "what camera to use with a microscope" topic may be helpful:

http://www.photomacrography.net/foru...ic.php?t=16741


For educational/tutorial purposes, I recommend this site:

http://www.microscopyu.com/


I am not experienced at all with microscopy but I have the impression that 400x magnification is very hard to accomplish in a way that provides good detail. The depth of field is so shallow that focus stacking is probably needed for high quality imaging.

Good luck with your quest!
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