Microscope for mu43?

JoeG

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Ozray recently posted about a microscope adapter that would work with micro 4/3. I'd like to try it but know less than zero about microscopes. Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced one to try?

I'm interested in images and patterns, not in splitting the atom, so it wouldn't have to be the last word in image quality.

Thanks for any advice you can offer.
 

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I got the following microscope from here: 40X-2000X LAB TRINOCULAR BIOLOGICAL COMPOUND MICROSCOPE - eBay (item 400049379960 end time Jun-06-10 12:49:04 PDT).

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It's very good quality and an exceptional price. All you need to get is a C mount to m4/3s adaoter so that you can place the camera on the top. It doesn't come with the highest quality objectives, but they're not that bad ofr a starting scope. The rest of the scope is quite good, with very smooth movements etc.

Cheers

Ray
 

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Adapter? Phooey!

I've had good luck just shooting directly through the eye-piece! I also have some long relief eye-pieces mean't for eye-glass wearers that seem to help. Usually something around the 40-80mm focal length gets the best results.

I just have the camera sitting on a tripod and get the lens face as close as possible to the eye-piece. A bit of fiddling and it works not too badly. Not quite as convenient as a video/camera port on the microscope but I find the image quality to be better and less focus problems as well.

I have a Lomo student type scope that I got for $100 bucks new so no photoport or bino viewer.
 

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Most everyone makes c-mount eyepieces, just replace the reticle and you can hook up the camera.
 

Hikari

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Ozray recently posted about a microscope adapter that would work with micro 4/3. I'd like to try it but know less than zero about microscopes. Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced one to try?

I'm interested in images and patterns, not in splitting the atom, so it wouldn't have to be the last word in image quality.

Thanks for any advice you can offer.
Lets start with this: what microscope do you have?
 

photoSmart42

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Ozray recently posted about a microscope adapter that would work with micro 4/3. I'd like to try it but know less than zero about microscopes. Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced one to try?

I'm interested in images and patterns, not in splitting the atom, so it wouldn't have to be the last word in image quality.

Thanks for any advice you can offer.
I use microscope objectives adapted to my GH1/G1 directly using an RMS-M42 adapter and an M42-MFT adapter. I have a 4x and a 10x objective, and they work very well. No need for a microscope. Here are some samples:

With the 4x objective:
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With the 10x objective:
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haakor

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Hey Ray, I was debating that exact microscope on ebay but it wasn't totally clear to me just how good it would be for photography. Can you post any sample pictures you've taken with it? Can you peer at just about anything you throw on a slide under it, or does its slide preparation require any particular dyes or copious amounts of light? My wife and I were very keen to try and video some scuttling pond life and the like but didn't want to splash out $300 on something that doesn't do what we were hoping for?

Cheers :)
 

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Ray,

Are you still happy with your microscope?

Haakor,

Did you buy one? Did it work out for you?

I have one of those (AmScope ''40x-2000x Lab Trinocular Biological Compound Microscope") in my "save for later" Amazon shopping cart, ready to pop to the top as soon as I have some confidence in it.

- josé
 
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