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#1 JamesWood

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 10:06 AM

Does anyone have a system where they can focus a microscope attached to a dSLR camera or prosumer digital camera in real time using video output from the camera? If so, what equipment do you have and what do you think of it?
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Posted 10 April 2006 - 11:38 AM

As far as I know, currently only 3 DSLR's have live video output. The Sony R1, Canon 20Da and Olympus E-330. The R1 has a permanent lens and probably won't fit your needs. The 20Da is specially designed for astophotography and has filters that differ from the consumer model 20D. The E-330 is the only consumer model with live video and interchangable lens mount.
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Posted 10 April 2006 - 01:31 PM

Is this better than software with remote camera control?

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 04:07 PM

Hmmm, maybe not. Our coral lab just purchased a Canon 7 MP Powershot and software. It isn't dSLR but it was much less expensive and seems to be working fine. They only have fiber optic lights - no flash - but this is fine for the bleached baby coral skeletons they are currently photographing.
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Posted 19 June 2006 - 07:46 PM

We have a Nikon Eclipse 90i in the lab and it does all of that pretty much, you can stick any type of camera you want on the eyepiece. Not very cheap though, but really nice and you can do fluorescence too.
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Posted 24 June 2006 - 03:27 PM

Hi James,

Check this out: http://www.amateurmicroscopy.net/

especially the work of Charlie Krebs.

Best,

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