DSLR Microscope Adapter - Shooting Tips

   1. Focusing

Camera lens need to be removed from camera body to attach microscope adapter and thus focus
can not be adjusted by camera side. Therefore, please use microscope focusing knobs for focusing.
Also, focal point of LCD monitor and microscope eyepiece are normally non-parfocal.
Please adjust focusing with image shown on LCD, and not with an image you see in an eyepiece.
DSLR models with live-view feature enable you to adjust focus easily on large TV/PC screens.

   2. Stabilizer

Even the slightest movement would cause the image blur when taking microscope photos.
To avoid this, it is recommend to use a remote switch or a self-timer.
Also, utilize vibration mode (for about 1 second) if camera is equipped with the feature.

   3. Exposure Adjustment

It is easier to shoot with Aperture Priority Mode (dial A).
When image is too dark or too bright adjust your Aperture Settings (±).
Higher apertures correspond to darker images and lower apertures correspond to brighter images.

DSLR Microscope Adapter shooting Tips. Focusing, Stabilizing, Exposure, White Balance, ISO Sensitivity

   4. White Balance

Set the white balance manually when the captured image appears to be too bluish or reddish.
1. Adjust the lighting to desired level and fix.
2. Remove samples from the microscope stage.
3. Expose camera sensor to blank and white target to have camera recognizes it as white.
 * Use a glass (with no sample) as a target for biological microscope.
 * Use a white/gray plate as a target for stereo/metallurgical microscope.
Once it is manually adjusted, you will be able to capture the sample with accurate color tone.
Many DSLR model have Color Space feature to reproduce desirable color tone afterwords as well.

   5. ISO Sensitivity

When you shoot at high ISO speeds, noise (such as dots of lights and banding) may become
noticeable. When captured image is too dark, use a slower shutter speed or change the
microscope light volume. This will enables to capture images with a low ISO speed.

   6. Other

For bio-microscopes, set the condenser to appropriate position and so aperture is in accordance
with designated magnification. (* refer to your microscope manual for detailed instruction)