Mounting of Canon®, Sony® and Nikon® DSLR cameras to microscopes of following brands:
Features of the Canon EOS DSLR as a good choice for microscope photography:
*The EOS Utility software (Win/Mac) is included at no extra charge with each EOS camera body.
*The EOS Utility software provides USB2 live preview at up to 1275×846 pixels.
*The live preview has a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second.
*The white balance can be manually adjusted within the software by means of a standard eyedropper tool, and custom white balance settings can be saved.
*The EOS Utility software can be “Linked” to other imaging software to automatically open the captured image within the Linked application (such as Photoshop or i-Solution).
*Auto exposure functions normally with our SLR adapters (some DSLR cameras do not).
*The shutter can be triggered directly from EOS Utility software and the image will be saved in a user designated folder.
*In Live View mode, the image is captured prior to the shutter closing and reopening which eliminates shutter vibration. It can eliminate the need for a mechanical first shutter curtain by using “a unique high-speed scanning and electronic reset system that accurately mimics the high-speed mechanical shutter operation. It synchronizes with the mechanical 2nd-curtain shutter to obtain a slit exposure.” In addition, the way live-view has been incorporated in these camera bodies the exposure can be initiated while in “live-view” without any mirror motion. As a result, an exposure can begin with absolutely no mechanical movement at all and thus no vibration. The exposure is concluded by the closing of the mechanical second shutter curtain. After the exposure there will be some mechanical movement in the camera but this obviously will not affect the exposure (with the possible exception of a continuous “burst” of successive pictures).
*Canon documented this feature with the 40D, 50D, 5DII, and 7D. They promoted it as “silent-mode”. Although not documented by Canon, this same feature (electronic first shutter curtain) is also found in the Rebel XSi/450D, Rebel XS/1000D, and Rebel T1i/500D. With these camera’s it is always “on” and there is no “silent-mode” to enable or disable.
*It was found an incredible difference in image quality between images taken using Canon Live View and images taken with the same camera without using Live View. Shutter vibration does make a visible difference, as per image comparison confirms.