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Help on choosing a body

Hi all,

Please excuse the lack of introduction for my first post. This is because we use Olympus for work and I have not had any experience with it personally.

Unfortunatly our cameras got stolen in our micribiology department at work.

Fortunatly they didnt steal the microscopes.

So now we are looking for a body to attach to microscopes. Each of the microscopes is fitted with an OM-Mount photomicro adaptor L.

I am presuming this is still the current fitting for Olympus bodies?

So the question is does anyone know if Olympus still make a body that will fit this adaptor, that we can control via a computer, with some kind of remote control (if live view can be enabled through the computer it would also be very useful for teaching many students at a time)? It is very difficult to find any references to this type of feature on their website so we have ths suspission that it is no longer possible to get a body that will fit that can be controlled by computer.

It would also be good to know, if it is possible to remote control a body, if it is also possible to use live view throuh the computer?


If anyone knows if this is possible, or better alternatives it would be great to hear.

Many thanks

Tim

On another matter it would be interesting to hear any comments on how the sensor format is changed from full frame that I presume the mount effectivly provides on the microscopes, but not critical.
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Re: Help on choosing a body

Hi Tim and welcome.

Do not take the following as gospel, but I think that the OM mount was only used for Olympus film SLRs. Olympus DSLRs have the 4/3 mount, and the latest Pens and OMD cameras have the m4/3 mount. The latter two sets of cameras - 4/3 and m4/3 - share the same sensor size.

You can easily obtain adaptors to fit OM lenses and presumably microscope adaptors onto either 4/3 or m4/3 bodies.

I will leave it to someone else to comment on computer control of the bodies!
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Re: Help on choosing a body

Many thanks Stephen, good to know for a total novice to olympus. I dont think using an adaptor will be a problem as all the microscopes are of course totally manual focus etc.

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Re: Help on choosing a body

I don't wish to be unhelpful, but what was the camera that was stolen? It is not immediately clear to me which Olympus digital cameras can be controlled by a computer in the way you are looking for. Could it be that you had another brand of camera that was adapted to the Olympus OM mount?
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Re: Help on choosing a body

Hi Pierre, not unhelpful at all, and best to clear up uncertinties but i am not sure what body was used before, i dont think that they had any remote facilities at all, and could well have been a film camera.

I think they hope for an improvement, to allow more teaching with the new bodies if it is at all possible. Nor are they against other brands, but if there is already an olympus system that will function then it might be simpler to use that but not necessary.

It used to be that Olympus was very good with respect to micrography, but now possibly a little too un mainstream?

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Re: Help on choosing a body

I think you need to make your selection based on what you want the camera to do. As you will only be using a microscope's optics, you don't need to worry about lenses. It sounds as if it would be advantageous to have the camera controlled via a PC. In which case that should be your prime concern. All major camera makers bodies would suit you as long as you could get a microscope adaptor, and have computer control. For instance, most opticians and hospitals who offer digital retinopathy seem to use Canon bodies.
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Re: Help on choosing a body

things have moved on since OM ... http://www.olympus-ims.com/en/microscope/dc/
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Re: Help on choosing a body

You should be able to find an adapter to allow you to fit most camera brands so pick a body for your needs. Then talk to Olympus to find the adapter you need.
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Re: Help on choosing a body

Probably the best thing would be to contact the Olympus Medical Division to get the absolute correct advice http://www.olympus.co.uk/medical/en/.../startpage.jsp
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Re: Help on choosing a body

Decades ago I used OM bodies on Leitz, Nikon and Olympus microscopes. Maybe you could contact other labs and see what they're using these days.
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Re: Help on choosing a body

Just to say many thanks David, Imageryone, crimbo and Stephen for the very good advice.


We have ordered a low end canon body and adaptor, if it works well then we will get some more. Even if it would have been nice to keep to Olympus. These are for the teaching lab, and therefore the quality is not as critical as the price and ease of use so the common option was hopefully the best.

Once again many thanks, also on behalf of the professor and postdocs that will be teaching with the equipment.

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