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Old February 23rd, 2014, 01:23 PM
MisterLee MisterLee is offline
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Starter kit for photomicrography?

Hi all

I'm toying with the idea of trying out photomicrography (aka taking pictures of stuff through a microscope). I'm not a biologist or anything, I just saw a few photos on flickr and thought it looked interesting.

A few google searches have revealed that it is a fairly niche interest, though; there is not a lot of practical information forthcoming for newbies - hence my post here....

I'd like to dip my toe in the water with this, and I am by no means a millionaire. How might I go about starting? Based on what I have gathered so far...

The most low-tech entry-level way of starting is to simply get a no-frills 'toy' monocular microscope, then hold up a PAC or smart-phone to the eye-piece (I think that's called an 'objective') and snap away. This might be a great low-cost way to start (thus paving the way for me to invest in slightly more serious ways of doing it later on), or it might simply result in rubbish photos thus crushing any interest I might otherwise have had in it..Any ideas?

I am also aware that one can purchase adapters to fit SLR cameras (mine is Canon EOS) to monocular or trinocular microscopes. Information about compatibility is very hard to come by, though. Is this simply a case of contacting microscope manufacturers individually, or am I missing something obvious? Are all microscopes the same/size spec?

So, does anyone have any suggestions for a cheap microscope and adapter for a Canon EOS?

Many thanks in advance
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