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 Post subject: using trinocular port
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:47 pm 
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hey guys,
fairly simple question today. I have a scope with a trinocular port and I'm wondering if using it to take a 10x top down photo of a stone for the report is a feasible idea?


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I've done it.


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Sure, though depending on the camera and adapter you may have trouble getting the full visible field of view onto the camera. What microscope, and what camera?

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Stephen Challener wrote:
Sure, though depending on the camera and adapter you may have trouble getting the full visible field of view onto the camera. What microscope, and what camera?

The scope is the Leica S9 D I finally received this week and the camera is up in the air.
I have a canon rebel t6I available to use but adapting it in doesn't look straight forward so I was also considering a proprietary HD microscope cam. Being I wasn't certain which way I was going to go I just bought Leica's S6D C mount and stopped there.
Leica's newer scope cams cost the same as the microscope it'd sit on top of and is unfortunately out of reach for me so suitable options that don't cost 4k are welcome.


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Hmm. Does the top of a 38mm thread? If so this might work for your dslr: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=25525
I have only tried it on a Leica m series scope but it worked well, and it's cheap to try. You will likely get much better results with a dslr than a microscope camera.

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Stephen Challener wrote:
Hmm. Does the top of a 38mm thread? If so this might work for your dslr: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=25525
I have only tried it on a Leica m series scope but it worked well, and it's cheap to try. You will likely get much better results with a dslr than a microscope camera.

yes sir, it's a 38mm threaded male port. I'll have to call up my local camera shop and see if they can piece that badboy together as I think you're correct in the quality falling short otherwise.
I had been looking at some of the Omax options but the consensus seems to be fuzziness being an issue.


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The way the Leica trinocular port is set up is a bit ideosyncratic, so a normal third party camera adapter wouldn't work anyway. The plus side is it allows custom setups to give pretty much optimal performance at a low cost and without a lot of extra glass in the light path.

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Stephen Challener wrote:
The way the Leica trinocular port is set up is a bit ideosyncratic, so a normal third party camera adapter wouldn't work anyway. The plus side is it allows custom setups to give pretty much optimal performance at a low cost and without a lot of extra glass in the light path.

sounds terrific.
I admit I was hoping to have a sexy, clean and small adaption but I'm sure not cool with the proceeds of the next 80 appraisals being spoken for to pay for it lol.


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Can't have everything :) You could probably get away with a shorter focal length tube lens than 200mm which would also place the camera lower down and give wider coverage--I haven't done extensive experimenting. You could also probably use a traditional telephoto camera lens which would be more compact and maybe look snazzier.

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