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12-30-2017, 05:01 AM   #1
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absolute newbie interested in microscopy

Hi there based in the uk and just got my first SLR a K10d. havent used a slr since school (30 years ago) my hubby is interested in microscopy and i would like to be able to take photos of his slides. obviously have tons to learn, think i need a microscope adapter which seem to be hard to trace and the other half keeps waffling on about an antinous cable? Any tips hints and advice welcome please be gentle with me i am new to the K10, SLRs and microscopy! thanks Lisa

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Welcome aboard! I don't have much experience in this area, but I do know that no new microscope adapters are currently being made by Pentax. So, turning to ebay is probably a good place to start:

Asahi Pentax Microscope Adapter II - MINT (OT) | eBay

Also, a camera with live view (such as the K-30, K-50, K-5, or newer) may make your life much easier and result in sharper photos, since you'll be able to check and adjust the focus more easily.

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Hi from Australia Lisa, and welcome to the Pentax forums. Here is a link to some microscopy techniques that might help. Good to have you here.


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just reviewed the link provide by pjv and found this information

http://www.microscopemaster.com/digital-microscope-camera.html

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Hi Lisa, welcome to the forum
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Welcome, I'm glad others have already answered as I don't have a scoobie about such things.
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hi, my day job deals in high rez digital imaging of microscope slides for pathologists. happy to share some ideas in a chat if you like
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Hi Lisa,

I am brand new to these forums myself (this is my introductory post) so welcome and I wish you and your husband good imaging.
This seems to be an amazing community from what I have sen in the last month of using the forum and you already have some good ideas and offers of help.
I'll throw in my 2 Cents too.
I do technical support for US Zeiss Microscopy and we have a guided scope-camera adaptation wizard for our own scopes and many third party cameras. Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC, United States > Camera Assistant
Some couplings are optically non-feasible and this can be especially true for some small field of view microscopes and large camera chips.
For SLRs (often with large chipsets) means you have to get an adapter to Magnify (spread out the light) of the image going to the Chip and you may face severe vignetting/ distortions or cropping of the field of view projecting to the camera.

The coupling of the camera to microscope is an important one and you should ideally use a photo-port (camera port built into the microscope) if you have one - otherwise the eyepiece adapters are just ok. See: See: Connecting a camera to a microscope | MicrobeHunter Microscopy Magazine

Whoever made you microscope should be able help you locate the appropriate photo adapter and there are retailers:
Microscope Port Adapters - Thorlabs and a few guys that can make custom adapters too. e.g. Richard J Kinch, PhD

Good luck

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QuoteOriginally posted by tp1665 Quote
I am brand new to these forums myself (this is my introductory post)
Hi Tim. Very helpful 1st post, excellent info given.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pjv Quote
Hi Tim. Very helpful 1st post, excellent info given.
i agree

great post tim
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Hi, Lisa,

In the UK, check out

SRB Photographic - Camera Accessories

They do all kinds of adapters, standard and made to measure. My only connection is as a satisfied customer (adapter to enable me to use my K20d for digiscoping on my Leica scope).
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thank yous

Hi guys thanks for all the links and advice, off to see family today but i will work my way through them. a couple of things though. the K10 was bought after seeing some other photomicrography where this camera had been used, money was a big consideration as in i am lacking and so i will be sticking with this model.

the microscopes i use are by Watsons, no longer in existence, it was a family business my newest ones are 1950s i guess and so there is no chance of getting something from them i am posting on microscopy sites and hopefully between them and here i can find what i need.

i have seen some adapters on ebay but mostly the Mark II which is apparently an M42 thread (this means nothing to me) where i understand i need a K thread? there is one in Korea i might end up having to go for that.

thanks again
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QuoteOriginally posted by ashbyhouse Quote
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i have seen some adapters on ebay but mostly the Mark II which is apparently an M42 thread (this means nothing to me) where i understand i need a K thread? there is one in Korea i might end up having to go for that.

thanks again

the M 42 threaded lenses were the first way Pentax connected their lenses to a slr camera body

you need an adapter to make such a lens connect to your dslr K mount camera body and still the lens will be " hampered " in its effectiveness

Pentax Mount Adapter K (M42 Screwmount to K Mount) Reviews - Pentax K-mount Teleconverters and Adapters - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

another possible danger is that the adapter could jam and render your modern camera body from being able to accept a modern bayonet lens

the adapter, as i understand it ( I have never used one ), fits into the modern bayonet mount and then you screw into that " mount " your older M 42 lens

Pentax 30120 M-42 to K adapter

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/293717-pen...ml#post3230279

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m42 explanation

thank you slyfox much appreciated info i had seen that there were adapters from m42 to k mount but instinct said wait for one of you guys to offer some advice. i have found a microscope mount in south Korea, i made an offer on ebay that was accepted just have to wait for it to turn up and see how i go from there.
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This is a rather old thread but it would be nice to hear how the project went I am also in the middle of building a microphotography setup based on a Wild M7S stereo microscope and my Pentax K5 IIs.
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