Imaging system

Fabio Moretzsohn fabio at FALCON.TAMUCC.EDU
Thu Feb 10 15:42:46 CST 2005

We have an Olympus system that is a few years old but takes great photos of
micromollusks through a dissecting scope. The camera is an Olympus DP-11 (2
megapixels), and now we are thinking about upgrading it to the latest model,
a DP-70 (12.5 MP), which costs some $7,000, I think. The new camera has not
only better resolution, but lots of new features, and is suitable for  low
light fluorescence. It comes with a good image acquisition software, and the
camera is tethered to a computer, thus eliminating flash media, like the one
we use right now (can only take a few pictures at highest resolution at a
time). Olympus has a wide range of equipment that can be used with these
cameras, including dissecting, compound or inverted microscopes, and a
variety of lenses. I think this camera can also be used with other equipment
to take pictures of larger specimens. We use the camera with a good
dissecting microscope, Olympus SZX12; the system we have (with an old
camera), with several lenses, filters and lights probably costs about

I also use a Nikon CoolPix 5400 (5 MP) attached to the same scope using a
coupler, and it takes good pictures, but the old Olympus camera takes better
photos, despite the lower resolution. This is because the Olympus camera was
designed to be used with a scope, and has better optics and control over
light, exposure, etc., than using a regular digital camera with an adapter.

We like the quality of this Olympus system. I encourage you to check their
website and ask for a demonstration from a vendor in your area.

My two cents.

Fabio Moretzsohn, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Center for Coastal Studies
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, NRC 3208
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5866
Phone: (361) 825-3230
Fax: (361) 825-2770
fabio at

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Grehan" <jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG>
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 2:16 PM
Subject: [TAXACOM] Imaging system

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions about what might be
considered 'state of the art' for computer based imaging systems that
can be linked to microscopes, macro lenses etc with a freeze frame
camera, digital capacity including scaling, measurements etc., and
produce publication quality pictures. I would need to limit myself for
what is available in the US.

Some years ago I used a system known as Paxit which along with a Sony
movie camera, microscope attachments and computer, cost about $25,000.
If there are other widely used systems that could be brought to my
attention, or any comment on Paxit in that regard in terms of utility,
quality, scope, and cost, I would be very interested in feedback. As I
am looking to get something for our institution I am starting afresh so
far as knowledge about what is out there and who may supply it.

John Grehan

Dr. John R. Grehan

Director of Science and Collections

Buffalo Museum of Science1020 Humboldt Parkway

Buffalo, NY 14211-1193

email: jgrehan at

Phone: (716) 896-5200 ext 372


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