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I am in the market for a new photomicroscope.
Spec. in brief.
Brightfield with range of objectives fro x1 (or thereabouts) to x63 dry 
(or thereabouts).
Simple polarisation i.e. rotating polariser, rotating analyser, limited 
rotating stage (i.e. not 360 degrees) lambda plate etc.
phase contrast (at x20 and x40ish only)

The latter is causing the greatest debate.
Should we go for digital (e.g. the Zeiss dedicated one, or cheaper 
happy snapper) or for an upmarket  3 chip tv camera?
The latter is real time, which makes much easier focusing (in our 
limited trial usage) and which has well developed technology, or the 
greater flexibility of relatively new, versatile digital which will 
undoubtedly cost a heck of a lot more and probably be dated by 
this time next year?

We have looked at (in alphabetical order) Leica, Nikon, Olympus 
and Zeiss.

I would be very grateful for (public and/or private) views, 
experiences and opinions.

Thanks in advance,
Russ ( for whom Christmas may have come early)

Russ Allison, 
Dental School

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