Re: Leica, Zeiss or Shandon?

From:Richard Pitman <>

>>> Todd Miller <> 10/12/00 12:45pm >>>
Hi All.  I'm getting ready to purchase a cryostat but I'm on somewhat of a 
limited budget.  I've gotten quotes for a Leica IMEB CUT4500, a middle of 
the road shandon, and a Zeiss HM505.  I really don't know anything about any 
of these machines other than what is advertised in their literature.  I was 
wondering if anyone had any opinions about any of these machines, or any 
advice as to which would be the best choice.  Thanks.

Hi Todd, 

Don't forget Bright cryostats when you are shortlisting.

A few things to look out for, IMHO:

Independent temperature control of the specimen relative to the cryostat chamber. Ideally should enable the specimen to be cooler as well as warmer than the chamber temp. We once looked at a very nice Leica cryostat with this feature, but it was a bit expensive at the time.

Anti roll plate and disposable blades - you'll need to try the instrument to suss this out.

Ease of cleaning / disinfection.

Good luck, Richard

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