[Histonet] Microscope selection

Joe W. Walker, Jr. jwwalker at rrmc.org
Mon May 8 11:15:53 CDT 2017

I've used a variety of microscopes in my 20 years in the cytology field.  At this point, I believe that the optics between Olympus and Nikon are pretty much equal.  I can't comment on Leica as the last one of these that I used was over 20 years old and not worth the comparison.  In a laboratory setting, we found that the mechanical components like stages and objective nose rings lasted longer with the Olympus scopes.  I don't believe that you can go wrong with either choice but it probably comes down to personal preferences of the user and comparison of some of the "options" that each offers (telescoping heads, tilting heads, ergonomic design, adjustments, etc.)

For us a driving factor was the ease of a digital camera and the software involved with the capture of photomicrographs.  Olympus was easier to operate by a small margin.  

I am sure that your local vendor would be willing to setup demos of their models within your lab for staff to try.  I would caution that you ask about the objectives on the demo scopes.  I have found that a vendor will often put their highest quality objectives on their demos and not necessarily the objectives that you will see quoted.  These objectives are very costly and may not be needed in all areas of the lab.

I should state that I do not own stock in either company and the views are solely my own based on multiple lab experiences.


Joe W. Walker, Jr. MS, SCT(ASCP) 
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Subject: [Histonet] Microscope selection

Hello to all
Would like to have some advice from expert from the field of pathology on microscope selection Which one would you select as a manufacturer for microscopes

1- Olympus
2- Nikon
3- Leica

Thank you
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