Nikon's high-precision CFI60 infinity optics, designed for use with a variety of sophisticated observation methods, are highly regarded by researchers for their superb optical performance and solid reliability.
Nikon's unique apodizedphase contrast objectives with selective amplitude filters dramatically increase contrast and reduce halo artifacts to provide detailed high-definition images.
External phase contrast (Ti2-E)
The motorized external phase-contrast system enables users to combine phase contrast with epi-fluorescence imaging without compromising fluorescent light transmission by bypassing the need to use phase-contrast objectives. For example, very high NA, liquid immersion objectives can be used for phase-contrast imaging. Using this external phase contrast system, users can easily combine phase contrast with other imaging modalities, including weak-fluorescence imaging such as TIRF and laser tweezer applications.
DIC (Differential Interference Contrast)
Nikon's highly-regarded DIC optics provide uniformly clear and detailed images with high resolution and contrast throughout the magnification range. DIC prisms are individually tailored for each objective lens to provide the highest-quality DIC images for every sample.
NAMC (Nikon Advanced Modulation Contrast)
This is a plastic-compatible, high-contrast imaging technique for unstained, transparent samples such as oocytes. NAMC provides pseudo-three-dimensional images with a shadow-cast appearance. The direction of contrast can be easily adjusted for each sample.
Auto Correction Collar (Ti2-E)
Changes in sample thickness, cover glass thickness, refractive index distribution in the sample, and temperature can lead to spherical aberration and image deterioration. The highest quality objectives are often equipped with correction collars to compensate for these changes, and precise positioning of the collar is critical in achieving high resolution, high contrast images. This new auto correction collar utilizes a harmonic drive and automatic correction algorithm that enable users to easily achieve precise collar adjustment to achieve optimum objective performance every time.
The λ series objectives, utilizing Nikon's proprietary Nano Crystal Coat technology, are perfect for demanding, low-signal, multi-channel fluorescence imaging that requires high transmission and aberration correction over a wide wavelength range. Combined with new fluorescence filter cubes that offer improved fluorescence detection and stray light countermeasures such as the Noise Terminator, the λ series objectives demonstrate their power in weak signal observations such as single-molecule imaging and even luminescence-based applications.