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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New "Shoe Base Set" directly attaches a strobe on underwater housing!

INON INC. releases compact strobe arm and new optical connection cable on August 26, 2008 to attach an INON strobe on underwater housing "hot shoe" from various digital camera manufactures.
  • "Shoe Base Set"

  • --Release date : August 26th, 2008
  • "Shoe Base "

  • --Release date : August 26th, 2008
  • "Z Joint "

  • --Release date : August 26th, 2008
    "Shoe Base Set"
    (Right :"Shoe Base"/left:"Z Joint")

  • "Optical D Cable SS "

  • --Release date : August 26th, 2008
  • "Optical D Cable SS・ Cap W32 Set"

  • --Release date : August 26th, 2008
  • "Optical D Cable SS・ Cap W35 Set"

  • --Release date : August 26th, 2008
  • "Optical D Cable SS・ Cap W41 Set"

  • --Release date : August 26th, 2008
  • "Optical D Cable SS・ Cap W42 Set"

  • --Release date : August 26th, 2008

    "Shoe Base Set"/"Optical D Cable SS・ Cap W35 Set"/"D-2000
    installed on Panasonic LUMIX FX37 / DMW-MCFX35
    "Panasonic LUMIX FS3/FX37/FX35 Starter Kit (*1)"


    The "Shoe Base Set" is attached on the "hot shoe" of compatible water-proof protector to hold INON strobe including highly accurate S-TTL auto strobe"D-2000"directly.

    Those people, who have hesitated to add an external strobe to avoid fighting with big rig, can enjoy comfortable underwater TTL auto shooting with this simple and handy system.

    The "Shoe Base Set" supports vertical strobe movement to adjust strobe aiming depending on distance to a subject as well as horizontal strobe movement with its 360 degree rotatable base part.

    (*1)
    All-in-one kit including highly accurate S-TTL auto strobe "D-2000", "Shoe Base Set"and other necessary products for strobe installation/connection for each different compatible camera/housing. Refer to related news release listed below.


--"Shoe Base Set compatible strobe--
    Recommended strobe [S-TTL auto strobe]
  • "D-2000"
  • "Z-240"
  • "D-2000S" E.O.L.
  • "D-2000W" E.O.L.
  • "D-2000Wn" E.O.L.
  • Recommended strobe [External Auto strobe]
  • "D-180" E.O.L.
  • "D-180S" E.O.L.

  • *"Z Joint" is compatible with following "Z-220" series strobe model
  • "Z-220F" E.O.L.
  • "Z-220S" E.O.L.
  • "Z-220" E.O.L.


  • The "Z Joint" supports "Z-220" series strobe installation on compatible camera/camera system via INON "YS Adapter"/"YS Arm MS"/"YS Arm M". However "Z-220" series strobe can not be attached on below listed "Shoe Base Set"compatible camera/camera system with the "Shoe Base".


--"Shoe Base Set"compatible camera/housing(*2)--
  • Panasonic "LUMIX DMC-FS3"/"DMW-MCFS5"
  • Panasonic "LUMIX DMC-FX37"/"DMW-MCFX35"
  • Panasonic "LUMIX DMC-FX35"/"DMW-MCFX35"
  • Panasonic "LUMIX DMC-TZ5"/"DMW-MCTZ5"

  • Fujifilm "FinePix F100fd"/"WP-FXF100"
  • Olympus "μ1030SW"/"PT-043"
  • Olympus "μ1020"/"PT-042"
  • Olympus "μ850SW"/"PT-041"(*3)
  • Olympus "μ790SW"/"PT-041"(*3)
  • Olympus "E-520"/"PT-E05"


  • [also compatible with following previous models]
  • Olympus "μ830"/"PT-039"
  • Olympus "μ790"/"PT-039"
  • Olympus "μ760"/"PT-036"
  • Olympus "μ795SW"/"PT-035"(*3)
  • Olympus "μ770SW"/"PT-035"(*3)
  • Olympus "μ750"/"PT-034"
  • Olympus "μ720SW"/"PT-033"(*3)


  • (*2)
    Please contact respective manufacture for detail of digital camera/housing. INON INC. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/housing available in Japan.

    (*3)
    Compatible strobe connection cable sets for "μ850SW, μ790SW"/"PT-041", "μ795SW, μ770SW"/"PT-035","μ725SW, μ720SW"/"PT-033" when using "Shoe Base Set" are ;
    • "Optical D Cable SS・Cap W42 Set with Clear Photo System Film Set"
    • "Optical D Cable・Cap W42 Set with Clear Photo System Film Set"

    • Existing owners of
    • "Optical D Cable・Cap W40 Set with Clear Photo System Film"or
    • "Optical D Cable・Cap W28 Set with Clear Photo System Film"

    have to upgrade them to "Optical D Cable・Cap W42 Set with Clear Photo System Film Set"with optional "Shade Panel ・PT-033/035/041/043"to use the "Shoe Base Set"to mount a strobe on a housing. Please refer to user manual of "Shade Panel ・PT-033/035/041/043" for detail of upgrade.


--"Shoe Base Set" related information --


August 13th, 2008
INON Inc.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Compatibility with Olympus E-520/PT-E05

INON INC. confirms product compatibility with Olympus marine case "PT-E05"(*1) for digital SLR camera "E-520"(*1) as below.

--Lens Port Compatibility with "E-520"/"PT-E05"(*1)--
    Following INON lens port is compatible with Olympus "E-520"/"PT-E05". Combined performance and usable Olympus lens/optional parts are basically same as when using Olympus "E-410"/"PT-E03".

    Olympus "ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F3.5 Fisheye" compatible system

    • Dome Port Olympus

    • --available in the market
    • Dome Port Olympus・ProtectorII Set (*2)

    • --available in the market
    • ProtectorII

    • --available in the market

      (*1) Contact Olympus Imaging Corp. for detail of camera/protector. INON INC. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/housing available in Japan.

      (*2) The Set includes "Protector II" protecting lens surface of Dome Port from accidental damage. The Protector II also helps to suppress flare/ghost in backlit condition and is recommended to use all time.


    Olympus "ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50mm F2.0 Macro" compatible system

    • MRS Olympus 50 Port (without MRS Control Ring) (*3)

    • --available in the market
    • MRS Olympus 50 Port (*4)

    • --available in the market
    • MRS Magnet Ring・Olympus 50 Set (*5)

    • --available in the market

      (*3) Does not have MRS Control Ring which controls focus ring of the lens. Suitable for a user using only "auto focus" or using Olympus focus gear "PPZR-E04" to control focusing by the "zoom dial" on the water-proof protector. Optional "MRS Control Ring (60/100UII/Olympus 50)" is available to upgrade to "MRS Olympus 50 Port".

      (*4)
      INON unique "MRS system" (*6) compatible. The MRS system uses magnetic attraction to rotate lens barrel for manual focusing like as land operation of a camera. Optional "MRS Magnet Ring Olympus 50 Set"(attaches on 50mm macro lens) is necessary for manual focusing.

      (*5)
      Installed on 50mm macro lens instead of conventional focus gear for manual focusing by magnetic attraction.

      (*6)
      Patented in Japan (3714742) and the U.S. (5,822,622).


  • Related information
  • [News]
    Port for Olympus E series


--Compatible External Strobe for "E-520"/"PT-E05"(*1) --
    Following optional products are confirmed compatible with "E-520"/"PT-E05". Highly accurate "S-TTL auto" supports the system without any problem by connecting "D-2000"/"Z-240" with INON "Optical D Cable L"(*7). Strobe performance/usable strobe arms are basically same as when using for Olympus "E-410"/"PT-E03".

    • "Optical D Cable L"(*7)
    • --available in the market
    • "Holder II Set"
    • [Set consists of "Holder II" and "Main Base II"]
      --available in the market
    • "Holder II・Grip Set"(*8)
    • [Set consists of "Holder II","Main Base II" and "Grip Bar III Set"(*8)]
      --available in the market

    • Useable external strobe
    • [S-TTL Auto Strobe]
      "D-2000"
      "Z-240"
      "D-2000S"
      "D-2000W"
      "D-2000Wn"

      [External Auto Strobe]
      "D-180"
      "D-180S"

      (*7)
      Olympus "PT-E05" has optical cable connectors for Olympus genuine fiber optics and INON "Optical D Cable L" can be plugged in the connectors by using pre-installed "rubber caps" after some modification.


    [How to attach "Optical D Cable L"]

    1)The pre-installed "rubber cap" has a partial hole.

    2)Puncture the hole through by sharp instrument like a drill (*9). Trim cut edge of the hole by a design knife etc so that there is no remaining rubber pieces.


    3)Put "Optical D Cable L" into the "rubber cap" so that bear end of the cable is projected from the cap at about 4mm/0.16' to securely transmit built-in flash light. Make sure that there is no rubber pieces etc. on the edge of the "Optical D Cable L".

    4)Install the cap with "Optical D Cable L" on "PT-E05" optical connector to use INON "D-2000"/"Z-240" strobe for highly accurate "S-TTL auto" shooting.


    (*8)
    Only compatible with new "Grip Bar III Set" started shipping from [July 12, 2007]. Please see related information for detail.

    (*9)
    Make sure to check "PT-E05" warranty conditions and purchasing method of accessory parts etc. in the instruction manual/warranty certificate of "PT-E05" before you make any modification/installation. Please refer to "Optical D Cable L" user manual for detail.


  • Related information

  • [News]Accessory for Olympus E series
    [News]Renewal of [Grip] related product


--"E-520"/[PT-E05](*1) combination example--
    [Dual strobe, 8mm fish-eye]

  • Olympus "E-520" + Olympus "PT-E05"
  • Olympus "ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F3.5 Fisheye"
  • "Dome Port Olympus・Protector IISet"
  • Olympus "PPZR-E05"
  • "D-2000"x 2
  • "-0.5 White Diffuser (External Auto)"x 2
  • "Optical D Cable L"x 2
  • "Holder II・Grip Set"
  • "Arm M Set Z・Multi D.B. Long"
  • "Arm M Set Z"


  • [Dual strobe, 50mm Macro]

  • Olympus "E-520"+ Olympus "PT-E05"
  • Olympus "ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50mm F2.0 Macro"
  • "MRS Olympus 50 Port"・"MRS Magnet Ring Olympus 50 Set"
  • "D-2000"x 2
  • -0.5 White Diffuser (External Auto)"x 2
  • "Optical D Cable L"x 2
  • "Holder II・Grip Set"
  • "Arm SS Set Z・Multi D.B. Long"
  • "Arm SS Set Z"
  • "M67 Lens Holder S" + "UCL-165M67"


--"E-520"/"PT-E05"(*1) sample images--


    -- Subject/shooting distance:Soft coral (approx.2m/6.6' in length)/approx. 40cm/16"
    -- Equipments:Olympus E-520 + PT-E05 +ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F3.5 Fisheye,D-2000 Strobe x 2
    -- Photo data:1/30, F4.0, -1EV, ISO100,Strobe mode: S-TTL, Scene mode: Underwater-wide 1
    -- Photo by:Fukashi. Torii@INON at "Bitagane" Atami, Shizuoka JAPAN


    -- Subject/shooting distance:School of Indian littleperch /approx. 1m/3.3'
    -- Equipments:Olympus E-520 + PT-E05 +ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F3.5 Fisheye,D-2000 Strobe x 2
    -- Data:1/100, F5.6, ±0EV, ISO100,Strobe mode: S-TTL, Manual shooting mode(M)
    -- Photo by:Fukashi. Torii@INON at "Bitagane" Atami, Shizuoka JAPAN


    -- Subject/shooting distance:Cherry bass (10cm/3.9" in length) /30cm/12"
    -- Equipments:Olympus E-520 + PT-E05 + ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50mm F2.0 Macro,D-2000 Strobe x 2
    -- Data:1/80, F2.0, ±0EV, ISO100,Strobe mode: S-TTL + Manual, Manual shooting mode (M)
    -- Photo by:Ryo. Hattori@INON at Ita, Shizuoka JAPAN


    -- Subject/shooting distance:Hairy stingfish (8cm/3" *face width) /30cm/11.8"
    -- Equipments:Olympus μ1030SW + PT-043 UWL-100 28AD + Dome Lens UnitD-2000 strobe x 2
    -- Data:Zoom wide end (5.0mm), 1/30, F3.5, ±0EV, ISO80, S-TTL auto mode
    -- Photo by:Ryo. Hattori@INON at "Bitagane", Atami, Japan


    -- Subject/shooting distance:Zebra turkeyfish (5cm/2" in length) /30cm/11.8"
    -- Equipments:Olympus E-520 + PT-E05 + ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50mm F2.0 Macro,D-2000 Strobe x 2
    -- Data:1/125, F2.8, ±0EV, ISO100,Strobe mode: Manual, Manual shooting mode (M)
    -- Photo by:R. Hattori@INON at Ita, Shizuoka JAPAN


    -- Subject/shooting distance:Feather worm (6cm/2.4" in length) /30cm/11.8"
    -- Equipments:Olympus E-520 + PT-E05 + ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50mm F2.0 Macro,D-2000 Strobe x 2
    -- Data:1/180, F2.8, ±0EV, ISO100,Strobe mode: S-TTL, Manual shooting mode (M)
    -- Photo by :Ryo. Hattori@INON at Ita, Shizuoka JAPAN


August 6th, 2008
INON Inc.

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