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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

To Ultralight Control Systems "AD-IN" adapter user

INON Inc. has found that the "AD-IN" adapter from Ultralight Control Systems (herein after "ULCS") may cause possible damage on INON strobe.

--Background --
    Recently we received flooded INON "Z-240" strobe from customer for repair. Our factory inspection has found that the [ULCS "AD-IN" adapter] body and its spacer came with the Z-240 strobe unit is not suitable size allowing a fixing bolt contacts on strobe body case firmly causing crack to lead flooding.

    [A]
    The returned "Z-240" with [ULCS "AD-IN" Adapter]. The [ULCS "AD-IN" Adapter] fixing bolt contacts the strobe body. INON "Z Adapter" is designed to have safety gap at the position indicated by red arrow in above image not to allow fixing bolt to contact the strobe body.


    [B]
    Damaged part (from inner side) The red arrow in above image indicates the crack on inner wall of strobe body caused by excessive pressure applied by [ULCS "AD-IN" Adapter] from outside.

    --Communication/announcement from ULCS --
    We sent inquiry this issue to ULCS then received their comments as below which has been posted to WETPIXEL.COM and Digital Diver Net as well.

  • Digital Diver
  • [re-direct to external web site]
    http://www.digitaldiver.net/yabbse/index.php?board=3;action=display;threadid=23420

  • WETPIXEL.COM
  • [re-direct to external web site]
    http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=21052

    [Contents of the post]
    It has come to our attention that some of the Inon adapters that we manufacturer have too long a tightening bolt. This may be due to slight differences in sizes of the spacer provided. If it is too long, it will touch the housing. Please check your Ultralight Inon strobe adapter to make sure that the tightening bolt does not tighten all the way to the body of the housing. If it does, you will need to put a 1/4' " stainless washer between the head of the bolt and the plastic spacer. If you do not have one of these washers, please drop us an e-mail or a phone call and we will send you out a stainless washer to put between the head of the bolt and the plastic spacer. If your tightening bolt has lost it's plastic t-knob, and you are using an allen wrench to tighten the bolt, do not over tighten the bolt. You can check this by watching to see if the bolt touches the strobe housing, if it does you will need to add a stainless washer.

    Also we received additional handling pre-cautions on "AD-IN" adapter from ULCS; [The "fixing bolt" comes with ULCS "AD-IN" adapter is originally designed to tighten its pre-installed thumb knob (T shape plastic knob) by hand ]. So when the T shape thumb knob is missing, do not use an allen wrench to avoid overtightening the fixing bolt.


--Announcement--
    Our warranty service does not cover any repair of damaged strobe resulting from a product which has not been confirmed compatibility with INON strobe by us including [ULCS "AD-IN" Adapter] and basically such a product should be used with customer's own risk. However this time we have announced this issue to protect Inon strobe user’s benefit against to possible future damage on their strobe considering that this issue could cause fatal damage on INON strobe like flooding of strobe itself or accidental separation of strobe’s arm base and could widely affected on INON strobe user.

    Once again we would like to remind all INON strobe user that a product without compatibility confirmation by INON Inc. should be used at customer ‘s own risk thus would strongly recommend to use INON genuine strobe adapter as listed below without any risk of compatibility when you connect INON strobe like "Z-240" / "D-2000" etc and INON strobe arm "Arm II".

  • INON "Z Adapter"
  • INON "YS Adapter"+ INON "YS Adapter Fixing Bolt"


  • INON "Z Adapter" / "YS Adapter" / "YS Adapter Fixing Bolt" uses a cap screw with thumb knob as "fixing screw" like [ULCS "AD-IN" Adapter]. So make sure to tighten the fixing screw by hand.


--Inquiry --
    Above is all we have and no further information is available from us. Please directly contact your [ULCS "AD-IN" Adapter] purchasing dealer, ULCS representative or ULCS for any further inquiry on this issue.

  • Ultralight Control Systems
  • [re-direct to external web site]
    http://www.ulcs.com/


October 23th, 2007
INON Inc.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Compatibility with Olympus SP-560UZ

INON Inc. has confirmed compatibility of current product with Olympus "SP-560UZ"/ "PT-037"(*1).

--External strobe compatibility with "Olympus SP-560UZ"(*1)--
    Following Optical D Cable/external strobe is compatible. Specification, operational limitation or available strobe arm is same as when using them on Olympus "SP-550UZ"/"PT-037".

  • Necessary D Base
  • "D Base・PT-037"(*2)
    --Available in the market
  • Necessary Grip base
  • "Grip Base DIII with Rubber Grip D"
    --Available in the market
  • Compatible Optical D Cable
  • "Optical D Cable/Cap W37 Set with Clear Photo System Film"
    --Available in the market
  • Useable external strobe

  • [S-TTL Auto Strobe]

    [External Auto Strobe]
      "D-180"  E.O.L.
      "D-180S" E.O.L.

    [TTL Auto Strobe]
      "Z-220F" E.O.L
      "Z-220S" E.O.L
      "Z-220"  E.O.L


  • Related information is available at following link page

  • [News]Accessory for Olympus PT-037



--"SP-560UZ"/"PT-037" combination example --

    [Single strobe configuration, above image uses"SP-550UZ" ]
  • Olympus "SP-560UZ" + Olympus "PT-037"
  • "D Base・PT-037"
  • "D-2000"
  • "-0.5 White Diffuser (External Auto)"
  • "Optical D Cable/Cap W37 Set with Shade Rubber Sheet"
  • "Grip Base DIII with Rubber Grip D"
  • "Arm SS Set Z"



  • [Dual strobe configuration, above image uses "SP-550UZ" ]
  • Olympus "SP-560UZ" + Olympus "PT-037"
  • "D Base・PT-037"
  • "D-2000" x 2
  • "-0.5 White Diffuser (External Auto)" x 2
  • "Optical D Cable/Cap W37 Set with Shade Rubber Sheet"
  • "Optical D Cable"
  • "Grip Base DIII with Rubber Grip D" x 2
  • "Arm SS Set Z" x 2


October 19th, 2007
INON Inc.

Compatibility with Olympus μ830

INON Inc. has confirmed current product compatibility with Olympus "μ830 (STYLUS 830)"(*1) /"PT-039"(*1).

--Attachment lens compatibility with "μ830 (STYLUS 830)"(*1)--
    Compatible lens is "M67 Mount series lens". Specification is same as when using M67 Mount series lens on Olympus "μ780 (STYLUS 780)"(*1) /[PT-039](*1).

  • Necessary M67 Mount Base
  • "M67 Mount Base・PT-034/039"
    --Available in the market
  • Compatible attachment lens
  • "UCL-330 Close-up Lens"
    --Available in the market
    "UCL-165M67 Close-up Lens"
    --Available in the market
    "UWL-100 Achromat Wide Conversion Lens Type 1"(*2)
    --Available in the market
    "Dome Lens Unit for UWL-100" *Super wide option for UWL-100.
    --Available in the market
  • Please also visit following link page

  • [News]Accessory for Olympus PT-039
    [News]Accessory for Olympus PT-034

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

    (*2)
    Compatible wide conversion lens is "UWL-100 Achromat Type1". "UWL-100 Achromat Type2" is not compatible due to vignetting and less image quality though Type 2 is physically attached on "M67 Mount Base PT-034/039". "UWL-100 Achromat Type2" can be modified to "UWL-100 Achromat Type1". Please contact your purchasing dealer for detail.


--External strobe compatibility with "Olympus μ830 (STYLUS 830)"(*1)--
    Following Optical D Cable/external strobe is compatible. Specification, operational limitation or available strobe arm is same as when using them on Olympus "μ780 (STYLUS 780)"(*1) /"PT-039"(*1).

  • Necessary M67 Mount Base
  • "M67 Mount Base・PT-034/039"
    --Available in the market
  • Necessary Grip Base
  • "Grip Base DII With Rubber Grip D"
    --Available in the market
  • Compatible Optical D Cable
  • "Optical D Cable/Cap W32 Set with Clear Photo System Film"
    --Available in the market
  • Useable external strobe

  • [S-TTL Auto Strobe]

    [External Auto Strobe]
      "D-180"  E.O.L.
      "D-180S" E.O.L.

    [TTL Auto Strobe]
      "Z-220F" E.O.L
      "Z-220S" E.O.L
      "Z-220"  E.O.L


  • Related information is available at following link page

  • [News] Accessory for Olympus PT-039
    [News] Accessory for Olympus PT-034


--"μ830 (STYLUS 830)"/"PT-039" Combination example--
    [Image uses μ780]

  • Olympus "μ830" + Olympus "PT-039"
  • "M67 Mount Base・PT-034/039"
  • "UWL-100 Achromat Type1"(*2)
  • "D-2000"
  • "-0.5 White Diffuser (TTL/Manual)"
  • "Optical D Cable/Cap W32 Set with Clear Photo System Film"
  • "Grip Base DII with Rubber Grip D"
  • "Arm SS Set Z"
  • "M67 Lens Holder" + "UCL-165M67"


October 19th, 2007
INON Inc.

Compatibility with Olympus μ795SW

INON Inc. has confirmed current product compatibility with Olympus "μ795SW (STYLUS 795SW)"(*1) /"PT-035"(*1).

--Attachment lens compatibility with "μ795SW (STYLUS 795SW)"(*1)--
    Compatible lens is "AD Mount series lens". Specification is same as when using AD Mount series lens on Olympus "μ770SW (STYLUS 770)"(*1) /[PT-035](*1).

  • Necessary AD Mount Base
  • "AD Mount Base・PT-033/035"
    --Available in the market
  • Compatible attachment lens
  • "UCL-165AD Close-up Lens"
    --Available in the market
    "UWL-105AD Wide Conversion Lens"
    --Available in the market
    "UFL-165AD Fish-eye Conversion Lens"
    --Available in the market
  • Please also visit following link page

  • [News]Accessory for Olympus PT-035
    [News]Accessory for Olympus PT-032/033

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


--External strobe compatibility with "Olympus μ795SW (STYLUS 795SW)"(*1)--
    Following Optical D Cable/external strobe is compatible. Specification, operational limitation or available strobe arm is same as when using them on Olympus "μ770SW (STYLUS 770SW)"(*1) /"PT-035"(*1).

  • Necessary AD Mount Base
  • "AD Mount Base・PT-033/035"
    --Available in the market
  • Necessary Grip Base
  • "Grip Base DII With Rubber Grip D"
    --Available in the market
  • Compatible Optical D Cable
  • "Optical D Cable/Cap W28 Set with Clear Photo System Film"
    --Available in the market
  • Useable external strobe
  • [S-TTL Auto Strobe]
    [External Auto Strobe]
      "D-180"  E.O.L.
      "D-180S" E.O.L.
    [TTL Auto Strobe]
      "Z-220F" E.O.L
      "Z-220S" E.O.L
      "Z-220"  E.O.L


  • Related information is available at following link page
    [News] Accessory for Olympus PT-035
    [News] Accessory for Olympus PT-032/033

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


--"μ795SW (STYLUS 795SW)" / "PT-035" Combination example--
    [Image uses μ770SW]

  • Olympus "μ795SW" + Olympus "PT-035"
  • "AD Mount Base・PT-033/035"
  • "UFL-165AD"
  • "D-2000"
  • "-0.5 White Diffuser (TTL/Manual)"
  • "Optical D Cable/Cap W28 Set with Clear Photo System Film"
  • "Grip Base DII with Rubber Grip D"
  • "AD Lens Holder" + "UCL-165AD"
  • "Arm SS Set Z"


October 19th, 2007
INON Inc.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Zoom Gear 18-55 II

INON Inc. release dedicated "zoom gear" on October 5, 2007 to support zoom operation of Canon "EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 II USM " / "EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS" ;standard zoom lenses for Canon APS-C format digital SLR camera when using with INON "X-2" series housing.

  • "MF Standard Port II (without MF Control Ring)"

  • --Available in the market
  • "Zoom Gera 18-55 II"(*1)(*2)(*3)

  • --Release date: October 5, 2007

    "Zoom Gera 18-55 II"

    (*1)
    The product name has been changed from "Zoom Gear 18-55" which was initial name at a time of development announcement to clarify compatible lens. Compatible lens is "Canon EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 II USM " / "EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS " only as of October 2007 and not compatible with former "Canon EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 USM "etc.

    (*2)
    Only necessary for zoom operation and not necessary if you shoot with fixed zoom position. Manual focusing is not supported so please set to auto focus mode.

    (*3)
    Slight deterioration on image corners may be observed at zoom wide end depending on shooting condition. In the case, change aperture setting to use smaller aperture. Refer to below sample images to see image quality at each different aperture setting.


--Sample images with "EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 II USM "--
    Sample images of each different aperture setting at
    wide end (18mm)/minimum shooting distance [most critical condition]

    --Subject/shooting distance:Sea fan/approx. 15cm/5.9inch (from port edge)
    --Equipments:Canon EOS30D/X-2 for EOS30D, Z-240 x 2
    --Data:Zoom wide end (18mm), 1/250s, ISO400, ±0EV., S-TTL
    --Aperture setting:F3.5(upper left), F5.6(upper right), F11(lower left), F22(lower right)
    --Photo by:Ryo. Hattori (INON) at Fukuura, Manazuru

    Original images (AdobeRGB) are available for download from following link.
    --RAW(CR2):F3.5 (8.17MB) F5.6 (8.17MB) F11 (8.14MB) F22 (7.93MB)
    --JPEG(Q8):F3.5 (4.30MB) F5.6 (4.46MB) F11 (4.50MB) F22 (4.23MB)

    Sample images at telephoto end (55mm)

    --Subject/shooting distance:Moray eel (head size is approx. 8cm/3inch)/approx. 30cm/12inch (from port edge)
    --Equipments:Canon EOS20D/X-2 for EOS20D, Z-240 x 2
    --Data:Zoom at telephoto end (55mm), 1/125s, F5.6, ISO100, -1EV., S-TTL
    --Photo by:Ryo. Hattori (INON) at Fukuura, Manazuru



    --Subject/shooting distance:Spotfin flogfish (face width approx. 4cm/1.5inch)/approx. 30cm/12inch (from port edge)
    --Equipments:Canon EOS20D/X-2 for EOS20D, Z-240 x 2
    --Data:Zoom telephoto end (55mm), 1/200s, F16, ISO100, ±0EV., S-TTL
    --Photo by:Ryo. Hattori (INON) at Fukuura, Manazuru


--Related information--


October 4th, 2007
INON Inc.

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