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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Accessory for Panasonic DMW-MCFT3

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of accessories to support Panasonic digital camera 『LUMIX DMC-FT3』 and its genuine marine case 「DMW-MCFT3」 (*1) on April 1, 2011.
  • 「28LD Mount Base MCFT3」
  • --Release date: April 1, 2011
    --JAN code: 456212143 612 1

  • 「Optical D Cable Type L/Cap W35 Set with Clear Photo System Film」(*2)
  • --available in the market
    --JAN code: 456212143 314 4

  • 「Optical D Cable SS Type L/Cap W35 Set with Clear Photo System Film」(*3)
  • --available in the market
    --JAN code: 456212143 400 4

  • 「Grip Base D4」
  • --available in the market
    --JAN code: 456212143 430 1

  • 「Shoe Base」
  • --available in the market
    --JAN code: 456212143 356 4

    「28LD Mount Base MCFT3 on DMW-MCFT3 / LUMIX DMC-FT3 (left)
    「28LD Mount Base MCFT3」 (right)

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

    (*2)
    An optical cable product when using 「Grip Base D4]/[Grip Base D4 Set」.

    (*3)
    An optical cable product when using 「Shoe Base Set」.

『LUMIX DMC-FT3』/「DMW-MCFT3」 combination example

  • Panasonic「LUMIX DMC-FT3」+ Panasonic「DMW-MCFT3」
  • 「28LD Mount Base MCFT3」
  • 「S-2000」(with -0.5 White Diffuser for S-2000)
  • 「28LD Mount Base MCFT3」
  • Shoe Base Set


  • Panasonic「LUMIX DMC-FT3」+ Panasonic「DMW-MCFT3」
  • 「28LD Mount Base MCFT3」
  • 「UWL-H100 28LD」
  • 「Lens Hood for UWL-H100 28LD」
  • 「S-2000」(with -0.5 White Diffuser for S-2000)
  • 「Optical D Cable Type L/Cap W35 Set with Clear Photo System Film」
  • 「LE550-W」(with “LSU Pink Filter LE”)
  • 「Grip Base D4 Set」
  • 「D Holder Extension Bar」
  • 「LD Lens Holder S」+「AD-LD Mount Converter for UCL-165AD」+「UCL-165AD」
  • 「Shoe Base」
  • 「Single Light Holder LE」



  • Panasonic 「LUMIX DMC-FT3」+ Panasonic「DMW-MCFT3」
  • 「28LD Mount Base MCFT3」
  • 「UWL-H100 28LD」
  • 「Dome Lens Unit II for UWL-H100」
  • 「S-2000」(with -0.5 White Diffuser for S-2000)
  • 「Optical D Cable Type L/Cap W35 Set with Clear Photo System Film」
  • 「LE550-W」(with “LSU Pink Filter LE”)
  • 「Strobe Light Holder LE」
  • 「Grip Base D4」
  • 「D Holder Extension Bar」
  • 「LD Lens Holder S」+「M67-LD Mount Converter for UCL-330/165M67」+「UCL-165M67」
  • 「Z Adapter」x 2
  • 「Clamp」x 2
  • 「Float Arm M」


INON Product Compatibility
    The 28LD Mount Base MCFT3 is exclusively designed for LUMIX DMC-FT3 (*1) / DMW-MCFT3 (*1) to benefit you to use following INON products.

    • Equipping new lockable system supporting easy, speedy yet reliable installation

    • INON 「28LD Mount series」 attachment lens
    • Easy, reliable and fully automatic external strobe shooting

    • INON 『S-TTL Auto』 strobe

Attachment Lens Compatibility
    The 「28LD Mount Base MCFT3」enables you to install「UWL-H100 28LD」(*5) wide conversion lens to shoot wider area and its super wide option 「Dome Lens Unit II for UWL-H100」(*6).
    Also newly announced 28LD Mount close-up lens 「UCL-165LD」is directly attached on the 28LD Mount Base MCFT3 for macro imaging. If you already have existing INON close-up lenses (*7)(*8)(*9), they are still usable with optional 「AD-LD Mount Converter for UCL-165AD」 or 「M67-LD Mount Converter for UCL-330/165M67」.
    INON supports to shoot all different type of subject from 『semi fish-eye』 to 『ultra macro』 with simple and reliable system.

    (*4)
    When using on land, vignetting on an image at zoom wide end even without an attachment lens (No vignetting underwater). Use zoom middle to telephoto side on land to avoid vignetting.

    (*5)
    Vignetting on image corners at zoom wide end on land. Crop an image after shooting or slightly zoom to telephoto side. We recommend to deactivate image stabilizer of 『DMC-FT3』 to avoid possible vignetting underwater.

    (*6)
    Vignetting on image corners. Crop an image after shooting or slightly zoom to telephoto side.

    (*7)
    Compatible with zoom range of middle to telephoto side underwater. Using on land and zoom wide side setting underwater will have vignetting.

    (*8)
    Optional 「AD-LD Mount Converter for UCL-165AD」is required to use the UCL-165AD.

    (*9)
    Optional 「M67-LD Mount Converter for UCL-330/165M67」is required to use the UCL-330 or UCL-165M67.



Strobe/LED flashlight Compatibility
    Digital camera compatible 『"S-TTL” Auto』 strobe INON 「S-2000」/「Z-240」/「D-2000」 is usable.
    【"S-TTL” auto】 of 「S-2000」/「Z-240」「D-2000」series gives you correct and reliable exposure by simply pressing shutter release button.

    INON LED flashlight 「LE550-W」/「LE550-S」/「LE240」/「LE250」 is also usable to benefit rich HD movie function of the『LUMIX DMC-FT3』underwater.

    There are two choices for strobe/light arm; 「Shoe Base」/「Shoe Base Set」 which directly holds compatible strobe/LED flashlight on standard 【INON dedicated external flash shoe】of marine case thanks to joint project with Panasonic Corporation to support compact external strobe/flashlight set-up, or universal type 「Grip Base D4」/「Grip Base D4 Set」which widely supports more than 100 underwater housings with loose-proof structure and broad expandability including supporting dual strobe configuration, different arm length/type depending on your shooting style.
    INON provides "handy"/"compact" [Shoe Base Set]and "full-blown" set with [Grip Base D4] to support every underwater photographers to suit to various shooting style, skill, attachment lens, subject and condition to realize your creative intent with flexible system.


Why so many different Mount Bases / Optical D Cable Sets
    As same as other INON Mount Bases and Optical D Cable Cap Sets,
    「28LD Mount Base MCFT3」/「Optical D Cable Type L/Cap W35 Set」is exclusively designed for specific camera/housing including careful compatibility test to;

    • Optimize high quality lens performance for high quality macro/wide shot and
       (design attachment lens layout for best suited distance from camera’s master lens which is vary among different camera/housing models)
    • Support highly accurate and reliable “S-TTL Auto” shooting.
       (design fiber optics attachment layout based on camera’s built-in flash location)

    INON benefits you with above advantages by producing specific accessories for each specific camera/housing model.

『LUMIX DMC-FT3』/「DMW-MCFT3」sample images


    --Subject/Shooting distance : Sea fan / approx. 1.5m(4.9’)
    --Equipment : Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT3/DMW-MCFT3,UWL-H100 28LD + Dome Lens Unit II for UWL-H100,S-2000 x 2,
    --Photo data : Zoom wide end (4.9mm), 1/125, F3.3, ISO100, ±0EV, S-2000: S-TTL Auto, WB: Daylight, Color effect: Standard(The image was trimmed off the slight vignetting)
    --Photo by : F. Torii (INON INC.) at “Bitagane” Atami, Shizuoka, Japan


    --Subject/Shooting distance : Scorpion fish / approx. 25cm(9.8”)
    --Equipment : Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT3/DMW-MCFT3,UWL-H100 28LD ,S-2000 x 2,
    --Photo data : Zoom wide end (4.9mm), 1/125, F3.3, ISO100, ±0EV, S-2000: S-TTL Auto, WB: Daylight, Color effect: Standard
    --Photo by : F. Torii (INON INC.) at “Bitagane” Atami, Shizuoka, Japan


Relative Information on INON Website


March 28th, 2011
INON INC.

*Press release information is as of March 28th, 2011 and subject to change without prior notice.



Compatibility with Olympus E-PL2/PT-EP03

INON INC. is pleased to announce compatibility of existing INON accessories with Olympus D-SLR system 『E-PL2』/「PT-EP03」(*1).

External strobe compatibility

The highly accurate "S-TTL" Auto mode of INON 「Z-240」/「D-2000」/「S-2000」 is supported when connecting via INON 「Optical D Cable Type L Double Hole Rubber Bush Set」 products below. (*2)(*3)

  • Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set
    --Available in the market
    --JAN code : 456212143 561 2

  • Optical D Cable L Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set
    --Available in the market
    --JAN code : 456212143 562 9

  • Optical D Cable SS Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set
    --Available in the market
    --JAN code : 456212143 563 6

  • Optical D Cable LL Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set
    --Available in the market
    --JAN code : 456212143 564 3

  • Double Hole Rubber Bush for Fiber Optics
    --Available in the market
    --JAN code : 456212143 565 0


    「光ファイバー用・2穴ゴムブッシュ」装着例

    INON Optical D Cable plugged in 「Double Hole Rubber Bush for Fiber Optics」

  • Usable External Strobe
  • 【S-TTL Auto Strobe】
      Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, D-2000S*, D-2000W*, D-2000Wn*
    【External Auto Strobe】
      D-180*, D-180S*

    * : Discontinued model

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

    (*2)
    Usable only when built-in flash of the 『E-PL2』 is set to "TTL".
    INON strobe is not compatible with Olympus "wireless RC flash system".

    (*3)
    Olympus「PT-EP03」 has fiber optics adapters for underwater use and above listed INON fiber optics product is directly plugged in the adapter.

Arm System Compatibility with 『E-PL2』/「PT-EP03」(*1)

  • Grip Base M1
    --available in the market
    --JAN code : 456212143 605 3

  • D Holder
    --available in the market
    --JAN code : 456212143 431 8

  • Shoe Base(*4)
    --available in the market
    --JAN code : 456212143 356 4

  • Grip Base D4(*5)
    --available in the market
    --JAN code : 456212143 430 1

    The INON 「Grip Base M1」 is usable. The Grip Base M1 is specifically designed for midsize underwater housing for micro four thirds digital SLR. Firmly attached on a housing with two tripod screws and base legs provide stable placement of combined housing. Wide variety of INON adapters/bases is compatible with the Grip Base M1 and easy to set-up multiple lighting system with dual strobe configuration by attaching extra「D Holder」. The INON 「Shoe Base」 is directly attached on the accessory-shoe of the underwater housing to set up compact system.

    (*4)
    When attaching strobe/LED flashlight only on the underwater housing hot-shoe via 「Shoe Base」,
    camera system will have positive buoyancy at 10g/0.4oz. So using optional balance weight from camera manufacture would be recommended to get negative buoyancy for the sake of safety.

    (*5)
    The 「D Holder」 of the 「Grip Base D4」 is for left side use only.  When attaching on the right hand side of the housing, the D Holder part may be touched on the back of your right hand.

『E-PL2』/「PT-EP03」set-up example


  • Olympus 「E-PL2」 + Olympus 「PT-EP03」
  • 「S-2000」
  • 「LE550-W」
  • 「Strobe Light Holder LE」
  • 「Shoe Base Set」
  • 「Optical D Cable SS Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set」


  • Olympus 「E-PL2」 + Olympus 「PT-EP03」
  • 「D-2000」
  • -0.5 White Diffuser 2 (External Auto)」
  • 「Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set」
  • 「Grip Base M1」
  • 「Z Adapter」x 2
  • 「Clamp」x2
  • 「Arm SS Body」


  • Olympus 「E-PL2」+ Olympus「PT-EP03」
  • 「Z-240」 x 2
  • 「-0.5 White Diffuser 2 (External Auto)」 x 2
  • 「Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set」
  • 「Optical D Cable Type L」
  • 「Grip Base M1」
  • 「D Holder」
  • 「Z Adapter」x 4
  • 「Clamp」x 4
  • 「Arm SS Body」 x 2

『E-PL2』/「PT-EP03」sample images

    --Subject/shooting distance:Sea whip/ approx.2m (6.6’)
    --Equipment:Olympus E-PL2/PT-EP-03, S-2000 x 2
    --Photo data:Zoom wide end (14mm), 1/80, F3.5, ISO200, S-2000 S-TTL Auto, WB: Daylight, Picture mode: Vivid
    --Photo by R. Hattori (INON INC.) at "Bitagane” Atami, Shizuoka, Japan


    --Subject/shooting distance:Yellow hawkfish / approx.30cm (11.8”)
    --Equipment:Olympus E-PL2/PT-EP-03, S-2000 x 2
    --Photo data:Zoom telephoto end (42mm), 1/180, F8.0, ISO200, S-2000 S-TTL Auto, WB: Daylight, Picture mode: Vivid
    --Photo by R. Hattori (INON INC.) At “Bitagane” Atami, Shizuoka, Japan


    --Subject/shooting distance:School of sea goldie / approx.1m (3.3’)
    --Equipment:Olympus E-PL2/PT-EP03, S-2000 x 2
    --Photo data:Zoom telephoto end (42mm), 1/180, F8.0, ISO200, S-2000 S-TTL Auto, WB: Daylight, Picture mode: Vivid
    --Photo by R. Hattori (INON INC.) At “Bitagane” Atami, Shizuoka, Japan

March 29th, 2011
INON INC.

*Press release information is as of March 29th, 2011 and subject to change without prior notice.



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