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Friday, November 28, 2008

Release date of Float Arm System

INON INC. releases "Float Arm System" generating great buoyancy underwater to control total underwater weight of camera system for confortable and easy handling from [December 4th, 2008]. Promotional movie shows effectiveness and advantages of Float Arm System.



    "Float Arm System" movie [redirect to an external web site]

    "Float Arm" series releassed on December 4th, 2008
    • "Float Arm S"
    • --Buoyancy:-75g / weight (air):142g
    • "Float Arm M"
    • --Buoyancy:-135g / weight (air):181g
    • "Float Arm ML"
    • --Buoyancy:-210g / weight (air):235g


    "Mega Float Arm" series upcoming products
    • "Mega Float Arm S"
    • --Buoyancy:-390g / weight (air):219g
    • "Mega Float Arm M"
    • --Buoyancy:-650g / weight (air):295g


    "Lens Holder" compatible with "Float Arm System"
    • "AD Lens Holder"(*1)

    • --available in the market
    • "M67 Lens Holder for Float Arm"(*2)

    • --Released on December 4th, 2008


    (*1)
    Maximum two "AD Lens Holder" can be attached on each "Float Arm System" to carry maximum two compatible lenses; AD Mount series attachment lens ("UCL-165AD Close-up Lens"/"UWL-105AD Wide Conversion Lens"/"UFL-165AD Fish-eye Conversion Lens") or 28AD Mount series attachment lens ("UWL-100 28AD Wide Conversion Lens").


    (*2)
    Maximum two "M67 Lens Holder for Float Arm" can be attached on each "Float Arm System" to carry maximum two compatible lenses; M67 Mount series attachment lens ("UCL-165M67 Close-up Lens"/"UWL-100 Wide Conversion Lens Type 1"/"UWL-100 Wide Conversion Lens Type 2").




    "Float Arm S"
    "Float Arm M"
    "Float Arm ML"
    "Mega Float Arm S"
    "Mega Float Arm M"
    *from the top.



    "M67 Lens Holder for Float Arm" on Float Arm M


Main features
--Great buoyancy--
    The Float Arm uses weather-resistant ABS material for its component arm body to lighten total weight creating extraordinary buoyancy together with its hollow arm body design comparing to existing solid arm type float system. The hollow arm body enables not only helping weight trimming but also provide extra buoyancy.

--Wide variety of Float Arm--
    Float Arm system has total 5 different model; "Float Arm" series of standard Outer diameter 52mm/2inch with three different length and "Mega Float Arm" series of Outer diameter 97mm/3.8inch with two different length. New INON Float Arm system including existing "Arm Float S" provides perfect solution to benefit you with desired underwater weight of your camera system depending on personal preference, shooting style, conditions.

--Rigid and stable gripping --
    The Float Arm is fully compatible with existing INON Arm II system with its high-precision machined aluminum alloy ball joint providing stable clamping together with its O-ring on the ball joint and stress-free handling. Your INON Arm II system is fully compatible with new Float Arm and you can add INON lens holder on the Float Arm.

-- INON commits to work on underwater weight --
    We, INON will announce underwater weight not only housing / strobe but other accessories as much as we can to support people to consider selecting INON products knowing total underwater weight before purchasing them. Please visit following link page where you can find underwater weight of INON products as of November 2008.


Please visit following link page for detail of Float Arm Systems and underwater weight chart of INON products.


November 28th, 2008
INON Inc.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Inon "Ultra compact semi-fisheye relay system lens" appeared on world's famous web magazine!

One of the world's well-known web magazine published by Mr. Peter Rowlands "UwP (Underwater Photography)" issue 45 (Nov/Dec 2008) covers INON "Ultra compact semi-fisheye relay system lens" (currently under developing) in its "New Products" section including magnificent sample images by Ms. Kanako Nagashima using this unique and innovative lens.

Magazine:"UwP (Underwater Photography)" issue 45 (Nov/Dec 2008)
  (Published by Mr. Peter Rowlands)

Article: "New Products"
URL: http://www.uwpmag.com/
  (UwP is a FREE web magazine aiming to give a platform for existing
   and new talent in underwater)
  [clicking above URL will re-direct you external web site]
 
Equipments:
  • INON "X-2 for EOS30D" for Canon EOS30D
  • S-TTL auto external strobe "Z-240" x2
  • "Ultra compact semi-fisheye relay system lens" (prototype)


November 13th, 2008
INON Inc.

Accessory for Canon WP-DC26

INON INC. releases new accessories to support Canon "IXY DIGITAL 920IS(PowerShot SD880IS Digital / Digital IXUS 870IS)"(*1) /"WP-DC26" (*1) on [November 15th, 2008].



  • "28AD Mount Base・DC26"

  • --Release date : November 15th, 2008
  • "Optical D Cable・Cap W45 Set with Clear Photo System Film"(*2)

  • --Release date : November 15th, 2008
  • "Grip Base DII with Rubber Grip D"

  • --Available in the market


    "28AD Mount Base・DC26" installed on WP-DC26 / IXY DIGITAL 920IS(left)
    "28AD Mount Base・DC26"(right)


--Optional accessories--

    The 28AD Mount Base DC26 is exclusively designed for "IXY DIGITAL 920IS(PowerShot SD880IS Digital / Digital IXUS 870IS)"(*1) + "WP-DC26" (*1) to benefit you to use following INON products.

  • Wide variety and high quality
  • INON "28AD Mount series" attachment lens
  • Easy, reliable and fully automatic external strobe shooting
  • INON "S-TTL Auto" strobe

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


    (*2)
    Also compatible with previous model/housing "μ720SW, μ725SW"/"PT-033", "μ770SW, μ795SW"/"PT-035", "μ790SW"/"PT-041".
    Current "Optical D Cable・Cap W40 Set with Clear Photo System Film" is succeeded by "Optical D Cable・Cap W42 Set with Clear Photo System Film". The "Optical D Cable・Cap W40 Set with Clear Photo System Film" is "NOT" compatible with "Olympus μ1030SW (STYLUS1030SW)" / "PT-043".


--Attachment Lens--

    The "28AD Mount Base・DC26" enables you to install INON "28AD Mount series" attachment lens. 28AD mount series attachment lens lineup consists "UWL-100 28AD" wide conversion lens to shoot wider area and its super wide option "Dome Lens Unit for UWL-100". AD Mount series "UCL-165AD" close-up lens to shorten minimum shooting distance, is also usable. INON supports to shoot all different type of subject from "semi fish-eye" to "ultra macro" with simple and reliable system.


--Strobe--

    Optional "Grip Base D II with Rubber Grip D" and "Optical D Cable・Cap W45 Set with Clear Photo System Film" enables you to install digital camera compatible "S-TTL" auto strobe INON "Z-240"/"D-2000" series. "S-TTL" auto of "Z-240" / "D-2000"series gives you correct and reliable exposure by simply pressing shutter release button. It is easy to step up to dual strobe configuration with additional "Grip Base DIII with Rubber Grip D" and "Optical D Cable". Wide range of INON "Arm II System" provides you many different configurations to support your sophisticated lighting needs. INON provides you simple and reliable system with innovative "S-TTL" Auto and "Arm II system" to enhance your creative image to capture different subject in variable shooting condition with wide variety of attachment lens.


--Why so many different Mount Bases / Optical D Cable Sets--

    As same as other INON Mount Bases and Optical D Cable Cap Sets, "28AD Mount Base・DC26"/ "Optical D Cable・Cap W45 Set with Clear Photo System Film" 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.

    Other manufacture's versatile lens adopters or universal strobe cables look like very useful but they often show;

    • Just enough to attach a lens
    • >>without optimizing optical performance of lens resulting
      only widen an image area with heavy vignetting on corners or terrible quality in peripheral part of an image

    • Just enough to attach a strobe
    • >>without accurate exposure control and reliability resulting
      fluctuating exposure and fickle flashing


    INON system is completely different from those versatile products and simple yet reliable to provide "high quality image" / "highly accurate S-TTL Auto" to support every level of underwater photographers.


--"IXY DIGITAL 920IS"/"WP-DC26" combination example--


  • Canon "IXY DIGITAL 920IS" + Canon "WP-DC26"
  • "28AD Mount Base・DC26"
  • "UWL-100 28AD"
  • "Lens Hood for UWL-100 28AD"
  • "D-2000"
  • "-0.5 Blue Diffuser (TTL/Manual)"
  • "Strobe Cover・D/Z"
  • "Optical D Cable・Cap W45 Set with Clear Photo System Film"
  • "Grip Base DII with Rubber Grip D"
  • "Float Arm S"(upcoming product, same effective length as "Arm S Body")
  • "Direct Arm Z Set"
  • "Clamp"
  • "AD Lens Holder" + "UCL-165AD"


--"IXY DIGITAL 920IS"/"WP-DC26" sample images--


    --Equipments:
  • Canon "IXY DIGITAL 920IS" +Canon "WP-DC26"
  • "28AD Mount Base・DC26"
  • "UWL-100 28AD" + "Dome Lens Unit for UWL-100" + "Dome Spacer for UWL-100 28AD"
  • "D-2000"×2 + "-0.5 Blue Diffuser (External Auto)"×2 (*2)
  • "Optical D Cable・Cap W45 Set with Clear Photo System Film"
  • "Optical D Cable"
  • "Direct Arm Z Set"×2
  • "Clamp"×2
  • "Float Arm M"×2 (upcoming product, same effective length as "Arm M Body")
  • "Grip Base DII with Rubber Grip D"
  • "Grip Base DIII with Rubber Grip D"
  • "AD Lens Holder" + "UWL-100 28AD"
  • "AD Lens Holder" + "UCL-165AD"×3


  • (*2)
    "-0.5 Blue Diffuser (TTL/Manual)" is also usable if "External Auto" mode is not necessary.



    -- Subject/shooting distance:Sea fan (approx. 1m/3.3')/30cm/1.0'
    -- Equipments:Canon IXY DIGITAL 920IS/WP-DC26 UWL-100 28AD + Dome Lens Unit for UWL-100,D-2000×2
    -- Data:Zoom wide end (5.0mm, *3)1/60, F5.6, ISO100, -1EV, S-TTL Auto, Photo effects: Positive film
    -- Photo by:R.Hattori@INON at "Sodaine" Atami, Shizuoka, Japan

    (*3)

    Negligible vignetting observed when using "Dome Lens Unit for UWL-100" + "UWL-100 28AD" is cropped.  No vignetting is observed when using "UWL-100 28AD" stand alone underwater.



    -- Subject/shooting distance:Snake blenny (face width approx. 1cm/0.4")/10cm (4.0")<
    -- Equipments:Canon IXY DIGITAL 920IS/WP-DC26, UCL-165AD×3, D-2000×2
    -- Data:Zoom telephoto end (20.0mm), 1/60, F11, ISO100, ±0EV, S-TTL Auto, My colors mode OFF
    -- Photo by R. Hattori@INON at "Yokoiso beach" Atami, Shizuoka, Japan


    -- Subject/shooting distance:Whitespotted pygmy filefish (approx 3cm/1.2" in length)/5cm(2.0")
    -- Equipments:Canon IXY DIGITAL 920IS/WP-DC26, UCL-165AD×1, D-2000×2
    -- Data:Zoom middle position (12.5mm), 1/60, F9, ISO100, ±0EV, S-TTL Auto, My colors mode OFF
    -- Photo by:F. Torii@INON at "Yokoiso beach" Atami, Shizuoka, Japan


    -- Subject/shooting distance:Soft-coral goby (approx. 2.5cm(1.0") in length)/4cm (1.6")
    -- Equipments:Canon IXY DIGITAL 920IS/WP-DC26, UCL-165AD×2, D-2000×2
    -- Data:Zoom middle position (14.8mm), 1/60, F10, ISO80, ±0EV, S-TTL Auto, My colors mode OFF
    -- Photo by F. Torii@INON at "Bitagane" Atami, Shizuoka, Japan


    -- Subject/shooting distance:Sea fan (approx. 1.2m/4.0' in length)/50cm(20")
    -- Equipments:Canon IXY DIGITAL 920IS/WP-DC26, UWL-100 28AD, D-2000×2
    -- Data:Zoom wide end (5.0mm), 1/60, F5.6, ISO80, ±0EV, S-TTL Auto, My colors mode OFF-- Photo by F. Torii@INON at "Bitagane" Atami, Shizuoka, Japan

November 13th, 2008
INON Inc.

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