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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Video Base V1 for Canon VIXIA HF20/LEGRIA HF20

INON INC. releases accessories for Canon digital camcorder "iVIS HF20(VIXIA HF20/LEGRIA HF20) "/water-proof case WP-V1(*1) to attach INON LED flashlight products including "LE250" on August 2nd, 2009.
Also we have confirmed attachment lens compatibility as below.

Compatible arm products

  • Video Base V1
    --Release date : August 2nd, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 540 7

  • Shoe Base
    --available in the market
    --JAN code:456212143 355 7

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


Video Base V1(left)
Video Base V1 installed on iVIS HF20 / WP-V1(right)



Shoe Base + D Holder x 2 installed on iVIS HF20 / WP-V1


Video Base V1 is dedicated accessory to attach INON lighting arm products including Shoe Base
/ D Holder on Canon water-proof case WP-V1(*1).

The Video Base V1 consists of a base plate which is specifically designed to match with unique base shape of Canon WP-V1 and is attached on the case with the base plate and
pressure bonding around the lens port to benefit to hold LED flashlight(s) firmly.

The Video Base V1 can have compact Shoe Base on top of the lens port and
two 「D Holder」on both sides to support simple and compact set-up and upgrading to multi lighting system only with compatible flashlight(s) and lighting arm product(s).

The Video Base V1 and combined Shoe Base/D Holder does not obstruct to open/close
the water-proof case and will not bother you when you need to change batteries with these accessories.

(*1)Contact Canon Inc. for detail of camcorder/water-proof case. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camcorder/housing available in Japan.


Compatibility with INON attachment lens

The WP-V1 directly holds INON "M67 Mount series" attachment lens.

  • Macro lens
    UCL-330/UCL-165M67 close-up lenses are compatible.

  • Wide lens
    The UWL-100 Achromat Type2 is physically attached on the WP-V1 (*2). Please note followings when using this wide conversion lens.

    The UWL-100 Achromat Type2 is originally designed for a digital camera carrying 1/1.8 inch image sensor (CCD etc.), approx. 7mm focal length at zoom wide end (35mm film equivalent : 35mm) and approx. 3x zoom lens,
    and not designed for a digital camcorder iVIS HF20 which carries 1/4 inch image sensor,
    4.1mm focal length (35mm film equivalent : 39.5mm) and 15x zoom lens.
    Our detailed compatibility test has confirmed that there is significant degradation of image quality on circumference part of an image
    comparing to compatible digital camera, so "compatibility is limited" only for those can accept below sample images/movies quality.

  • Optional attachment lens for semi-fish-eye shooting
    The combination of UWL-100 Achromat Wide Conversion Lens Type2 and its super wide option Dome Lens Unit for UWL-100 is NOT compatible since this combination has more significant image quality deterioration than above UWL-100 Achromat Type2 stand-alone use.Please refer below sample image/movie to see image quality with this combination.
(*2)The UWL-100 Achromat Wide Conversion Lens Type1 is not physically attached on the WP-V1. However UWL-100 Achromat Type1 can be modified to UWL-100 Achromat Type2.
Please contact your purchasing dealer for detail.


Set-up example / sample images



  • Canon iVIS HF20 + Canon WP-V1
  • Video Base V1
    LE-250 ×5
  • W50°Filter LE ×5
    Shoe Base
  • Single Light Holder LE
  • D Holder ×2
  • Double Light Holder LE ×2
  • Direct Arm YS Set ×2
  • Mega Float Arm S ×2
  • Clamp ×2
    UWL-100 Achromat Type2 (*2)

Sample images



--Subject/shooting distance:Soft coral(approx.1m/3.3')/approx.40cm(1.3') 
--Equipments/data:Canon iVIS HF20(zoom wide end)/WP-V1,LE250×4, no attachment lens 
--Photo by R. Hattori (INON INC.) at "Bitagane" Atami, Japan


--Subject/shooting distance:Soft coral(approx.1m/3.3')/approx.40cm(1.3')
--Equipments/data:Canon iVIS HF20(zoom wide end)/WP-V1,LE250×4, UWL-100 Achromat Wide Conversion Lens Type 2
--Photo by R. Hattori (INON INC.) at "Bitagane" Atami, Japan


--Subject/shooting distance:Soft coral(approx.1m/3.3')/approx.40cm(1.3')
--Equipments/data:Canon iVIS HF20(zoom wide end)/WP-V1,LE250×4, Dome Lens Unit for UWL-100 + UWL-100 Achromat Wide Conversion Lens Type2
--Photo by R. Hattori (INON INC.) at "Bitagane" Atami, Japan

INON Video Base V1 (iVIS HF20/WP-V1) sample movie vol1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDpb6_9k7uo
INON Video Base V1 (iVIS HF20/WP-V1) sample movie vol2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J5_oJnBj1s
INON Video Base V1 (iVIS HF20/WP-V1) sample movie vol3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzCPNombb8k

July 29th, 2009

INON INC.

Monday, July 27, 2009

-0.5 Blue Diffuser for S-2000

INON INC. releases "-0.5 Blue Diffuser for S-2000" on July 30th, 2009 to suppress
reddish/yellowish phenomenon when shooting macro image with a particular compact digital camera.


  • -0.5 Blue Diffuser for S-2000
    --Release date : July 30th, 2009
    --JAN Code :456212143 419 6


-0.5 Blue Diffuser for S-2000

Attaching this diffuser on S-2000 to widen strobe beam angle [105°(horizontal)×95°(vertical) → circular 110°], soften the strobe light and suppress reddish/yellowish phenomenon when shooting macro image with a particular compact digital camera.



July 27th, 2009

INON INC.

Diffuser 2

INON INC. releases new "diffuser system" products for INON compact strobes like Z-240/D-2000 to use same "Filter・LE" for INON LED flashlight products.

[-0.5 Diffuser 2]

  • -0.5 White Diffuser 2 (External Auto)
    --Release date : July 30th, 2009
    --JAN code :456212143 521 6

  • -0.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (External Auto)
    --Release date : July 30th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 522 3

  • -0.5 White Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual)
    --Release date : July 30th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 523 0

  • -0.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual)
    --Release date : July 30th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 524 7




-0.5 White Diffuser 2 (External Auto)
-0.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (External Auto)
-0.5 White Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual)
-0.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual) from the left

[-1.5 Diffuser 2]

  • -1.5 White Diffuser 2 (External Auto)
    --Release date : July 30th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 525 4

  • -1.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (External Auto)
    --Retail in Japan : JPY3,000
    --JAN code:456212143 526 1

  • -1.5 White Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual)
    --Release date : July 30th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 527 8

  • -1.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual)
    --To be released in this autumn
    --JAN code:456212143 528 5


[Filter LE]

  • Red Filter LE
    --available in the market00
    (service parts, "Diffuser 2" includes this filter as standard accessory)

  • W40° Filter LE
    --available in the market
    (service parts, "Diffuser 2" includes this filter as standard accessory)

  • W50° Filter LE
    --available in the market
    --JAN code:456212143 510 0


Red Filter LE
W40° Filter LE
W50° Filter LE from the left



What's new for "Diffuser 2" ?

The new Diffuser 2 has screw mount on its Focus Light window to use same "Filter" products for INON LED flash light including LE250 to adapt to on-board powerful LED Focus Light to different situations like strobe aiming with spot beam, support focusing for macro shooting, fill light with natural wide beam for videographyor illuminating creatures without stimulating them for observation.(*1)

Following two filters (same filters for INON LED flashlight products (LE250 etc.) comes with new Diffuser 2 products to change Focus Light beam angle/color tone to accommodate with different purposes.These filters are interchangeable underwater so you can utilize Focus Light for more than ever!

W40° Filter LE : Effectively diffuse Focus Light to natural and seamless wide beam (approx. 40°) Red Filter LE :Change Focus Light color tone not to stimulate light-sensitive subject mainly for observation


"Filter LE” on “Diffuser 2”
Left : Red Filter LE
Right : W40° Filter LE

Optional W50° Filter LE is also usable to further increase Focus Light beam angle.Other upcoming "Filter LE" products for INON LED flashlight (LE250) will be supported
to use for Diffuser 2 products as well.

Off course new Diffuser 2 inherits usable and advantageous characteristics from previous diffuser model.

  • Color temperature of a strobe remains almost same even with a “diffuser system” product.
  • Supporting different step-down level of flash output with different diffuser product (*2).
  • "Blue" diffuser to suppress reddish/yellowish phenomenon caused by specific compact digital camera (*3).

Compatible strobe

[Diffuser 2 (External Auto)]

  • Z-240
  • D-2000
  • D-2000W E.O.L.
  • D-2000Wn E.O.L.
  • D-180 E.O.L.
  • D-180S E.O.L.

[Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual)] (*4)

  • Z-240
  • D-2000
  • D-2000W E.O.L.
  • D-2000Wn E.O.L.
  • D-2000S E.O.L.
  • D-220F E.O.L.
  • D-220S E.O.L.
  • D-2000 E.O.L.

(*1)Following "diffuser system" products have been discontinued upon release of new "Diffuser 2".

[-0.5 Diffuser]

  • -0.5 White Diffuser 2 (External Auto)
    --JAN code:456212143 238 3
  • -0.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (External Auto) (*3)
    --JAN code:456212143 239 0
  • -0.5 White Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual)
    --JAN code:456212143 240 6
  • -0.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual) (*3)
    --JAN code:456212143 241 3

[-1.5 Diffuser]

  • -1.5 White Diffuser 2 (External Auto)
    --JAN code:456212143 243 7
  • -1.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (External Auto) (*3)
    --JAN code:456212143 244 4
  • -1.5 White Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual)
    --JAN code:456212143 245 1
  • -1.5 Blue Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual) (*3)
    --JAN code:456212143 246 8

[-3 Diffuser]

  • -3 White Diffuser 2 (Manual) (*2)
    --JAN code:456212143 2475

[Light Filter]

  • Focus Light Filter Set (Blue/Red)
    --JAN code:456212143 242 0
  • Focus Light Filter Red
    --JAN code:456212143 353 3
  • Focus Light Filter Blue
    --JAN code:456212143 354 0

[Optical D Slave Cable]

  • Optical D Slave Cable Type L (*5)
    --JAN code:456212143 491 2
(*2)There is no successor model to -3 Diffuser.

(*3)The Blue Diffuser 2 products have different color tone from existing Blue Diffuser to
accommodate with compatible digital camera's white balance characteristic.

(*4)When using Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual), External Auto mode is not usable even a strobe provides the flash mode. Please refer user manual for detail of available flash mode for your camera/camera system.

(*5)When connecting a slave strobe to a master strobe equipped with a "Diffuser 2" under Optical Slave Cable Connection, use Optical D Slave Cable 2 Type L. Optical D Slave Cable Type L is NOT usable.

July 27th, 2009

INON INC.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

"MRS Port" for Canon EF-S60mm Macro USM to support upcoming Underwater Micro Semi-fisheye Relay Lens UFL-MR130 EFS60

INON INC. releases new "MRS Port" for Canon EF-S60mm Macro USM to support upcoming "underwater micro semi-fisheye relay lens UFL-MR130 EFS60".
  • MRS60 Port II (without MRS Control Ring) (*1)
  • --Release date : July 17th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 538 4

  • MRS60 Port II (*1)
  • --Release date : July 17th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 537 7

    Left:MRS60 Port II
    Right:MRS60 Port II (without MRS Control Ring)

MRS60 Port II main features
  • Exploit magnetic attraction power to turn lens barrel for focusing (*2)(*3) as like on land operation.Stress-free focusing only with necessary torque without mechanical gears.
  • Dedicated compact design for EF-S60mm F2.8 Macro USM which does not change lens barrel size in any focal length setting.
  • Removable “water-proof glass unit” to support following two configurations.
    with “water-proof glass unit”
    For sole use of 「EF-S60㎜ F2.8 Macro USM」. The “water-proof glass unit” has M67 screw mount to attach 「UCL-330」/「UCL-165M67」 close-up lens directly.
    Installing "compatible conversion lens" without “water-proof glass unit"(*4)
    Using EF-S60㎜ F2.8 Macro USM + Underwater micro semi-fisheye relay lens UFL-MR130 EFS60(*5). Simply screw UFL-MR130 EFS60 on the MRS60 Port II instead of the "water-proof glass unit" without complicated adjustment/setting. 


(*1)
Following "MRS Port" will be discontinued upon release of new "MRS60 Port II" 
  • MRS60 Port  
    --JAN code:45 6212143 267 3 
  • MRS60 Port (without MRS Control Ring)  
    --JAN code:45 6212143 268 0
    Above current models are available only from limited stock.

(*2)
Patented in the U.S. and in Japan.

(*3)
Optional 「Magnet Ring 60 Set」 is necessary to use manual focusing.

(*4)
The “water-proof glass unit” and UFL-MR130 EFS60 can NOT be removed/installed underwater.

(*5)
Upcoming product.



July 7th, 2009
INON INC.

X-2 housing for EOS50D/40D

INON INC. releases lightweight cast-body housing 「X-2 for EOS50D/40D」 for Canon digital SLR cameraEOS40D/50D as new version of our well established 「X-2」housing series.
  • X-2 for EOS50D/40D FW (with Finder Window)
    --Release date : July 17th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 531 5

  • X-2 for EOS50D/40D PF2 (with Pick-up Finder 2)
    --Release date : July 17th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 530 8

  • X-2 for EOS50D/40D 45VF (with 45° Viewfinder Unit)
    --Release date : July 17th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 529 2

  • X-2 for EOS50D/40D SVF (with Straight Viewfinder Unit)
    --Release date : July 17th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 532 2



    X-2 for EOS50D/40D 45VF

(*)All model is equipped with standard quad optical connectors and available to have optional double Nikonos type synch connectors(X-synch only).

  • X-2 Sync Connector Installation (factory installation)
  • X-2 Sync Connector Installation (after purchase installation)

    Below operational limitation will be applied for electrical cable connection.
  • “S-TTL Auto”/“TTL Auto” is not usable.
  • Built-in Focus Light is not activated by camera's control (like pressing the shutter button halfway).


(**)Body color is Tough Black(Teflon Molybdenum Coating) only.


(***)New "Pick-up Finder 2" supports X-2 for EOS50D/40D while existing “Pick-up Finder” is NOT compatibledue to specification change to adopt to Canon EOS50D/40D.
  • Pick-up Finder Unit 2 for X-2
    --Release date : July 17th, 2009
    --JAN code:456212143 533 9

Existing "Pick-up Finder" user can use it together with optional "Pick-up Finder 2 Unit (camera side module)". Please contact your INON dealer for detail.

Product features

  • Lightweight and compact ultraprecise cast aluminum body
    The X-2 for EOS50D40D is W:178mm×H:158mm×D:116mm(excluding finder unit and other protruded parts)made from corrosion resistance aluminum alloy by ultraprecise cast manufacturing technique to pursue size and weight reduction.The cast manufacturing technique enables thin body plate with complicated curved design which is not possible with machining.

  • Stress-free control layout
    Cast manufacturing allows flexible design where your right thumb seats on natural position when you hold something with your right hand andfurther enables you to access to control dials with holding the housing. Top right corner on the back panel is ergonomically designed for small hand user to hook right thumb to hold the housing.

  • X-2 for EOS50D/40D 45VF」back

  • Fully compatible with S-TTL Auto strobe system
    The X-2 for EOS50D/40D is equipped with flood-free quad optical connectors (4 x Optical D Connectors) supporting "S-TTL" auto strobe shootingwith maximum four strobes where you can concentrate to enhance your creative intent and composition thanks to simple and accurate "S-TTL" auto exposure controlwhere you simply press the shutter release button for accurate exposure control even for multiple strobe lighting. Optional Nikonos type sync connectors (X-sync only) further benefit you to use your existing lighting gear.

  • Interchangeable four viewfinders
    INON offers four different finder units to serve every needs.You can remove/install a finder unit by yourself with supplied dedicated tool to support youto choose appropriate finder unit depending on subject/shooting condition.


  • Finder Window model, Pick-up Finder 2 model,45° Viewfinder Unit model, Straight Viewfinder Unit model (from the left)

  • Wide variety of lens port to support from ultra macro to fish-eye imaging
    All compatible lens ports are made from optical lens (multi-coated) ) including a Dome Port to exploit high quality image captured by EOS 50D/40D.With INON unique MRS Port system turning lens barrel by magnetic attraction where you can control focusing without mechanical stress as like to adjust focusing by focusing ring directly.

July 7, 2009

INON INC.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

X-2 Holder II Spacer directly attaches Holder II on X-2 Hosuing

INON INC. releases "X-2 Holder II Spacer" which directly attaches an INON Holder II on compatible INON X-2 housing on July 2nd, 2009.

  • X-2 Holder II Spacer
  • --Release date : July 2nd, 2009
    --JAN code :456212143 534 6

    X-2 Holder II Spacer


    X-2 Holder II Spacer installed onX-2 for EOS50D/40D (*2) to attach Holder II

    The X-2 Holder II Spacer is an adapter which allows INON Holder II directly attached on INON X-2 housing.

    The X-2 Holder II Spacer is designed to place the Holder part (supporting the back of right hand) in almost same position as when attaching the Holder II via Main Base II. Since Main Base II is not required, you can benefit of weight trimming.

    Compatible housing:
    • INON X-2 for EOS10D     (*1)
    • INON X-2 for EOS10D BK   (*1)
    • INON X-2 for EOS20D     (*1)
    • INON X-2 for EOS20D BK   (*1)
    • INON X-2 for EOS20D BK(TM) (*1)
    • INON X-2 for EOS30D BK(TM) (*1)
    • INON X-2 for EOS50D/40D   (*2)

    (*1)
    Discontinued product.It is necessary to remove pre-installed sub-base to attach the X-2 Holder II Spacer.

    (*2)
    Upcoming product.



July 1st, 2009
INON INC.

AD Lens Holder for Float Arm

INON INC. releases "AD Lens Holder for Float Arm" on July 2nd, 2009 to support multiple attachment lens transportation and lens exchange underwater.
  • AD Lens Holder for Float Arm
  • --Release date : July 2nd, 2009 
    --JAN code:456212143 520 9

  • AD Lens Holder
  • --available in the market 
    --JAN code:456212143 185 0


    AD Lens Holder for Float Arm attached on a Float Arm M.

    AD Lens Holder for Float Arm is specially designed for "Float Arm" products with competitive pricing by trimming off unnecessary parts of existing AD Lens Holder(*1).

    The AD Lens Holder for Float Arm adds one lens mount to "Float Arm system" product to carry AD Mount series attachment lenses (UCL-165AD Close-up Lens/UWL-105AD Wide Conversion Lens/UFL-165AD Fish-eye Conversion Lens), 28AD Mount series attachment lens(UWL-100 28AD Wide Conversion Lens).

    Two AD Lens Holder for Float Arm」 can be installed on single “Float Arm system” carrying multiple lenses to adopt to broad shooting conditions.(*1)

    The AD Lens Holder for Float Arm is exclusively for "Float Arm system" products.
    Use AD Lens Holder for existing aluminum alloy Arm body products.
    AD Lens Holder for Float Arm is not for additional lens mount on Arm body products.

July 1st, 2009
INON INC.

Compatibility with Sony DSC-T90/MPK-THGB

INON INC. has confirmed current product compatibility with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90/MPK-THGB.

External strobe compatibility with Cyber-shot DSC-T90/MPK-THGB (*1)
Below listed Optical D Cables/external strobes are confirmed compatible.Each strobe's performance/operational limitations and usable strobe arms etc. are same as when using for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77/MPK-THG.
  • Necessary base set products
  • Grip Base D4 Set
    --available in the market
    --JAN code:456212143 429 5

  • Compatible Optical D Cable/Mount Base
  • Optical D Cable・Cap W47 Set Type L
    --available in the market
    --JAN code:456212143 490 5

  • AD Mount Base THG/THGBM
  • --Same product as AD Mount Base・THG
    Product name/JAN code has been changed from July 1st, 2009 shipping.
    --Retail in Japan JPY5,600
    --JAN code:456212143 536 0

  • Usable external strobe
  • S-TTL Auto strobe
    Z-240
    D-2000
    S-2000
    D-2000S E.O.L.
    D-2000W E.O.L.
    D-2000Wn E.O.L.

    (*1)
    Contact Sony Corp. for detail of digital camera/marine case.INON INC. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/housing available in Japan.


Attachment lens compatibility with Cyber-shot DSC-T90/MPK-THGB(*1)
    Following lens arm/attachment lens are confirmed compatible.Specifications/operational limitations are same as when using for Cyber-shot DSC-T77/MPK-THG.

  • Necessary Mount Base
  • AD Mount Base・THG/THGB(*2)
    --Same product as existing AD Mount Base・THG
    Product name and JAN code has been changed from July 1, 2009.
    --JAN code:456212143 536 0

  • Compatible attachment lens AD series attachment lens UCL-165AD Close-up Lens (*2)
  • --available in the market 
    --JAN code:456212143 174 4

    (*2)
    The UWL-105AD Wide Conversion Lens and UFL-165AD Fish-eye Conversion Lens is NOT compatible since the combination of Cyber-shot DSC-T90/MPK-THGB has significant optical axis misalignment between camera master lens and an attachment lens.



July 1st, 2009
INON INC.

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