Inon Z-330 Type2 StrobeRegular price $1,395.50
Inon Z-330 Type2 Strobe
Flagship Underwater Strobe with Wide and Powerful Light
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The INON Z-330 provides powerful Guide Number 33, high performance and multifunction in its compact body. Its built-in optically designed dome lens offering both high power and wide 110 degree coverage underwater without any diffuser which can sacrifice power. For digital cameras, film cameras, optical connection and sync cable connection, the Z-330 strobe supports every camera system with unparalleled features.
The Type2 strobes are equipped with newly designed fly-eye dome lens capable of suppressing uneven light distribution to deliver ideal circular lighting.
- 110 degrees coverage UNDERWATER without diffuser.
- Powerful Guide Number 33.
- 13-step Manual Mode in addition to proven S-TTL Auto.
- Bundled "Strobe Light Shade" to prevent shining camera lens
- 220 lumen, shutter linked auto OFF Focus Light
- Easily visible conspicuous phosphorescence back control panel during day and night.
- Improved intuitive controllability with larger control dials
- Newly designed radiation system to release generated heat inside to underwater
- Optical/electrical connection compatibility.
- Minimum recycle time "approx. 1.6 sec." at Full Flash.
- On-board Wireless TTL capability
Dome Lens Provides Both Powerful Light and Underwater 110 degree Coverage
Yet lightweight and compact body, the Z-330 is designed to produce powerful G.N. 33 (*1). Precisely designed front dome lens (*2) together with INON's unique patented "T-shape Twin Flash" successfully manages both powerful strobe light without sacrifice any power and circular 110 degree coverage UNDERWATER.
Not as like a conventional translucent diffuser which can widen coverage while it has to sacrifice power and store heat inside, this specially designed dome lens diffuses light thanks to reflection ratio of air, acrylic and water to attain UNDERWATER coverage 110 degree with almost all powerful output coming through.
Furthermore, the Z-330 has overcame drawback of high-power strobe which has long flash duration and reaches to FULL power after start flashing in significantly short period of time.
Together with flashing system in sync with pre-flash and main flash of camera’s built-in flash, the Z-330 can deliver full dump even at 1/1000 high shutter speed setting without cutting powe.
The newly designed dome lens has carefully arranged fly-eye inner surface which suppress uneven lighting without sacrificing strobe power and beam angle (110 degree underwater) generated by INON patented T-configuration flash tubes.
(*1) Measurement in air/ ISO100・m, Nominal value
(*2) PAT. P on the dome lens system to widen underwater coverage.
S-TTL Auto /13 Steps Manual Flash Mode
Proven and reliable INON's unique super accurate auto exposure system "S-TTL" Auto mode (patented) is onboard to support easy and solid underwater shooting with appropriate exposure.
In addition, optimized high performance slave sensor never miss camera's trigger signal even with faint signal or partially damaged fiber optics cable can still trigger the strobe not to bother you with unstable flashing.
Precise 1/2EV. increment 13 steps Manual flash control is onboard as well to support professional use where fine power adjustment is required to provide highly accurate lighting.
EV. Controller to Adjust Exposure of S-TTL Auto
It is simple to fine-tune flash power in S-TTL Auto by dialing the EV. Control Switch on the back control panel. Adjustable range is 3 steps to increase and 6 steps to decrease. It is easy and simple to suit to your intended exposure or different exposure control characteristics among camera models.
Bundled "Strobe Light Shade" to Prevent Shining Camera Lens
The "Strobe Light Shade" is bundled as standard accessory to cut a part of strobe light to benefit to dramatically suppress flare or ghost by not shining camera lens directly and backscatter when a strobe is positioned to vicinity or ahead of lens port by blocking light between lens port and subject not to shine suspended particles.
The flange part rotates 360 degree. Intuitive operation and comfortable adjustment is supported with light clicks even underwater while you shoot.
220 lumen, Shutter Linked Auto OFF Focus Light
The built-in "Shutter-linked Auto-Off Focus Light" delivers 220lm brightness to support when focusing a subject and cease in synch with the shutter release then automatically turns ON again.
To aim optical axis of the Focus Light in line with strobe light’s optical axis, the Focus Light has a fresnel lens in front supporting more accurate strobe aiming and improved usability as an aiming ligh The shutter-linked Focus Light delivers same 220lm and its beam angle gets widened through the newly designed dome lens. Same power with increased beam angle work well in various conditions.
Conspicuous Phosphorescence Back Panel
Improved Intuitive Control Dials
Using white base high-intensity phosphorescence material for the back panel to improve visibility both during day and night dive.
Also control dials are enlarged for user-friendly controllability even through thick gloves during cold water diving. The "EV. Control Switch" stops at minimum and maximum power setting telling you current switch position without seeing the switch itself.
Radiation System to Release Generated Heat Inside
The Z-330 strobe is equipped with circular metal heatsink carrying high thermal conductivity around light emitting area. The heatsink is directly connected to inner circuit component to release generated heat from strobe usage effectively.
Improved heat tolerance has resolved heat problem typically accompanied with powerful strobe. No stress with sudden stop of flashing to cool down.
Minimum Recycle Time "approx. 1.6 sec." at Full Flash
Minimum recycle time at full flash (how fast the strobe ready lamp shines and the strobe is ready after making full flash) is approx. 1.6 sec.(*3) achieving fast recycle time even delivers powerful light.
(*3) With recommended Panasonic "eneloop pro", BK-HCD, 1.2V, Min.2,500mAh. Recycle time based on INON test data.
Wide Variety of Dome Filters
The Z-330 strobe has a bayonet system to hold a strobe dome filter to attach/remove easily.
Besides bundled "Strobe Dome Filter SOFT" to protect dome lens surface and soften strobe light, optional "Strobe Dome Filter ND" which steps down at -4EV, "Strobe Dome Filter [4600K]" which changes native color temperature to 4600K and "Strobe Dome Filter [4900K]" which changes to 4900K will be available in 2018.
Both Optical/Electrical Trigger Supported
Optical connection system widely supports from underwater housings for compact digital cameras to a digital SLR housings with built-in flash or SLRs housing with built-in LED trigger circuitry regardless of make or model. The strobe is equipped with Nikonos 5 pin type cable compatible sync connector to shoot in TTL Auto mode with a film camera or in Manual mode for a digital SLR housing with a bulk head (*4).
(*4) Usable function may vary depending on camera system and connection method
On-board Wireless TTL
The high sensitive slave sensor enables wireless S-TTL Auto mode using a mirror instead of an optical cable. Attaching optional Wireless Connection Kit on the Z-330 and combined with an underwater housing via Shoe Base Set or Grip Base D4 Set creates a handy S-TTL Auto shooting set.
* Not compatible with camera's on-board wireless system such as Olympus wireless RC flash system or Nikon creative lighting system as wireless flash system differs.
Integral Pre-flash Mode Detecting Function
Fully compatible with a camera which alters number of pre-flash between once or twice making total flashes twice or three times depending on shooting condition. The Z-330 automatically detects number of pre-flash to activate adequate program to support proper functioning of Manual as well as highly accurate S-TTL Auto mode.
INON unique Advanced Cancel Circuit benefits you with faster recycle time and more images per battery set to eliminate drawbacks when using Manual Flash mode with a pre-flash type digital camera where the built-in flash always burst full dump.
|Strobe Control Mode (*1)||S-TTL Auto / TTL Auto / Manual|
|Connection (*1)||Optical Connection (Optical D Cable, Wireless) / Electrical Connection (Sync. Code)|
|Settable Flash Output
Guide Number (*2)
|FULL [1/1 (33)], -0.5 [1/1.4 (27)], -1 [1/2 (23)], -1.5 [1/2.8 (19)], -2 [1/4 (16)], -2.5 [1/5.6 (13)], -3 [1/8 (11)], -3.5 [1/11 (9.8)], -4 [1/16 (8.2)], -4.5 [1/22 (6.9)], -5 [1/32 (5.8)], -5.5 [1/45 (4.9)], -6 [1/64 (4.1)] (13 steps in 1/2EV.)|
|Beam Angle (*3)||110º x 110º circular beam [flash light]
30º [Focus Light]
|Focus Light Intensity||220lm (*4)|
|Color Temp.||Approx. 5500K [flash light / without Strobe Dome Filter SOFT]
Approx. 5400K [flash light / with Strobe Dome Filter SOFT]
5300 to 6000K [Focus Light (*4)]
|Approx. 1.8 seconds minimum ["eneloop" batteries]
Approx. 1.6 seconds minimum ["eneloop pro" batteries]
Approx. 2.4 seconds minimum [Alkaline batteries]
Approx. 3.5 seconds minimum [Lithium (1.5V) batteries]
|Approx. 210 flashes ["eneloop" batteries]
Approx. 280 flashes ["eneloop pro" batteries]
Approx. 200 flashes [Alkaline batteries]
Approx. 330 flashes [Lithium (1.5V) batteries]
|Focus Light Operable Duration
|Approx. 2hrs 30 min ["eneloop" batteries]
Approx. 3hrs 20 min ["eneloop pro" batteries]
Approx. 3hrs 00 min [Alkaline batteries]
Approx. 4hrs 00 min [Lithium (1.5V) batteries]
|Compatible Batteries||AA "eneloop" (BK-3MCC) [recommended] x 4
AA "eneloop pro" (BK-3HCD) [recommended] x 4
AA NiMH (*8) x 4
AA Alkaline x 4
AA Lithium (1.5V) x 4
|Dimensions||Diameter: 102mm/4.0in, Hight: 131mm/5.2in, Depth: 125mm/4.9in (without Strobe Light Shade / Strobe Dome Filter SOFT)
Diameter: 111mm/4.4in, Hight: 131mm/5.2in, Depth: 129mm/5.1in (with Strobe Light Shade)
|Weight (air)||637g/22.5oz (without Strobe Light Shade / Strobe Dome Filter SOFT / batteries)
789g/27.8oz (with Strobe Light Shade / 4 x "eneloop" batteries)
|Weight (U/W) (*9)||Approx. 48g/1.7oz (with Strobe Light Shade / 4 x "eneloop" batteries)|
|Working Temperature||0ºC - 30ºC / 32ºF - 8ºF (water temperature)|
|Storage Temperature||0ºC - 30ºC / 32ºF - 86ºF (air temperature)
+50ºC/122ºF (temporary allowable temperature limit)
|Depth Rating||100m / 328ft|
|Body Material / Color||Polycarbonate resin / gray|
|Package Contents||Strobe Light Shade, Strobe Dome Filter SOFT, Sensor Cap, Sync. Connector Cap, Sensor Cap Caution Sticker, Repeated Flashes Limitation Sticker, INON Grease, Spare O-ring (Battery Box, Synch Connector), TTL Insulation Plate (x 2)|
As of December 2017. Specifications/product design/price subject to change without prior notice.
(*1) Compatible flash mode/connection method varies depending on combined camera system and usable flash mode differs depending on connection method. Refer to the user manual for detail.
(*2) Measurement in air/ISO100 at 1m without "Strobe Dome Filter SOFT", nominal value.
(*3) Underwater, nominal value.
(*4) Calculated from a spec. chart of LED manufacture, nominal value.
(*5) Measured with FULL strobe output at 30-second intervals with both Focus Light and Advanced Cancel Circuit OFF, at 25ºC/77ºF with test batteries giving 5 minutes cooling period every 50 flashes.
(*6) Operable duration is accumulated time of continuous mode with 5 minutes cooling period every 30 minutes at 25ºC/77ºF with test batteries.
(*7) Recycle Time/Flash Capacity/Focus Light operable duration based on INON test data. Actual values may vary using different battery manufacturer, battery type etc.
(*8) Not all Ni-MH batteries are confirmed compatible as some "conventional" or "high-capacity" NiMH rechargeable batteries have significant self-discharge and heat-generating characteristic causing difficulty to keep their performance during usage. Only when "eneloop" or "eneloop pro" batteries are not available, use good quality of Ni-MH rechargeable battery having less problem described above.
(*9) Measured in fresh water (25ºC/77ºF), nominal value.
|"eneloop" battery||Panasonic "eneloop", BK-3MCC, 1.2V, Min.1,900mAh|
|"eneloop pro" battery||Panasonic "eneloop pro", BK-3HCD, 1.2V, Min.2,500mAh|
|Alkaline battery||Panasonic "EVOLTA NEO", LR6(NJ), 1.5V|
|Lithium (1.5V) battery||FUJIFILM/Energizer LITHIUM, FR6, 1.5V|