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Problem Inon Z240 - Leica D-Lux 4 - manual mode -optical cable

02 June 2010 - 08:30 AM

Hi all,

It's been a while since I've been on Wetpixel. Hope everyone's doing well.

I've noticed some Wetpixelers with a similar setup, so I'm hoping for their advice.

I used to have an Olympus 5050 with Inon D2000 strobe, optical cable. I always set the camera in manual mode, forced flash (turned down to save battery power), Inon strobe on manual (-6 to -0.5) or full power (one had to insert a little magnet to turn of that advanced cancel circuit). Always worked flawlessly.

Recently I've upgraded to a Leica D-Lux 4 (same as Panasonic LX3) and today my 2 Inon Z240 strobes have arrived. They turned out to be bloody expensive due to the Tax man not liking me having some new toys, but that's a different story.

Anyway, so I thought I'd try the same settings.

D-Lux 4 on manual, forced flash, EV turned down to save battery power.
I connected the 2 Z240s via 2 optical cables.
On the Z240 to shut down that advanced circuit you apparently no longer have to insert a magnet but just push-and-turn a little button. So I did.
Strobes on Manual.

Everything seems to be going fine, i.e. both strobes are firingand gradually increasing output, until I turn the EV controler past that "green 8" on the dialer. Past 8 to 11, my strobes are no longer firing.
Also, when I put both of the strobes to FULL, they are not triggered by the flash of my camera either. :)
UPDATE: when the strobes are on FULL, they sometimes fire full force, but still the picture come out highly underexposed or black. I have tried different aperture and speed setting, but no difference.

Basically this means I cannot use the strobes at higher to full output.

Does anybody know what's wrong?? Any settings I have to adjust.

Just like the Inon D2000, the Z240 comes with a useless manual lol.

Hoping to get some advice.

Thanks alot in advance!


PS: just came to think of it....I have the same problem with my Inon D2000. It seems the strobe won't be triggered by the Leica's flash, once the EV controller is past "8" or when the strobe is on FULL...

With both strobes I've been using Eneloop batteries.