I noticed a post somewhere on Wetpixel on the new Inon 500 lights but after a quick search found out that the U.S. Inon distributor in "no mo". I finally found out more info on them through Sea-Optics in Australia. Although they have a great write up (of course) on their web site, I'm a bit of a skeptic. I called them and then ordered them
They came in about 3 days ago, and after adapting them to my loc-link arms, I took them our for a dive. The location was Guam's Blue Hole which has both low light, great vis and bright sunshine on the upper reef.
The lights are about 8" long and 1 1/2 " diameter. They take 3 AA rechargeable batteries and I kept them on to see how long they'd last. They were still working after 45 min when we went back to my boat.
They mount with an Inon bracket and you can mount 2,3, or 4 on each arm. Each has over 500 lumens and cost less than $300. I bought 5 of em, mounted 2 on each arm, and the model was using one in the videos. Each has a coverage of 75 degrees and are balanced to 6000k. I use a Gates 85 degree lens and the lights easily covered the width once I adjusted them. They could certainly cover a much wider lens.
I initially was concerned about the buoyancy effect of 2 lights on each side and if they'd 'bend' the loc-link arms when I didn't want them to. They didn't and they were very easy to quickly adjust.
What I REALLY like about the lights is that you can turn them off individually by a simple turn of the know on the end of the light. Great for macro. It also doesn't unscrew and come off and theres a definite stop to it. You change the batteries by unscrewing the double o-ringed light head.
I've got some pix of the lights and put up 3 short videos on Vimeo to show a little of what they can do. I haven't done any correction on the videos but they'll give you an idea ofg the coverage. All in all, I'm very happy with them and saved quite a bit at the same time. I don't have any connection to Inon of any of it's dealers.
Hope this helps someone. Since I don't have a clue jhow to post pictures here you can see them below.
The videos are here: Vimeo
The pictures are here: avpguam.com-Inon pix
Edited by Guamrider, 30 March 2010 - 07:36 PM.