James, please don't be so altrustic, bid I say, bid!!
Just kidding... though i would like to see it go for a fair price. I love my Inons to death (I have 2), and am only selling this one as the next two years I'll be stuck on the wards with about 1 week of vacation time a year. No diving for me!
spc337, the Inon Z220s refers to the version without the focus light and laser. Sorry, I should have made this a bit clearer. Bad naming choice on Inon's part too I suppose. But in terms of the actual strobe itself, the flash output is identical to that of the Z220, and battery life will be better depending on how much the focus light is used on the Z220.
One thing I love about the Z220/220s that is NOT available on the new Z240s is the recycle beep. Inon to my great disappointment removed the beep feature so you cannot tell when the strobe has recycled. I can't tell you how many times I have relied on that beep when my eyes are glued to the VF!
Thanks a lot for confirming the kind of slow recycle time. Yes, I agree all in all it looks like one of the best options in the market. If they reduced the recycle time and made the batteries removable I'd be placing my order today!
In my experience over 3 years of using Z-220s's with a 1.6x, 1.3x and full frame camera, I've come to find that although power can be an issue sometimes, using the Inons on a full-frame camera starts giving coverage issues sometimes.
By that I mean that with a fisheye 180 deg. lens on a full frame camera, I find myself lighting two sides of a wide angle shot with significant falloff in the middle of the frame.
I have considered getting a 3rd Inon Z220/240 to cover the middle of the frame, which actually Ryan Canon of Reefphoto does on occasion. He does recommend it - so that is one possible solution if you run into coverage problems with a Fisheye.
I've been reading this thread with great interest. Thanks to all who've contributed valuable info. I've been looking around for a more powerful solution than my current Inon Z220's, and am very interested in the Seacam 250TTLs.
However, I am concerned to hear that recycle time was an issue for Ortan as he mentioned above. Cronix, what are your impressions as to recycle time on these strobes during normal use? And after a full dump?
I do realize that full dump recycle times are usually deceptive as most of the time, esp with such a powerful strobe, we are not using a full dump - so if someone can give an estimate of recycle times on typical wide angle shots with sunballs, that would be great!