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In Topic: New Inon Z330

10 December 2017 - 02:15 PM

Thanks Tom,


Just to point out that the Z330 is the same body size and form factor as the Z240, but it has a domed lens that protrudes from the front, as opposed to the flat lens cover of its predecessor...This makes them around an inch wider.


I have some Seacam 60Ds on the way to!


I have had the Z330s in the pool today and shot them side by side with Z240s. I think they are definitely around 20° wider and the power difference is obvious.


All the best



In Topic: New Inon Z330

09 December 2017 - 06:21 AM

Recycle speed testing



I'm pleased to report that it looks like we will have a Retra on its way too...




It would be interesting to compare how much are changes of Z330 light beam angle and uniformity compared to Z240 (on the same power, without diffuser). Could you please show us the beam shots, if possible?


I'm going to test the strobe underwater very shortly and will test beam angles then.



In Topic: New Inon Z330

08 December 2017 - 10:43 AM

So today the UPS man delivered a very interesting box from Japan..


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Testing will begin in earnest tomorrow. Sadly, a side by side comparison with the Retra Flash is looking unlikely for a while.





In Topic: New Inon Z330

06 December 2017 - 01:21 AM

I know that Inon have stated that they want to start shipping them in 2017...so soon.


Of course, production schedules are hard to predict accurately. 


Wetpixel will be using a pair for testing soon...



In Topic: New Inon Z330

05 December 2017 - 11:20 AM

Some more thoughts and updates on the strobe's specifications from Jovic Santos of Splash Underwater Imaging about the Z330. He was able to handle the new strobes during the recent Anilao Underwater Shootout.


Here is an Inon update for the well awaited INON global Z-330 strobe.  Apart from the common knowledge that this is a guide number 33 in meters.  Here are some thoughts on the new strobes advantage for the underwater photographer.

- Stronger guide number from 24 for Z240 to now 33.  In actual use, it’s a +/- a meter gain in distance capability depending of course on camera settings.
- Color temp is the same as the Z240, so your settings will not change.
- Dome acrylic front - wider coverage of light vs that of Z240
- Power control knob - less confusing to use as now the knob stops at lowest power or maximum power.  Z240 control continuously rotates and needs to be visually verified on where it is set.  The new control allows you to feel the clicks and set accordingly.  Plus it has a bigger control knob especially when your fingers are soft from too much diving. Is there such a thing as too much diving? 
- Although not a major issue if you know how to use your light when edge lighting, the rotating flanges helps to minimize back scatter if you are pointing your strobe directly to subject.
- Previous Fiber optic cables and mount s are still compatible, but at this point the inon snoot and diffusers are not compatible as the mount ring is different.  Probably they will release an adapter for it in the future.  Kelvin diffusers are still not available at this point but maybe available when strobes are released.
- External auto feature has been removed and only STTL, Low and Manual have been retained.
Prices have not yet been finalized but will probably be in the 700 USD price range.  Actual availabilty will be announced soon.