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INON D-180
Underwater Auto-Strobe
User Manual
This Manual may be printed and used according to conditions below.
This Manual may not be used or transmitted, in whole or part, or reproduced in any way for any commercial
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INON D-180 Manual
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Version 1.
October 4, 2003
Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Page 1: User Manual

    This Manual may be printed and used according to conditions below. This Manual may not be used or transmitted, in whole or part, or reproduced in any way for any commercial use. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Confirming your camera system / master strobe / housing Confirming useable functions Confirming connection method Confirming attachment method Description of Parts & Controls INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved. Page Number...

  • Page 3

    Digital Camera Setting Example: Olympus C-4040 / 5050 Zoom Digital Camera Setting Example: Nikon CP800 Digital Camera Setting Example: Olympus C-200 Zoom Digital Camera Setting Example: Canon A-20 Using with another external strobe Setting up Advanced Cancel Circuit Installing Batteries...

  • Page 4

    Chapter 5 Reference Optional Accessories Connector Parts Arm System AD Mount Base System M67 Mount Base System Specifications Technical Support & Service INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 5: Introduction

    INON D-180 Underwater Auto-Strobe User Manual Thank you for purchasing the Inon D-180 Strobe. The D-180 is a dual use underwater and land external strobe with 18 Guide Number (ISO 100, Air x 1meter) and the following main features. Allows “External Auto Flash Exposure Adjustment” (hereafter, “External Auto”) when used with various digital camera systems.

  • Page 6

    4) Ship the product, prepaid and insured to: INON America, Inc. 6445 Ithaca Lane North Maple Grove, MN 55311 TEL: 763-559-1212 INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 7: Measures To Prevent Accidental Flooding

    These are the essential factors to ensure proper O-ring function: The O-ring itself O-ring contact surfaces O-ring grooves If O-ring is properly seated in groove Grease INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 8

    O-ring up a little so you can grasp it. Then clean any residual grease or debris from the O-ring groove and contact surface, and check the condition INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003...

  • Page 9: Ref. No

    (the “witness line”) between the cap and O-ring. If the contact line is not uniform, or twisted, contaminated with hair, lint or sand etc. there is a good chance the strobe will flood. Remove cap, re-seat O-ring and/or remove contaminants as necessary. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003...

  • Page 10: Names Of D-180 Parts

    Names of D-180 Parts INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 11

    8. Focus Light Switch 9. Advanced Cancel Circuit Switch 10. Strobe Ready Red Lamp 11. “TTL” OK Green Lamp INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved. 12. Battery Box 13.

  • Page 12: Chapter 1 D-180 Features

    D-180 Main Functions The D-180 is a high performance, multi-function underwater auto-strobe, designed to be particularly useful with digital camera systems and including features such as advanced cancel circuitry and an integral underwater light. Depending on what camera system and master strobe the D-180 is used with, the useable D-180 functions will be different.

  • Page 13: Shutter Linked Auto-off Focus And Target Light

    “proper” exposure. (Real Time Auto Exposure Adjustment) 2) Before exposure, camera meters (measures) a “pre-flash” Camera’s internal strobe fires a small “pre-flash” to illuminate the subject. During pre-flash, INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 14

    Cancel Circuit, is compatible with the vast majority of digital cameras using Pre-Flash TTL Auto Exposure Adjustment, and of course Real Time Auto Exposure Adjustment type cameras. Regardless of the camera type, automatic light adjustment is possible with the D-180 external INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 15: Ttl" What Is It

    Camera’s internal strobe fires one or more small flashes before the main flash. Reflected light from the pre-flash(s) is measured by the camera and used to calculate the main flash duration, for correct exposure. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 16: Ref. No. 4 "external Auto" (external Auto Flash Exposure Adjustment)

    “Master” and “Slave” terms are used when the two strobes have such definite master/slave relationship. For the purpose of compatibility with the D-180, as of December 2002, most digital camera’s internal strobe is the master strobe, with the external strobe being a slave connection.

  • Page 17: Ref. No. 7 Clear Photo System

    Accordingly, there is no visible light coming from the camera to illuminate the particles and cause backscatter. The D-180 does not need a visible light signal from the master strobe to function. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 18: Connecting D-180 To Camera System

    The D-180 can be connected to your camera/housing/master strobe system as follows: 1) Using D-180 as an external Slave Strobe to digital camera’s internal strobe (Master Strobe) Optical D Cable Connection Select an Inon “Optical D Cable/Cap Set”...

  • Page 19: Items To Confirm Before Using D-180

    / master strobe configuration, and also confirm each D-180 usable function. Confirming how you want to use the D-180 First, confirm what configuration the D-180 will be used with, either a digital camera alone, or together with another external (master) strobe. Fill-in or ✓ the check boxes below.

  • Page 20

    X-1, X-2 C-5050 Zoom C-5050 Zoom (slave mode) C-5050 Zoom C-5050 Zoom (other than above) above) INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved. Camera Model Camera Model (Japan) (Europe) C-900Z...

  • Page 21

    (Manual Mode) A70, A60 A70, A60 (other than above) SD100 Digital ELPH IXY D30 Digital IXUS2 INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved. C-350Z, C-450Z PT-017 C-750/740 Ultra Zoom...

  • Page 22

    FP401 FP401 FP410 FP410 Note: Some of above information based on camera maker catalog specifications, and not tested/confirmed by Inon. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved. IXUS 400...

  • Page 23: Confirming Useable Functions

    Flash Settable Aperture ✓ Adjust. Displayed Type in LCD P-TTL (*1) R-S, INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved. (External Strobe) YS-30, YS-60, YS-90, Settable Slave Aperture Strobe Function “Ext.

  • Page 24: Confirming Connection Method

    ✓ Mfr. Housing Model Olympus PT-005/007/010 PT-009 PT-012 PT-014 PT-015 INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved. Aperture Settabl e Slave Di s pl a yed Aperture Strobe Function i n LCD “Ext.

  • Page 25

    SS-100, SS-200, SS-400 Optical Slave Cable S (small) will fit strobes with diameters of approx. 6 – 10cm. Optical Slave Cable L (large) will fit strobes with diameters of approx. 10 – 15cm. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 26: Confirming Attachment Method

    D-180’s Aperture Value Set Switch. Placing the switch so it covers the Light Adjustment Sensor sets +1/4 EV to ON position. For detailed setting information see Page 38, “+1/4 EV Compensation Switch Use Method”. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 27

    External Auto when the subject is distant and at the far end of the strobe’s auto exposure effective working range, necessitating a full strobe discharge, we recommend you wait an additional one second after the Strobe Ready Lamp comes on. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 28

    Lithium, Manganese or other non-specified batteries. 16. 6mm threaded socket for Z-Adapter or YS Adapter/YS Adapter Fixing Bolt Battery Box Spare O-Ring Inon Grease INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 29: Chapter 2 Preparation And Set-up

    For camera’s that do not allow setting the ISO sensitivity or do not have a Shooting Mode that allows setting the aperture value, refer to the camera’s LCD monitor display, the camera manual and the lens specifications as printed on the lens itself. We recommend checking this information INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003...

  • Page 30

    “exposure”, especially the relationship between exposure from natural ambient light and exposure from strobe light. (See Ref. No. 8, page 42) Digital Camera Setting Example No. 1A (Olympus C-4040 Zoom) (And for cameras having settable ISO, Aperture Value, and with Aperture Value visible in LCD display) 1) Turn Mode Dial to “A/S/M”, push “OK/MENU”...

  • Page 31: Digital Camera Setting Example: Canon

    Digital Camera Setting Example No. 1B (Olympus C-5050 Zoom) 1) Set Mode Dial to either A (Aperture Priority) or M (Manual), push the “OK/MENU” Button, and push the camera’s Arrow Pad control to RIGHT to enter “MODE MENU”. In the CAMERA Tab, set ISO to “100”.

  • Page 32

    Below are some cameras requiring similar settings. For details of making such settings, refer to your camera manual. Sony: DSC-P3, DSC-P5, DSC-P7, DSC-P8, DSC-P9, DSC-P10 Digital Camera Setting Example No. 3 (Olympus C-200 Zoom) (And for cameras having settable ISO Sensitivity, but not settable Aperture Value, and with Aperture Value not visible in LCD display) 1) Push Menu Button to display Shooting Menu.

  • Page 33

    IXY300a, S330, IXUS 330, A200, A100, IXY320, IXY200a, S230, S200, IXUSv2, IXUSv3, IXY D30, SD100, IXUS II, IXY400, S400, IXUS400 Digital Camera Setting Example No. 4 (Canon A20) (And for cameras not having settable ISO Sensitivity or Aperture Value, and with Aperture Value not visible in LCD display) 1) Set Mode Dial to Manual Mode.

  • Page 34: Setting Up Advanced Cancel Circuit

    The D-180 can use the following batteries: AA Alkaline Batteries x 4 AA NiCad batteries (nickel cadmium) x 4 AA NiMH batteries (nickel metal hydride) x 4 INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 35: Connecting To Camera System

    Recommend attachment methods: 1) Inon “Z Adapter” for attaching Inon or Ultralite arm systems. 2) Inon “YS Adapter Fixing Bolt” for attaching with standard 12mm “YS Adapter”. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 36: Chapter 3 How To Use The D-180 Strobe

    Also, when the batteries are near exhaustion the voltage level tends decreases, and the actual strobe output may be slightly less than indicated. Alkaline batteries especially have this tendency for voltage to decrease, so also consider this factor when precise and/or full strobe output is necessary. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 37: Aperture Value Set Switch Use Method

    “External Auto” is possible when Main Mode Switch is in AUTO position and the Aperture Value Set Switch position corresponds to the camera system’s Aperture Value settings, when the ISO Sensitivity value is 100. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003...

  • Page 38: 1/4 Ev Compensation Switch Use Method

    +1/2EV +3/4EV +3/4EV +1/4EV +1/4EV +1/2EV +1/2EV +3/4EV +3/4EV INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved. OFF Position: No compensation of flash output ISO 200 ISO 400 +1/2EV +1/2EV...

  • Page 39: Troubleshooting External Auto Flash

    After the strobe stops firing, when it thinks proper exposure has been reached, natural light continues to expose the subject until the camera shutter closes, and the digital camera’s exposure latitude is overcome.

  • Page 40

    (for use with pre-flash systems etc.) making proper exposure difficult or not possible. Solution 2: Use Z-220. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved. This is a difficult situation for any...

  • Page 41: Adjusting D-180 Flash Output

    Aperture Value Set Switch for flash output compensation as described below. Note: In general, the images on consumer digicam monitors often appear a little overexposed, so to INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 42

    Objects closer to the strobe will receive and reflect more strobe light. Distant objects or background may not receive any strobe light at all. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 43: Reference: Ref. No

    But for current digital cameras, obtaining good depth of field is comparatively easier due to the short focal length lenses commonly used. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 44: Ref. No. 10 Characteristics Of External Auto Exposure Adjustment Systems

    However, light is absorbed very quickly as it travels through water so that it does not completely reach the subject as it would in air. Accordingly, it is often advised to open the aperture one or INON D-180 Manual Version 1.

  • Page 45

    For example, when the film/image sensor ISO value is 100, and the distance to subject is 0.9 meters / 3 feet (underwater visual distance), at FULL flash, -2 flash and –4 flash settings, the aperture settings would be either f/9, f/4.5 or f/2.2 respectively. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 46: Chapter 4 D-180 Care And Maintenance

    In general, as batteries are used, the battery voltage gradually decreases and it takes longer for the strobe to recycle after firing. As the batteries discharge, when using manual flash exposure, the flash output amount (Guide Number) may become slightly less than actually indicated. As INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 47

    Caution: If any water ever enters the Battery Box, or if you ever feel suspicion that the D-180 is not operating correctly: 1. Immediately stop using D-180. 2. Promptly remove batteries. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 48

    Cleaning Method a) Wipe each terminal surface with a cotton swab (or similar) soaked in alcohol to remove any oil or similar residue. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 49: Post Dive Care

    Inon, or an Inon authorized service facility. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc.

  • Page 50

    Of course, Inon can conduct overhaul and any time based on specific instructions from the user, but in general Inon recommends normal overhaul once per year, and full overhaul every three years. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003...

  • Page 51: Chapter 5 Reference

    The diffuser can be used in both “External Auto” and “Manual” Modes. Connector parts for transmitting light from digital camera internal strobe to D-180 Optical D Cable Cap to fit on D-180 Slave Sensor on one end, bare fiber optic on other end.

  • Page 52

    Z-220 strobe (Master Strobe) and an Inon Z-220 or Z-22 strobe (Slave Strobe). Focus Light will link to and allow functioning of the slave strobe’s Focus Light and Target Laser. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 53: Arm System

    Direct Arm Sets Permit greater flexibility of strobe placement. Direct Arm Z Set (with Z Adapter mount) Direct Arm YS Set (with YS Adapter mount) INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 54: Ad Mount Base System

    O-ring. Inon Grease Special grease formulated to match Inon yellow O-rings. Can also be used with conventional black O-rings. INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 55: Specifications

    Specifications: Product Name: Inon D-180 D-180 Strobe body, Magnet, Magnet Screw, Magnet Screw Tightner, Product: Hex Wrench, Spare O-Ring, O-Ring Grease Strobe Control: “External Auto” and Manual Guide Number: 18 (full), 9 (-2), 6.3 (-3), 4.5 (-4). Settable Aperture Values: f/1.4...

  • Page 56: Technical Support & Service

    Inon Dealer Contact Information: INON America, Inc. 6445 Ithaca Lane North Maple Grove, MN 55311 USA Tel: (763) 763-559-1212 Fax: (763) 763-559-5236 Email: support@inonamerica.com www.inonamerica.com INON D-180 Manual Version 1. October 4, 2003 Copyright 2002, 2003 by INON America, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Carlos Higashida Apr 08, 2015 07:44:
    I lost the button of the focus ligth switch.
    Wh​ere can I get it?
    Thanks​
    Carlos Higashida
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