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User Manual
(Basic Operation)
Optical Connection"S-TTL"Simple Shooting

Be sure that you have read and understood "Safety Precautions"
descri bed in separate paper before using Z-240.
This English Manual is provided only far INON approved export products .
This produci carries officia i customer support (technical support , warra nty
service and repair/overhaul) by INON authorized distributors/dealers or by INON
lnc. via INON authorized distributors/dealers. Please contaci your INON
authorized distributor/dealer when you need customer support.

Features not mentioned in th is manual are explained in separate User
Manual (Advanced Operation) . Before reading the separate manual,
complete understanding and familiarization with contents of this Basic Manual
is highly recommended


Equipment I Accessory Check

Thank you lor purchasing INON Z-240 Type 4.

Please check il following equipment/accessories have been included with your
Z-240. li anything should be missing , please contaci your purchasing dealer
before proceeding lo any further.

The Z-240 Type 4 is an underwater S-TTLAuto Strobe with Guide Number 24(air
IS0100/m). Main features of Z-240 are as follows;

Equipping Nikonos V type 5 pin synch connector supports conventional
electrical connection with a camera system as well as optica l connection
where the Z-240 flashes in sync wilh camera's built-in flash or other
externa l strobe.

Fully automatic exposure control (S-TTL Auto* ) wilh compatible digitai
cameras .

Wireless connection capability (* l triggered by camera 's built-in flash
without a fiber optics .

External Auto C* )IManual C*l exposure control lor sophisticated lighting.

Conventional TTL-Auto exposure( * l available tor compatible film camera
system under optical1electrical connection.

Manual+ TTL Auto( * ) exposure controls maximum flash output and
eliminale overexposure in particular situation where conventional TTL
exposure has problem to get righi exposure.

Shutter linked auto OFF Focus Light supporti.ng auto/manual focusing.
Usable as independent diving light wilh 180lumen inlensity/20°coverage .

Clear Photo System(PAT P. *l compatible. Clear Photo System
effectively eliminates "backscatter" , reflection of suspended particles

Advanced Canee! Circuii (PAT P.* ) supporting easy and comfortable
External Auto/Manual shooting lor 1 -2 time pre-flash type digitai camera

11 )
16 l
21 l

Z-240 Body [with pre-instal led synch connector cap]
Battery Box Outer Cap
Slave Sensor Cap
TTL lnsulation Plate (2pcs)
Spare O-ring (tor battery box)
Spare O-ring (lor Synch Connector Cap)
INON grease
Light Filter Sticker · Red
Electr'cal Conredion AC Cirrun 5'Mtd1 Sicker · Film Camera
Electr'cal Conredion AC Cirrun Swttch Sicker . Digilal Camera
Electrica l Connection TTL Sticker
-0 .5 White Diffuser 2 (TTUManual)
Red Filter · LE
W40° Filter · LE
rr satety Precaution sB
rrumitation on number ot continuous repeated strobe flashesB
Th is user manual (Basic Operation]
User manual (Advanced Operation]
Separate paper rrGnp Base D4 Compatibility Chart I Shoe Base Compatibility Cha~
Separate paper rroptical D Cable Connection CompatibilityB
Separate paper rrwireless Connection CompatibilityB
Separate paper rrMaster Strobe (digilal camera's built~n flash) Group Cha~

Please refer separate User Manual "Advanced Operation" far detalls of each feature

Make sure to complete from STEP1 through STEP 4 before starting to use Z-240
[STEP 1] Check equipments I accessories of Z-240 and necessary optional parts
[STEP 2] Read carefull y I Safety PrecautionsJ I Compatible battery, operational
limitation on flashing/Focus LightJ on separate paper.
[STEP 3] Being familiar with your camera/housing
[STE P 4] Master Basic operalion of Z-240 (This manual)
[STEP 5] Master Advanced operation of Z-240 (Separale Manual)




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Confirming Necessary Optional Products

Manual Organization

Please check if you have necessary optional items below to use the Z-240 .
a) 4 x AA size battery :AA "eneloop"(HR-3UTG) is recommended


b) When using with a compact digitai camera
Refer to P.15 to determine connection method and prepare necessary
compatible products lor connection and Z-240 installation.


~Wireless Connection n
1)''Wireless Connection Compatible Base Set"
2)"Wireless Connection Kit"

This Manual (Basic Operation) is organized as follows .
, To ensure proper use, before using please read this Manual thoroughly, and
understand the product's features and limitations with each camera system .


Preparing to Take lmages


Explanation of how to prepare camera system and
necessary parts (sold separately).

=} P.17

~ ~ Optical D Cable Connection n

1) "Wireless Connection Compatible Base Set'',
or "Base" parts + "Arm " parts
2) "Optical D Cable" parts (+optional parts to connect "Optical D Cab le" parts)
c) When using with a camera system/external strobe other than compact digitai
camera systems
Referto (Basic Operation] P.15 / (Advanced Operation] P. 18 to determine
connection method and prepare necessary compatible products lor
connection and Z-240 installation.

2 Quick & Easy Auto lmaging (5-TTL) (P.27-41)
Explanation of easy to use INON unique S-TTL
flash method with pre-flash type digitai cameras.


After Taking lmages


Explanation of use precautions and maintenance

As of July 2009

Z-240 is designed and manufactured for use in severe co nditions. Before shipping, all
strobes are pressure tested in water and fully checked for proper function . lo ensure your
Z-240 maintains optimum performance, in addition to the pre and post dive handling

recommendations, maintenance procedures, and recommended storage conditions,
it is also necessary that the strobe rece i ve periodic overhaul at INON.

INON lnc. can not indemnify anyone for any loss/damage regardless of whether il is
directly/indirectly caused by malfunction/fiooding of the produci.
Please take test shots before using Z-240 underwater to make sure il works properly
especially before taking important shot(s).
All company names and product names in this manual are registered trademarks and/or
trademarks of their respective owners.

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Z-240 Names of Parts

........... 5

Contents ..

Preparing to Take lmages .. ... .... .. .. ...... .... .15
......... 16

Explanation of Compatible Camera Systems ..
Parts necessary for connection I attachment (sold separately)
"Wireless Connection compatible base" set .
Wireless Conenction Kit .
"Optical O Cable"product.. ... .
"Base" parts + "Arm" parts ... .
Z-240 compatible "AA" batteries ..
lnstalling Batteries
Checking O-ring
Attaching I Connecting to Camera System


.... 18

················ ......... 18
. ............. 19
.... . 19


....... 21
. 22

............ 23
. 24



Quick & Easy Auto lmaging ...................... 28
Ba sic Light Adjustment Methods ...

....... 29

Limitation on Focus Light continuous mode and flashing .......................... ... 31
Shooting with S-TIL Auto Exposure ..
Adjusting Strobe Output in S-TIL Auto

. 32
.. .. ... 37

3 After Taking lmages ....... .. .. ... .... ...... .... .. .. .43
Handling .
Alter-use maintenance ...
Sto rage Method ................. ...... .
Regarding Batteries ..
Overhau l
Alter Service .



...... 11

Measu res lo Prevent Accidental Flooding


ISee separate manual (Advanced Operation] lor detail of each partj

. ........ 6

Z-240 Names of Parts .

...... 44

............. 46
..... 47
... 48
....... 50
........ 51

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1: Flash Tu bes

2: Focus Light
3: Light Adjustment Sensor
4: +1/4EV Compensation Switch
When using External Auto Mode, with strobe's Apertu re Switch set to a
particular va lue, add +1 /4EV light output compensaiion to thai set value .
5: Slave Sensor
Attach an "Optical Cable/Optical O Cable/Optical O Slave Cable" from
here to the camera I housing I another external strobe for optical
connection or attach a "Mirror Unii (strobe)" included in optional Wirefess
Connection Kit. .



12 14 1315

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18 ;

6: Main Mode Switch
Turns the Z-240 ON/OFF and switch between IT S-TTL Auto] , IT S-TTL Auto
"Low"] , IT Externa l Auto ] , and IT Manual ] I IT Manua l + TTL Auto ] modes.
7: EV Contrai Switch
Adjust light output in IT S-TTL Auto ] , IT S-TTL Auto "Low"] modes. Set
aperture value in IT Externa l Auto ] mode. Set light output in IT Manual ]
mode and maximum light output in IT Manual + TTL Auto ] mode.
8: Focus Light Switch
Switch between below three modes:
*OFF mode (without using Switch}
*Sing le mode (push Switch once and release)
*Continuous mode (push Switch and rotate lo lock}
12: Battery Box
13: Battery Box lnner Cap
14: Battery Box lnner Cap Screw
15: Battery Box Outer Cap
16: 6mm threaded socket tor Adapter I Joint
17: Synch Connector

9: Advanced Cancel Circuii Switch
Press and lock the button lo turn Advanced Cance l Circuii OFF,
when in IT Externa l Auto ] and IT Manual ] modes under optical
connection . In [ S-TTLAuto ] m ode Advanced Cancel Circuii is
automatically deactivated so switch operation is noi necessarv.
When using electrica l connection , set depending on your
camera/camera system and flash mode you use.
10: Strobe Ready Red Lamp
Monitoring charge status and sh ines when strobe charge complete.
11 : "AUTO OK" Green Lamp
Shines indicating proper flash ing with in auto exposure range in
ITS-TTL Auto ] ,and IT External Auto ] modes.

18: Synch Connector Cap



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19: -0.5 White Diffuser 2 (TTL/Manual)
20: Red Filter · LE
21 : W40° Filter · LE
22: Sensor Cap
23: Battery Box Spare O-ring
24: Synch Connector Cap Spare O-ring
25: INON Grease
26: TTL lnsulating Plate
27: Electrical Connection AC Circuit Switch Sticker • Film Camera
28: Electrical Connection AC Circuit Switch Sticker · Digitai Camera
29: Electrical Connection TTL Sticker
30: Light Filter Sticker • Red
Adhere lo Focus Light for proper light control for ultra macro shooting in
[ S-TTLAuto] I [ S-TTLAuto "Low"] modes.
Also attach so Focus Light does noi frighten shy subjects as much.


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Measures to Prevent Accidental Flooding
The Z-240 is waterprool due to a rubber O-ring that seals the internal circuitry,
enabling underwater use.
Th is O-ring must be inspected each time belore using strobe to ensu re wate rprool
integrity. Equally important are O-ring contaci surfaces. Al_ways check the
contaci surfaces lor contaminants or scratches.

O-ring inspection method
These are the essentia l lactors ensuring waterprool property:
The O-ring itsell
O-ring contaci surfaces
O-ring grooves
Il O-ring is properly seated in groove

O-Ring inspection locations
The location ol user serviceable location is indicateci as lollows. Be sure to
check condition ol each O-ring including dust/loreign substances and condition ol
O-ring alter closing the battery box outer cap [the battery box O-ring must be
compressed unilormly]. Reler to next page how to check.


First, inspect the O-ring as it is seated in the groove. Il any ol the lollowing are
evident, there is a high chance thai the strobe will fiood il placed in water. Be
very careful about checking these points when you exercise lollowi ng inspection.

Battery Box O-ring

-+Check condition of Battery Box
O-ring, O-ring groove

lf hair. sand, lint or other debris is attached to the O-ring
Remove O-rin g and wipe-off the debris as
instructed in linstalling/Removing O-ring (P.13)J ~

lf the O-ring is cut or cracked
The O-ring musi be removed and replaced with a~
new O-ring. (See 1 ln stal ling/Removing O-ring_ . _·
(P.13)J lor replacement)
· • •.· .·

lf the O-ring is twisted
The O-ring musi be removed and reinsta lled
uniformly with no twists or other irregularities.
(See i lnstalling/Removing O-ring (P.13)J lor

lf there is hair, sand, lint or other debris on the O-ring contact surfaces
Wipe of any debris.

lf there is a scratch, blemish or other imperfection on the O-ring
contact surfaces
The strobe must be inspected by an authorized technician , and repaired if

- Check cond ition of O-ring Contact
Surface and visually check if O-ring is
uniformly comp ressed

e Synch Connector Cap O-ring
rsynch Connector Cap J
Check condition of Synch
Connector Cap O-ring and O-ring
rsynch ConnectorJ
Check O-ring contaci surface

e Synch Cord O-ring
(Electrical Cord Connection)
rsynch Cord J
Check Synch Cord O-ring and

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Contaci your dealer lor advice.

O-ring con tact surface


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O-ring Maintenance Method

lnstalling and removing O-ring

Periodically re-grease the 0-rings fil1l.y using the supplied /NON Grease, to

Your Z-240 strobe has been pressure tested, inspected and passed before
sh ipping.

protect O-ring and increase water resistance.
/NON yellow 0-rings are compounded with a special type of oil which naturally

migrates to the O-ring surface, but which is not compatible with ali grease types .
Do not use anv other qrease or other oil/fat containinq materiai , which may

Il is now your responsibility lo prevent any water leakage by

properly maintaining the O-ring .
for cleaning or replacement.

lt may be necessary to remove the O-ring ,

According ly, p/ease follow the next steps


cause the 0-rings to swell or deform, causing poor sea/ and water /eakage .
To remove, lightly squeeze from the sides

Use of non-INON grease will void warranty.

so it bulges out from one side , grasp and
pull off, as in figure at righi.

e . Svnch Connector Cap O-ring, Svnch Cord O-ring
Apply a little amount of grease on protuberant part of O-ring as it is seated in
the groove .

Be carefu l not to apply any grease on the electrical connector
Clean any residuai grease or debris from

or terminals of the Synch Cord .

the O-ring groove and contaci surface, and


check the condition of both surfaces.

Battery Box O-ring

The battery box O-ring may be cui or damaged by friction , so add a little


off O-ring to see if it is stili useable or noi.

extra grease lo the O-ring as it is seated in the groove , and a little on

Battery Box Cap O-ring contaci surface.
Also, slow/y rotate the battery box cap
whenever opening/closing Battery Box,
making sure you don't feel any
excessive resistance, which could
mean the O-ring is binding or bearing

Using your fingertips, apply a thin uniform

too much friction.

film of INON grease on the O-ring.

Use a

new O-ring if the old one shows any cracks,
cuts or other


Gently install the O-ring in the O-ring groove,
Be sure to complete inspection of O-ring desc ribed in previous section
before greasing and confirm there is no contaminants andlor no damage
on O-ring .

O-ring itself could degrade in result of deformation, wear or aging . Periodica!
overhau l. al INON service facility is recommended also lor checking other parts
not serv1ceable by user. Please see 13. Alter Talking lmages -- Overhaul
(P.49)J for detail.


: ~~o~'to~;t; ;te:•::~;::~:::~ ·~~:c:1i:}~Pi~~51:.1:',co~; in ~:.~·~~•:d~ ~f,uo:;al•N~ jJ'nl~n:c:;~ li~~ 1.~ o•,:~ :o; ;'a o,'o ~o::r ;'~o·~=~ now

not stretching it too much , and making su re
it is seated uniformly and not twisted .
you see any twists , take off and re-install.


Explanation of preparation steps before taking images.

Explanation of Compatible Camera Systems
The Z-240 has many funclions .

Il is compalible wilh :

· 4 camera system I strobe system types
· 5 connection methods;
1) Wireless connection
2) Optical D Cable connection
3) Oplical Cable connection
4) Optical D Slave Cable connection
5) Electrical Cable connection
· 5 flash output adjustment methods
This Section [1 "Preparing to take images"] explains necessary parts and
preparation lor connecting lo:


· Compact digitai camera systems
· Digitai single-lens reflex camera (DSLR)
[Camera system emits built-in strobe light like INON X-2]

Preparing to Take lmages

Explanation of Compalible Camera Systems .
Parts necessary lor connection I attachment (sold separately)
"Wireless Connection compatible base" set .
Wireless Conenction Kit..
"Optical D Cable"product .
"Base" parts + "Arm" parts
Z-240 compatible "AA" batteries
lnstalling Batteries ..
Checking O-ring ..
Attaching I Connecting to Camera System ..

using two connection methods below according to chart on next page.

..... 16
..... 18
. 18

· Expandability with wide range of strobe arm without any limitation .
· Less affected by ambienl light like sunlight or other strobe .
· Compatible with INON unique Clear Photo System to prevent "marine snow
phenomenon " caused by reflecting light !rom suspended particles in front of
a lens .
· Necessary to prepare dedicated fiber optics produci etc .

...... 19
. .. 19
.. 19
.... 21

... ... 22

..... .... 23
.... 24

rroptical D Cable connectionJ using optional dedicated fiber optics produci to
connect the Z-240 and a camera system .

rrwireless connectionJ using optional universal type Wireless Kit with specific
strobe arm to link the Z-240 and a camera system .
· Easy to start external strobe shooting only with compatible strobe arm and
universal type "Wireless Connection Kit" without optional dedicated fiber
optics produci.
· Compatibilily confirmed only with specific strobe arm ("wireless connection
compatible base" set) . (Theoretically other strobe arms are compalible but
not tested)
· Possibly affected by ambient light or maladjustment.

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