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Monday, February 16, 2009

PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1: Full Review


PocketWizard had been noticeably quiet recently while the flash remote landscape continued to evolve with new technology. But today they re-set the bar in announcing their new flagship models, the Flex and Mini.

And while they do work perfectly well as garden-variety remotes, they bring some ultra-cool capabilities that go well beyond manually synching an off-camera flash to your camera.

I have been a PocketWizard user since the very early days, and was lucky enough to be in the loop for early testing. To be honest, I am still a bit wobbly-kneed at some of the things the new ones can do.

Unfortunately for me, they decided to go with a Canon-specific model first. So I felt a little like I was working in a foreign language while I was test driving them. Not to worry, as Nikon-compatible models are reportedly on the way.

In a nutshell, the system rocks. And if you are a Canon shooter who already uses PocketWizard remotes, you are going to want to at least grab either a Flex or a Mini very soon -- mostly because of one very special feature. More on that below.

Full info dump, after the jump.


Flex? Mini?

First off, to avoid and confusion, the "MiniTT1" unit is the camera-top unit. It is very small and has an internal antenna.


It uses a CR2450-size (or CR2354) 3v button cell, but is designed to be very stingy on power usage. There is an auto-off feature that shuts it down whenever your camera goes to sleep. This allows a ballpark battery life expectancy of "hundreds of hours" according to PW.

That said, these are not batteries you can find out in the middle of nowhere. They might not necessarily be in stock in your local Target or grocery store kiosk. In quick checks I have found my local outlets to be hit or miss.

Radio Shack does carry the them, but my local store only had two in stock. However, given the battery life expectancy if you keep one spare in your bag you should be fine.


The "FlexTT5" is the unit that would be located at the flash (or remote camera) end. It is bigger and runs on AA's. Alkalines are recommended, but Ni-MH's worked fine, too. Battery life is around 60 hours of use with alkalines.

The Flex also can serve as a camera-top model, and can do everything a Mini can do. So if size is not as critical as is readily available power sources, some may opt to go with all Flex models instead of a Mini/Flex combo. But the Flex is expected to cost about 10% more than the Mini.

The antenna for the Flex is external and folds out, revealing the USB port used for custom configurations. More on that below.

Both units have pass-through, full TTL contacts in a hot shoe format. Which means no more PC cords needed for hooking them up to speedlights. In other words, your SB-600 (no PC jack) and every Canon flash other than the 580 EX II, (which already has a PC jack and did not need a hot-shoe hook-up) just got a whole lot more useable in both manual remote and remote/TTL modes.

Most Nikon flashes were always easier to use off-camera because of the PC jack, but now PocketWizard has helped to level the playing field for Canon.

They are both solid in their construction, and the Flex has an integrated 1/4x20 mount. It is low-profile, and will not screw up your flash alignment in an umbrella. For purists, it would be very easy to fashion a bracket that would put your flash right next to the umbrella shaft. But the Flex is low profile and also removes the need for a cold shoe in an umbrella setup, so I would probably just use it straight.

Here's a blessing and a curse for the Flex: It can double as a makeshift flash stand when a speedlight is mounted to it.

Why is this a curse? Because the TTL contacts basically serve as one of the balance points on the bottom. This could be problematic, but a protective workaround should be easy enough. You know you are gonna use it that way on occasion, so just be careful to take care of those contacts.


Slightly Ahead of Their Time

Okay, may as well start with the headline feature: They do remote TTL, and they do it well. They call it "ControlTL," and it is technologically very different than the way the RadioPopper handles remote TTL.

In fact, while testing it was generally my lack of familiarity with Canon's E-TTL system that proved to be the limiting factor, not the Flex/Mini itself. I was using a Canon 40D and a kit zoom lens, with 580-II's and 430-II's. And being a Nikon guy, felt very much like a fish out of water with that system.

It was as if someone had invented barbeque ribs that were actually good for your heart, but they only were effective for women. Incidentally, some of you EXIF scrapers noticed that I had been shooting with Canon when I posted in Flickr. This is why. And no, I am not switching.

Range in TTL mode is 800 feet, and they can trigger a standard (manual mode) PocketWizard from up to 1,200 feet away. I did not have enough line of sight distance to best it, but range and reliability have always been a PW strong suit.

As far as remote TTL shooting, the area lit by the flashes will be the limiting factor more than the range of the Flex and Mini themselves. That is to say that a flash placed a couple hundred feet away in TTL mode would likely be lighting a small enough portion of the frame to stress the metering system of a TTL system, anyway. Suffice to say that for just about any practical TTL challenge you can dream up, these should fit the bill.

Engineering-wise, there is some very sophisticated communication going on behind the scenes. The PW's actually intercept the crosstalk between the camera and flash by acting like a flash on the hot shoe.

The camera sends a series of signals back and forth that precede the flash's firing. It's this head start on the flash's actual firing that allows the Mini and Flex the time to communicate via radio the information needed to set up the TTL sync. Or at least, that's how I understood it when PocketWizard engineering guru Jim Clark first explained it to me over dinner at an Italian restaurant last fall.

There's a LOT of tech in there. He was talking about the split-second communications protocols in DSLRs, HyperSync offset, instantaneous quantum data transmission (not an actual PocketWizard project -- yet), etc. After a while, my mind started to explode a little. I half expected him to levitate a bottle of Chianti with his superhuman engineering brain.


Wrestling with Off-Camera TTL

But all of this was just spec talk. What matters is how they work in a real-world environment. So I called my friend Justin Kase Conder, (who shoots Canon) got him NDA'd, and went out with him to shoot some high school wrestling.

The gym was lit with vapor lights -- not really close to anything in the fluorescent range. So we greened three Canon flashes and dialed the camera's white balance around until they looked close on the camera screen.

We stuck the three Flex-equipped flashes on stands in a roughly triangular pattern around the mat and let the TTL drive the flash exposure wirelessly. Our ambient exposure was set to underexpose the room by a couple of stops, so areas that were not lit by flashes would not be pitch black.

As I said, I'm no Canon E-TTL whiz. So I kept it simple and stuck them all on the same channel. As far as the camera and PW was concerned it was a single TTL flash firing from three different locations.

The camera and PW Mini/Flex platform did just fine. Any variations I saw in exposure appeared to be as a result of Canon's E-TTL system, which acts pretty differently than what I am used to with Nikon. For instance, if we zoomed way out and the subject matter was very small in the frame, it might get a little hotter as the camera tried to compensate for the metering. Normal TTL stuff to consider.

In fact, the PW remote TTL did very well, except that when we started aiming close into the backlights the flare would walk the exposure around some. That is normal for TTL flash, too, so I suspect the variations had very little to do with the wireless platform itself.

For a shoot with some decent flash distances, it worked very well on total auto. I am really looking forward to getting the Nikon version and trying it against a more known (to me) quantity of a TTL flash system.


High-Speed Focal Plane Flash Supported, Too

The Flex/Mini system is essentially transparent when working in focal-plane, high-speed sync.

This is a very power-hungry technique for the flash, because of the pulsing nature of the FP mode. So keeping a short flash-to-subject working distance is important. With the Flex/Mini system, for example, you can shoot a long-lens TTL, hi-sync portrait in midday light and back the camera way up while keeping the flash in close to the subject.


(UPDATE: This is demo'd in the PW video, just added at the end of the post.)


This is something the RadioPoppers will do, too, but that system approaches the synching sequence very differently than do the Flex and Mini.

Alright, so it does TTL and does not need a PC cord at the flash end. But I shoot manual, and my flashes have PC jacks on them. So none of that is going to be enough to crack open my wallet. But then they hadda go and do this:


The NSA Folks Would Be Proud

I live very close to the National Security Agency (NSA), which is jokingly referred to as "No Such Agency". The NSA gathers intelligence by eavesdropping and intercepting electronic signals. So they know things.

Well, the new PWs "know things," too. Remember how they can replicate the whole light-based wireless TTL operations by jumping the signal timing on the camera-to-flash pre-chatter? Well, what else could you do if you knew the camera was about to fire your flash?

You could tell the flash to fire a little smidge early, is what you could do. And if you could vary the timing on that signal, you could squeeze an extra stop of shutter speed out of most cameras' sync, too.

We're not talking focal plane synch, with its power-robbing pulses, either. We are talking about using that timing jump to lose the tiniest portion of the energy in the "ramp" of the flash pop. Efficiency-wise about 95% of the flash energy is getting through -- but at a full shutter speed higher.

Adding a stop of shutter speed in an ambient environment means that you can open up a full stop of aperture to get the same exposure. Since your flash cares only about the f/stop, it effectively gets (almost) twice as powerful with the more open aperture.

Alternatively, you can use the extra stop to drop the ambient more, as in when you are balancing out in the sun. Long story short, the Mini (or Flex) increases the sync speed of your existing cameras which effectively makes your flashes more powerful.

How can they do this, given the fact that different cameras have pre-sync timing sequences?



Simple -- they let you control how much the "HyperSync" jumps the camera's timing sequence. They call it a HyperSync offset, but I call it magic. You can get in there and adjust the timing, in microseconds, to experiment and find the setting the best suits your camera and flash.

The HyperSync mode works on full-frame cameras, which have the least margin for error. So in theory, at least, it should work even better with the small-chip cameras, which have more wiggle room around the edges of the chip.

It's only a matter of time before the message boards start lighting up with best settings for every camera and flash model combos to rack the full sync out as far as possible. As the best tested numbers come in, I'll keep a running tally here. Gawd, I love the internet.


Old PW Users Don't Get Hosed

The new system works in manual -- including the HyperSync feature -- with the old models, continuing PocketWizard's tradition of backward compatibility. You simply configure the mini to any one of the previously existing 32 traditional PW channels (supports the MultiMAX channels, too) and you are ready to roll.

But you can also walk the HyperSync offset number around and get significant improvements in any camera system that uses your current PocketWizards. That's why I think many people will be snatching up a single Flex or Mini (either will do this) right of the bat. You do not have to be a remote TTL shooter to get a big benefit from the system.

Note that you cannot change legacy channels on the fly -- they need to be changed in the utility program. And speaking of the utility program, you can pre-load two configurations into each Mini and Flex. The "C1" and "C2" settings are entire multiple configurations, not just triggering channel selections.

So it's easy to have a HyperSync setting built in for, say, both your speedlights and your monoblocs. They will have different sync lead times and thus different hypersync settings. But you can easily switch between them on the fly. (You could also use the two configurations to have different legacy channels ready to go on the fly.

For me, the idea of turning all of my cameras into faster-sync bodies is reason enough to jump on a Flex or Mini right away. And I would, if they had a Nikon-model Mini ready to go. (Grr.)

But I do understand why they have to have different Minis and Flexes for Nikon and Canon -- the TTL pin configurations are different. (The firmware and config utility handles variations on individual camera and flash models, so one physical design per camera brand is all that is required.)


TTL Uzi

One more thing. Since the camera is bypassing a lot of the optical flash pulse timing sequences (it sees the Flex or Mini as a single, on-camera flash) you can actually shoot TTL, off-camera flash at up to 8 frames per second. Your limitation will be that you'll have to be at low enough power so the flash itself can actually keep up.

But the whole system is capable of delivering those speeds while monitoring the TTL info at the same time, which is pretty impressive.

And overall, it is important to know that the Flex/Mini is not so much a physical device as it is a configurable, programmable universal platform. So look for new capabilities to be popping up for them in the future.

Price is not exactly in the eBay remote neighborhood. It is expected to be about 10% more than the current PW II's for the MiniTT1, and 20% more for the FlexTT5. But again, you do get backward compatibility with your existing PW's.


UPDATE: PW has put up a promotional video on the Flex and Mini which hits all of the main points:



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More information i s available at PocketWizard. Prices TBA, but the Mini is said to be about 15% more than a Plus II, with a Flex coming in at a little higher than that. (UPDATE: $199 for the MiniTT1, $219 for the FlexTT5.)

Here's a bit of a bummer: US and Canadian markets only for the time being. I am trying to run down any info I can on that, and also a link to an online product manual. (UPDATE: Product manual here.)

Also, this discussion thread started early in the morning, as soon as they started slipping the new pages into the PW website...

Lastly, over at the PocketWizard Blog, Matt is accepting questions about the capabilities of the new Flex/Mini platform. I suspect he will get a few. Don't be a doofus, though -- check out the product manual (linked just above) first.


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168 Comments:

Anonymous Wedding Photographer France said...

Fantastic! I just can't wait to try these.

The online manual can be downloaded here:

http://www.pocketwizard.com/products/images/TT1-C.pdf

What you have not menitonned in your review is that these can also be used to trigger the camera!

regards,

Blaise

February 16, 2009 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arg. This is the first time I've regretted being a Sony shooter.

February 16, 2009 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Wedding Photographer France said...

I wonder how long before the flash producers start integrating this technology directly in their flashes?

It seems PW have only 3 different models of triggers: US, Europe, Japan. It would surely not be too difficult for Canon and Nikon to have 3 different flashes.

February 16, 2009 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Scott V said...

Those look awsome! I missed out on the last video contests for Pocket Wizards... any thoughts for a second round?

February 16, 2009 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Wedding Photographer France said...

I've just discovered the price - amazing. I tried to guess based on the current market (Radiopoppers) and was around $275 per unit.

At $215 this is really great value and will be a must for photogrpahers working in fast changing environments such as wedding photographers!

Sorry for the multiple posts - you just keep updating your article :)

Blaise

February 16, 2009 9:39 AM  
Anonymous lifter said...

So.. will I be able to Hi-Speed sync at shutter speeds faster than 1/250 if I have the mini on my camera working with my old pocket wizard plus II?

This is so mutch tech-talk and I'm feeling a little confused :)

February 16, 2009 9:49 AM  
Blogger pixelmixture said...

this is amazing that canon and nikon did not already updated their crappy IR transmission to RF transmission

February 16, 2009 9:56 AM  
Blogger David said...

lifter-

Nope. The PW receiver would not support that. But you will get about a full stop jump on your full manual sync with a Flex (or Mini) on your camera and an old PW on the flash. Or flashes.

-DH

February 16, 2009 9:56 AM  
Blogger logic said...

@Wedding Photographer France: actually, speaking only for Canon, they HAVE included this kind of thing in their flashes already, but it uses line-of-sight light-based communication, rather than RF, probably because of the pain in the neck that RF licensing can be.

Obviously, this is much better. *grin*

My wife and I have been using the usual Chinese remotes, and saving our pennies for an ST-E2 plus RadioPopper PX setup; $250 for the transmitter, $220 for the ST-E2, and $250 per flash. This drops the price for a remote TTL setup significantly: $199 plus $219 per flash.

If you don't have an existing ST-E2 (as a Canon shooter), this is almost a no-brainer. Even if you do, this still ends up being a smarter way to go, especially after you sell it on eBay. ;)

February 16, 2009 10:02 AM  
Anonymous DL said...

I don't get how firing your flash early would allow you to increase your sync speed. Surely this would only work if your shutter speed was was actually higher than the duration of the flash - so by shifting the ramp-up ahead of the exposure you could get more of the total flash energy into the exposure. In reality though - at least for a mechanical shutter - isn't the sync speed determined by the camera (i.e. the highest speed at which the shutter opens over the full frame), and isn't it generally far longer than the duration of the flash?

February 16, 2009 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Bobby said...

will these give hi sync up to 1/8000 on studio strobes like alien bees etc..?

February 16, 2009 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great introduction - thank you.

one question remains: can I control power output of remote flases from camera? (with and/or without flash on hotshoe)

As far as i know, this is possible with ther radio poppers and would be convinient not to run to every flash for settings all the time.
Phil

February 16, 2009 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This all looks great. I hope everyone upgrades... and puts their old PW's on eBay/Craigslist!

February 16, 2009 10:32 AM  
Blogger George Natis said...

I hope they will come up with the European version soon. I´ll start saving my pennies. These are a must have.

February 16, 2009 10:44 AM  
Blogger Gamaliel said...

But actually this will be a competition for Radio Poppers wright? It's the same...

February 16, 2009 10:57 AM  
Blogger Alberto Freire said...

So can I trigger other canon flashes via a 580II on one of these things?

I'm thinking that I can get one of these and use the wireless feature from the flashes to shoot two other remote flashes...

February 16, 2009 11:02 AM  
Blogger Photo said...

For some camera and flash combinations it is not possible
to eliminate clipping, especially at the faster HyperSync
shutter speeds like 1/400 and 1/500. Use a slower
shutter speed or use 1/640 or higher and engage
FP Flash/High Speed Sync. FP Flash/High Speed Sync
is not available on shutter speeds between 1/250 and
1/640 when using ControlTL radios.
- PG#19 of the manual

This seems a bit odd.

February 16, 2009 11:07 AM  
Blogger MichaelAlanPhoto said...

Looks like the Radio Poppers finally put the pinch on Pocket Wizards and got them to release something new!

They delivered! I cannot believe how awesome these specs seem.

Thanks for the info David.

February 16, 2009 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Wedding Photographer France said...

@Phil: Yes you should be able to control flash power exactly the way you can control flash power in Canon's current IR TTL System. For instance if you dial -1EV on your flash on your hotshoe (or in camera if you want and / or don't have a flash on the hotshoe) than that -1EV gets transmitted to your remote flashes.

Also the Canon IR TTL system works with channels and ratios. So you could define channel A as full power and channel B as only 1/8 of the power.

Now this is all based on TTL. You can not to the best of my knowledge work this way with your remote flashes on manual - in that case they have to be set remotely.

Blaise

February 16, 2009 11:22 AM  
Blogger phlezk said...

Awesome.

February 16, 2009 11:30 AM  
Blogger JVL said...

I was panicked at first - since I just got two PW's over the holidays - but you're right. I grab a mini now (shooting Canon so NOW NOW) - and I already see the benefits. I was a week away from buying a third for my second flash anyways!

February 16, 2009 11:32 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

This is in between impressive and straight-up "Well okay, that's scary." The backwards compatibility is excellent...that and the pricepoint are major bonuses vs. RadioPopper.

Question 1: would the usage of an SU-800/commander speedlight mounted on top of the Mini allow additional i-TTL control?
Based on the technical data/description (these new units use unique transmission of the same TTL info), I would imagine that you could still use said commander to fire off non-Flex'd speedlights turned to 'Remote,' while the Mini would take care of any that are linked to a Flex. ?

Question 2, sort of related: Does remote camera triggering with the Plus IIs/MultiMAX change at all? I'd imagine not with the addition of the new wireless, but are there any related changes there?

February 16, 2009 11:32 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

So, does the STE-2 or a flash have to be mounted on the top on the PW on the camera to control ratios etc?
I am a nikon shooter and wonder where this will fit umder my SU-800 amd allow mw to dial in the modes and compensation for the groups on the SU-800 and then it will transmit this wirelessly via RF? If so then this is a wonderful thing and I would buy a set asap! I assume that I could mix both RF and IR?

February 16, 2009 11:33 AM  
Blogger Kirk Lau said...

Wireless ETTL is great.. but can we do remote manual control and set group A/B/C to 1/8, 1/16, and 1/64 separately?

And will this work with the 5DM2 build in "external speedlight control" menu?

did anyone tried yet

I've always told my friend that if one day i switch to nikon, it will be the CLS.. if this can do manual setting i would be REALLY happy.

-KKL

February 16, 2009 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of this is great but I am really happy that I now have a hot shoe again when using PWs.

February 16, 2009 11:51 AM  
Blogger steveo said...

In the document the comment "(In other words, your SB-600 and every Canon flash other than the 580 EX II just got a whole lot more useable in both manual remote and remote/TTL modes"

What is the reference to "other than your 580 EX II" mean? How is the 580exii unique or not relavent since this flash was referenced int he review

February 16, 2009 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Tom O'Meara said...

I wondered why you were ignoring the latest RadioPopper press release since it has even more capability than these new PW's (will HSS studio strobes). Now I know the reason.

Tom

February 16, 2009 12:07 PM  
Blogger Stupig said...

Cool! But I'm using two SB28s with my Canon on poverty wizards - and it smells like a lot of money to spend to move to a pocketwizard setup.
One other thing - does anyone else find the "without HyperSync" image in the video TOTALLY FAKE?

February 16, 2009 12:07 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

Nevermind. So, cross-brand flashes are supported using the standard PC port setup, as they are now. The FlexTT5 can't be used directly on the hotshoe of a non-Canon flash (for Canon-style FlexTT5s). See page 17 of the Manual.

February 16, 2009 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

Just wondering: would I be able to sync my regular on camera flash at 1/500 if I would put this new Wizard in between the camera and the flash?

Okay it's not strobist, but it would be useful sometimes.

February 16, 2009 12:22 PM  
Anonymous very1silent said...

Two questions:

Does it support Canon's 2nd curtain sync?

How well do multiple-flash configurations work? Do you get the ability to control multiple groups, as you do with Canon's infrared wireless system?

February 16, 2009 12:22 PM  
Anonymous hfng said...

I guess this will pop those radio poppers.

February 16, 2009 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Chicago photographer said...

Wow. This thing is what I've been waiting for. Total flexibility with either hotshoe flashes or pack/head lighting. Let's me rethink how I can pack for a location shoot. Can't wait!

February 16, 2009 12:29 PM  
Blogger Phat Baby Photographer said...

Fantastic! Glad I kept my PWs as I always liked the ability to trigger my camera remotely (over the Radiopoppers) and to use my light meter (probably a cardinal sin to mention here). Thanks for the review.

February 16, 2009 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

5DMkii owners take note: Currently they are not fully compatible with the new Canon 5DMkii. From the Owner's Manual, pg. 35, "On the 5D MarkII, a flash mounted in the hot-shoe of a MiniTT1/FlexTT5 on camera will currently not function. This should be solved with further testing."

Otherwise the units look awesome. I'll be ordering the new PWs as soon as this problem is resolved!

February 16, 2009 12:38 PM  
Blogger Phat Baby Photographer said...

BTW: I'm not sure a faster sync is implied by a crop sensor. I guess that would be the case if the shutter was full frame and the sensor was not, but I'm guessing the shutter and sensor are both "cropped" so you have the same tolerances to deal with as a full frame sensor. Who knows, the whole technology is Area 51ish...

February 16, 2009 12:44 PM  
Blogger Erik J. Barzeski said...

David, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you misread lifter's comment. You tell him no, and then tell him he'll have to do the same thing it seems to me that he's asking about: put a Mini on his camera with his old PW Plus II on a flash.

I just bought four PW Plus IIs (the rebate was attractive) and don't know the first thing about TTL - I'm fine with manually adjusting power for now - but it seems like it'd be pretty great if we could get faster shutter speeds with just one more $200 purchase (along with on-camera flash without the wires).

And that is the case, yeah?

February 16, 2009 12:49 PM  
Blogger Stephan Ahonen said...

The only major Radiopopper feature that's missing is wireless power control of Alienbees flashes... And it's much cheaper too, if you're not trading in old P1s. I'm going to guess here that as soon as the P1 tradeup program at RP expires, Radiopopppers are coming way down in price to compete.

I want to see RP stay alive, god knows we need someone to compete with PW and force some innovation, but damn if PW isn't setting their sights on killing RP before they can even get a running start.

February 16, 2009 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Jens said...

sounds great.

just wondering if i could trigger my nikon sb-26s from my canon 40d via ttl?

does anyone know?

would be fantastic.

February 16, 2009 1:05 PM  
Blogger Chris Walter photo said...

You weren't entirely clear on whether or not these can control power remotely for each flash, other than just bumping the EV on the flash.

February 16, 2009 1:06 PM  
Blogger David said...

To clarify on Lifter's Q, above:

The HyperSync will work (~one more shutter speed) with the old PW's as recivers, but not FP sync, which is the pulsed stuff that runs way up the scale and costs much power.)


To all:

I tried to write the review in the most complete way I could, which is why it is so gawdawful long. But I simply do not have the expertise to answer all of the Q's that are coming upstream. Nor the time, as I am prepping to go on a trip tomorrow.

(Amazingly PW does not take my personal schedule into account when releasing next generation products.)

But I am trying to get Matt to post a question basket on the PW blog and start to get some of these Q's answered with some specificity from the people who know best.

And just because a certain feature was not documented today does not mean it is not in the works. This is an amazingly versatile platform which is very open ended as to what it will be able to do.

I have had conversations that I can't repeat, but I can say that they account for much of my excitement.


THanks,
DH

February 16, 2009 1:10 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Holy God, my head just asplode!

February 16, 2009 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Chuck Espinoza said...

After reading this post I immeiately put my ST-E2 on craigslist. Sold for $160 in an hour. Just need to find $60 before march 1st. This product looks amazing.

February 16, 2009 1:25 PM  
Blogger Jade Falcon said...

David,

Do you know if their Nikon & Canon versions will work together? I am a Canon-user, but also use SB-600s on PWs for off-camera lighting. I suspect not, but it'd be nice if they did.

Regards,
Jade

February 16, 2009 1:29 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

I own 6 Pocket Wizards, but when Radio Poppers' new X system was announced I started saving up to switch. Now I'm obviously looking at both. Here's a summary of the differences I'm aware of thus far.


1. Brand Dependence:

Pocket Wizard ControlTL uses brand-specific triggers, while Radio Poppers uses brand-independent triggers. So, if you switch brands, you're going to have to buy all new triggers if you go the Pocket Wizard route. This isn't a big deal I guess... until it is --these triggers are EXPENSIVE. (I know some people will never switch brands, but I've switched before and now shoot with two bodies from two different manufacturers in tandem. Pocket Wizards still can't do this, only Radio Popper X and the Quantum Flash system will work this way.)


2. Remote Manual Control:

Radio Poppers allow remote power control of Canon or Nikon flashes from any body (i.e. I can use my SB-800s with my Canon 5D MkII). This comes from having a brand-independent setup. Pocket Wizard should allow remote manual control of flashes compatible with your body, just not other brands.


3. High-Speed Sync support:

Both systems do HSS, but each has their own twists that add additional capability.

Pocket Wizard ControlTL may be able to gain you an extra stop of sync speed (HyperSync). This shouldn't be underestimated. It looks like this can also be used with big strobes.

However, Radio Poppers can do High-Speed Sync with studio strobes. You lose power proportional to the extent to which your shutter speed is faster than your flash duration. This is still WAY more power than you can get from an SB-800 even at 1/8000 of a second we're talking several stops.


4. Integration with Studio Strobes:

Radio Poppers allow you to integrate Alien Bees, White Lightning, and Zeus studio strobes into your lighting, and give you remote power control (which is the whole reason to look at these expensive triggers). Pocket Wizard can't do this, but, in the past they've partnered with Profoto. Maybe one day they might add this capability for Profoto strobes. At the moment though, Radio Poppers let you seamlessly control flashes AND the big guns when you need them.


5. Convenience:

The Pocket Wizards attach to your camera hot shoe, and act as a cold shoe. This is damn convenient. Radio Popper X triggers require more careful setup (but much better than the original Radio Poppers). I guess however, once you attach them, you can just leave them attached, which means no fuss at all. So both systems are pretty convenient in the end.


6. Batteries:

With Pocket Wizard ControlTL triggers, if you stick with the Flex and ignore the Mini, you only need AAs. Some Radio Popper X triggers need AAs, but others need CR123s (luckily you can get the latter in a rechargeable chemistry now). Multiple battery types are annoying, and both systems are guilty to a certain extent, but at least you can avoid the problem with the Pocket Wizards.


7. Anything Else? Those are the big things in my mind.


I already own 6 Pocket Wizards. On the other hand I shoot with Canon & Nikon bodies (not to mention an old Pentax I love). Pocket Wizard giveth (compatibility with old triggers), and Pocket Wizard taketh away (new triggers are brand-dependent). This is going to be a painful (and EXPENSIVE) decision.

February 16, 2009 1:37 PM  
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February 16, 2009 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Darron said...

I want it bad, but not only do I have to buy the new Mini's, but one of my two flashes in Nikon. Fine with regular PW's, but no good for the Mini. The cost of entry gets higher!

Darron.

February 16, 2009 2:20 PM  
Blogger -- Russ said...

I just received the new RadioPopper units and so far I am impressed. It will be interesting to see what real differences there may be between them and the new PWs after final analysis. I suspect the differences will be small.

I am a Nikon shooter so I guess it will be a while before we will know how the PWs will work with Nikon's CLS system. What I don't yet understand is how you control the remotes without a master flash (what Nikon calls the Commander). I use an SU-800 (I understand Canon has an equivalent controller) and it has a great UI that provides very easy control of three separate groups of remotes, and with a RP transmitter mounted I can control remotes with either IR or RF signals - simultaneously! The settings are input on the SU-800 using the buttons and LCD on the back. With the new PWs, how do you set the remotes?

I guess time will tell. Meanwhile, I'm very happy with my RPs.

-- Russ

February 16, 2009 2:22 PM  
Blogger Rene said...

Unfortunately there is no flash control from the camera bodies' menu system right now. I hope they add this feature soon! This is from page 33 of the manual.

"What Canon features are not available through the ControlTL system at this time? Rear Curtain Sync, FEB, stroboscopic, adjusting flash settings via the camera’s menus, individual manual control of slave groups without using Canon’s ratio system, FEC set on the flash, and other features not expressly mentioned. These features may be implemented soon so be sure to check www.PocketWizard.com for future firmware updates."

February 16, 2009 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

Steveo:

My impression of the statement: "other than your 580 EX II" refers to the fact that the exII has a PC jacks where no previous Canon flash did.

In order to use a previous Canon flash you need an adaptor. It's not expensive, but it is another thing to go wrong, and to need lugging around.

I am quite happy to see this new design, as it will be a lot easier to use PW's with external flash (even when not using TTL).

On the 30D, I needed a cord from the PC jack to the PW, and on the 350D (Digital Rebel XT) there isn't a PC jack.

This fixes both problems, and allows the use of the 580ex I have ON the camera for the focus help as well.

February 16, 2009 3:05 PM  
Blogger Seinberg said...

Sync at any speed with remote TTL.

Holy shit. That's pretty much the coolest thing ever.

February 16, 2009 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Tim Thompson said...

Sorry about the anonymous post but this is my first time. You said that every Canon flash except the 580 EXII got easier, why is that? I have 6 580 EXII's and I am curious why you feel that way. I shoot Nikon for work and I know that their CLS is a TON easier. Any guidance.

Thanks
Tim

February 16, 2009 3:10 PM  
Blogger David said...

The 580 EX II already had a PC jack, but the other Canon flashes do not. Ditto the Nikon SB-600. The new PW platform uses the hot shoe OR the PC jack, which is cool.

February 16, 2009 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Canon features are not available through the ControlTL system at this time?

Rear Curtain Sync, FEB, stroboscopic, adjusting flash settings via the camera’s menus, individual
manual control of slave groups without using Canon’s ratio system, FEC set on the flash

so it's as basic as it gets and any firmware update from canon can ruin the feature set.

February 16, 2009 3:38 PM  
Blogger jhwphotography.com said...

Noticed, or perhaps misread, you shot with a 40D during your tests. Try the 5D MKII using TTL, you're results will be far superior.

February 16, 2009 3:42 PM  
Blogger Jerry Milton said...

RUSS-

in regards to your question about HOW it will handle changing ratios and such on the Nikon CLS thru the camera body / SU 800...if you read the review, it mentions the camera just thinks of the Mini/Flex as another flash, and graps all info going to and from the camera/flash...so if you throw up an SU 800 mounted on top of the PW it will relay all changes just as if they SU 800 were riding atop solo...(and obviously the same w/ SB 900/800). Will it allow you to use the on camera COMMANDER mode...with the pop up flash dealo. hmmm.

February 16, 2009 3:54 PM  
Blogger phototristan said...

What I want to know is if I don't care about TTL, will these new PocketWizards fire lights in manual just like the old ones? Is there a mini jack on these?

February 16, 2009 4:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

phototristan-

Yes. And your camera will have a higher sync speed.

February 16, 2009 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry - I'd guess no on your last question, since it doesn't appear the flash will pop up with a transmitter mounted.
-Nelson

February 16, 2009 4:28 PM  
Blogger Marcus Jones said...

Thank you David for the review, It has answered most of my questions. The rest I am sure will be answered over the next few weeks.
Now to wait for Nikon versions in Australia...
Oh look here comes Christmas :)

February 16, 2009 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Joe Ancona said...

Great intro to this new product David, also looking forward to your tests with integrating the Nikon gear.

p.s. Uzi's run a little faster at about 10 shots a second ;)

February 16, 2009 5:05 PM  
Blogger system operator said...

Hi!

What dumbfounds me most is that it doesn't have that same ability to control the power of the slave units as the Nikon creative light system does.

I'm a Canon shooter and what I most would want my radio system to have is that ability to change that power straight from the camera. I think Radiopoppers have that system?

I was thinking that surely Pocket Wizards would update their pretty old system after all the media hype around the Radiopoppers, but it seems to me that PW's just didn't deliver.

-sorry to not be over exited about the new system, but I'm fed up with the need to walk to my remote flashes and then adjust the manual settings individually. It would be so much easier to do it by radio. I feel that it is the most disturbing thing in the middle of the shoot to say sorry, and walk to the hair light. (or maybe I'm just lacking assistants that I could yell at...

February 16, 2009 5:13 PM  
Blogger jk said...

I'm excited about these, particularly for their size and firmware updating ability.

I needed one more PW anyway, so I'll grab a mini for the camera and continue to use the other PW's I currently own.

I would like to use all the newer features (faster sync, etc) for the other triggers, but most of my strobes are Nikon, while my main setup is Canon. I highly doubt you'll be able to mix and match (although that would be neat, and I'd upgrade), and TTL is apparently out of the question (at least for now, although I could definitely see a firmware update that could do that. It would just need to send in some PW format that the transceivers would decode based on the flash connected. *shrug*).
But the smaller size on the camera (assuming no on-axis fill) is nice.

February 16, 2009 5:30 PM  
Blogger Marlon said...

If they aren't out for Nikon yet and don't work well with the 5D2's, Sony may never get these bad boys.

February 16, 2009 5:47 PM  
Blogger Coinneach said...

Hi David,
one question for you.
RadioPopper or Pocket Wizard?

If you were buying your first radio trigger which one would you be going for?

February 16, 2009 5:48 PM  
Blogger Todd P said...

Just a quick clarification if possible. If I am firing my Nikon flash system with a SU-800 mounted on top of either the Flex or Mini, I can control the flash output through the commander unit and still have the range of up 800-1200 feet? Could I also control flash output with an SB-800? If so, this seems worth its weight. Not to have to run and alter the power of each off camera flash unit would bring such calm and ease to any shoot! Please, someone give me the good news!

February 16, 2009 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man, I allready love them without ever having used them. Gotta get a Nikon version asap!
BTW: Great explanation: "They call it a HyperSync offset, but I call it magic."
I couldn't go on reading because I head tears in my eyes laughing.

February 16, 2009 6:15 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

David,

Thanks for the great information. I like the idea of not having to hang a PW around my neck with a cord to my on camera SB when firing multiples around a room. This will be one less wire I have to keep from knocking loose during a busy reception :)

Jonathan
www.bluephoto.biz

February 16, 2009 6:34 PM  
Blogger Photobox Studios said...

I can see there are going to be a lot of questions and comments about these new gadgets.

My first question falls in relation to wireless TTL firing in the Ratio setting. According to the instruction manual, you can use it with the ratio commander setting of an 580 EX or the infra red unit that Canon produces. This will allow you to control the TTL output in up to 3 groups based on ratio.

However, I'm a Nikon shooter and (I think this applies to some Canon models) certain bodies have remote commander built in (D90, 300, 700, etc.) Do we know if this will work the same? I know the unit will likely block the pop up flash so I don't know if it will work.

The more important and interesting question I have comes in relation to say the SU-800 and adjusting the power output to remote flashes.

I loved the SU-800 (recently sold it because I was having issues with line of site - hence my hope for these new wizards) because you can control the flash output from the camera body. It's commander mode basically. I never used ratio lighting, but if I could set up three strobes, each in its own "group" and then dial in flash compensation in thirds of stops over the radio range that would ROCK!!! I would immediately purchase another SU-800 and these babies. I almost always use my flashes in manual mode, adjusting the power from the commander or, now, walk over and dial it in.

Heck, maybe PW can figure out a way to adjust both flash compensation AND head zooming remotely!!!

To sum it up, do we yet know if the new PWs will transmit manual EV comp data to remote plashes in various groups? (I would assume so if Canon has this feature, but so far, I can only find data on general ratios)

Thanks and happy shooting.

February 16, 2009 6:51 PM  
Blogger Jerry Milton said...

system operator...

like the RADIO POPPER, PW is relaying the TTL control that is built into both systems...if Canon doesn't have the ability to adjust manual on the fly (i dunno cuz i shoot nikon)...then neither will radio popper or PW. now if somehow PW finds a way to use the COMMANDER mode without the popup (and since it makes nikon thing a flash is on top) there is hope. maybe a nikon firmware update if need be, it acts like an SU 800 utilizing the COMMANDER.

February 16, 2009 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

I guess I'm getting too old to keep up anymore. Not complaining... just stating a fact.

I have 3 PW Plus IIs that work flawlessly. Since I work almost exclusively in manual mode, I ENJOY "chimping" and moving lights around and being surprised by exposures and results I didn't even dream of getting. Some people call them "mistakes" - I call them beautiful!

I'm a Pentaxian... have been for decades and am not about to switch now. The new PWs are useless to me at any price.

February 16, 2009 8:50 PM  
Blogger Philipp said...

Well, looks like we got some cool new stuff from PW to play with now.

But, David, that´s not a review - it´s a blatant ad. Don´t get me wrong, you should surely be paid for this otherwise awesome blog, but please mark ads (or advertorials, whatever the thing´s called) as such. People take your position serious, by promoting PW this much you abandon that exceptionally precious status of independence.

Other than that, I hope the EU/CE Version will come soon and at a reasonable price, even normal PW +II´s are around 330$ each here in germany. That´s just too much to be considered seriously when Tamrac´s Microsync goes for 220$ a pair, even with cables included. That´s a third of the price of a PW, with very few drawbacks. Being a student of photography, I have to turn every euro twice before spending it.

So, pleeeeease, make ´em cheaper over here or I´ll have to import some myself :/

February 16, 2009 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Ryan S said...

Wow, picking one of the mini transmitters up seems like a no brainer. I'm an all manual shooter, and if I get one of these as a transmitter and it boosts my sync speed on all of my Plus IIs to 1/500th, then I am uber psyched to get my hands on one. I've got dibs on one of the first Nikon minis, as I'm sure they'll be selling out at first.

Hats off to Pocket Wizard. Great job coming up with an innovative product.

February 16, 2009 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Phototristan said...

So with these new ones I no longer need a cold shoe attachment if I want to put a strobe on a light stand bcause these have a thread on the bottom? I only need a brass monkey?

How about for an Alien Bees light? I guess I would still need velcro or some other mounting hardware?

February 16, 2009 10:10 PM  
Blogger David said...

@Philipp-

While you are certainly entitled to your opinion -- and I supported that notion by posting your comment -- you are off base.

I have been a PW user since they were shaped by a deck of playing cards, which is waaay back. That is a well-known fact to anyone who has been reading this blog for any length of time.

My first post on just how good PWs are came three weeks into the blog, in March of 2006.

If the Flex and Mini were crap I would have reported on that. But the fact is, they rock. If you do not believe me, look at Rob Galbraith's review. (Or maybe he is on the take, too, right?)

If you think my opinions are for sale on this site, you certainly should not read it. I don't answer to anyone but myself, and don't owe anyone any misleadingly glowing reviews.

Just today,in fact, a magazine left a message for me offering to exchange glowing reviews as a way of amping each other's circulation. Not even gonna write them back. I don't do that because I think it is slimy.

If you think that my review of the PW remotes (all of them -- not just the Flex and Mini) are bought and paid for by PW, then they must have a crapload of money. Because they are not just paying me off. Surely they must be paying *everyone* off. Because, as a rule you won't find many people dinging them for having a bad product.

My only problem with PW is that I think they should also have a "cadet" model for under $100. One channel, great range, PW reliability. Entry level.

If they were smart, they would have an entry point to compete with some of the other remotes (RP, CyberSyncs, Bowens, SkyPorts, etc. -- which are all very good) that will scoop up many young shooters before PW ever gets a shot at them.

And I spent three hours with the PW management team making what I hope was a very good case for that.

But the fact remains that PW makes the very best remotes in the world. If you don't believe me, go buy a used set on eBay -- if you can find some -- and see how much money you save.

Answer: Not much.

The opinions on this site are mine. Not PWs nor anyone else's.


Respectfully,
David

February 16, 2009 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

I checked these out at WPPI today, exactly twenty minutes after purchasing a pair of Radiopopper PX units. Now I'm debating whether the AB control and HSS provided by the RPs outweigh the Hypersync and backwards compatibility with my existing Plus IIs. Luckily, I've got thirty days to play with the RPs and make a decision. Either way, it's a great time for off-camera flash!!

February 16, 2009 11:27 PM  
Blogger Nathan Marx said...

This sounds like a dream come true! It might be time to get away from the electronic shutter cameras, but then again if you can set a delay that electronic shutter may work all the way to 1/4000 of a sec with full sync or near it (1/4000 of a sec max shutter speed of D40 D50 D70 etc.)!

February 16, 2009 11:54 PM  
Anonymous robbie said...

saw these today at WPPI, Bob Davis was setting up to test them. Really impressive unit!!

February 17, 2009 12:10 AM  
Blogger bobusn said...

That's the National Security AGENCY...

Thanks for the info! Of course we just got six PW IIs for Christmas...anyone interested?

;o)

February 17, 2009 1:44 AM  
Anonymous Bill Pennington said...

These look awesome. Looks like I am selling my SkyPorts soon!

Damn you Canon for not having 2nd curtain sync by default I mean 1st curtain sync is useful for what exactly??!?!?!? I hope the PW guys figure out how to enable that fairly soon.

February 17, 2009 2:34 AM  
Anonymous David said...

If they were smart, they would have an entry point to compete with some of the other remotes

an entry level PW. what a fantastic idea. make the entry level unit frequency compatable with the more expensive units and PW would be on to a winner.

heck, such a unit might be interesting to people who merely want to trigger flashes on the cheap, saving the more expensive units for when required, either from a POV of function or frequency space.

February 17, 2009 3:31 AM  
Anonymous steven said...

I was really excited when I heard about these new PW's but now I've just found out that they don't allow on camera manual remote flash setting, which the Radio Poppers do allow.
David, do you think they will be able to settle this via a future update?

February 17, 2009 3:58 AM  
OpenID jordax said...

I was pretty excited when I first saw these Pocket Wizards - they look like a more elegant package than the Radio Poppers - but I was disappointed to see in the small print of the manual that full manual control of the flash groups is not supported over radio.

I use Canon's optical wireless system a lot - it's great indoors - and though ETTL has its uses I like being able to arbitrarily and precisely set the power of each flash group without having to leave the shooting position. I'm always surprised that people assume Canon wireless means ETTL and the manual control is overlooked. The manual control is the ultimate Strobist feature for me - place a flash in a tree or cabinet and you don't have to retrieve it to change anything.

February 17, 2009 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Wedding Photographer France said...

I am really surprised by Philipp's comment above (re:advertorial). David is a technology enthusiast - even more so when it comes to remote triggers.

That he would be excited by this announcement - as I am - is absolutely normal. This is ground breaking.

I never for a single moment believe that David's article is written out of anything else than genuine enthusiasm.

Of course it's long - but there is a LOT to explain! See Rob's review - 5 page long! And despite its length see the quantity of questions here and on the Flickr group...

Blaise

February 17, 2009 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@steven and jordax: manual control should also become available via ControlTL, read the article of galbraight (link above)

btw: also agree that they should introduce a entry-level unit if they are smart

February 17, 2009 8:09 AM  
Blogger Philipp said...

David:

Thanks for your detailed and understandable explanation. I´m really with you guys on the fact that these new PWs are some awesome little machines. Even with old PW IIs.
With money out of the equation, I´d buy some right now. Like right now.
That Canon IR-System is a real p.i.t.a., especially when working outdoors.

I really, really appreciate and support your idea about the entry-level-wizards! I know more than two dozen young photogs (mostly PJ-students) who would like to get some I think. And once they´re `hooked´ to the system (which is without doubt the #1 in the market), PW has gained some potent future customers.

And on the ad-front ... well, I think I was horribly wrong. Sorry.

February 17, 2009 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Cuki (UK) said...

Me again. In fact, the HyperSync might be the coolest thing about this stuff - not only 2nd curtain sync, but whenever-you-fancy-it sync, anywhere in between and beyound. It's a shame you need a computer to tweak it, it would be much more useful if you could just adjust it via a couple of tiny buttons on the unit, right on the shoot. Maybe they'll build at least a Windows Mobile version of the software?

February 17, 2009 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Awesome

It looks like you can use on camera flash for fill AS your triggering you off camera flashes!

wonderful site, Dave

www.danballardphoto.blogspot.com/

February 17, 2009 9:35 AM  
Blogger Russ said...

I notice that they (carefully) avoid showing how beefy the shoe parts of the Flex and Mini are... I'm talking about the connection to the camera. My major beef with PW's is, for the money you pay for them, they should come with a METAL shoe (a la the 580EXII and SB 800)... that plastic shoe breaks way too easily.

I can't imagine a plastic shoe will hold up well once you mounted your speedlight on top of a Flex or Mini.

February 17, 2009 9:39 AM  
Anonymous virginia wedding said...

Awesome news, will be definitely looking for these. I do sense that flash manufacturers will eventually be adding this technology, but it will be a while.. and pricey I bet

February 17, 2009 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David said: "Just today,in fact, a magazine left a message for me offering to exchange glowing reviews as a way of amping each other's circulation."

I suspect you won't, but I wish you would let us know which magazine to avoid.

February 17, 2009 11:47 AM  
Anonymous northern Virginia Photographer said...

David we'll all be discuss this PW development at Pho today - we'll miss you.

I've been waiting for this PW profile for a while now and for years complained bitterly at the NYC show for this improvement to the walking cardboard cutouts up there. A small voice making not a wit of good. The day has arrived!

Dunno if I can handle all the features without a degree in engineering.

Phillip's just keeping it real as a valued community member. He's advocating for great unbiased reviews and a credit to DH to be so fair in response whilst moderating so many comments.
Gotta run and setup Pho. MIss ya DH & Chicago boy slurp slurp.

February 17, 2009 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Chicago photographer said...

Russ, I think the plastic foot has always been an intentional weak point designed to break before it can cause damage to the camera. Flashes and PWs can put a lot of leverage on the top of the camera if they are bonked.
A device with a metal foot would have a similarly engineered weak point in its attachment for the same purpose. So, for the purposes of durability, I don't think there would be any change.

February 17, 2009 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of seeing some pictures of the shoe? If it's the same crappy plastic kind as the Plus II's, it's a bit of a deal breaker.

February 17, 2009 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Shaun Raney said...

If I spring for the setup, can my 580 EXII work as a master still and trigger a second flash with IR?

It'd be a good way for me to save some cash up front.

February 17, 2009 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Wedding Photographer France said...

@ Shahun: sure - I don't think the PW block the IR signal so your 580ex is still sending the IR accross the room.

Blaise

February 17, 2009 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Rob G. said...

Steven: Have you read the article ? If these MiniTT1/FlexTT5 are backward compatible with every old PW model , don't you think that means that they CAN obviously control manual flash ?

February 17, 2009 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Kevin Ford said...

Can't wait to have this in hand... it will make flash photography at weddings much more easy. Thanks for the great post.

February 17, 2009 3:53 PM  
Anonymous steven said...

Perhaps I used the wrong words when I said "on camera manual remote flash setting". I was referring to the possibility to change the power of your remote flashes on the camera itself (and not only change the ratio). Apparently this is impossible and I was wondering whether it would become possible in the future.
Quote from the manual itself:
"What Canon features are not available through the ControlTL system at this time?
Rear Curtain Sync, FEB, stroboscopic, adjusting flash settings via the camera’s menus, individual
manual control of slave groups without using Canon’s ratio system[...]".
So it was the "individual manual control" I was talking about.

February 17, 2009 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: plastic hotshoe and intentional breakaway, they started doing this on bicycle frames, where damage to the somewhat-exposed rear derailleur hanger can sometimes render an entire frame as a total loss. They made the hanger a replaceable part, bolted on to the frame at a stronger point higher up, so that it could be replaced quickly and cheaply if it were to break.

Seems like they could do the same thing here -- make the plastic hotshoe interface a replaceable part should it break.

Paul

February 17, 2009 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Marcel D. said...

@Rob G.:

Of course you can trigger them manually, but you cannot change the power setting remotely, like the Canon IR system allows you to do (I'm not talking about Ratios here). I suppose this is what Steven means.

February 17, 2009 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of you thinking of dumping your ST-E2's should think twice. You will need it if you want to set up a ratio on your remote flash units. Unless you want to give up a 580EX to mount it on camera. Also something Dave didn't mention was that you can force a 430EX to be a master when on top of the camera mounted mini or flex.

February 17, 2009 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Tim Kroskie said...

There are several gotcha's that could be frustrating when trying to set these things up in a hurry. Most importantly make sure everything is off before you connect them together or you will lock the units up. Also remote Flash units must NOT be set to slave mode because the flash thinks it's on a camera. When mounting a flash on top the on camera unit it too must not be in slave mode. Remember that you will need either a 580ex or ST-E2 mounted on the camera unit to set the ratios for your remote flash units.

February 17, 2009 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lolz at Rob G. You must feel like your banging your head against a brick wall at times...

Nice review by the way.

As a general rule I find that Rob G. + Dave H. = me informed.

February 17, 2009 7:39 PM  
OpenID iammyownenemy said...

Man you have got to love these. I particularly love the high speed sync capabilities, what a revolution.

February 17, 2009 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Matt McKown said...

There is a LOT of information on this page, but i was hoping to get some clarification.
I've been using poverty wizards since they came out. I'm a Canon shooter, but have Nikon and Canon flashes. My questions are:

1. the new PW will not work with my current camera (5D MK2)... yet. correct?

2. can i use this system with both Nikon and Canon flash units? I would assume TTL would only work on the canon unit and i would have to manually set the Nikon. Or would they not allow me to shoot TTL at all?

3. these new prices are actually cheaper than Radio Poppers now, aren't they?


thanks!!
Matt

February 17, 2009 8:01 PM  
Anonymous vwgn said...

well, once again PW, no love for Sony/Minolta shooters... Like someone else said, these are useless to me at any price... These are really cool and have features I desperatly would love to have, but I am not seeling decades worth of lenses and such and reinvesting in an unfamiliar system...

At least Paul Buff makes an equally reliable product (sans the features) at a REASONABLE price..

February 17, 2009 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the text but it is not clear to me if these can be used for remote triggering of the camera without paying PocketWizard folk 110USD for an additional cable.

Any ideas>

February 18, 2009 3:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-9884-9903-9907


Anyone care to speculate why robgalbraith tests could only get 1/250th sync with a 5DMK2?

Thanks!

February 18, 2009 4:37 AM  
Anonymous Rob G. said...

Oh ok steven , I misunderstood your question sorry.... Well in this case I have no answer. So.. Now I also wander how tt1/tt5 would behave when used with a.. let's say a metz 58af1 as master , since it doesn't have ratios but uses individual power settings for each group.
I guess it will be fixed in future firmware...

February 18, 2009 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Rob G. said...

Matt McKown:

2. I may be wrong... I think you can use both nikon and Canon but without TTL capabilities on nikon ones. I think you're better don't mount nikon flash directly on the hot shoe of the receivers (doing it on camera may damage flash or camera so I guess it may damage the receiver), I've read these units still have pc sync connection so you should use a pc sync cable with nikon flashes, and set them manually.

February 18, 2009 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the funcionality of the new units. but why do we not get units that are usable worldwide ... other manufacturers also manage to deliver this

February 18, 2009 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Ian Sheh said...

in the PocketWizard Utility program, are you able to program the miniTT1 or the flexTT5 to trigger multiple channels?...

it would be nice to be able to control two different strobes from a PocketWizard for independently metering a key light and a fill, then being able to trigger both at the same time.

is there anyway you can set that up in either the channels or the flexTT5 groups?

February 18, 2009 10:57 PM  
Blogger Michael Good said...

I understand the reason that a 5D or any full frame camera can only do 1/250th is because the sensor is larger and therefore the shutter has to travel further... thereby limiting the magic that the pocket TTL triggers do to overcome that shortcoming. ie you can go from 200 to 250 the same as you can go from 320 to 400 and imperfectly 500 on 1D mkIII or you could probably go from 200 to 320 on a 50D :-)

February 19, 2009 2:13 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

WHOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO
I just had to read this a 2am and now I won't be able to sleep. I want them NOW!

February 19, 2009 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Darklord said...

Well it's bye bye to my 2 x pair of Bowens/Calumet Pulsar/LinkLites. Apart from the cost, the one reason why I choose these over the PW's were their profile, I just didn't like something sitting bolt upright in my hotshoe. Now PW comes out with something like this and it's a mind blowing piece of kit as well as being flat as an ironing board, profilewise. The thought alone of squeezing an extra stop of juice out of my Canon 550EX's or Vivitar 283's is nothing short of a miracle. Has for my ST-E2, that will be consigned to AF assist duties with my Canon 10, 30 and 5D camera's. Happy daze! One other thing. These units are backward compatible with the entire PW range. IE: With a "Flex" in the hotshoe, while a couple of 283's is wired up to a ordinary PW set on RX and it's business as usual. I don't hear people complaining that they're old Nikon lenses won't now fit on their new Canon bodies. Everybody should get a life. To expect the good people at PW to produce a single product which is compatible with two completely different (as well as rival) ETTL systems, is really taking the biscuit (cookie....for my American friends). So the sooner PW come up with a euro version of their "Flex" and "Mini" flatbed Radio slaves, the better for us eurotrash.

February 19, 2009 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Darklord said...

Well it's bye bye to my 2 x pair of Bowens/Calumet Pulsar/LinkLites. Apart from the cost, the one reason why I choose these over the PW's were their profile, I just didn't like something sitting bolt upright in my hotshoe. Now PW comes out with something like this and it's a mind blowing piece of kit as well as being flat as an ironing board, profilewise. The thought alone of squeezing an extra stop of juice out of my Canon 550EX's or Vivitar 283's is nothing short of a miracle. Has for my ST-E2, that will be consigned to AF assist duties with my Canon 10, 30 and 5D camera's. Happy daze! One other thing. These units are backward compatible with the entire PW range. IE: With a "Flex" in the hotshoe, while a couple of 283's is wired up to a ordinary PW set on RX and it's business as usual. I don't hear people complaining that they're old Nikon lenses won't now fit on their new Canon bodies. To expect the good people at PW to produce a single product which is compatible with two completely different (as well as rival) ETTL systems, is really taking the biscuit (cookie....for my American friends). So the sooner PW come up with a euro version of their "Flex" and "Mini" flatbed Radio slaves, the better for us eventers in Euroland.

February 19, 2009 1:22 PM  
Blogger Shawn T Moore said...

My old PW died last week so I just bought a new MultiMAX 2 day before the new TT1 & TT5 came out. I am thinking about taking it back for a a set of these.
Any thoughts out there?

February 20, 2009 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Matt Belcher said...

I pre-ordered a mini and 4 flex units; however, I am starting to wonder if I might have jumped the gun.

I own a 5dMkII and three 580 EX IIs, from what I have read thus far on the various reviews (which all seem exceptionally effusive in their praise) is that a flash unit MUST be attached to the camera AND the pw to use ratio controls for the slaves. However, the TTL feature will function with just the pw on the camera. (I assume I could still manually set each flashes output).

If I am correct, this takes away a lot of the convenience factor of the E-TTL.

(But) Also, the flash does not function for the 5d Mrk II (yet).

(But) Also, the range for the 580 EX II flash is 50 feet (or less) which significantly restricts the use of the device compared to the older versions of the pocketwizard.

(But) Also, the potential increase in flash shutter sync is from 1/200 to 1/250.

Am I missing something?

Matt Belcher

February 20, 2009 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Tony said...

I use Pocket Wizards and they are great. I would like to get sync higher speeds but I like to use them in manual mode. I guess I could just use Nikon CLS and Auto FP sync but an SB-800 is very heavy on a D3.

February 21, 2009 12:30 AM  
Anonymous rick london said...

I read that this device would let me sync up to 1/500th of a second. well my d70 will already do that. Is what I read accurate or can I sync even faster than 1/500th, with my d70?

February 21, 2009 10:22 AM  
Blogger keith said...

I don't think you are, Matt, except maybe the additional restrictions on manual shooting.

To be honest, I'm not convinced the new system merits the universal, effusive praise that you mention.

Once you read past the headlines and add up the various caveats and restrictions, you realise that the system has some very real limitations.

February 21, 2009 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some comments on the range when used with 580EX flashes on the remote FlexTT5 units:
The range is limited only if mounted in the vertical flash position with the antenna turned up and nearly touching the head of the flash.
However, if you can tilt the unit 90 deg. so that the antenna is away from the noisy flash head and then point the head away from the antenna, the range goes up significantly. There are examples in the manual for the units.

When you use a OC-E3 cable to move the flash a foot or two from the Flex, the range can get back up to the full 800 feet.
So there are simple option for someone to use if needing to work beyond the 50 - 80 foot range with a 580EX.

February 21, 2009 8:53 PM  
Blogger seenew said...

Does this mean current PW models will drop in price soon?

Also would this new device be able to increase the synch speed when using monolights, like AlienBees?

February 21, 2009 11:49 PM  
Blogger Heipel said...

Oh, how I've been waiting for these, now have to wait some more for Nikon version. Luckily absence makes the heart grow fonder :)

So can you use your Ray Flash with the mini on board?

February 22, 2009 11:06 AM  
Blogger David said...

Sorry to be thick here, but I'm new to both lighting and Pocket Wizards. I have Nikon SB800's and was just about to buy two PW II's, since the rebate puts them at about $155 each at B&H.

My question is that when the Nikon version is out, will you be able to use the Flex/Mini in a Nikon Commander mode and put the remote flashes in manual mode? I know they will enable iTTL mode, but I can't quite tell from the reviews and comments above whether all the wireless Commander modes will be enabled.

Thanks for the great information.

February 22, 2009 11:38 AM  
Blogger Ian Hylands said...

David, I'm really curious about how well they sync at 1/500 with a Canon flash at say 1/2 or 1/4 power. I've played around with this a fair bit with the Nikon D2Xs and D700 using PW Multimax's and my own version of hypersyncing. I haven't been able to get flash to fill the frame with sync above about 1/400 with a quick flash duration. With a slow duration 1/1000 or even 1/2000 hasn't really been a problem.
Is there any way you could post a few photos showing what the sync looks like at 1/500th at say 1/4 and 1/2 power on a speedlight?

Thanks!

February 22, 2009 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Wedding Photographer Riviera said...

@ Heipel: I would not think you would be able to use your ring flash with these in the hot shoe - or maybe only with the smaller lenses. I would think that the 2 cm or so thickness makes ring flashes too high to fit on the lens... MY Ring flashes are quite tight around the big lenses.

February 22, 2009 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Radiopopper is a done deal. Game Over

February 23, 2009 3:10 PM  
Blogger seenew said...

Hey David, did you notice the Radio Poppers update about high-speed syncing with all (IIRC) studio strobes? Seems like something you'd have posted, but I didn't find anything here.

http://radiopopper.com/blog/?p=69

Chris

February 24, 2009 12:41 AM  
Blogger Lee Siaojun said...

please add another test with quantum flashes.

it is really depend who can support quantum better, most wedding photograhers use quantum flash nowadays.

if pw can joint control a quantum and a 580ex II, and can sycn as fast as 1/500, it will be really great news.

February 24, 2009 10:32 AM  
Blogger Fayek said...

well. to me there's only 1 great thing about those new pocketwizards! cheaper PW IIs !!!!! woohoo! can't wait till the PWIIs become the old unfashionable thing to use.....that's when i cash in!
thanks david.

February 26, 2009 5:41 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I asked PocketWizard the following question:

Will the FlexTT5 be able to trigger an old Canon 550 in manual mode (no TTL)from its hotshoe or would I need to go with a hotshoe adapter and use a sync cable to get it to fire.

And got the response:

Manual mode will work fine, the same way it does when directly on the camera.

March 03, 2009 2:37 PM  
Blogger Airencracken said...

Very interesting features. I wonder how long they'd been sitting on this before RadioPopper upset the apple cart. If PW has a product that can compete with RP's forthcoming JrX system, then their days may be numbered.

March 04, 2009 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Marciante said...

Thanks for all the info! If you're making your first wireless purchase would you recommend jumping straight to the mini and the flex? I'm a Nikon user and just purchased an Alien Bee 800 which I believe these PW's are compatible with.

March 08, 2009 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Josh Sailor said...

I'd like to share a problem that I've had with the pocket wizards and my D3, that I just spent and hour and a half on with the guys at Nikon headquarters in Melville, NY... I'm sure others have had the same problem, and will be interested to know what is causing it.

I noticed -- after a year of shooting with the camera, geez -- that when I synced my D3 with to my studio strobes at 250sec or 200sec using the pocket wizards I was getting a slight vignette at the bottom of the frame. This vignette would disappear when I lowered the speed to 160sec and below... I took the camera in to Nikon, and after an hour and a half of myself and six other guys scratching our heads, we finally realized that the wizards (pocket wizard IIs) have a time-lag problem that stops them from syncing at Nikon's top sync speeds.

The Nikon guys were unbelievably, fantastically helpful and patient... going through every possible scenario -- using different lights, camera bodies, pocket wizards, settings, etc -- until finally finding the problem. The only solution we found was to use -- yuk -- sync cords. We didn't try to use an onboard flash with the studio strobes' slave option, but I'm sure this would work, as well.

I hope this helps other with the same problems.

PS - your blog an awesome resource, and I follow it regularly. Thanks so, so much for keeping it chock full of info and fun

Best regards-

March 11, 2009 5:02 PM  
Blogger eMac said...

I don't quite get what's the buzz about... what the difference or novelty between these new pocket wizards with TTL versus a RadioPopper PX?

The RP already has i-TTL, for us Nikon shooters, and can also sync at 1/8000, plus they can control both my Nikon flashes and my White-Lightning studio flashes. For what I've read, the only advantage is that the PW can sync to 1/500 for regular TTL, which I would love to have as I shoot beach weddings. I own neither brand, so this is an honest question.

March 13, 2009 9:59 PM  
Blogger jon1976 said...

i use pentax system...i'm not interested in ettl function, but the hsynch mode is very good for me..
do you think i can use the new pw with my pentax? my k20d sync at 1/180
do you think i can sync the flash at higher speedd?

March 15, 2009 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Peter Marin said...

I'm starting to sweat about pre-ordering and paying in full for these new PW's after taking a look at TriCoasts video shoot-out between these (PW's) and the RP's.
As a wedding shooter, I can't see the new PW system working for me. The units look great and all, but from what I've seen in the video the software needs way more refining. Going by the video, the PW's are simply not 'slide and shoot' in my book.
Here is the link to TriCoasts video
http://tricoastphoto.com/blog/?p=386

March 16, 2009 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, thanks for the information!

Just a quick question. Since you have handled the Flex and Mini... Do they have the same cheap plastic construction as the PW Plus II? Especially the foot?

March 19, 2009 5:18 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Purchased at WPPI/Vegas last month, just received - will order additional units asap, real nice product .

Joe Elario Photography

March 19, 2009 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is more of a question, am about to venture into lighting and off camera flashes. Am wondering if the pocket wizard can be mounted into either nikon or canon body and trigger both nikon and canon flashes at same time? At the start, am thinking in a way of borrowing any flash I can find, borrow some pocket wizard and try off camera strobing. is that possible? will everything sync normally? Your insight will be great!

April 16, 2009 9:54 AM  
Anonymous paul vincent said...

Wedding Photographer from Philippines:

I use 6-7 sb800s as slaves during weddings, can I also use them as multiple slaves? Im currently using the first gen radio poppers and is working not that great, there are still misfires and most of the time still doesnt fire outdoors, need to the the flashes in order to be a infrared trigger, my poppers doesnt work every now and then.

I just want to know if I can use several slaves with this. If so Ill be waiting for the Nikon version.

April 28, 2009 3:58 AM  
Blogger Rod said...

Has anyone been able to get the FlexTT5 to work with the Metz 58 AF-1 on the hotshoe even in manual mode? I've tried all the modes and even put the FlexTT5 into basic mode. The Metz will not fire either by the test button or as part of a remote trigger from another PW. The red led flashes quickly like the error message of being in ETTL mode. The Metz is the latest version 4.1 and the FlexTT5 is 4.250.

May 21, 2009 11:16 PM  
Blogger Cysiam said...

I broke of the hotshoe connectors on mye Flex and Mini in one week. Those things are not very strong. There must be a way to reinforce them. I´ll need to fix them.

First mini breaks after a dog knocks down my manfrotto tripod with a Canon 430EXII mounted on the mini crashes into the ground.

My flex was mounted on a lightstand with the umbrealla bracket and a 430EXII when the umbrella was knocked over by the wind..

I have some cheaf RF triggers fra www.dealextreme.com that never breaks when something like this happens...

May 22, 2009 10:52 AM  
Blogger Tito Herrera said...

I just got them and love them, what a great system and tool, it's a new MOST HAVE for Canon user!

May 24, 2009 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is this bogus review still online? 800 feet? I pre-ordered, bought and tried to use the TT5's.
32 feet is the maximum I could get out of the pair (In basic) mode. TTL worked intermittently at 28 feet. The PW transmitter in the Sekonic Flashmeters are specifically mentioned in the manual as not triggering the TT5's, and in fact, they won't work.
Thank goodness my supplier took them back. PW didn't do their homework before putting out this product. I just ordered the Radiopoppers.

July 07, 2009 10:35 AM  
Blogger Luminance said...

Hello!Very good review!Sorry about the question but this will function in manual mode or only E-TTL?

Thanks again!

Timothy

July 10, 2009 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all,

using a pc chord into your exII
is less expensive than buying the
tt5 ... I bought just the mini,
with older PW's [ 3 ] and everything
Nikon Canon, Speedotron, and a 35 old Norman work just fine.
Tip: the turnaround for Hassleblad
also works well with all sorts of esoteric PC synch chords.

P.S.

I put my otherwise useless 580
on the PW mini at night so it will focus my digital cameras in the dark.

July 28, 2009 3:46 PM  
Blogger Luminance said...

Hello!And what about flash sync, what speed do you get?

TL

July 28, 2009 5:38 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I've spent quite a bit of time using and loving Canon's IR multi-flash system and suspect I'm one of the few people who have really maxed it out and understand it on a technical level. Canon's system is 100% predictable and 100% implemented. However, I finally decided to get past Canon's line-of-sight limitations by upgrading to a miniTT1 and TT5. I must say I love the features and marketing claims of the miniTT1 and TT5, but oh my gosh have I encountered a lot of glitches and half-implemented features. If it would work as claimed it would be wonderful, as is it's neat but annoying at the same time. I'm surprised at how "perfect" the units sound in this article and wonder if the reviewer intended to be objective. I think eventually the product will live up to the hype, but right now unless you are lucky and only use the 85% of features which actually work reliably, you might be pretty frustrated with this setup.
-Michael

August 10, 2009 1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking to buy the new mini but I checked out the reviews on Amazon. It sounds like there are a lot of issues. What happen?

August 15, 2009 6:17 PM  
Blogger Arno Paul said...

My first try & test of a woman in a swimming pool :

http://www.arnopaul.net/blog/2009/08/27/pocketwizard-portrait/

I love my new MiniTT1 & FlexTT5, the ControlTL et the great HyperSync !!

September 14, 2009 9:19 AM  
Blogger Will McGregor said...

i was looking for some more wireless triggers and the new gadget infinity ones seem to have bucked up thier ideas image wise and kind copied PW a wee bit with thier new ones
http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/product.php?productid=17204&cat=274&page=1

sorry if someone posted this before , has anyone got them, and are they any good ?

November 04, 2009 6:18 PM  
Blogger whiterabbit said...

>For instance, if we zoomed way out and the subject matter was very small in the frame, it might get a little hotter as the camera tried to compensate for the metering. Normal TTL stuff to consider.

Getting a non-Canon user to review this product is like getting someone who never got a driver's license to test drive a car.

November 08, 2009 8:52 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Hi,

Sorry if someone has already answered this - I did look through - but does anyone know the difference between the US and European/UK versions?

I'm in the UK and am planning a trip to the US shortly. As usual, they're a lot cheaper over there. If I buy a set of these Pocket Wizards in the US, am I likely to have a problem in the UK? I ask this as transmitter equipment may vary due to broadcasting related manufacturing laws in different countries.

Thanks in advance if anyone can help...

February 19, 2010 10:22 AM  
Blogger leif said...

@simon, the pw website shows that various frequencies are supplied for different regions around the world. check there to see whether the NA version would be legal to operate in GBR. it's not a matter of *if* it can be operated, but just of legality, and possibly also interference with other devices in your vicinity.

March 13, 2010 1:16 AM  
Blogger Pim said...

I couldn't get them working at high speeds. I browsed for days to look for a solution, but I couldn't get faster than 1/200. I bought the set all at once, so I never bothered to check if the firmware was the same for every unit. But it wasn't! After a firmware upgrade it work instantly. So folks, check your firmware!

I use a 430EX II that can be used on E-TTL or manual in any speed. The 540EZ I use can be used at 1/1 and 1/2 power on manual at 1/8000 of a second. I almost gave up on the pocket wizards, but now I am happy with it. Btw, my camera is a Canon 5d mk2.

May 17, 2010 5:29 AM  
Blogger Windborne Photographic Studios said...

I am having unreasonable problems with my TT1 and TT5 set up like not working beyond 30ft. The issues also include intermittent working or not.always with fresh batteries.

It makes no sense however when they work they work great.

May 27, 2010 4:18 PM  
Blogger Danita Rogers said...

I am wondering if these will work with Quantum QF8C's? The hotshoe mounted version of Quantums?
____________________

I have two TT5's and a TT1, have problems still when using the TT1 on the camera (5D MII) no problem on the 40D body though. But when I use one of the TT5's on the 5D MII body no problems. I've updated and tried setting my settings with the software. Still cannot use a higher shutter speed than 1/200 with the 5D MII w/ TT1.

June 02, 2010 12:29 PM  
Blogger Kevin Barber said...

I was in the camera store today, all ready to drop the money for 2 PW FlexTT5's, but ended up walking out a TwinLink system. Reason being, I could afford 2 Pocket Wizards, but to fire 2 Canon 580 Ex's off camera appears to require 3 pocket wizards. Apparently they disable the ability to use the IR between the 580's (the flash will not trigger when the one attached to the PW is set to "Master").

Has anyone found a way around this, or have another workable solution?

Thanks!

June 02, 2010 5:52 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

I know this thread is a little dated now, but I'm not ready to throw many hundreds of Pounds (or dollars) at something that's rubbish.

I came across this in depth test which shows PW's to be rubbish, with Canon at least.
http://tricoastphoto.com/blog/tricoastphoto/pocketwizard-flex-tt5-mini-tt1-vs-radiopopper-px-video-review/

The Nikon version has been released but I really want to see some in depth reviews before spending my cash.

February 09, 2011 4:41 PM  
Blogger Len Spoden Photography said...

I just received my Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 transceivers for Nikon. I have done some preliminary testing and they seem to perform as advertised. I tried RadioPoppers but they were too unreliable and flimsy for me. The PocketWizards seem well built and attach to the flash and light stand in a very secure manner. I am detailing my experiences with them over the next few weeks on my blog: http://www.lenspoden.com/photo-topics/

February 09, 2011 9:13 PM  
Blogger laird said...

I also have just received my new miniTT1 pocket wizard for Nikon (to use for time being with my other Plus and Classics, and wish David would share his experience and evaluation. Last I read, he was "testing" some beta copies of the Nikon version, but I don't think a full report ever came out.

March 09, 2011 6:27 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

In testing my Canon FlexTT5 & MiniTT1 with a standard 600ws studio strobe, I was able to sync 1/8000 on the Canon 5D MKII.

Test shot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mverschelden/5787166869/

Not sure if this was disscused here - but it was news to me!

Thanks, Mark

June 01, 2011 6:59 PM  
Blogger berry Alice said...

TOOOOO expensive than my pixel...

August 27, 2012 5:14 AM  
Blogger berry Alice said...

Toooooo expensive than my pixel....

August 27, 2012 5:14 AM  
Blogger Jason Roeder said...

Sorry to post a comment on such an old topic, but I am wondering if David or anyone else has tried the TT5 or mini (either Canon or Nikon) with a Fuji X series camera. I have been able to utilize the AC3 zone controller to have full manual remote power control over Nikon speedlights (A/B grouped) with my new X-pro1. Pretty cool, although the sync tops out around 1/125th. I am wondering how the X100s plays with the system.

June 13, 2013 4:34 AM  

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