View Full Version : The new Pocket Wizards... seen em?

03-02-2009, 06:48 PM
For any of you that have been contemplating radio slaves, you have to check out the new Pocket Wizards. They look pretty amazing. http://www.pocketwizard.com/

The Most Versatile PocketWizard Ever. The FlexTT5 Transceiver maximizes E-TTL II capability of Canon photographic equipment by greatly expanding their operating environment. Lock your flash into the FlexTT5 built-in hot shoe, turn it on and you are ready to shoot. With 32 standard triggering channels, 20 E-TTL II channels and Multi-zone capability, it's the perfect MultiMAX partner. But wait, there's more...
ControlTL™: PocketWizard’s newest firmware platform taps into the camera’s digital communications to enable an entirely new level of remote flash capabilities through our proven radio system, beginning with remote TTL for Canon E-TTL II systems. ControlTL firmware is configurable and upgradeable for “future-proof” continuous improvement. Find more details on ControlTL here.

Dedicated E-TTL II Flash Triggering: Locking your Canon E-TTL-II flashes onto FlexTT5’s and mounting a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 onto your Canon digital camera’s hot shoe gives you full E-TTL II autoflash exposure control with the freedom and reliability of a PocketWizard radio. There are no special settings to make or modes to call up. Use the camera, on-camera flash or flash commander controls for flash compensation, zone and ratio control.

Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology: PocketWizard’s Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology enables the FlexTT5 Transceiver to switch back and forth between Transmitter and Receiver modes as needed for greater flexibility on the job. All PocketWizard Transceivers default to Receiver mode. When a hot-shoe or other trigger is detected, it automatically switches to Transmitter mode.

Auto-Relay Mode: Easily trigger a remote camera in sync with a distant remote flashes with Auto-Relay Mode. Put a camera where you can’t be and have remote TTL or non-TTL lighting at the same time. Expand your coverage and increase your creativity.

Power Tracking: When working in E-TTL II you can change any of your control settings on your flash or camera and the system adjusts for those changes. Change your flash compensation to adjust the exposure or make adjustments in shutter speed, aperture or ISO and the system balances your flash for proper exposure.

Eight Frames per Second: Never before have you been able to shoot remote E-TTL II at this speed. Nothing else comes close.

HyperSync™: HyperSync allows photographers to achieve faster X-sync speeds, up to 1/500th second, with full power flash. Now you can cut the ambient light and use wide-open apertures, outdoors in bright sunlight. HyperSync works with TTL speedlights and full size studio flash. All you need is a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 on camera that has been tuned to your specific camera via the PocketWizard Utility.

FP/High Speed Sync: Need more speed? Push your ControlTL system beyond 1/500th and go into FP/High-Speed sync mode automatically. Simply change your shutter speed to get flash sync all the way to 1/8000th. No buttons to press or settings to change!

Built-in Hot Shoe: Lock your Canon flash into the FlexTT5’s dedicated hot shoe and combine your remote flash with on-camera flash or use the on-camera flash for additional E-TTL II control only. The metal and glass reinforced resin hot shoe assembly is a superstructure onto itself and incredibly durable. The best part; no more cords.

Low-Profile Design: The FlexTT5 lies flat, stays out of the way and features a flip-up antenna for additional range when needed.

Channels / Learn Mode: The FlexTT5 has two channel configuration settings; C1 and C2. Each can be programmed as needed with up to 20 ControlTL channels for TTL photography, or 32 standard channels for manual flash photography. TTL and manual flashes can be combined in a lighting situation. Use the Learn function to quickly program channels, or the reset function to configure back to factory settings.

Zone Select: The FlexTT5 Transceiver has an A-B-C zone-select switch to allow use with the slave groups found on Canon E-TTL II flashes. Using these zones allows you to use the E-TTL II ratio controls found in the Canon system. These zones can also be used with a MultiMAX thus allowing you to pair a single MultiMAX radio on camera with FlexTT5’s Transceivers on your remote flashes and utilize many of the MultiMAX’s advance trigger functions.

Programmable and Upgradeable: Use the supplied PocketWizard Utility software with the on-board USB port to program the FlexTT5 Transceiver to any PocketWizard channel and zone as well as many other custom settings. The FlexTT5 can be upgraded whenever updates and feature enhancements are available.

Reverse Compatible: The FlexTT5 Transceiver operates on the same channels as all other PocketWizards and will work with any PocketWizard radio you may already have.

Camera/Flash Ports: The FlexTT5 Transceiver has two plug-in ports for use with remote Canon E-TTL II cameras and other flash units, including studio strobes. With its auto-relay function, the Flex can trigger a remote camera and transmit to a remote strobe.

03-03-2009, 12:38 AM
David Hobby (aka Strobist) did a mini-review on the Canon ones. PW didn't have any Nikon ones for him to try out, so take his review for what it's worth:

Personally, I currently own 4 PW II's (1 transmitter and 3 transceivers) - I don't think I need to drop anymore coin with PW! ahahhahah

03-03-2009, 10:27 AM
Yep, that's a good review. I've got 4 PWs also... 2 transmitters and 2 receivers. I am most interested in being able to use 1/500s, as well as being able to control both my 580EXs and studio strobes with the same system. I was also kind of shocked at the price... expecting them to be a lot more expensive, which they aren't.

03-03-2009, 01:48 PM
how much? lol the last thing i need is more stuff!

03-03-2009, 05:06 PM
The bigger one is $219 and the smaller one is $195 I think... going on memory from B&H.