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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't live without it, April 7, 2008
This review is from: PocketWizard PWP-TR 801-125 PLUS II Transceiver - Black (Camera)
I've worked with a lot of other photographers at weddings or other events and they all used the Pocket Wizard. These things work without failure. The radio signal is more reliable than an optical slave. With a range of like 1600 feet, you are pretty much covered in any situation you would find yourself in as a photographer.

They are essential in my studio work too. I use different combinations of lights, even different brands. Alien Bees, Speedotron, and even a shoe mount light as a hair light. The Pocket Wizard makes them all work together, which gives me a lot more flexibility in terms of what I can do for creative lighting.

You might have to pick up a special adapter for some lights. For instance, I had to pick up a "mini to household" cable to get the pocket wizard to sync with my Speedotron Brown line lights. I also picked up a "Hot shoe to mini" adapter so that I could use it with my SB-800 speedlight mounted on a light stand. But it comes with a mini-to-mini cable that works with Alien Bees, Studio Max, and other popular lights right out of the box.

It would be nice if they were a little cheaper but I can't really complain about the price because they have been so useful to me.
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Initial post: Apr 30, 2008 2:21:43 PM PDT
Greetings, I´m in the process of understanding how to properly use this system. If you be so kind as to explain how to attach one of these to a SB-800 is it the "Hot shoe to mini" adapter?? And Ii is my understanding that I shuold buy one for the camera and one for each aditional light?? Thank you.

Posted on Jul 13, 2008 4:01:31 PM PDT
SB-800 has an extra PC sync socket on the body, but when the SB-800 is in Remote CLS mode, this socket gets disabled. SB-800 cannot trigger any Pocket Wizards connected to it, when not in camera hot shoe. Leaonardo, you have been waiting for your answer since April, there are better places to go and get answers instantly. Sure bet is, perhaps few more blogs are out there, like Nikonians.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2008 4:32:52 PM PST
I'm a bit confused by this discussion about needing a "Hot shoe to mini" adapter in order to use a PocketWizard remote to fire a Nikon SB-800 flash unit. I own three SB-800 flashes and four PocketWizard MultiMax units (which is a more feature rich version of the PocketWizare Plus II unit reviewed here). I use one of the PocketWizards as the transmitter and use the included pc cord to plug it into the PC socket on my Nikon D3, D2X or D-100. I plug the other three PocketWizards directly into the pc socket on each of the three SB-800s. I didn't have to buy any adapters for this setup and it works fine.

Regarding the mention of the Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System), that is an alternative and less reliable way to fire remote Nikon SB-800 flash units. If you are using PocketWizards, you are NOT using CLS. Instead, the flashes are in manual mode and their intensity must be set manually on each flash. The advantage of CLS is that in many curcumstances, CLS can calculate the required flash intensity at the moment the shutter is pressed and communicates the required settings to the remote flashes via quick mini-flashes or preflashes. While this sounds great, it only works well in relatively close settings were the remote flashes can see the preflashes emitted from the master flash on the camera. If the camera is too far away or you're using modifiers like umbrellas or softboxes on the remote flashes, CLS won't reliably fire the flashes. So, it it best used for tight shots with bare flashes (no opaque modifiers). Under these circumstances it performs well, and since it is automatic, it lends itself well to rapidly changing environments where the photographer has no time to setup.

The PocketWizards only function to remotely fire the flashes at whatever intensity has been manually set on the flash. But, they are 100% reliable in doing so, and can trigger the remote flashes over great distances (~30' for CLS, ~1600' for CLS). And, they don't require that the remote flash have a clear line of sight to the camera. (Yes, CLS can work with reflected light say from a near by white wall or ceiling, but your milage may vary and it isn't good having to guess whether or not your remote flashes actually fired.)

You can find more discussion on these issues by searching the forums at the Digital Photography Review site:
This URL is for the forum for users of high end Nikon DSLRs. There are many other forums on this site including a lighting forum and other camera model specific forums. You can search the whole site too. Hope this helps.
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