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PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter Power Control for Nikon

4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • This Item Includes: PocketWizard AC9 Adapter - RJ-14 Connector Cord - Sync Adapter Plugs - Lanyard and Velcro - Quick Guide - PocketWizard Warranty
  • ControlTL: PocketWizard's new firmware platform taps into the full potential of your camera and flash system enabling an entirely new level of remote flash capability through the proven radio communications. ControlTL firmware is configurable and upgradeable for future-proof continuous improvement
  • Manual Power Control: When the AC9 is used with a FlexTT5 Transceiver and paired with either an on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5, you can adjust the power settings of your AlienBees/White Lightning flashes directly from the camera's position
  • ZoneControl: Use either the AC3 ZoneController or a MultiMAX radio to control up to three zones of light with as many lights in each zone as you want. Use the A-B-C zone switch on the AC9-paired FlexTT5 to assign the zone
  • PowerTracking: In Auto Mode, change ISO, aperture, or FEC and the lights automatically adjust their compensating power setting with PocketWizard PowerTracking
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Product Description

The AC9 AlienBees Adapter paired with a FleXTT5 Transceiver enables remote power control of AlienBees or White Lightning flash. With a MiniTT1 Transmitter or FleXTT5 Transceiver on your camera, you can now adjust the power settings on your AlienBees or White Lightning flashes from the camera's position. Add the AC3 ZoneController and you can control three different groups of lights in 1/3-stop increments with a six-stop range. Utilize PocketWizard's unique features such as HyperSync and Optimized Rear Curtain Sync for maximum control of your lighting.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.3 x 4.3 x 1.8 inches
Item Weight 1.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B004V4M9JQ
Item model number AC9
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4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #509 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Batteries & Chargers > Adapters
Date first available at Amazon.com April 4, 2011

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By Rex V. Polito on May 10, 2011
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First of all, there is a need to update the firmware of both TT1 and TT5 radios to
the Beta firmware 2.123 (to date) found at "Advanced Mode" of the Pocket Wizard Utility.
I got this information from PW tech support when I had trouble triggering my AB1600 with
a D90 + TT1 + TT5 + AC9 (2.100 updated) set-up. They said that this detail was not noted
on the Quick Guide/Manual.

Once I had the 2.123 update everything ran the way PW claims this baby should.
It's almost like having a big brother for my SB-900 where I have control of my Alien Bee
right on my camera. You can't believe how much time you can save and how convenient this
feature is.

A definite must have for Nikon + Alien Bee owners
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product works fine but the system is flawed. i did invest in four TT5 pocket wizards and even after 32 software updates, for Nikon, I could never rely on them. I have a studio and teach work shops, also never liked it not being compatible with my Canon friends and having to pull out my standard pocket wizards. main frustration was with TTL, the main reason to buy these units. worked 90% of the time, which to me isnt good enough. all other triggers, even the $60 cheap units, work 97-99% of the time. As a professional I got so frustrated with these units that I sold them all and switch to the $99 Pocket Wizard units and only shoot manual power. I know once i set up the lights its going to work and now i can focus on my shot and not worry about it.
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When the AC9's are properly functioning, they are wonderful. It is so much more convenient to be able to remotely and separately adjust your lighting from the camera position. However, I have had various intermittent issues with them. To be fair, I'm still trying to figure out whether the problem is with me or the AC9's or the Alien Bees, but at times the lights won't respond to the Mini or a TTL5. At other times, the lights start firing off in a stroboscopic fashion, and continue until I shut them down. The last two outings have not produced these anomalies, so I suspect the problem lay somewhere in my connections or start up sequence (You must heed PocketWizard's instructions on the order of starting up the lights and the various transmitters and receivers.), but it concerns me enough that I cannot go with a full 5-star rating. For now, all appears to be well.
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I bought the PW system with the intent of using them mainly for strobes....spent hours on the PW website learning and watching videos...

I wanted to get some studio strobes and have been working with the Alien Bees at the photo club...

Bees are a solid, good enry level strobe, that won't bust your budget, but, they do not have all the "digital" capabilities that some of the more expensive higher end systems....e.g. Norman's, Einsteins, Photonic, etc...the one thing I didn't like was the running back and forth to adjust the manual Bee's light power..in most system you still ahve to pay for the sync modules...with my system now..it was just another $60 or so to have it digital..

However, with the TT5 and a AC9 controller, I essential have a fully digital system, controlled by the top of the camera through the TT1 with a AC3 controller...

Is the PW system expensive ? Yes, does it work Darn Right !!!

The TT5 allows me now to combine my Bees with SB900, 910, 600's in the studio and outdoor environment....i have 4 TT5's and I now have a fully indepdent system, and while the Nikon CLS system is great when you have line of sight...the PW system works via radio control.

Great product....
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