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PocketWizard Mini TT1 & Flex TT5 for Nikon DSLR Bundle -1 Mini and 2 Flex
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- The MiniTT1/FlexTT5 are compatible with following Nikon cameras: Nikon D2X, D3, D3S, D3X, D700, D80, D90, D200, D300, D300S, D40, D40X, D50, D3000, D5000, D7000
- The MiniTT1/FlexTT5 are compatible with following Nikon camera flash units: As Master flash: SB900, SB800, and SU800. As Remote flash: SB900, SB800, SB600, SB400
- HyperSync flash at 1/500 sec and faster More flash power for greater working distance for outdoor fill with any manual flash unit. Adjustable Pre-Flash Boost Better autoexposure results in bright sun and at greater subject distances.
- Remote Autoflash at 7fps Shoot TTL flash as fast as the action happens. USB Configurable and Upgradeable Simple upgrade of system firmware promises new features and continued compatibility with Nikon system flashes.
- TTL flash with Nikon DSLR cameras Familiar operation with no limitations. Dedicated Hot Shoe Simple operation. Direct fit to camera and flash. Enables using flash on camera. No cords, brackets, Velcro or tape needed.
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The MiniTT1 transmitter is a low-profile unit that slides directly into the camera's hot shoe. It takes the complex TTL flash data sent through the camera's hot shoe contacts and transmits it in a secure, unique PocketWizard radio signal. Flash units must be mounted on a FlexTT5 transceiver for TTL operation or any PocketWizard unit for manual operation. Shoot FP sync up to 1/8000 sec. with Nikon Speedlites or up to 1/500 sec. and faster with full-power manual flash units using exclusive PocketWizard HyperSync. The unique ControlTL system enables adjustable Pre-Flash Boost for better autoflash shooting and remote autoflash at up to 7 fps. As all communication takes place through the dedicated hot shoes, there is no need for cables, brackets, Velcro or tape to use them. The FlexTT5 transceiver shares the MiniTT1 transmitter's features and adds the advanced auto-sensing and relay modes introduced with the PocketWizard Plus II, as well as camera and flash ports for PocketWizard cable connection to any camera or flash system. Both units feature a two-position channel selector that is factory programmed to the PocketWizard classic channel one and two. Using PocketWizard Utility software, available free on www.PocketWizard.com, and the USB port, you can program either channel to any of the PocketWizard system's 32 Standard or 20 ControlTL digitally encoded channels and zones. A special Learning Mode enables simple, in-the-field programming of all channels. The MiniTT1 transmitter and FlexTT5 transceiver represent a new era of PocketWizard software technology. Simply connect one of the units to a computer and click a button and it automatically updates its firmware. This allows for virtually unlimited system upgrades for new functionality and makes these PocketWizard radios capable of meeting any future challenge.
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I recently purchase these triggers knowing that like every other manufacturer that Pocketwizard would overlook something in the initial release. I was pretty happy with my Pocketwizard II units with the exception that there was no hot shoe to connect to my external flashes and had to rely on the overpriced cables. That all being said, I like these little guys but they are overpriced especially since the Chinese and Koreans are introducing models that are just as capable of doing the same thing. Here is my take on this product.
Build quality: Okay but there is room for improvement
Reliability: I have no complaints. Even though there are Korean and Chinese models that will trigger around corners, and at distances (none to the same distance as the Pocketwizard) these are better than the rest of the options.
Functionality: They get four (4) stars from me on this one and that is because they work with the SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, and the SB-900. It remains to be seen what sort of issues they will present us with in conjunction with the new SB-910. The fifth star would have been added if they were compatible with the SB-28, SB-28DX, SB-80DX and possibly the SB-50DX. We are still paying top dollar even in the used market for these flashes and having some backward compatibility would have been a plus. I understand why they are not backward compatible to the aforementioned models as not all of them were iTTL compatible.
I have used them with the TT1 and AC3 (Zone Controller) attached to the hot shoe of my camera, and have been able to control flash output from the camera instead of having to make the adjustment at the flash itself. I have placed them on umbrella stands, inside of soft boxes, and fish fryers without an issue. Love the ability to assign them to different groups and the ability to fire all groups at one time or to select the groups that I want to fire and when.
Conclusion: They are nice, they are small and work. The downside is, you need a budget of about $1200 to get a full system. That is one for the main, one for the fill, one for the background, and one for the hair light, a TT1 for the hot shoe and an AC3 Zone Controller. I also tried them with my METZ 48AF and it works like a charm. I haven't tried them with my Nissin Di622, it is on loan to my daughter.
WOULD I BUY AGAIN: Maybe
I can't remember a single misfire. You can customize more settings via USB and a computer. I bought a pair of FlexTT5 and customized mine using the PC software so C1 is Nikon I-TTL and C2 is manual. Keep in mind, if the flash sleeps, the first time it's triggered the flash will have to wake up. This isn't a misfire. This happens to me most frequently when using a Nikon SB-600 manually with a Fuji X-M1.
Nikon I-TTL is spot on using the PocketWizards and gives similar results to the built-in CLS. But then again, I'm not a heavy user, so I can't comment on it's limitations, imperfections, or nuances. For my casual use, the FlexTT5 does I-TTL perfectly, including HSS. At a family party, I just left my SB-600 with a Gary Fong Lightsphere on the table and got pretty good results.
FlexTT5 Battery life is good and uses AA batteries. I use Eneloops. I recommend the FlexTT5 instead of the MiniTT because of the AA batteries.
I just wish these weren't so expensive!
My problem was that the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 didn't always communicate. I could fiddle with it and get it to work for a while, but then it would happen again. I hated fiddling with equipment infront of clients. I almost gave up. In a last ditch effort to save my system I called PocketWizard tech support.
I received prompt, curtious, professional support. The gentleman listened to me explain my issues and suggested that I use the utility and check for upgrades. I told him that I had done that a couple of months ago.
Never the less, I did run the utility again and it worked! I have tested the unit several times over the last two days and it fires relialibly everytime. It works when I put a Nikon Speedlight on the Flex. It worked with the Quantum adapter connected to the Flex. It worked with the Quantum adapter connected to the Mini on my camera. Thanks Pocketwizard. And a special thank you to the tech support individual who listened to my frustration and gave me a workable solution. I can't wait to photograph basketball season.
Top reviews from other countries
It's made of good quality plastic although the hotshoe looks made of a slightly different and possibly more brittle substance but so far it has survived. The hotshoe is very solid and takes SB900 speedlight easily.
Takes 2 AA batteries which is always good - unlike the TT1 which uses button cells.
The aerial is solid unlike previous PocketWizards and folds up from the front revealing the USB port which is used for firmware updates. This solid aerial is obviously not as rugged as before but so far I haven't actually had to raise it so hopefully it won't ever get broken off.
Switches: along the left side are a little fiddly and for me the one annoyance: the on/off switch has three positions: Off/C2/C1 in that order. Not sure why it's not Off/C1/C2 but as I have a habit of using channel 1 most of the time it means the switch is travelling the full distance and will probably shorten it's lifespan.
Has the usual flash and camera trigger sockets 3.5mm.
Has a brass 1/4in socket underneath for stand mounting.
Operationally it is brilliant and when combined with the MiniTT1 as a controller allows you to shoot TTL at 1/8000th sec no problem. If you add the SU800 Commander or use another speedlight as a commander on the MIniTT1 you can also of course control power manually or TTL with exposure compensation up to 1/8000th.
Only slight issue I have with it is every now and again the speedlight fires for no apparent reason. I only use SB900's and I have tried all of them with the same thing happening. Not sure if it will affect other flashes but I assume it would. No doubt they will sort this out with a firmware update.
A great unit if a little pricey. I bought 3 :) All I need now is a nice caddy...
The software is easy enough to use. I recommend watching the videos on Pocket Wizard and the PW Vimeo channel for best results.
A little disappointed the CE version only has 3 CTL channels, compared to the 20 channels for the FCC version, but hopefully won't be an issue as I'm mainly shooting weddings and portraits, so won't have much interference.
It makes easy controlling external flashes just like they are on camera: TTL mode, hyper sync mode along with manual flash mode.
The care of packaging, accessories and manuals makes the PW products stand out of the crowd of street market alternatives.
Not to mention the vast help wiki and videos area on PW web site and the efficient help desk.
The down side still is the plastic hot shoe used on these units. It’s about time LPA Design incorporated this feature into the product as it really is a weak point.
A modification noted on my last unit was the repositioning of the brass threaded insert away from the hot shoe position by about 8mm out and 3mm down. This allows more clearance from the hot shoe for mounting option.