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PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter for Nikon TTL Flashes and Digital SLR Cameras
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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 (ordered sepretaly) for TTL operation or any PocketWizard unit for manual operation. Shoot up to 1/8000 sec. with high-speed flash sync or up to 1/500 sec. with full power flash using exclusive PocketWizard HyperSync. Unique ControlTL system enables shooting remote autoflash at up to 8fps. As all communication takes place through the dedicated hot shoes, there is no need for cables, brackets, Velcro® or tape to use them. The MiniTT1 transmitter can be used for TTL auto flash up to 800 feet* and conventional triggering up to 1200 feet*. The unit feature a two-position channel selector that is factory programmed to the PocketWizard classic channel one and two. Using the included software and USB port, you can program either channel to any of the PocketWizard system’s 32 digitally encoded channels and four zones. A special Learning Mode enables simple, in-the-field programming of all channels.
Top customer reviews
Ease of use (plug up and turn it on... that's it!)
Compatibility with Nikon flashes as a master (when a PW is on your camera with a flash on top)
Limitless possibilities with other triggers and AC3 controller
Build quality (does not feel cheap at all)
Consistently triggers with minimal failure
Expensive to start up
Easily gets stuck on tripods after mounting (not bad but takes a little more effort to release)
The build quality of these units (Flex TT5 and mini TT1) is decent but not great. I would not want these Pocketwizards to take a hard fall off a light stand. One turnoff in terms of build quality is the plastic construction of the hot shoe connection to the camera hot shoe. This was a little surprising. After talking to the company (easy to reach), I am confident they knew what they were doing and I have not yet heard of any hot shoes breaking. Setup was fairly easy but I recommend reading through the included product information a few times. First time wireless sync users should be familiar with basic terminology as it relates to flash photography. Another turn off in terms of design is the requirement to use a CR2450 (or CR2354) 3v button cell battery in the Mini-TT1 unit. I simply don't want to carry multiple battery types since the Flex units use AA's. The button cell's are not readily available locally, which can present a problem on a shoot location unless a Radio Shack is nearby. The need for a non-readily available battery may influence many purchasers to just go with all Flex units (they use AA batteries) instead since they can be used as both a receiver and transmitter. The FlexTT5 is a unit that would be located at the flash (or remote camera when remote triggering). It is bigger than the Mini but more versatile since it is a transceiver. It should be noted "active" battery life is estimated in the 100's of hours for the Mini (button cell battery) and about 60 hours for the Flex (AA batteries). The Flex has an integrated ¼ X20 mount while both units have pass-through and full TTL contacts in the hot shoe (no more PC cords needed for linking to speedlights). In other words, your incredibly old SB-600 (no PC jack) is now useable in both manual remote and remote/TTL modes.
End-user usability and reliability is great with these units in Nikon TTL mode (called Control TTL by Pocketwizard). TTL range is different than manual triggering range. TTL range is a reported 800 feet with manual triggering available to 1,200 feet. The range never failed in all my use. Setup (for shooting) is very simple- just remember a top down approach. First you turn on your flash, then you turn on the Pocketwizard. Same approach with the camera end. In most instance, the first shutter release will sync the units for TTL. TTL was very accurate. Used in conjunction with the AC3 Zone Controller, you can get very creative. Also of particular importance is the "Hypersync" capability of these units. Built off its proprietary Control TTL, these units provide wireless high-speed synching to allow wide aperture use with flash during mid-day. Incredibly invaluable.
I could go on listing specifications and the like. Suffice it to say the PocketWizard Mini TT1 & Flex TT5 for Nikon simply work reliably and have a great feature set. Users new to wireless triggering should take the leap with confidence that if they are already mastering off-camera flash photography, these units will not improve their photography, but they will make off camera flash easier and possibly open up more creative options. However, if you are not using multiple flashes on location outdoors, in broad daylight, you probably will not benefit from the investment. In that case, the Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System)already in your camera will serve your needs very well.
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