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The new Plus III Transceiver features 32 channels and Selective Quad-Zone Triggering that enables photographers to remotely trigger flash and/or cameras in groups or individually all wirelessly from hundreds of feet away. Performance enhancing features include Long Range Mode and Repeater Mode to help photographers tackle the most challenging shooting environments and open the door for never-attempted image ideas. All features, channels and zones can be easily set using the soft-touch keypad and are clearly displayed on the backlit LCD display.The versatile new PocketWizard Plus III is compatible with all other PocketWizard radios and virtually every popular flash and professional digital SLR camera system. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters.
From the Manufacturer
The Plus lll Transceiver is the most reliable, feature-packed, easy-to-use solution for remote flash and camera triggering available. The Plus lll is an Auto-Sensing Transceiver which means it will automatically switch between transmit and receive as needed and is reverse-compatible with all PocketWizard radios, making it the perfect addition to existing gear. Whether new to remote triggering of camera’s and flashes or a top professional pushing gear to the limits, the Plus lll’s reliability, simplicity and performance make it the perfect tool for the job.
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I use PocketWizard Plus III for range and reliability. My application is unusual in that I trigger a large number of flashes for large scale architectural exteriors.
Make no mistake: you cannot integrate PocketWizard with other brands of radio remotes. That's what all reviewers and technical support people will tell you. That's because it is true -- you cannot mix and match different brand of RF signaling. Let's be real clear on this: you cannot tune a Brand X receiver to a Brand Z transmitter.
This does not mean that you cannot mix multiple brands of flash equipment and multiple brands of radio triggers, however.
Just because you cannot mix radio transmitters and receivers does not mean that you cannot mechanically connect a Brand X receiver to a Brand Z transmitter. By this, I mean it is in fact possible to use a PocketWizard Plus III to trigger another brand of transmitter.
This is useful when you need to mix different brands of flashes which have proprietary built-in radio triggers. For instance, I use a PocketWizard Plus III system where the sync output of the PocketWizard Plus III is used to in turn trigger two different flash systems that are mechanically attached to the PocketWizard (not mixing RF, just using a cable).
Specifically, I am using a PocketWizard Plus III system to simultaneously trigger a Yongnuo YN650-TX and a Profoto Air Remote. (Note: Profoto Air Remote TTL will not work, due to the multi-pin TTL control foot, which is not reliable in basic simple single-pin hotshoes).
Why would anyone want to do this? Several reasons:
1) To mix multiple brands of radio controlled flashes.
2) To extend the wireless range by configuring the radio system in multiple hops. Great as many triggers are, when you are shooting subjects from across a lake or river like I often do, extraordinary range is sometimes required.
3) Economy. If your flash equipment has built-in receivers (Yongnuo YN560 IV and Profoto B1), there is no need to buy a separate PocketWizard Plus III for each flash head. This is significant when you consider that epic shots may require dozens of flash units.
My system is currently reliable and stable using a single link of PocketWizard Plus III remotes. The next step for me will be to add an extra hop with additional PocketWizard Plus III radios. I am using the Plus III for both shutter release and flash sync. All radio systems introduce some degree of latency. I am good right now with two radio hops between the camera and the strobes; I have not yet tested with 3 hops by adding an additional PocketWizard III Plus relay.
2) You can remote trigger a camera and fire flashes at the same time. Use a channel above channel 21, set the ones on the flashes one channel higher than the ones on the "trigger" and camera.
Awesome tool. These are probably the most essential part of my lighting, and they work flawlessly.
I was able to operate the camera on any channel at the published distances but always with the camera in the "awake" state. So my next move was to order the mysterious -acc cable (another $85) to allow pre-trigger operation without depleting the camera battery. That cable didn't do the job either. I read the PW manual cover to cover, event in three different languages trying to find the solution to the problem. Finally, as my last resort I consulted the wiki.PocketWizzard.com site and after reading all of their latest releases, I found a one-line statement indicating the remote pre-trigger operation would only work in quad mode using channels A, B, C or D. Voila! It all seemed to work... but only one one direction: when switching the two PWs I found that one of them would not work in pre-trigger mode. I have since returned the bad unit to Amazon and they have promised to have a unit at my door steps tomorrow. Shame on you PocketWizard for the poorly written manual and defective unit... and thank you Amazon for the great service and customer care!
I didn't switch to pocket wizard plus II because I was waiting for the plus III to come out, and it was worth waiting for! It's everything they said about the plus II and much more! The new design is beautiful, the digital menu is easy to use and fast to access. I just love it!
My only nitpick is the range--I noticed that at times the range seems to fail on me when I am outdoors--I'm sure that most photographers won't notice this issue--but it's happened to me a few times outside when I couldn't get the Transceiver to trigger--At first I couldn't figure out why my PocketWizards didn't trigger--then I realized that my mounting method--dangling by wire probably wasn't the best idea--I finally came up with a method of mounting the Transceivers onto Velcro--I would also recommend getting a PocketWizard Caddy as well if you are shooting outdoors. I just don't recommend letting the unit dangle from the connector wire--which is bad--although this works with the PocketWizard II, the PocketWizard III seems to be more sensitive to the wire connectors.