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Top Customer Reviews
I have old (mid-1980s) Broncolor studio strobes that are still going strong, use a Nikon 800 and primarily shoot fashion and beauty. My studio is in a building with five other photographers in fairly close proximity, most of whom use PocketWizard gear.
I've not encountered any phantom triggers on channel one or had to resort to transmit only mode.
Range and Reliability
While I have not come close to pushing the limits on PlusX range, it continues to work well if light stands and tables are between units. After about 10,000 shots, I've not experienced a trigger failure.
Physical Connection and Orientation
The included cables and adapters are fairly high quality. The PlusX instructions recommend keeping the unit antennas parallel, but that isn't practical for me because I'm constantly switching camera orientation with the PlusX transmitter in the DSLR hot shoe. I have the receiver PlusX clamped in vertical orientation to the Broncolor strobe handle, so the antenna stands a couple inches above the power pack. I haven't had any issues shooting with the antennas are 90 degrees to each other.
Others have dinged the battery life. An average studio day for me is 9 hours and about 2,500 shots. So far I have 8 shooting days with the original batteries. The units have an off-switch and I turn them off when not in use.
With the Nikon D800, I found I can reliably shoot at 1/250s. The lower cost units start triggering late around 1/100s.
These bad boys have a range of 1600 feet. Probably the best feature right out of the box is that you just twist a rotary dial switch and set your channels (1-10). Place one on top of your hot shoe and then connect the second to your speed flash with the supplied cable and you're done. That's it. For us Nikon shooters, you'll need to forgo using TLL. Your flash will need to be setup in Manual mode. That is not usually a problem and a number of flash guys recommend that it's the best way to go.
Another great feature is that these units are backward compatible with all pocketwizard products. If you're wondering what the difference is between this unit and the recently release Pocket wizard III, this unit is $50 cheaper, and the zone A,B,C,D are not available to you.
One feature that was shown on PW+X webinar by Mark Wallace was the remote focus and trigger capabilities. Mark had a camera rigged from the rear of a car and was snapping images of a trailing motorcycles. Remote autofocus is a primary reason to have these around when shooting wildlife. I also use the remote focus and trigger when shooting videos for my blog. If you are going to use remote trigger for your camera, remember to buy the proper trigger cable.
This is a very simple product to use, no more fumbling with setup and switches. An added plus is the channel indicator is backlit red so setting up in low light is much improved.
I opened the box for my two Pocket Wizard Plus X, put in two double AA batteries in each (sold seperately).
Set to channel 1-10, on both Pocket Wizard Plus X radios, put one on my Nikon D600 hot shoe, 1 attached to my nikon SB-910 flash with INCLUDED sync cable, and started to fire away.
Love how simple and reliable these triggers are.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inexpensive, simple to use, and do their job as they should. Every studio should have extra couple of PW's - just in casePublished 3 days ago by MacHead
Hey, it's a Pocket Wizard. What else can I say. Reliable and consistent. Exactly what you should expect from a slave. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JimD
This is a must for any studio. Effortless usage and worry free functionality. I don't even realize they are there most of the time until I have to swap out the rechargeable... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marley
Awesomely simple to use and they just work all the time, period.
These connect to the flash by a sync cord, which could be a disadvantage -- just something to consider. Read more
Item is listed as compatible with my camera and described as coming with cables so I am not happy about having to spend another $40 on an additional cable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith A. Jones