PocketWizard Straight Out of the Box

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I purchased two PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceivers (here’s the one for Nikon) for use with my Canon EOS 7D and Canon Speedlite 580EX II.

This morning I took them out of their boxes, put the batteries in, put one on my speedlight (which was mounted on a light stand) and one on my camera’s hot shoe. I turned them both on and set them to the same channel, and started taking pictures.

This is Oz. He’s always my guinea pig for these things. Since he can’t NOT know what I’m doing at all times, the fact that he’s so often the subject of my efforts is entirely his fault. (That’s the tag off of a new Manfrotto tripod, which he pulled off of my desk and then sat on. Darn cat.)

Anyway! That’s it. That’s all it took to get my flash off-camera.

The flash was on ETTL mode (pretty much its default setting). I didn’t change anything on the camera at all, just shot in shutter priority mode with the shutter speed set to 1/200 (my camera’s flash sync speed). Now, there are all kinds of things you can do with PocketWizards so that you can shoot in manual mode and dial the aperture and the flash’s power exactly to where you want it. You can use high speed sync. You can coordinate multiple flashes. You can use them to trigger strobes that have built-in PocketWizard functionality, or add a cable to trigger strobes that don’t.

But if you need to just get your flash going really quick, all you do is put them on and turn them on!

Now, one thing to note is that PocketWizard highly recommends that you download the latest firmware to the transceivers BEFORE you start shooting, to ensure all of the features work properly. So, do as I say and not as I do. Just this once.

Secondly, I purchased two FlexTT5′s instead of one FlexTT5 and one PocketWizard MiniTT1 (here’s the one for Nikon). The MiniTT1 has a much smaller profile, but it only transmits, and it uses one of those little round batteries similar to the type used in watches. I like that the FlexTT5′s can both transmit and receive, and use plain old AA batteries.

Getting your flash off of your camera opens up a whole world of photographic possibilities. While the PocketWizard products aren’t the ONLY solution you can use to accomplish that, they’re certainly one of the easiest.

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Photos by Tiffany Joyce

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  • Craig Mullenbach

    Nice article.  Don’t forget if your camera has commander functionality built in like my Nikon D7000, you can get off camera with most Nikon Speedlights without any extra transmitters.  It’s all build in and works great.  

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  • Bill Booz

    Tiffany, thanks for the post. I am on the brink of purchasing radio triggers for my Canon 60D and 580EX II, but am a bit put off by the high price tag of the Pocket Wizards (your total package, it appears, comes in at a bit over $450). I am torn between the Radio Popper JrX Kit and a pair of Pixel-king transceivers. Total outlay for either choice comes in at less than $150. Now, I know that “you get what you pay for,” but all reviews look pretty awesome, especially for the Pixel-Kings. Did you assess any other brands before deciding on the Pocket Wizards? Wonder if any of your readers have any experience with my alternative choices?