Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 Transceiver For Nikon TTL Flashes and Digital SLR Cameras – Product Description:
The FlexTT5 transceiver shares the MiniTT1 transmitter’s(ordered sepretaly) 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. Used as a transmitter, the FlexTT5 can provide TTL auto flash at distances of up to 800 feet* and conventional triggering up to 1200 feet* with the aid of a flip-up antenna.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.
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Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 Transceiver For Nikon TTL Flashes and Digital SLR Cameras – Review:
GREAT PRODUCT, EVEN FOR THE BEGINNER!
Photography is often so confusing, especially when getting into off-camera lighting. These pocketwizards have really made it much easier.
If you’re an amateur, you’ll still find benefit with this setup. It’s expensive, but you won’t need to upgrade later on. There’s two key benefits, even for amateurs:
1. TTL (Through The Lens) metering. In other words, the camera behaves just like you’re using the built in or attached flash and figures out all the lighting settings for you. If you change your ISO, shutter speed, or aperture, you won’t have to do any fiddling with the flash. Typically with off camera flash, you have to know how many f-stops your lighting is affected by those changes, then adjust the flash accordingly.
2. You can use most any flash. Using a Nikon brand flash makes #1 possible, but you can still use other brands in manual mode.
As your skills grow, you can expand into the other features like custom profiles, multiple lighting zones, etc. But some basic uses are readily available to you. For instance, with these, you could set up your flash on a stand or table out of the way in a room, theater or gym. The range of the Pocket Wizard will let you be pretty much anywhere and it’ll still work perfectly. No longer do you have to have a flash mounted on the camera, nor do you have to be able to see your flash or have it on a stand in front of you, like you would with the Nikon CLS system. Additionally, you could place flashes on different sides of the court or stage and since the metering is ttl, you’ll always get the right exposure.
The size is great, especially for the entry-level cameras like mine. The TT1 unit is way smaller and doesn’t stick up like the old pocketwizards. You’re less prone to breaking them, it weighs less, and looks nicer.
The only trouble I had was that the battery in the TT1 mysteriously died on me. I’d left the TT1 unit on accidentally and apparently it didn’t enter the low-power mode when I took it off my camera and put it back in my bag. Be sure to get a couple spares. The TT5’s take regular batteries, so it’s not as hard to find those in a pinch.
I also wish the software would get some improvements. It’s great that you can manage your PW’s using it, but it doesn’t intuitively show you the current firmware version of your attached unit and whether or not it needs an update. Instead, you have to manually check for updates, download them, then try to update the unit. Only then will it tell you if you’re already on that version. I also found the layout and usability to be somewhat quirky. It works, it’s just not refined.
On the upside, PW makes beta versions available, and it’s extremely easy to load beta and production firmware.