PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter for Nikon TTL Flashes – Product Description:
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.
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PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter for Nikon TTL Flashes – Review:
OUTSTAINDING FLASH CONTROLLERS!
Bottom line – Cream of the Crop
I’ve been using this miniTT1 and FlexTT5s with my D90 and D200 for several months now. To say that they are perfect would be an overstatement. To say they work every bit as well as if they were hard-cabled is pretty much dead on. And with these things you don’t have the challenges of tripping over or getting twisted in long wire runs.
As a simple example, I can set my flash (Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras – Old Version) with a Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal System Cloud attached on a stand in the middle of a large room. I have my camera (Nikon D200 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)) set to manual exposure, 1/30 @ f5.6. Pictures I take anywhere in the room are perfectly exposed.
They also work perfectly, albeit without the TTL functions, with the original PocketWizard Plus II Transceiver 801-125 Relay Radio Slave Transmitter Receiver 2-piece w/ PockeWizard Case for 2 in the mix.
There were some issues with the Canon version of these controllers and that was attributed to both the Mini/Flex and Canon “natively” using radio signals to control things. Nikon took a different approach, using light instead of RF signals for their Creative Lighting System (CLS) commands As a result there is no interference with the latest equipment from PocketWizard.
There are a flood of flash controllers available these days. Some cost a fraction of what these do and if you are only needing them to go short distances and can tolerate the occasional failure they’re OK. PocketWizard, with the miniTT1 and FlexTT5, along with their continued support for the other equipment in their product line, caters to a more demanding user with far greater performance and reliability requirements. For me, anyway, it didn’t make sense to take a chance on reliability or performance, or give up the capabilities provided here, just to save some on a one-time expense.
BTW, I feel that honest, effective reviews can take the place of first-hand experiences that are lacking in online shopping. I’ve always appreciated the help I’ve received from other reviewers and work hard to return the favor as best as I can. I hope you found this review helpful and if there was anything you thought was lacking or unclear leave a comment and I’ll do what I can to fix it.