'ControlTL' Category

Video: EXTREME distance demo with Mini & Flex by Mark Wallace

Wow. You go, Mark.

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MWTOUR: Mark adds a day at Fotocare in NYC 12/7 – RSVP!

Mark Wallace Meetup at Fotocare 12/7

Mark Wallace is bringing wireless triggering to FotoCare, Monday December 7th and PocketWizard is sponsoring the event! See and use the new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5.

Mark will be sharing lighting styles and demonstrating how you can use the Mini and Flex’s Features for the best creative results. Bring your camera and lots of memory, because we are going to have open studio time with a model and our own flash gear.

Bring your FlexTT5s and you’ll get a FREE AC5 Soft Shield for each one on the spot! Have questions? An on-site PocketWizard technician can help you find answers. Also bring some enthusiasm and creativity because this is going to be fun!

There will be face-to-face time with a representative from PocketWizard for open Q&A. We’re here to help and ready to field your questions. Simply, we’re dedicated to your success and ready to help.

Two sessions to choose from – sign up now – space is limited!

RSVP: 1:30 – 4:30 || 4:30 – 7:30pm

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Product Updates – October 2009

Yes, it’s been awhile since the last update and for those that feed off every tidbit of information, we apologize for our silence as we work on the products you are anxiously waiting for.  Here’s what we can tell you today: READ MORE at PocketWizard.com

And in other news, here is a video from Mark Wallace about the new AC5 Soft RF Shield:

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New Product Updates

We know there are many anxious photographers out there waiting patiently (and a few not so patiently) for the products we’ve announced and have yet to ship. It’s been a busy summer in development and all of these projects are moving along. Here’s an update for each:

ControlTL for Nikon: What was thought to be a relatively quick leap from the Canon version to the Nikon version has taken far longer than expected. The intro of the 5D Mark II threw the whole schedule for a loop as the new Canon required a complete development process of its own for ControlTL – it was not as simple as a cut-n-paste of the ControlTL firmware already developed for the other Canon cameras.

Six months later and with the release of the 4.30 firmware in July, we finally put Canon behind us and switched over to Nikon full time. There is a bunch of work already done, especially on the hardware side, but the communications systems are entirely different. We are making great progress now and we are pushing forward as fast a possible. Our last estimate was for a “Fall 2009” intro and we just might have something by December 20th and make it on a technicality, but it is more likely to be January 2010 for the 344MHz FCC version, allowing for a solid beta test period. 433MHz CE versions would follow shortly behind by a few weeks.

AC7 Shield for Canon Speedlites: The AC7 is nearing completion. Pre-production pieces have started to arrive and we should have boxed units ready to go around October 1st.

AC9 ZoneController: Plastics for the AC9 ZoneController are being finalized now and units using prototype shells have been in testing for a couple weeks. The final product has an expected availability date of November 1st. This little product makes life a whole lot simpler when it comes to lighting control.

And to make things interesting, look for a new product announcement next week for two more ControlTL products (Nikon users – there are multiple development paths, this does not impact Nikon development in any way).

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PocketWizard Releases Latest Firmware for ControlTL(tm)

Hot, hot! It’s a press release!

 

 Elmsford, NY – July 9, 2009 – PocketWizard has released the latest ControlTL firmware update; version 4.300.  This update addresses several performance issues, especially with the Canon 5D Mark II camera and is recommended for all MiniTT1™ and FlexTT5™ owners.  To install this update, simply connect your product to the PocketWizard Utility and click “check for updates” under the “maintenance” tab.  If you do not have the Utility installed on your computer, it can be downloaded for free at http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads
Key improvements in firmware version 4.300:
    * ControlTL system will “auto-detect” the 5D Mark II camera. Photographers that previously had to craft C.1 or C.2 settings precisely for the 5D Mark II now have more flexibility.  This also allows the system to use the optimized HSS settings without manually selecting the camera model in the PocketWizard Utility.
    * “Forced TTL Master Mode” is now the default setting.  This is the required setting for any flash on top of the camera mounted MiniTT1 or FlexTT5.
    * Calibration shot does not trigger flashes. Triggering the flash during the first calibration shot is not needed so it has been turned off to save a little battery life.
    * Overall system performance improvements.
For more detailed explanation please see the release notes posted on PocketWizard.com.
PocketWizard products are made by LPA Design, based in South Burlington, Vermont and sold by MAC Group in the USA and authorized distributors around the world. 
For more information: email info@pocketwizard.com 

Elmsford, NY – July 9, 2009 – PocketWizard has released the latest ControlTL firmware update; version 4.300.  This update addresses several performance issues, especially with the Canon 5D Mark II camera and is recommended for all MiniTT1™ and FlexTT5™ owners.  To install this update, simply connect your product to the PocketWizard Utility and click “check for updates” under the “maintenance” tab.  If you do not have the Utility installed on your computer, it can be downloaded for free at http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads

Key improvements in firmware version 4.300:

    * ControlTL system will “auto-detect” the 5D Mark II camera. Photographers that previously had to craft C.1 or C.2 settings precisely for the 5D Mark II now have more flexibility.  This also allows the system to use the optimized HSS settings without manually selecting the camera model in the PocketWizard Utility.

    * “Forced TTL Master Mode” is now the default setting.  This is the required setting for any flash on top of the camera mounted MiniTT1 or FlexTT5.

    * Calibration shot does not trigger flashes. Triggering the flash during the first calibration shot is not needed so it has been turned off to save a little battery life.

    * Overall system performance improvements.

For more detailed explanation please see the release notes posted on PocketWizard.com.

PocketWizard products are made by LPA Design, based in South Burlington, Vermont and sold by MAC Group in the USA and authorized distributors around the world. 

For more information: email info@pocketwizard.com 

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Shoot the Pig!

We got a GREAT recession-buster email this morning from Jaren Wilkey, Manager of BYU Photography. We liked it so much it almost felt like we were using Hypersync ourselves by posting it immediately!

Recently we were asked to shoot an illustration for a story on bankruptcy. They wanted something simple like a broken piggy bank with coins laying everywhere, but I thought that it would be a lot more fun to get a shot of a piggy bank as it was hitting the ground and breaking up into pieces. This turned out to be the perfect opportunity to use our new PocketWizard Mini TT1’s and Flex TT5’s which allowed us to achieve TTL and High Speed Sync with at 1/8000 a second.

1/8000 Sec F/5.6 ISO 400 - Photo by Mark A. Philbrick/BYU

1/8000 Sec F/5.6 ISO 400 - Photo by Mark A. Philbrick/BYU

Now that’s cool. Wanna see how it’s done?

See all of the images and read the full story.

Thanks for emailing us, Jaren (hint, hint, everybody else!)! Be sure to browse the rest of the UtahPhotojournalism.com website to get a taste of good community.

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David Hobby and Rob Galbraith Sound off on the New AC7 Shield Prototype

We’re working on a new RF shield to combat radio noise emissions with certain Canon Speedlites. David Hobby and Rob Galbraith posted their insights and thoughts. Both have excellent commentary, explanation and examples.

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“Uh, Houston? We Are Ready for Re-Entry…”

Charles Maring at WPPI ©Dave Schmidt

It’s not easy launching a new product. Does it satisfy our customers’ needs? Is the box the right color? What about our dealers in Nome, Alaska, can we get them product in time? These are just a few questions going through a product manager’s mind before a product launch. Such was the case with PocketWizard’s new Mini/Flex System. On Monday morning, February 16, we took the wraps off the new system at the 2009 WPPI Convention. Gagasville. What, you’ve never heard of Gagasville? That’s where photographers go when they go ga-ga. Now, we really had our work cut out for us. Fast forward to today and let’s bring you up to date as we prepare to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere. Mini, Flex…you rock!

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New PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Announced at WPPI Press Conference

 

Waiting to get into WPPI

The crowd was thick outside the doors of WPPI this morning as we held a private press conference to reveal the PocketWizard ControlTL series MiniTT1 and FlexTT5.

One shot of the MiniTT1 in the wild:
PocketWizard MiniTT1

Dave Schmidt presented the new, exciting products to an audience of press and influential photographers. Here is what he has to say for the blog:

Today is the day.  We’ve been sweating it out behind the scenes getting everything ready for a while so it’s great to finally tell the world what we’ve been doing for the past couple years….yes, the new products are new from the ground up and have been in development for quite some time.

We also know there will still be a ton of questions.  There will be updates on the blog and tweaks to the website over the next several days so please check back.  There are also a few reviews posted (yes, a few lucky souls got a peek at the stuff before the rest of the world). Check out:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2009/02/pocketwizard-flextt5-and-minitt1-full.html
http://robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-9884-9903
http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2009/02/pocketwizard-lights-it-up.html
EDIT: Just in! http://blog.snapfactory.com/?p=643

The big question is how much?  We only have pricing for the USA which will be roughly $199 for the MiniTT1 and $219 for the FlexTT5.

More to come.

Dave Schmidt presents PocketWizard at WPPI

Plus, we’ve heard there are tons of questions out there; we’re here to help! If you post a question in the comments here on this post, we’ll respond as quickly as possible. Keep in mind most of us are out at WPPI, so give us a little time :)

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