'ControlTL' Category

PocketWizard Announces 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee for MiniTT1 and FlexTT5

Elmsford NY –January 26, 2010 – In a bold move certifying the performance and reliability of the new MiniTT1 and FlexTT5, PocketWizard® is offering an unprecedented 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee. Photographers can purchase the system, try it out for 30-days and if not completely satisfied, simply return it to their dealer for a full refund — no questions asked.

“We’re excited to offer professional photographers the unique opportunity to try the groundbreaking Mini and Flex system absolutely risk-free” noted Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group, PocketWizard’s U.S. distributor. “Our new 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee offer sends the message loud and clear that we’re committed to our customers, and serious about professional grade performance.”

To ensure the same level of unsurpassed performance to all existing Mini and Flex owners, PocketWizard is offering a free system check, with 24-hour in-house turnaround. Included is a free Version 5.0 upgrade to bring them up to the latest standards.

“Version 5.0 is a very recent development that adds additional features for both new purchasers and current owners”, says Tim Neiley, President of PocketWizard. “A big advantage of the PocketWizard system is the ability for photographers to upgrade all of their Mini and Flex units to the latest operating system by simply downloading the latest firmware from the PocketWizard site.”

Lederman continued, “We are including a performance enhancing accessory, the AC5 RF Soft Shield with units we are currently shipping. The AC5 is a two-piece shield that isolates the RF noise produced by some Canon flash units to provide precise autoflash at great distances. We are also making it available at no charge to current owners. And now, with our 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee, there are more reasons than ever for photographers to step-up to PocketWizard.”

Lederman added, “The Mini and Flex are exciting products. They’re easy to use right out of the box and offer many advanced features that improve the overall Canon flash system performance.”

30-day Satisfaction Guarantee offer applies to purchases made within the USA, and runs from February 1st to April 30th, 2010. For details, go to PocketWizard.com

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For more information on this exciting new story and complete product details, please visit PocketWizard.com. PocketWizard, the leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, is made by LPA Design, based in South Burlington, Vermont and sold by MAC Group in the USA and authorized distributors around the world.

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MWTOUR Nashville 1/11/2010 – It's full of stars!

Forgive the movie quote from 2010 :) Couldn’t resist, as it’s strange to be posting things about the year 2010 already. But, we’re on the cusp and there are exciting things afoot next year!

First off is the announcement that the Mark Wallace US Meetup Tour date in Nashville will be held at Photographer David Bean‘s studio. Check out the space here. Swell guy, and we’re excited! Check out his blog and Twitter – we bet you’ll dig ‘em, too.

So now that we’re done distracting you with lots of tasty links, don’t forget to RSVP for the event! This one could fill up fast!!

http://mwtour-nashville.eventbrite.com/

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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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