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The New Technology Alliance between Bowens, PocketWizard, and Sekonic

It’s a beautiful thing when children play together nicely in the playground. Same can be said for photographic gear manufactured by different companies that are ‘guaranteed’ to work flawlessly together when you’re out on assignment. If you shoot for a living you’re well aware how persnickety mixed dancing between photo gear of mixed lineage can be, even when the company’s website and sales rep says otherwise.

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The Technology Alliance, a photo industry consortium consisting of Bowens, PocketWizard, and Sekonic, is out to put an end to all this nonsense. In it’s first official act it has announced that as of May 2014, select Bowens monolights, Sekonic flash meters, and PocketWizard remote triggering devices will, moving forth, speak the same language and perform as advertised on the job. They will play together nicely in the playground too. This launch is focused on the USA and applies to radio units and modules that are FCC-licensed in the USA.

By incorporating PocketWizard Bowens GEM Receiver modules which insert into Bowen’s Gemini-series 500R, 500Pro, 750Pro, 1000Pro and 1500Pro-series of monolights (As of May 2014), Bowens has joined the ranks of other lighting manufacturers (Profoto, Dynalite, Photogenic, & Norman) who have also chosen PocketWizard as their wireless triggering system of choice.801-131_Front_34

The PocketWizard Bowens GEM Receiver modules used in Bowens Gemini monolights is thoroughly compatible with all existing PocketWizard transmitters. When used with a PocketWizard Plus III or MultiMAX all 32 channels and QuadZones can be accessed. When using PocketWizard PlusX, remote triggering is limited to channels 1 through 10. PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 units can also trigger and select zones when used with Bowens new PocketWizard-equipped Gemini monolights.

In addition to the latest versions of Bowens 500R, 500Pro, 750Pro, 1000Pro, and 1500Pro monolights, all existing PocketWizard remote triggering devices will work fluently within the system as will Sekonic’s L-478DR and L-758DR flash meters. Earlier Sekonic meters can also be used by syncing to any PocketWizard transmitter or transceiver, which are available separately.

To mark the occasion and lend a smatter of branding into the mix, a special edition PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver in “Bowens’ accent yellow” is now available, and they are the same price as the existing black Plus III Transceivers.

To celebrate the “technology Alliance”, Bowens has launched a promotion where purchasers of Bowens Gemini R or Pro monilights or kits can get one free BowensGEM Module per monolight until June 30, 2014. Details here. PocketWizard-manufactured BowensGEM Radio Modules will be available in the USA at authorized dealers starting on or around May 21, 2014.

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Making Waves, 1 November, 2013

Making Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.making_waves_logo

Check out Nadav Kander in the BTS photo below this lightbox on TIME – photographing Prince Charles sitting on the lawns of Birkhall in Scotland with a PhaseOne and Plus II Transmitter.

Tuts brings us the how-can-you-ever-get-enough of “The Simple Guide to Mounting a Remote Camera“.

Tim Tadder reveals the process behind his WATER WIGS using a PocketWizard Plus II.

Michael Clark (on pages 14-16 of this pdf)  provides a good overview of the PocketWizard ControlTL System.

Helllloooo November! Happy shooting, everybody :-)

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Making Waves, 18 October 2013

making_waves_logoMaking Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.

 

Foto Care has put out a series of informative and easy-to-understand videos which show what PocketWizard technology can do for your photography. Don’t miss these brief, professional, and free resources!

The first is entitled “Using PocketWizards with handheld flash and strobe units.”

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Making Waves, 4 October 2013

making_waves_logoMaking Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.

 

Brazilian photographer Pablo Vaz has recently been featured on Portal Photos. To freeze a variety of fast-action sports, Pablo relies on his PocketWizard MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® radio triggers.

Stay tuned for a feature story on Pablo and his work to appear on the PocketWizard blog. Until then, learn more about him at his blog500px, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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©Pablo Vaz

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Pink PocketWizard Gear Up for Grabs

Regular readers of the PocketWizard blog are no strangers to the photography of Bob Carey and his Tutu Project. We’re strong supporters of Bob and Linda Carey and the good work they’re doing to directly support cancer patients via the Carey Foundation. Now it’s your opportunity to not only help a charitable organization, but get yourself some very hard-to-find pink PocketWizard gear.

How would you or the photographer in your life like to show up on set rocking a pink G-Wiz Squared Gear Case? Now’s your chance, with all proceeds going directly to the Carey Foundation.

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The Tutu Pink G-Wiz Squared Gear Case from PocketWizard is a padded, rip stop nylon case that holds up to four PocketWizard Plus® III Transceivers. The case opens from the top via a three-sided zipper giving you full view of the contents. The G-Wiz Squared features a zippered interior pocket for connector cables and other small accessories. Padded touch fastened dividers allow you to configure the case to suit your gear needs and help guard against incidental contact and impact. Snap Closure attachment straps allow you to mate the case with another bag. They can be yours via this eBay auction.

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PocketWizard Fall Rebates (U.S. Only)

MAC Group, the U.S. distributor for PocketWizard Photo Products, announces a Fall Rebate Program. From now until November 30, 2013 you can receive money back on all your favorite transmitters and transceivers.

Get $15 off your purchase of a Plus®X or Plus® III.

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Get $25 off your purchase of a MiniTT1® or FlexTT5®.

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How it Works
Purchase one or more of the items above from your local PocketWizard dealer in the United States. Save the receipt and send it along with the filled out rebate form, which can be found via this page, and the original silver product label(s) from product packaging to this address:

PocketWizard Fall Rebate
Dept # MG13-9454
P.O. Box 472
Scottsdale, AZ 85252-0472

You can receive money off each radio purchased. There is no limit!

If you’re wondering which PocketWizard radio unit is best for you you can read more about them here:

Offer available in the U.S. only.

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Making Waves, 13 September 2013

making_waves_logoMaking Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.

 

Here’s a collision of a great photographer, Disney, a powerful singer, and PocketWizard. Check out the behind-the-scenes video of photographer Annie Leibovitz using a Plus® II on a Disney shoot with Jennifer Hudson.

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Making Waves, 6 September 2013

making_waves_logoMaking Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.

Justin Van Leeuwen of JVL Photography in Ottawa, Ontario has a great blog post up about his third year shooting the Cole family. This year’s shoot took place at their summer cottage. Electronic technology and water typically are not to be mixed, but that didn’t stop Van Leeuwen from doing his best to capture each of eight family members, plus their dog, while balancing a large octa on a floating raft.

Van Leeuwen utilized a MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and HyperSync® speeds to make this deceptively fun shot that definitely presented challenges to execute. He’s a Westcott-endorsed Pro and lens reviewer for canonrumors.com. We hope to explore more of his work in-depth in the future.

©Justin Van Leeuwen

©Justin Van Leeuwen

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Making Waves, 30 August 2013

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PocketWizard Blog reader-favorite Chris Garrison is still hot on the Red Bull scene. He put together a great post on a shoot combining the impossible, land and water sport figures together, featuring Terry Adams and Adam Errington. Packed with behind-the-scenes photos, two videos, and the whole story, don’t miss Chris Garrison and his PocketWizard FlexTT5 and PowerST4 pulling off the impossible. As always, get your fix of Chris Garrison at his site and blog.

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Making Waves, 23 August 2013

making_waves_logoKeith Pytlinski, whose been featured in our blog many times before, talks about a piece of gear he can’t leave home without.

 

From Behind the Lens: Garth Milan, we find a great video about why Garth loves what he does.

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