With anticipation for the new Nikon-compatible PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 system at maximum, it was imperative the system be as dialed in as possible at launch. To get us there we developed the most extensive beta program in LPA history. Starting in June of 2010, MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon beta product began shipping to pre-selected Nikon beta testers throughout the United States. Prior to the selection process, a survey was sent to potential beta testers to determine the camera and flash equipment they owned as well as their shooting styles. Testers included longtime PocketWizard shooters, well known Nikon photographers, Nikon shooters from our various affiliates, and even some Nikon employees. Each beta tester received one MiniTT1 and two FlexTT5 (and a spiffy Nikon Beta Tester T-shirt).
Over the past seven months, beta product was provided to over 100 Nikon shooters. All feedback was sent directly to the PocketWizard beta lab where it was read by PocketWizard’s Technical Support department and Engineering department. Changes were made based on the feedback and firmware revisions were tested internally and then released to the beta testers. There were more than ten releases to the beta crew and probably 50 versions internally. Once Technical Support and Engineering determined the firmware was fully compatible with the list of Nikon camera’s and flashes, the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 product was released to the International market as release version 2.050 and then later released into the US market as version 2.100. In the end, the Nikon beta process resulted in firmware proven stable for both markets.