Posts Tagged ‘nikon’

Visible Range Blog: Sekonic L-758 with RT-32CTL, PocketWizards & Nikon Speedlights

A sister post has been published simultaneously on the Sekonic blog due to the shared technology featured belonging to both Sekonic and PocketWizard.

visible range blogHere’s some exciting news for Nikon PocketWizard users interested in metering to get the most accurate exposures possible with their off-camera flash.

Dinil Abeygunawardane at Visible Range Blog has posted a most impressive article entitled “Sekonic L-758 with RT-32CTL, PocketWizards & Nikon Speedlights.”

With Sekonic’s new RT-32CTL you can now use a Sekonic L-358 or L-758 to meter flash with PocketWizard ControlTL radios. Dinil centers his post around Nikon-based PocketWizard radio triggers, including the FlexTT5 and the MiniTT1. In fact, he fires off what appears to be seven FlexTT5 radios with his Nikon speedlights!

The post goes into tremendous detail and features screenshots of the Sekonic Data Transfer Software, a meter’s LCD screen, and the PocketWizard Utility Settings software. This post will guide you through Dinil’s configuring of his system.

Read the entire informative post and see more of Dinil’s work at Visible Range.


All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Dinil Abeygunawardane, all rights reserved; story is ©PocketWizard. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.

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PocketWizard Photo Products Announces ControlTL Firmware Update

Today a new firmware update has been issued. Please read the press release below for full details.


New features and free upgrades available now for MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® radios, both Canon and Nikon versions

So. Burlington, VTAugust 6, 2012 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today a new update to its ControlTL firmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Available now, version 3.150 for Nikon and Version 6.150 for Canon include several new features and updates including compatibility with more cameras and flash units, added support for the Sekonic RT-32CTL module, and new optimized rear curtain sync utility control. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install these new features via USB connection and update for free using the PocketWizard Utility.

“This latest release of ControlTL firmware further strengthens PocketWizard’s compatibility with Nikon and Canon brand digital cameras and flashes,” said Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard photo products. “Providing photographers with frequent important upgrades such as this is a very high priority for us because it allows owners of PocketWizard radios to stay current as new cameras and flash units are introduced.”

New firmware features include compatibility with the Nikon D4, D800 and D800E digital cameras and Nikon SB-910 Speedlight as well as compatibility with the Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite and ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter. Compatibility for the Canon 5D Mark III is not available at this time but firmware for this camera should be available in the near future.

PocketWizard’s MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios require this firmware update to work with Sekonic light meters with the RT-32CTL module in ControlTL mode. Using this module, compatible Sekonic light meters can trigger ControlTL radios receiving on ControlTL channels. This allows photographers to use an AC3 ZoneController on their transmitting MiniTT1or FlexTT5 to set their remote flash power levels, and then meter those remote flashes using their compatible Sekonic light meter, all wirelessly within the ControlTL system. More information can be found here.

These two firmware releases also include many additional operational improvements including improved default Aperture Priority combined with Rear Curtain Sync operation, improved Pre-Flash operation across all zones (Nikon), and more.

More information on how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection can be found here.

MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Firmware Release Notes for Canon (6.150).

MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Firmware Release Notes for Nikon (3.150).

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PocketWizard Nikon Beta Firmware Released

Nikon shooters may be interested to note PocketWizard has released beta firmware version 3.110 for the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5. What follows is the Beta Firmware Release Bulletin from The Beta Lab. Please read everything carefully, including Nikon compatibility issues, before you decide to install this beta software.

PLEASE NOTE: This release is Nikon Beta Firmware Release 3.110, providing compatibility with D4, D800 and D800E cameras and the SB-910.

June 21, 2012

ControlTL MiniTT1 / FlexTT5 Nikon Beta Firmware
Beta Firmware Version: 3.110

Intro: Beta Firmware Version 3.110 addresses some improvements we have made since the launch of ControlTL Firmware Beta version 3.022.

Please report any problems with this beta version to

IMPORTANT: This new beta firmware requires that you use PocketWizard Utility version 1.35 or later. It is available here. Upgrade to the latest Utility first, then upgrade your radios’ firmware.

When updating firmware, be sure to update all of your radios to the latest version, which is 3.110 for the MiniTT1 and the FlexTT5 for Nikon. Your radios will only operate as expected when all units are using the latest firmware.

Previously used settings or saved profiles cannot be automatically reloaded after installing the new 3.110 firmware. Make sure to copy down any important settings before loading the firmware because the PocketWizard Utility will perform a factory reset once the installation is complete.


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Video 1 of 4 – How-to: Shooting with PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon

Mark Wallace shines light on using the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon in this video, the first of four in a new series.

This free video, almost ten minutes long, has Wallace demonstrating how to set a Nikon camera for optimal results with the new off-camera flash triggering system by PocketWizard. Settings on the PocketWizard gear are covered, as are speedlight settings.

How To: Shooting with PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon from PocketWizard on Vimeo.

Wallace photographs a model indoors and out. He also covers how to update PocketWizard firmware, an important step to using your new MiniTT1 and FlexTT5. Known in the photo industry for making things clear so photographers can get down to business, this video proves no exception.

See more on the PocketWizard site.

To learn more about Wallace and to see a sampling of his photography, visit his site.

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Glyn Dewis Up and Running Fast

Buckinghamshire, U.K. photographer Glyn Dewis recently got his hands on the new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 units for Nikon cameras. He posted a blog story about his experience, including two beautifully-subtly lit images taken outside at dusk or near-dark.

He plans to push PocketWizard’s HyperSync technology, and we look forward to seeing the results.

Dewis writes, “After a few more photo shoots using them I’m going to be putting together a review here on the blog but for those of you interested, first impressions are that they’re good…real good!” So is your photography, Glyn! Keep the great images coming. Cheers!

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MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 Radios for Nikon Now Shipping Worldwide

On January 18, 2011 we announced the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios for Nikon are now shipping everywhere. Shipments to dealers continue daily in order to meet the high demand for these new units. These Nikon i-TTL compatible radios are being shipped with the latest ControlTL firmware for Nikon, version 2.100.

ControlTL firmware v2.100 for Nikon adds compatibility for the new Nikon D7000 and addresses some other operational issues. Current owners of the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios for Nikon can upgrade to the new firmware for free via the PocketWizard Utility.

This firmware does not include compatibility for the new SB700. This will be addressed in a future firmware version.

PocketWizard has also just released an online wiki format manual for both Nikon and Canon versions of the ControlTL system. The PocketWizard wiki is a work in progress and will continuously be updated as new features are added and improvements are made to the easily-upgraded ControlTL system.

The AC3 ZoneController for Nikon is on schedule for February deliveries.  The AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Nikon is on schedule for March deliveries.

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Video: Fstoppers Nikon PocketWizard FlexTT5, MiniTT1, and AC3 Review

The boys at Fstoppers published a post entitled “Fstoppers Nikon PocketWizard FlexTT5, MiniTT1, and AC3 Review.”

Using beta units, the team put the new gear through all the usual Fstopper paces. A substantial video is included in the post, and plenty of sample photographs. Calling the technology “the best out there,” they cite the auto TTL feature as a standout, and praise LPA for not rendering the Plus II model obsolete.

We’re really impressed with the inclusion of two completely different photo shoots done under different lighting conditions. The writing is detailed, and definitely worth reading. Don’t forget to scroll down for the 13 flash dunk! Be sure to check it all out here. Oh, yeah. And the Comments section has absolutely exploded!

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Joe McNally’s on the D-low!

We know you’ve been wanting to see more. We know you’ve been wanting to know how they work.

Joe McNally has a set.

Joe McNally did a test.

©Joe McNally,

Please watch this blog, our site, and Joe’s blog for further developments.

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MWTOUR: New video, Vote for Your City, Nikon Shooters Welcome

Here is a new video that adeptly explains what to expect on the Mark Wallace US Meetup Tour #mwtour

Aaaaaannd… Mark is welcoming ALL shooters with open arms – including Nikon shooters. It’s a hands-on learning event:

The Miami event is this week! There are some seats left – sign up now. Finally, if Mark isn’t coming to your area, why not vote for it! The city/town with the most votes on Dec. 25th wins!

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