Sports photographer David Welker of turfimages managed to get his hands on some of the popular PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers and, after a thorough review, is ready to replace his old Alienbee Cybersyncs.
He appreciated the quality construction, internal antenna, and slim build but what really persuaded him was the features. He dedicated a full other post to just one: Quad-Zone Triggering (take a look if you’d like to see how it works or if you like pictures of adorable puppies).
David concludes, “Because the demand on these units is high, getting your hands on some may be tricky, but I highly recommend the Plus III to any photographer looking for a quality triggering system.”
Read the full review and head over to turfimages to see David’s sports portfolio.
Thomas Campbell has posted a detailed review of the PocketWizard Plus III on The Phoblographer. Early in this piece, he writes, “…with the signature PocketWizard Plus II getting a little long in the tooth, its replacement was due and it has exceeded all my expectations.”
Covering new features of the Plus III, the review points out the usefulness of groups, the expansion of channels to 32, increased range, an LCD meter and battery meter. A detailed table of technical specifications is also provided.
Campbell concludes the review with this paragaraph:
“If you are buying your first set of transmitters and receivers, I wholeheartedly recommend you buy the PocketWizard Plus III units. You will not be disappointed.”
Several original photos showcase the Plus III’s unique side profile mounting, which gives photographers both greater line of site over the tops of cameras and prevents accidental button pressing.
Read the entire review for full details. Check out Campbell’s site for his wedding photography.
Jeff Spirer has written an in-depth review of the PocketWizard Plus III on photo.net. This substantial review includes sections on setup, features, batteries, applications, use, and a summary.
Some of our favorite, cherry-picked quotes include, “the PocketWizard Plus III is incredibly easy to use,” “everything works,” and this gem, “If you are going to need a remote camera, this is no-brainer, it’s a great solution for sports and nature shooters. It has great range, up to 500 meters, and multiple cameras can be easily controlled. A flash can be controlled from the receiving camera as well.”
Spirer summarizes, in part,
My testing showed these to be easy to use and full featured radio slaves. They work exactly as they are supposed to and will be a terrific addition for the photographer who needs them, and they are less expensive than their predecessors. For multiple camera setups they are invaluable, and for complex flash setups, they fill the bill.
The entire review is worth a read. It contains many photos Spirer took while testing the Plus III units. A San Fancisco-based photographer, you can see Spirer’s photography at his site.
We’ve been a fan of Monte Isom for years. His irrepressible attitude is often cited by clients as a reason they keep hiring him. If you’ve got something going on with sports and need it photographed, Isom should be on your radar.
RETV has released a great video of Isom working out with the new PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers. Check it out to see him in Barcelona photographing Guillermo Ochoa over the distance of an entire football field.
Isom also did some other experiments, including exceeding the 500 meter range in the frequency-jammed streets of New York City. He states, “At a pricepoint of $139, I’ll be replacing all fifteen of my PocketWizards.”
When you watch this short video, don’t forget to watch through to the very end to see some great outtakes. You can see Isom’s site for more sports photography goodness.
Damien Lovegrove has a great post on his blog, ProPhotoNut entitled “Speedlight kit overview and preparation.” He posts two drool-worthy shots of all his PocketWizard gear, which he’s handily labeled to avoid any unnecessary switching.
©Damien Lovegrove at www.prophotonut.com
A shooter of both Nikon and Canon, Lovegrove discusses his use of the AC3, the FlexTT5 and the MiniTT1 in conjunction with flash gear from the two camera manufacturers. He breaks down the kits into their respective compatibilities, and explains why and how he uses each piece of gear.
A really informative post, with lots of tips other shooters will find useful, this one is not unique to the ProPhotoNut blog. Lovegrove also has some examples of his fine photography. Keep up the great work, Damien!
Sam Mallery of B&H has posted a hands-on review of the PocketWizard Plus® III radio trigger. The piece is a great overview, highlighting all the exciting new features of the latest addition to the PocketWizard family.
Grant Willing also wrote another hands-on review of the Plus III for the B&H site. This piece is a little more technical, with a breakdown of the increased channels to the Long Range and Repeater Modes.
Both reviews feature a handy table listing specs on everything from the display to battery life to weight. These two pieces are superb overviews for folks looking to get familiar with all the Plus III has to offer photographers new to radio triggers and pros with years of experience.
Photographer Joe McNally posted his thoughts on the new PocketWizard Plus® III radio triggers. Detailing a test shoot he did with a car able to achieve speeds of 280 miles per hour, McNally mounted cameras and Plus III units outside the vehicle.
He also extended the signal by placing two units down the track in RP, or Repeater Mode. This effectively allowed him to control the cameras from a great distance away as the vehicle raced across the desert floor. McNally estimates his furthest repeater unit was set up approximately 800 feet away. He writes:
“The PW [Plus] IIIs I had performed like a champ, even though they are not production line units, and they all were short of final firmware, which might have affected their working distance.”
The off-camera lighting resource Strobist has weighed in with a thorough review on the new PocketWizard Plus® III radio triggers.
In the piece, David Hobby writes about his long desire to see just such a product from PocketWizard. He covers many of the new features which make up the Plus III, including the 32 channels, redesigned antenna, and a breakdown of the modes.
Strobist also put a few PocketWizard Plus III units to work on test shoots outdoors. At a field complex, Hobby set up an AB800, walked over 1000 feet away, and began shooting. At over three football fields distant, he had “zero misfires. This thing is scary robust,” Hobby writes.
This would not be a Strobist post without the wit and prognostications Hobby is known for. In closing, he writes, “…the reality is, the PocketWizard Plus III is a game changer which will be very disruptive even to the second-tier remote markets. Their loss, our gain.”
Thanks for the testing and your continued efforts, David. Shooters everywhere continue to thank you.
The talented guys at Fstoppers are at it again, and have created a great video of their experience with the new PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers.
Not only does the video break down the important new features of the Plus III, but the guys did a serious amount of testing in a shoot with an athletic model, taking full advantage of the Plus III’s four subgroups to control different lighting rigs.
A second test shoot breaks down the use of Auto Relay Mode, documenting a fashion model being photographed beneath a bridge with multiple lights at various distances.
Fstoppers has put together a great page of resources on the Plus III, including their video, photos from both shoots, a written review, and shots of the triggers themselves. Don’t miss this robust review with real world production demonstrations.
You can also see Fstoppers’ full video on YouTube and Vimeo. Awesome job on this comprehensive resource, guys!
Jeff Spirer has published a review on photo.net of the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1. Spirer tested the units indoors and out, including in full daylight, with a Canon system.
Click image for link to photo.net story by Jeff Spirer.
When summarizing his testing experience, Spirer writes, “What can I say about the FlexTT5/MiniTT1 combination that summarizes my experience? It just works.” Be sure to read the full review here. Thanks, Jeff!