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PocketWizards firmware brings additional features

By dpreview staff on Sep 2, 2011 at 00:49 GMT

Wireless flash control company PocketWizard has updated the firmware of its ControlTL system for both Canon and Nikon products. The update works in the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios for both systems. The upgrade adds features such as Hypersync Automation, which attempts to adjust the timing of flash firing in response to shutter speed changes to maximise the sync speed. There is also a Speedcycler mode that, when used with an AC3 Zonecontroller, fires groups of flashes sequentially so that one group is always ready when shooting bursts of images.

Press Release:

PocketWizard® Photo Products Launches Major ControlTL® Firmware Update

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

So. Burlington, VTSeptember 1, 2011 – PocketWizard, the industry leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash and light meters, announces a major new update to its ControlTL firmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Available now, version 3.0 for Nikon and Version 6.0 for Canon include several new features and updates to make the system more powerful than ever including HyperSync™ Automation, SpeedCycler and Off Camera Power Control.  Any current owner of the ControlTL system can install these new features and updates for free using the PocketWizard Utility.

“We’re excited about these new features for the ControlTL system and the creative potential they represent for photographers,” said Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard photo products. “Firmware upgrades such as this are a benefit for photographers who invest in PocketWizard radios. HyperSync Automation will be a game changer in that it opens up the amazing capability to use blazing fast sync speeds with flash units – creating amazing potential in sports or portrait applications.”

About HyperSync Automation
A number of enhancements have been made to the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5’s HyperSync feature. These changes can improve the performance of HyperSync and make it easier to configure. This new method adjusts HyperSync timing in two separate places – on the transmitter and on the receiving ControlTL radio. The transmitting or on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 automatically adjusts HyperSync to compensate for changes made to shutter speed. Photographers can further refine HyperSync via the PocketWizard Utility.

The receiving ControlTL radio can additionally compensate for shutter speed and flash power level by automatically making adjustments to achieve the fastest possible sync speed for supported configurations, such as a FlexTT5 with speedlights, an AC9 AlienBees Adapter, a PowerST4, or a PowerMC2. Some configurations require adjustments via the PocketWizard Utility.

HyperSync can now be customized on a per-flash basis. When using multiple flashes of different makes/models, HyperSync adjustments can now be made individually on each receiving FlexTT5 unit. If using an AlienBees flash with an AC9 AlienBees Adapter, users simply specify the flash under the Sync Timing tab in the PocketWizard Utility and the radios will automatically use the best timings for every shutter speed.

About SpeedCycler with an AC3 ZoneController
Previously only seen with PocketWizard’s MultiMAX radios, this new mode is designed to rapidly cycle through multiple flash units fired individually in sequence. This allows photographers to fire a camera in sync with flashes faster than a single flash unit can recycle. It can also be used for triggering remote cameras sequentially. SpeedCycler is engaged on a transmitting MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 via the PocketWizard Utility.

SpeedCycler mode requires an AC3 ZoneController in the top hot-shoe of the on-camera PocketWizard radio. Zones A, B, and C will be triggered sequentially and individual zones can be disabled by setting the AC3’s Zone Switch to the off position. Both TTL and manual flash controls are supported.

Receiving MultiMAX radios can be used instead of FlexTT5s provided they are set to a standard channel between 17 and 32. Users need to set the Standard Transmit Channel on the transmitting ControlTL radio to match the receiving MultiMAX unit.

About Flash Power Control without a Camera
Photographers can now take their AC3 and transmitting radio off-camera and use it to set power levels for any flash with a ControlTL receiver, making it more convenient to use an optically triggered light meter, or control the power levels with just a MiniTT1/FlexTT5 and AC3 in their hand while another photographer takes the pictures.  Previously, an AC3 ZoneController on a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 needed to be on camera to send manual power levels to remote flashes. Now, when connected to a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5, manual power levels are transmitted to remote flashes when the TEST button is pressed even when the transmitter is off the camera. This affects both speedlights connected to receiving FlexTT5s and larger flashes like AlienBees and Elinchrom RX units with ControlTL receivers.

For more information on how to update visit: http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/

Comments

Total comments: 13
filigor
By filigor (Sep 14, 2011)

Has anybody tried to use MiniTT1/FlexTT5/AC3 set (let's say Nikon set and Nikon flashes) in manual mode with other brands cameras?

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Peter Horn
By Peter Horn (Sep 6, 2011)

This is the first time I hear about this trick of adjusting sync timing for operation at higher shutter speeds. It absolutely makes sense. I wonder why the camera manufacturers like Canon and Nikon are not able to achieve that with their own hardware, or am I missing something here? – All the connections between camera and flash unit are present in most cases. This might even be done by some firmware tweaking. The SB-900 has a firmware update feature. I don’t own one, though. Comments, anybody?

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marianco
By marianco (Sep 6, 2011)

It is probably patented.

A lot of features in the camera industry are patented, preventing competitors from adding those features into their equipment.

For example, for years, Canon could not add lens distance information to their flash calculations since Nikon had the patent on this feature. This is why Canon flash photos sucked for so long compared to Nikon flash photos.

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PhotoshopEditor
By PhotoshopEditor (Sep 5, 2011)

Hey Lightshow

I think there actually is a iphone app for that. $20 I think, but not sure how good it is. I thinks it's called shutter release or something.

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Lightshow
By Lightshow (Sep 4, 2011)

Thanks for another update PW!

Something I'd like to see is an ipod/iphone connection kit so we can change settings in the field.

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cyde
By cyde (Sep 3, 2011)

I'm using the FlexTT and MiniTT as well as the ST4 with a Nikon D300 and SB900's and the Elinchrom Ranger. The new firmware has enhanced the hyper sync performance with the SB900's considerably and I can shoot from 1/250 to 1/8000th with no curtain showing. I'm still working on the settings with the Ranger though. So far I can only shoot up to 1/400 clean with the S-head.

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Stefanos L
By Stefanos L (Sep 2, 2011)

I don't really know if it was settings or firmware, but i had black bottom line at 1/160 & 1/250 with my D3 & TT1 synching the PlusII with a Studio Unit.
Now it's gone at the 1/160 still a bit of black bottom on 1/250 but from what i understood 1/250 is normal to get this.

I can go as much as 1/800 without black lines with the D3 & the studio units.

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Marcel Mutter
By Marcel Mutter (Sep 2, 2011)

It is the same as the the last beta for the Canon version. I have still the same problem with my 1D MK IV (firmware 1.10) and the FlexTT and MiniTT that I have black bands in the top of the frame over 4000/s in the automatic mode of Pocket Wizards and over 2000/s when I specific choose the 1D MK IV in the menu of the Pocket Wizards.

When I select the 7D as camera it all works fine for me. This is know by support of Pocket Wizard and we agreed that I use the 7D setting till they have found a solution for this differences between my Canon equipment and their test equipment.

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Viggo
By Viggo (Sep 2, 2011)

Hi Marcel! I also use the 1d mkIV and everything works perfect. However, I want to ask you, is your PW's old versions of hardware? I had all kinds of problems with mine, I bought them when they first got out, nad nothing helped. So the good people at PocketWizard decided to replace my old dented hardware with some spanking new ones. And after that they haven't missed ONE. SINGLE. SHOT!! Flawless! And I have put them to good use. There's no reason for them not to work at 1/4000s, absolutely something off with them, they need to be serviced or replaced. Try setting ALL things to default and try again. I just did that with mine for you so I could see if they worked at default, and they do. You'll get the best service ever at PocketWizard, I mean they replaced my 4 radios without any cost, and they weren't even under warranty anymore, although they never worked. Hopefully you'll get some that works, they are so much more fun that way ;oP

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Marcel Mutter
By Marcel Mutter (Sep 2, 2011)

It all started with the 1.10 firmware for the camera and yes I have the first versions of the European Pocket Wizards. I have also second new version FlexTT5 and I will try to test it with a second new version of the FlexTT5 or a MiniTT1 to see if it is a generation problem.

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Viggo
By Viggo (Sep 3, 2011)

Let me know how it turns out!

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Stefanos L
By Stefanos L (Sep 2, 2011)

Nice, will require some testing to see if everything is ok, but it should be better than before!

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LVPhoto1
By LVPhoto1 (Sep 2, 2011)

Great News....Thanks PocketWizard;

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