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PocketWizard Plus III transceiver makes remote camera/flash triggering easier

By dpreview staff on Feb 20, 2012 at 19:05 GMT

PocketWizard has launched its latest camera/flash radio trigger: the PocketWizard Plus III transceiver. The Plus III is a big step forward from the Plus II, offering the ability to trigger four groups of cameras and flashes over 32 radio channels. It also offers faster continuous shooting, triggering at up to 14.5 fps and offers the ability to communicate via a repeater radio transmitter, to extend the system's range. It also gains the ability to half-press, rather than just firing the shutter on remote cameras. The biggest change, though, is the Plus III's back-lit LCD panel, making it easier to use than its predecessor.

The PocketWizard Plus III will be available towards the end of March at a minimum advertised price of $139.

LPA Design Announces New PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver

So. Burlington, VT – February 20, 2012– LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new PocketWizard Plus III – a feature-packed, easy-to-use solution for remote flash and camera triggering. This new simple but powerful radio provides professional and serious amateur photographers with the most reliable triggering system which they will never outgrow and never want to be without. 

“Our goals in designing the new Plus III were simple:  It needed to do more, cost less and offer the same reliability and simplicity as the legendary Plus II.  We believe the Plus III achieves all of this and more in its sleek new design,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Designs VP of Marketing. “Photographers need tools that will help them create images they couldn’t before and with less hassle and lower cost. The Plus III is exactly that tool.”

The new Plus III Transceiver features 32 channels and Selective Quad-Zone Triggering that enables photographers to remotely trigger flash and/or cameras in groups or individually all wirelessly from hundreds of feet away. Performance enhancing features include Long Range Mode and Repeater Mode to help photographers tackle the most challenging shooting environments and open the door for never-attempted image ideas. All features, channels and zones can be easily set using the soft-touch keypad and are clearly displayed on the backlit LCD display.*

The versatile new PocketWizard Plus III is compatible with all other PocketWizard radios and virtually every popular flash and professional digital SLR camera system. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters.

The new Plus III will be demonstrated at the PocketWizard WPPI 2012 Booth #621 in Las Vegas, NV, February 20-23, 2012 as well as in the JP Distribution booth at Focus on Imaging Show in Birmingham, UK, March 4-7, 2012.
* Please see PocketWizard PLUS III Features and Specifications documents for more information.

Comments

Total comments: 42
Brian D Watters
By Brian D Watters (Nov 6, 2012)

Curious, do you need at least two units to do anything remotely? One in your hand and the other on camera / flash?

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nwsphto
By nwsphto (Feb 21, 2012)

Saw this release yesterday morning, and by noon, I had four on preorder with B&H! I don't need TTL, and PW's are always ultra-reliable. Can't wait!

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sterlingv86
By sterlingv86 (Feb 21, 2012)

If you shoot Canon and Canon Flash
Buy "Phottix Odin"
$340 for the Transmitter and Receiver TOTAL. TTL Support, in manual mode you can adjust your flash on how much light to put out wireless.

Shooting any other Brand or Canon
If you just want a Radio Trigger with Distance, get "TwinLink", or somthing else that is under $150 and comes with Trigger and Transmitter.

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candu
By candu (Feb 22, 2012)

cactus v5 $60 Dollar Kit
http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/cactus-wireless-flash-transceiver-v5-duo.html

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tonganqn
By tonganqn (Feb 21, 2012)

yes $139 but you need to buy the other part of the tool which is the receiver that goes attached to the flash, which needs to be a PW dongle that will probably cost you another $150. checkout their website.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Feb 21, 2012)

For what the Pluse IIIs do you should really get two for $139 Other manufactures sell perfectly good radio triggers for a fraction of the price.

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Feb 21, 2012)

$139 Bucks?? If this had Nikon written on it it would be $800.

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Feb 21, 2012)

You need to buy at least 2 and need more extra equipments.

And I don't think it will my best option.

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PhotoArtKC
By PhotoArtKC (Feb 20, 2012)

People should really READ the writeup, these are NOT to replace the Flex and Mini which are for TTL flashes. These are to trigger REMOTE MOUNTED CAMERAS and REMOTE FLASHES manually! They DO NOT send TTL signals.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Feb 20, 2012)

yep and that is bad.

with the ODIN you get a sender and a receiver for 270 euros that have TTL support.

PW have had their time.
i loved the original PW systems but the FLEX system has many issues.

time moves on and now radio systems support TTL.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Feb 21, 2012)

Pocket wizard does support TTL. You just have to buy the right trigger. Phottix is no different. If you want TTL you pay more for the ODIN. If you don't you just by the Strato II.

I do think that the pocket wizards are over priced though.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Feb 20, 2012)

after years with pocket wizards i switched to PHOTTIX ODIN.

hell of a system, reliable and unlike the PW FLEX system the ODIN works flawless with TTL (canon 580 flashes).

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Valentin Hertz
By Valentin Hertz (Feb 20, 2012)

Any Odin for Nikon?

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Feb 21, 2012)

According to the phottix website it is only for Canon.

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Ryan Gardner
By Ryan Gardner (Feb 21, 2012)

Phottix is the chinese PW clone that's being sued for patent infringement, right?

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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Feb 21, 2012)

Where can I order the Odin in Europe? Anyone know of any Finnish retailers?

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Netfalls
By Netfalls (Feb 21, 2012)

I did the same and have to say that the Phottix Odin is working perfectly.

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Gautam Biswas
By Gautam Biswas (Aug 28, 2012)

After reading the user reviews, I too am interested in buying a Phottix Odin system for Canon. My question is are they compatible with photowizard- the reason I ask is to check if I can trigger the flash remotely with the Sekonic L-758DR which has a trigger module compatible with Photowizard.

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Feb 20, 2012)

A radio repeater feature? Wow, how many folks need more than 1,000 feet for a flash trigger? "I set my flash up on 8th Ave in Manhattan and then climbed to the top of the Empire State Building to set up my camera and tripod, only to watch my flash being stolen by crooks via my binoculars.."

TTL magic is not all it's cracked up to be! Love manual flash!

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VYCanisMajoris
By VYCanisMajoris (Apr 16, 2012)

Paul,
I've been lurking this board for years for insight. Today, I registered just so I could thank you for the laugh. Out loud it was.

If true, sorry about the flash.

Comment edited 39 seconds after posting
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jamielebeau
By jamielebeau (Feb 20, 2012)

Can this thing do high-speed sync?

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KenEis
By KenEis (Feb 20, 2012)

I have the same question. High Speed Synch is what I really miss with my IIs

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ClickJohnClick
By ClickJohnClick (Feb 20, 2012)

$139 sounds OK, but won't most people need to buy at least two of these things?

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Valentin Hertz
By Valentin Hertz (Feb 20, 2012)

Why would I use this Pocket wizard toys vs Nikon integrated infrared? Just because it uses radio? I definitely want TTL and all the Nikon has...

Please advise.
Thanks!

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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drh681
By drh681 (Feb 20, 2012)

Infrared has limitations that radio does not have.
the first and most limiting is the need for "line of sight" communication.
the second and almost as limiting is the need for a lower ambient light than is usual out of doors..

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Valentin Hertz
By Valentin Hertz (Feb 20, 2012)

I was never bothered by the line of sight as I normally do only studio work.
In my studio I have lights with 5k temperature and 95 CRI, expensive lights..No problems again. Could you please elaborate on the light limitation, maybe give me an example?

Thanks!

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drh681
By drh681 (Feb 20, 2012)

Do your own test, take your IR system outdoors on a sunny day and see how far you can get a reliable signal.

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Valentin Hertz
By Valentin Hertz (Feb 20, 2012)

Got it thanks.

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Derouyag
By Derouyag (Feb 21, 2012)

Personally I like the Flex system, but I think the true power of this system is when you add the AC3 unit. The AC3 unit just makes flash photography easy for those of us that are confused by it. Just adjust the AC3 unit up or down for a specific group and voila. Yes you can do this for commander mode, but the AC3 unit is SOOO much easier.

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digitalguy
By digitalguy (Feb 21, 2012)

yea but have you ever tried using your infrared behind a wall?
radio rules!!!

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digitalguy
By digitalguy (Feb 21, 2012)

What i would like to know is fit i can use the AC3 to turn on and off the plus 3s

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nwsphto
By nwsphto (Feb 21, 2012)

If you don't think you need them, you probably don't. Those of us who do already have them on order.

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zelig2
By zelig2 (Feb 20, 2012)

This does not do TTL. It's only ment to replace the aging Plus II. Really this is a MultiMAX at a much cheaper price.

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drh681
By drh681 (Feb 20, 2012)

the Multi-Max does things this one does not do.

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qianp2k
By qianp2k (Feb 20, 2012)

http://www.canonrumors.com/2012/02/5d-mark-iiix-variation-new-flagship-speedlite-cr1/

It has been speculated for a while that Canon soon is going to replace its flagship 580 EX II with a new Speedlite with radio transmission built-in and of course will support ETTL. Canon has filed a patent on it more than one year's ago. This will give some pressure to PW.

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Teila Day
By Teila Day (Feb 21, 2012)

I would still purchase a separate trigger system so not to be locked into any particular brand's. I like being able to trigger Nikon, Canon, and various brands of studio strobes.

I do however think it would be great idea though for Canon to come out with its own radio xnsmitter for its speed lights.

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qianp2k
By qianp2k (Feb 20, 2012)

If this supports Canon eTTL or Nikon iTTL? It seems not really replace Flex-TTL 5 or mini-TTL 1 but Plus II. It uses for triggering purpose. Otherwise its price is too good to be true if it supports eTTL/iTTL.

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drh681
By drh681 (Feb 20, 2012)

I tdoes not support I/E-ttl

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bed bug
By bed bug (Feb 20, 2012)

Do they support ETTL as per the Flex TT5 and Mini TT1?

Kind regards
Stephen

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drh681
By drh681 (Feb 20, 2012)

no.

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Wedding photographer
By Wedding photographer (Feb 22, 2012)

This is a very usefull transceiver, I would purchase it in Voronezh for zoomvrn studio.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 1 minute after posting
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TerryAnderson
By TerryAnderson (Apr 20, 2012)

I have used both Canon's eTTL and Nikon iTTL, both are good systems but I have experienced limitations. I found out back with a shoot in 2010 during a family shoot on a very sunny day. Both my SB900 and SB800 missfired several times.

I also know that Canon's new proprietary system won't work with my studio lights, so I would still need another radio set to fire them. So that is not the answer for me either.

Finally in November I purchased 5 pocket wizard TT5's, with a TT1, AC3 and AC9's. Now I can use my Nikon flashes with my AlienBee lights. Was it cheap? No but it gives me the versitility I need.

The new PW Plus III's even though they are not TTL, they give me 4 zones I can control manually. I currently have three with the TT5's. When I am shooting several subjects with different skin tone ranges and different colored outfits. I don't have to worry about constantly fusing with TTL getting fooled.

Yeah there are cheaper systems but durability is one reason I choose PW's.

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