Pocket Wizards dont fir consistently

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
PenguinPhotoCo Veteran Member • Posts: 6,284
my experience

PW plus units work 100% of the time..ok, 99% - sometimes the antenna may line up with something and not fire. move it and it works fine. I rarely use ch 1 as I've issues with random flash going off on it, so I just use 2 as a rule.
The flex....crap. Well, not totally true - well built, but not reliable. I use canon (580s which have a 'known issue' regarding limited range) and outside as fill flash they seem to work 95% of the time just fine.
Inside less reliable and in M mode at say, a dark wedding reception forget it. 20% reliable.
I only use it now for HS seniors on location- I can work slow and if they won't work I can make do otherwise.
I tried using them on sports leagues shoots - I lke the eTTL capability - but postioning them is tricky. I've had them work on my left but not on my right. work for 10 kids then go nuts (same thing at wedding receptions).
Great idea, fine for a hobbyist. Not ready for prime time.

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