- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 3.6 x 16.3 cm ; 132 g
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
- Item model number: PWP-TR
- ASIN: B000GHXMO8
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 10 2010
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #528,427 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Pocket Wizard Plus II Wireless Transceiver
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- Fast 'plug-and-play' set-up times
- Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology enables the Plus II to switch back and forth between transmitter and receiver modes
- Auto-Relay Mode wirelessly triggers remotely located cameras and flashes within a 1600' range of one another
- Four 16-bit, digitally-coded channels enable you to simultaneously trigger all of you lights at once, or isolate one group of lights from another
- Ultra-fast microprocessors enable trigger-response times as short as 1/2000th of a second
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The PocketWizard Plus II transceiver system does more than cut the cord. The PocketWizard Plus II can wirelessly trigger lights and/or cameras within a range of 1600 feet of the transceiver. Utilizing advanced wireless technologies, four 16-bit, digitally-coded channels are available for selective firing of lights, or when working in ‘crowded’ environments. If speed is a concern, images can be captured at a rate of up to 12 frames-per-second, which outpaces most currently-available cameras, pro or otherwise. Ultra-fast microprocessors allow for top sync speeds of 1/250th-second for focal-plane shutters and 1/500th for leaf shutters.The PocketWizard Plus II is compact, with a short, unobtrusive, rubberized antenna. The total height of the transceiver and antenna is less than 6.5”, and it weighs in at 6oz including the batteries. To ensure a secure fit to your camera or bracket, the Plus II features sturdy locking rings for hot shoes. Power is supplied by 2 AA batteries, which are good for about 60 hours of playtime. An optional AC adapter allows for continuous, unlimited shoot time.
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POCKETWIZARD PLUS II
1. 16-bit / 344.04MHz
2. Sync up to 1/500s
3. 4 Channels
4. 1600+ foot range
5. AA battery or AC
6. Transceiver (auto-sensing, no need to purchase different units)
7. Flexible rubber antenna (no swivel)
1. 40-bit / 2.4GHz
2. Sync up to 1/1000s
3. 8 Channels
4. 50 meter range indoor / 120 meter range outdoor (394 foot range)
5. CR2430 3.0V battery or AC
6. Receiver or Transmitter models are separate
7. Flexible 360 degree swivel antenna
The PocketWizards are even bulkier than the Skyports which are flat. The antenna of the PocketWizard looks fragile and doesn't hide or swivel down when being kept. In fact the plastic build and feel of the PocketWizard feels like a cheap radio control toy for kids.
And to add more to the above, it's almost twice as expensive than the Skyport.
So why did I still get the PocketWizard unit? The PocketWizard MultiMax transceiver is more versatile and more advanced in features than the above two models which is what I am aiming to grab to control the other PocketWizard units. I'm investing and banking on the fact that PocketWizard will try to strike a deal with other manufacturers for wireless flash trigger.
They started with Mamiya Corporation and equipped their Sekonic's current light meters with the technology including my Sekonic L-758Cine flash meter that I've installed a PocketWizard wireless module.
And unlike the Elinchrom EL-Skyport RX model (which is a custom tailored version that plugs into their own RX lighting setup), The PocketWizard technology exists in various lighting brands including Dyna-Lite, Norman, Profoto and Photogenic.
Nikon did once use PocketWizard in their D1X way back in 2002 until they started their own Creative Lighting System (CLS) which does not simply rely on triggering a flash alone, but measures, meters and communicates the information back to the camera. It would be best to know each capability and limitation especially depending on the scale of your project, intent and creativity.
The PocketWizard has been around for a longer time and they have rock-solid reliability. It sticks out from the camera hot shoe like a sore thumb and for a good reason that enables great communication with other units over a long distance.
You obviously have to evaluate your needs and how you plan to build your system.
If you are on a budget and would like equal reliability over shorter and more normal triggering distances, I would suggest Elinchrom EL-Skyport. In fact I would suggest investing on RX models and be able to control Elinchrom's own lights via their downloadable EL-Skyport software.
However, if you want to stick with the proven technology and reliability of PocketWizard then building a system around this wireless set up will be an equally good investment down the line especially as they try to expand with other professional brands of photographic devices.
The advantages of Elinchrom shine when you are building a system around their own brand. Outside of this, PocketWizard has been the recognized leader...at least for now.
They are essential in my studio work too. I use different combinations of lights, even different brands. Alien Bees, Speedotron, and even a shoe mount light as a hair light. The Pocket Wizard makes them all work together, which gives me a lot more flexibility in terms of what I can do for creative lighting.
You might have to pick up a special adapter for some lights. For instance, I had to pick up a "mini to household" cable to get the pocket wizard to sync with my Speedotron Brown line lights. I also picked up a "Hot shoe to mini" adapter so that I could use it with my SB-800 speedlight mounted on a light stand. But it comes with a mini-to-mini cable that works with Alien Bees, Studio Max, and other popular lights right out of the box.
It would be nice if they were a little cheaper but I can't really complain about the price because they have been so useful to me.
The Pocket Wizards are, of course, the industry standard right now for firing strobes. Dependable, suitable for any camera with a flash mount, and, since they are transceivers (either transmit or recieve the signals) can be used interchangeably.
The case itself is quite nice - fits two pocket wizards snugly, has a top medal clip, and a small pocket inside to hold cords.
I've been using Pocket Wizards for years and there really is nothing better on the block for triggering your remote flashes/strobes.
My opinion of Adorama is less positive. They sent me an opened, obviously used PW, sold as new. I notified Adorama about it, and they offered to send a replacement. I wanted them to pay the return shipping on the used one. They never responded to that request. Very disappointed in Adorama. I go to B&H for my photo gear now.
My only slight gripe is with the price. Unless you're fortunate enough to have gear with a compatible receiver built in, you're going to need at least two of these puppies - and at $200 a pop, that starts to get a little pricey for what it is! If you can afford it, however, it does what it does flawlessly.