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Using two PocketWizard TT5 and AC3 units on two different cameras

StephenStephen Member
edited July 2011 in flash & lighting
Before I buy a second PocketWizard TT5 and AC3 unit (Nikon), I wanted to ask some of pros here.

Let's say I have two cameras. I want to put a PocketWizard TT5 and AC3 unit on each camera. They are both on the same channel, so I can remotely trigger flashes on their own PocketWizard TT5 units. Are these two camera's PocketWizard units going to interfere with each other?

Thanks.

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  • I have a buddy that has a dual D700 setup (one wide, one telephoto) and uses two FlexTT5 + AC3 units to control the same speedlights. The firmware from pocketwizard is a key though and some earlier ones were a bit buggy but it seems to work for him although there were a couple restarts . I was quite surprised to see it working but I'm sorry I don't own any (yet) to be able to offer more than this.

    You can always contact them and explain. They might be able to guide you a bit better as they have beta testers raking their stuff over the coals to find the bugs.
  • Thanks for the comment. I'll contact Pocketwizard and ask about this.
  • The official response from PocketWizard Support is that I can have both cameras with this setup, but I will need to either wait 5 seconds between switching cameras or take a test shot on the second camera, so the units all resync. They do not advise shooting in rapid succession between cameras.
  • Neil vNNeil vN Administrator
    Yup ... you can use two cameras like that.

    However, the TT5 setup has been a tough choice for the workshops.
    The reason is that anyone who even touches a shutter button, is initiating communication with the slave flash.
    So with a group of 5 or 6 people, the slave flash gets multiple (conflicting) instructions, and it just goes a little crazy shortly after.

    For a single shooter, the TT5 works great. There are the occasional WTF? hiccup, but in general I am very happy with them.

    For multiple shooters ... it's not a good choice.
  • Neil,
    Thank you for your input on this. I am in control of the two cameras, so I won't be shooting with them simultaneously. I will alternate the cameras. If I work with another photographer that is using a TT5 unit on the shoot, I will keep your experience in mind.

    I also get the occasional WTF hiccups from the TT5, but they are very rare. I used them in my last set of photoshoots, and they worked well. (I just wished it saved the FEC information. haha)

    Thanks!
  • Neil vNNeil vN Administrator
    I don't think 2 or even 3 people would be an issue. But more than that ... chaos.
  • Noted. :-)

    Thank you again for sharing your experience on this.
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