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Alternative for PocketWizard FlexTT5 transceiver?

mvheystmvheyst Member
edited August 2011 in flash & lighting
Is there a good (lower cost) alternative for the "PocketWizard FlexTT5 transceiver", that works well?

The "FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Nikon i-TTL Flash System " cost USD 219 at B&H. You need at least 2, therefore the cost is USD 438 + Shipping.

Do you have experience with the products from Pixel?
http://www.pixelhk.com/
http://www.pixelhk.com/Proshow.aspx?id=145

The PIXEL TR-331 Flash Wireless Trigger SET for Nikon i-TTL cost approx USD 119 on ebay.

PIXEL ROOK F508 Flash Trigger for NIKON with 2 Receiver cost USD 116 on ebay
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=pixel+rook&_sacat=0&_sop=12&_odkw=pixel+rook&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Hkyongnuo.com sells low cost camera assecories:
http://www.hkyongnuo.com/e-detail.php?ID=282
A YongNuo RF-603 Flash Trigger set for Nikon cost USD 39 on ebay.
(I have a USD 3 YongNuo shutter release for the D300, and it works perfectly.)

Phottix Wireless Remotes
http://www.phottix.com/en/wireless-remotes.html
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=Phottix+wireless+flash&_sacat=0&_odkw=Phottix+wireless&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Comments

  • Pixel TR-331 sounded great so I ordered one set but I experienced problems: it wasn't working everytime I used it so I sent it back.

    I'd love to hear from someone actively using it - after all I might have had a flawed unit or been making some fundamental error when trying to use it...
  • I was wondering if anyone can comment on the ease of use during photo shoots (e.g. how complicated is it to go from EV +1 to EV+2) on the PW or Radio Popper. I have the JRX system right now and always working in manual caused me some issues recently when I was exposing for the background so the histogram looked fine, but I couldn't see the screen to see how the subject was exposed and was just guessing. Even guessing with the JRX is frustrating since it's just an unmarked knob. I want to upgrade but the PRX controls looked awkward.
  • With PocketWizard, if you have the AC3 Zone Controller on your FlexTT5 unit, changing manual flash power or FEC (TTL) is as easy as moving a tiny marked dial. Otherwise, you need to attach a speedlight on top of the FlexTT5 unit to control the FEC or manual flash power.
  • mvheystmvheyst Member
    edited April 2012
    The new " PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver " is also an alternative to the MiniTT1 & AC3 Zone Controller, BUT IT IS NOT TTL CAPABLE. It only works in Standard (Non-TTL) flash mode (manual flash mode). If you don't need TTL flash, this is an alternative option. The main advantage of the mini TT1 & Flex TT5 is TTL remote control of your flashes.

    http://plusiii.pocketwizard.com/


  • i switched to Canon's 600 EX RT flashes with radio ETTL. good bye PW!
  • So Canon has finally decided to use radio wireless technology for its latest flash. I wonder how this will affect Pocketwizard and RadioPopper sales.

    I've always wondered why Nikon or Canon didn't previously do this.
  • Odin for Nikon: It’s coming

    http://journal.phottix.com/photo-accessory-news/odin-nikon-coming/

    " We get a lot of requests for a Nikon-compatible version of the Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger. Rest assured – it is coming.

    When it’s released we want it to work and not make you inadvertent beta-testers, forcing everyone to download firmware upgrade after firmware upgrade.

    Is it worth the wait? Our testers say yes. Stay tuned for more information as it is available. "
  • PHOTTIX ODIN TTL FLASH TRIGGER FOR NIKON
    http://www.phottixstore.com/store/studio-accessories/phottix-odin-ttl-flash-trigger-for-nikon.html

    " Photographers can wirelessly trigger TTL flashes, retaining full TTL functions, as well as remotely control power and flash zoom settings. Shooting with off-camera TTL flash has been made incredibly easy.

    Reliable wireless radio-based TTL triggering and remote power control is here. "
  • RolfRolf Member
    Finally bit the bullet and picked up the Odin Transmitter and 1 receiver for Nikon. Impressed. Simple to use. Fired every time on a photo shoot the next day. Have not tested out distances (how far does the flash have to be for it to fire reliably) as I typically don's shoot massive distances away from my flash- but I am sure it will happen some day and I am also sure I will also pick quirky spots to put my flases now) . Loved the transmitter's ease of changing FEC on Manual and TTL ( you can go in 1/3's just like you do on your flash). The units feel very solid. And a much better bang for your buck than the PW's, IMHO.
  • jhilgersjhilgers Member
    edited July 2013
    So I have a question regarding the Odin Transmitter.

    If you want to use a flash on your camera along with other units remotely, can you place one of the receivers between your camera and the flash and still have it control the other units in multiple groups via the radio connectivity or are you forced to using the transmitter directly connected to your camera only?
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