Monday, April 27, 2009

Review: PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1

I finally received my PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 last week and have had only a couple of times to play with them. This is my first opportunity to venture into Off-Camera flash, and hope to build on this basic set up. I immediately plugged into the devices and upgraded the firmware to the lastest version posted on the website. The MiniTT1 fits on the hot show nicely, and is non-obtrusive. The FlexTT5 has a hot show mount, and I was also pleasantly surprised by the standard threaded mount for Tri-Pods. I have a few mounting different options like the Gorrillapod, Monster Pad, tripods, and the basic table-top mount that comes with the Canon Speedlight. In my basic tests, setup is very intuitive, and worked the first time as advertised. I plan on doing some more extensive tests on the range and also the hypersync technology. There is one issue with the Canon 5D Mark II where you cannot have a flash on-camera in the hotshoe while using the remote flashes. They have posted that this will be a firmware upgrade resolved in the future. (I only have one flash curently, so no way to test) I am now convinced that I need at least one or two more of these for my camera bag, and will be my next purchase. I believe that these are still back-ordered at B&H, but you may be able to find them at other retailers.

FlexTT5 and MiniTT1.

FlexTT5 sitting on table-top flash mount with Canon Speedlight on top.

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