Lovin’ the new Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 & Flex TT5 for Nikon

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: January 28, 2011

Category: General

Just thought I’d post up a couple of images from one of my first shoots a few days ago using the new Pocket Wizard Mini and Flex for Nikon…

After a few more photo shoots using them I’m going to be putting together a review here on the blog but for those of you interested, first impressions are that they’re good…real good!

99% of the time I shoot in Manual so one thing I’m looking forward to putting through it’s paces is the Hyper Sync / High Speed Sync shooting with off camera flash at speeds pushing 1/8000sec. Of course this is going to mean shooting in Aperture Priority Mode so a little adjusting is going to be called for but hey, it’ll be fun I’m sure.

I’ll look to post the review next week once I’ve a few more shoots ‘under my belt’ with these new units but in the mean time if any of you have questions about them or any experiences using the Canon System, Good or Bad I’d love to ‘hear’ them so feel free to make use of the comments section below.

Enjoy and have a great weekend 🙂

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20 Comments

  1. Paul Hodgson

    Looking good already Glyn and looking forward to your thoughts about these new triggers. And do they play with existing PW triggers?

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    • Glyn

      @Paul…Cheers mate, I should have it online this coming week. Oh and re working with existing PW’s, they sure do 🙂

      Reply
  2. Dave

    I’ve been on the fence with these for a little while, I’m particularly interested in how well the i-ttl works with them. I love the Nikon CLS but find the whole line of sight thing to be a real pain. I look forward to hearing your opinions!

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    • Glyn

      @Dave…Yeah working in TTL etc is going to be interesting seeing as Im always in Manual but I’m actually looking forward to testing the units out more. Build quality is superb!

      Reply
  3. Tim Skipper

    Glyn,

    Hope they do. I bought the set for Canon not long after the release and they have been flakey, sometimes they fire sometimes they don’t. However the mini works great with the Pocket Wizard II. It also allows you to mount an on camera flash that can be used a fill when on location.

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    • Glyn

      @Tim…Yeah the Mini is great I agree. Much better having that on there than taking my eye out with a PWII aerial 🙂

      Reply
  4. Andrew Hart

    Hi Glyn, cool shots, i’m loving the background blur, low ambient exposure and nice ‘loop lighting’ on your model.
    I just got myself a Canon G12 for the fact it syncs upto 1/1000th without going to HSS mode (ie; full power flash)so am looking forward to attempting something similar. I have yet to try it out other than in my flat (where 1/1000th sync is not really necessary!)as too cold outside at the moment for my girlfriend (my go-to model!).
    What kinds of shutter speeds were you managing with the above shots?

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    • Glyn

      @Andrew…Hi mate, thanks for dropping in. Must say these new additions from PW are real good on many levels and not just the HSS. The ability to control power of the flash when in manual from camera by using the Nikon SU800 as opposed to aperture is superb, and so quick too.

      To be honest, I’m not 100% sure of the shutter speeds on these shots (out and about at the moment) but this week I’ll be shooting with them pushing up to the 1/8000sec range to see what that gives.

      Cheers,
      Glyn

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  5. Justin Zhang Photography

    Glyn: Just wondering how consistence you can get when you using hyper sync? Lets say, if you shoot 10 identical frames with same power and f-stop. How many same results do you have? I replace my Plus 2s by the TT5s when they first released (Canon version) but had the issue since, the lighting results tended to go more consistence either when a high power was set (at lease 1/2) or aperture priority was applied. This limits me to shoot faster or cant have a full control of the camera, since I can barely have any consistency over sync speed at all. Has this been improved to Nikon?

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    • Glyn

      @Justin…Really interesting point you have there mate. To be honest I’ve not noticed anything just yet but I’ll certainly look at this during this weeks shoots and will report back in the review on exactly that.

      Cheers,
      Glyn

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  6. Tim Wallace

    Good post mate, looking forward to a full Dewis review….

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    • Glyn

      @Tim…Cheers mate; first impressions are real good 🙂

      Reply
  7. Jeff Manes

    Great first impression! I’m considering giving the Pocket Wizards a try in the near future. The high speed sync is my main concern with the new units, so I’ll be keeping an eye on your updates.

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    • Glyn

      @Jeff…Thanks for stopping by and commenting mate. I’ll be shooting more with the units this week so hopefully the review I post up will be useful. First impressions of these new units are good though I must say.

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  8. David Kelly

    Nice taster for the full review Glyn. Looking forward to seeing the report from the more thorough road testing you’ll be doing 😉

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    • Glyn

      @David…The review will be next week now mate as this week is turning out to be quite busy. I’ve set aside a personal shoot for sunday when I’ll test them a little more 🙂

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  9. DaveT

    Glyn, I think you will have a lot of fun with the creative possibilities that these devices can offer. One great advantage of them is that you no longer have to have line of sight between the trigger and the flash itself. And to top it off you can alter the flash compensation from an on camera position without having to alter the flash gun itself.

    I haven’t had chance yet to be too creative with my mini and flex setup as I am still getting to grips with standard lighting – but at least i am starting to think of more possibilities.

    I haven’t got one myself, but I have seen the ACR3 (think that’s the right name) controller in action. It allows you to alter flash ratio between a couple of flashguns from the camera position. A very useful feature.

    Look forward to seeing more of your end results with this kit.

    Dave

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  10. reggie

    i cant believe PW refered to your pics on thier website as “subtly lit”

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    • Glyn

      @Reggie…lol 🙂

      Reply
  11. Tony Rodriguez

    It is possible to fire a Flex 5 from a PW MultiMax?
    I can do it Flex to MultiMax, but I need it the other way around.
    Thank you!!
    Tony

    Reply

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