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PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module

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Product Highlights

  • For Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 Flash
  • Compatible with Any PocketWizard Radio
  • Enables Remote Power Control
  • Wireless Flash Triggering
  • ControlTL Firmware
  • Programmable and Upgradeable
  • ZoneControl
  • HyperSync & PowerTracking
  • Receives Power from Flash
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The PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module works with the Einstein E640 flash unit to provide wireless power control using ControlTL technology. The module plugs directly into the flash and operates remotely with either a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 for adjustment of power settings via flash exposure compensation in-camera, however it will act as a simple trigger with any PocketWizard radio.

The ControlTL firmware is programmable and upgradeable as well as offering a wide variety of additional features. One of these functions is ZoneControl, which works with AC3 ZoneController or MultiMAX radio for controlling up to three zones of light. Also, it has PowerTracking and HyperSync for even more control and it is designed to receive its power from the attached flash unit.

Manual Power Control allows you to adjust power of the flash through either Flash Exposure Compensation in-camera or through an AC3 ZoneController radio for zone power control
ZoneControl works with AC3 ZoneController or MultiMAX radio to control up to three zones: A, B, and C
PowerTracking automatically compensates power settings based on changes in ISO, aperture, or flash exposure compensation in Auto mode
HyperSync allows users to reach faster sync speed with full power flashes
USB port allows for connection to program the channel and zone as well as power settings, modeling light settings, and beep options. It also allows the unit to be upgraded
UPC: 893577001774
Frequency 340-354 MHz
Channels 52 channels over 26 frequencies
Antenna 2.7" (6.9 cm), rubberized
Transmit Power 1 milliwatt
Mounting Eight-pin remote socket
Zones A-B-C
LED Indicator Green, amber, red status indications
Connection Mini-B USB 2.0
Power Requirements From attached flash
Operating Temperature 5 to 120°F (-15 to 50°C)
Storage Temperature 22 to 85°C (-30 to 185°F)
Construction High-impact plastic, rubberized antenna
Dimensions 4.7 x 1.3 x 0.4" (11.8 x 3.3 x 1.1 cm)
Weight 0.8 oz (22 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 2.6 x 1.1"
PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module
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    PocketWizardPowerMC2 Receiver Module
     
    4.7

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (22)
    • Attaches securely (18)
    • Durable (7)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Long-lasting (6)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (19)
    • Indoors (17)
    • General purpose (15)
    • Outdoors (14)
    • Low light (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (19), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (31)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent trigger.

    The PW PowerMC2 turns the PCB E640 into the easiest-to-use strobe I've ever handled. The manuals and PW Wiki can be a bit overwhelming, but this trigger is actually quite intuitive after experimenting with...Read complete review

    The PW PowerMC2 turns the PCB E640 into the easiest-to-use strobe I've ever handled. The manuals and PW Wiki can be a bit overwhelming, but this trigger is actually quite intuitive after experimenting with it for a little while.

    Channels (ControTL or standard) and groups are selected from the E640's display. The E640 will automatically switch to second/rear curtain sync at the shutter speed set via the PW Utility. HyperSync works at full power, but not below.

    The best feature is the wireless manual power adjustment. With tricky subjects or rapidly-changing exposures, like fire performers with burning props, you can keep up with the situation fairly easily. The AC3 Controller gives you 6 stops of control, the flash has a 9-stop range. This controller will shift the flash power away from the set point, so you can max out the AC3, then turn the flash up or down via the rear controls to establish the necessary maximum. With the maximum set, the AC3 will let you go 6 stops down in 1/3-stop increments. If you need to go lower, use the control panel on the E640 to reduce the maximum in 1/10-stop increments. This means you can hit the flash's full power range when combining the AC3 and E640 controls, but only 6 stops at a time via the AC3 alone. I have yet to run into a situation where I need more than 6 stops of wireless control, so as long as your initial setup is in the ballpark, this isn't a problem.

    Hard to write about, but fairly intuitive to use. Only downside is that the flash's connection isn't terribly solid, mechanically speaking. A bit of a concern, but not a deal-breaker when you're talking about this level of control.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    it works as it should

    I'm portrait and wedding photographer, I use the MC2 with both Flex/Mini for Canon as well as Plus III as a "dumb" trigger. Hyper-Sync is more marketing for this item...Read complete review

    I'm portrait and wedding photographer, I use the MC2 with both Flex/Mini for Canon as well as Plus III as a "dumb" trigger. Hyper-Sync is more marketing for this item than truth. Yes I can get it to sync at 1/8000th of a second but only at full power. Anything less than full power and you get regular banding. Great if you only need full power, no so good if you want to actually shoot at a wide aperture with a large, close in light source. Yes you can make your aperture smaller but then that defeats the purpose of hyper-syncing.
    I love the fact that it sits on top of the Einstein and has potential for less interference or point of failure. Point of failure, meaning loose cable or low battery. You have neither in to worry about in this case. That being said in true PocketWizard fashion in the middle of my first shoot with it the Plus III in my hot shoe decided it didn't want to work half way through the shoot. Battery was fine, channel, etc. were all fine but after about 150 frames the connection died. I swapped out the Plus III with another one and it was fine. Fine but frustrating, to pay gobs of $$$ for top gear and still have something always seems to go wrong with one of the PW's. To be fair in this particular case the MC2 was not the issue but I can't give 4 stars for overall spotty performance and unfortunately that's been PW's record over the last 5 years as a location photographer.

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    5.0

    Works like a charm

    By perlawolf

    from maui

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

      This piece works like a charm, and is super easy and compact to use.

      I photograph weddings and am often on the go climbing in and out of cars. This peice can easily get knocked off. I just bought a second one, because the first dissappeared!

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      5.0

      Reliability

      By On the Lord's side

      from TX

      Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

      I purchased the PocketWizard PowerMC2 due to my recent purchase of my 2nd Paul C. Buff Einstein 640. Like with my first Einstein 640 I purchased The PowerMC2 for reliability knowing that it will trigger my strobes each and every time. PocketWizard has yet to disappoint me.

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      5.0

      Pocket Wizzard MC2 with Eisenstein Ligh

      By 1DCP

      from Tustin, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

          Plug it in, select your channel & zone, your done. We have used the Pocket Wizzard MC2 for 3 events, approximately 3,000 flash triggers. No misfires, no hiccups. We were using the Calumet/Bowen radio slaves, they worked well but we had some misfires at small events, many misfires at larger events. So far none with the Pocket Wizzard Eisenstein combo. The bonus is plugging in the units without having to use sync cords.

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          5.0

          Works like a charm!

          By Bodhilens

          from Kentucky

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Fragile

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

          No problems so far. I've used them with my Einsteins a couple of times already and had no problems figuring them out. They just work. The MC2 has a tethered bottom cap to protect the long pins when not in use, otherwise you just need to be careful not to damage them. I chose the MC2s over Buff's own units so I could use the Einsteins with other PocketWizard triggered devices if necessary. By the way, RIP, Paul C. Buff.

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Boston Mike

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

            It is so nice to be able to control my Einstein unit from the camera! This saves much time and makes sessions more pleasant as well as more successful. Typical PocketWizard reliability and ease of use

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            5.0

            PocketWizard compatibility for Einsteins

            By Ravi

            from Lincolnshire, IL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                I purchased this unit as a kicker unit on my Einstein 640 which will supplement my Calument Travelite units. Works extremely well and like the simple setup.

                My one complaint is that this is so tiny that it can get lost in all the photographic equipment. They should have provided a storage compartment that can be attached to the Einstein unit for storage after use. I don't want to leave it in the unit with the antenna sticking out.

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                5.0

                Sorry I waited so long

                By darrelld

                from Krum, Texas

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                    I read the warning about this product on Paul C Buff's website so decided not to buy these and use my old reliable PW FlexTT5s to trigger my three Einsteins. After attending a Joel Grimes workshop awhile back and watching them in action, I bought three and put them to work So far, they have performed perfectly. Never had a problem with the FlexTT5s either but these don't require cables making setup in the field just that much faster.

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                    5.0

                    Better than Expected

                    By Leephoto

                    from Pittsburgh

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                        These work wonders with the Einstein's. I use the PW Mini TT1 and the ACC adapter on my camera and have full control of the Einstein's plus other lights using the PW Flex TT5.

                        Wasn't sure whether to get more Plus 3's for flexibility or the PowerMC2, but glad I went with the MC2. I plan to keep these receivers and my Einstein's for a long time because combined they really perform well.

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                        5.0

                        Power MC2 Simplicity with Amazing results !!!

                        By JC

                        from Alabaster, alabama

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Long Reach
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fashion
                          • General Use
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events
                          • Sunsets
                          • Wedding

                          Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                          I am a Wedding/Fashion Editorial photographer based in Birmingham, AL.
                          And I absolutely love the PowerMC2 !!!
                          I use the Flex System for my bridal sessions, and on every occasion I have a Shoot outdoors I Use my Power MC2.
                          I can take advantage of the Power MC2 by over powering the sun utilizing the Hyper Sync speed of my Einteins e640.
                          I can use my strobe lights at 4000th of a second and even at 8000th of a second when I use a wide open aperture as a f2.8.
                          I am not limited at 250th of a second which most DSLRs are set to. Now I have the freedom to freeze motion and create breathtaking images on broad day light !

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                          5.0

                          Brilliant!

                          By Jason

                          from Illinois

                          Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                          I live and die by pocket wizards. I'm also a big fan of Paul buff gear, mainly for function ability, reliability, and adaptability. Bottom line the stuff works, is American made and if it breaks I don't have issues, oh and it's affordable. I bought two PowerMC2s to go with my Einstein's. I am used to paying a lot for my wizards so the over hundred price point doesn't bother me. Now here's the deal, if your a buff shooter like I am and love Einsteins (buy some you will) then having to purchase special radio poppers is worth it. Sure I could just plug two of the 4 wizards I own into Einsteins but I don't have the cleanliness and control I have with PowerMC2s. My next list item is a PW mini then I can take on the full remote control available through the PowerMC2s...... Don't think that's important? Then try adjusting your light power from the basketball floor. Or when it's atop an 8 foot stand and your scene is set with talent waiting. Not to mention I don't have to worry about these MC2s running out of battery power because they source power from the lights themselves. Not having a transceiver hanging from a synch cord is also pretty awesome. And...... Now, this only telated to me, but my additional wizards are also still available for large multi-light or multi-remote camera setups. In summary, if you own Einsteins you should buy these. Grab a PW mini too... And since your spending money, buy a zone controller. Call it a day.

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                          5.0

                          Flawless

                          By John P.

                          from Minnesota

                          Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                          After purchasing PW PowerMC2 I've used on my Alien Bees Einstein strobe without missing a beat. Probably one of the best purchases in terms of reliability and function when it comes to wirelessly using strobes for my photo sessions.

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                          5.0

                          Great Einstein Controller

                          By John

                          from Conover, NC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                            Paul C. Buff's Cyber Commander and CyberSync units are well rated, but having a PocketWizard Nikon MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 controllers, I wanted a compatible system to work with the Einstein E640 Flash unit. The PowerMC2 works very well with the E640. I also purchased the PocketWizard AC3 controller, which allows for independent control of each flash unit.

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                            5.0

                            Pocket Wizard, need I say more!

                            By 1DProphet

                            from USA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy
                            • Pw Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Single Purpose Eq

                              Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                              Worked just as advertised, own standard through flex & mini PW's but wanted dedicated equipment to kit with, FEC and tracking control make it so easy.

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                              5.0

                              Works fine.

                              By PhotoSavannah

                              from Savannah GA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Night Time
                                • Portraits
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                I use it with Einstein. Works fine, not troubles to communicate to AC5. I would add small plastic box to keep it somewhere on a flash body. Contacts are easy to damage, but it a problem of flash construction.

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                                5.0

                                Love these things

                                By Carm

                                from Canada

                                Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                Work great on my Einstein 640 don't know what I would do without them

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                                5.0

                                PowerMC2 is just that!!

                                By ibjc

                                from Tennessee

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Long-Lasting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                  It just works with my Einstein every time!! Love it!

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                                  5.0

                                  Great addition to the Einstein flash

                                  By David the underwater and surf photo guy

                                  from San Diego, CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Night Time
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                    Really like my new pocket wizard PowerMC2 to use on the Einstein. I have been using the alien bees for years and needed 1 new flash so thought I would get it for the extra features. Just remember to do a firmware update on any of your pocket wizard transmitters before using. Its easy to do and will possibly save you some headaches. Have fun.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent works great

                                    By Ephcto

                                    from Sherman Oaks California

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light
                                      • Night Time
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                      if you are looking for hyper sync with the Einstein Alien bees this is the way to go, with the Flex TT5 it is really good easy setup and works awesome now i can eve shoot with my DSLRup to 1250/s really good for sport photography with strobes!!!! better than using speedlites!

                                      and i can get more dynamic range in one photo thanks that i can compensate with speed! it is awesome that i can not be limited just to 1/200s in a super bright sunny day

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                                      4.0

                                      Does What I Need it to Do

                                      By Jesse

                                      from Westchester, NY

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Outdoors
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Studio

                                        Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                        The PowerMC2 allows me to control the power on the Einstein E640 right from my camera using the AC3 and Mini TT1. There are a ton of options which are configurable if you go as far as connect the unit to your laptop and connect in with the software. Lots of options to suit your needs.

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                                        4.0

                                        Very

                                        By Jared - Identity Crisis Studio

                                        from Seattle

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Indoors
                                          • Low Light
                                          • Night Time
                                          • Outdoors
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Special Events

                                          Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                          I have three of these, and they work great.The only thing I don't like about them is how the pins are subject to damage if you're not careful. But that's a result of the Einstein design, so there's no way around that. I've had my others for a few years, and no accidents yet.This is taller (sticks up more) than the Paul C Buff version. I know, because I have both systems. I do worry about it getting hit, because it sticks out so far from the monolight. Again, this is an Einstein design issue, and PocketWizard could only work with what's available.I love being able to get 'hypersync' with these, and have shot at 1/1000 second outside. I also love being able to control the output of each Einstein with the PocketWizard Zone Controller. Saves lots of time.

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