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PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR

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Product Highlights
  • 3 Independent Zones of Flash Control
  • 6 Stops of Flash Control in 1/3rd Stops
  • Works in PowerTracking/E-TTL II & Manual
  • Turn Zones On and Off Remotely

When you add the Pocket Wizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon to your on-camera MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver, you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether in E-TTL II or Manual mode, you have control over all your flashes from your camera position. Put your flashes wherever you want, without worrying about having to access them during a shoot. 

Three clearly labeled dials let you increase or decrease power to three zones of flash in 1/3-stop increments--with a range of up to six stops. Three switches allow you to change zones between Manual, Auto (PowerTracking/E-TTL II) or OFF. Best of all, the design is simple to use, with an intuitive interface. When matched with the PowerST4 or AC9 AlienBees Adapter, you can now control ElinchromRX1, White Lightning2 and AlienBees2 flashes right from the camera's position.

The AC3 requires firmware version 5.10 (or later) be installed on paired MiniTT1's and FlexTT5's.

Three independent zones of flash control
6 stops of flash control in 1/3rd stop increments
Works in PowerTracking/E-TTL II or Manual mode
Turn zones on and off remotely
Put your flashes where you want, without worrying about accessing them during a shoot
Mounting Hot shoe
Status Indicator LED: Green status indicator
Operating Temperature Above 5°F (-15°C) and below 120°F (50°C)
Storage Temperature Above 22°F (-30°C) and below 185°F (85°C)
Power Receives power from MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Pocket Wizard
Dimensions 2 x 1.7 x 0.9" (5 x 4.2 x 2.1 cm)
Weight 0.82 oz (23.25 g)
Requirements MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver with firmware version 5.10 (or later) needed as a host
PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR
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    PocketWizardAC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR
     
    4.7

    (based on 118 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (91)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (50)
    • Attach securely (35)
    • Easy to use (30)
    • Durable (26)
    • Reliable (24)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (6)
    • Poor quality (5)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (43)
    • Outdoor events / games (43)
    • Outdoors (37)
    • General purpose (33)
    • Low light (33)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (57), Pro photographer (48), Photo enthusiast (9), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (113), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Key Piece Very Essential

    I use this along with my Flex TT1 and TT5. It its great because it eliminates the need to have to power down my Speedlights by hand. Just simply set your zone for each...Read complete review

    I use this along with my Flex TT1 and TT5. It its great because it eliminates the need to have to power down my Speedlights by hand. Just simply set your zone for each flash and enjoy the luxury of controlling your Exposure Value from the top of your hot shoe. Simply easy and very inexpensive. Good product Canon!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Neat but fragile...

    I really wish I could give the AC3 a better score. Honestly, when it works it's brilliant. Being able to adjust speedlights without walking over to them and pressing their tiny buttons and...Read complete review

    I really wish I could give the AC3 a better score. Honestly, when it works it's brilliant. Being able to adjust speedlights without walking over to them and pressing their tiny buttons and reading their terrible screens is great. You can easily dial more or less power, switch modes or even turn groups on and off. Fantastic.

    But I've only had the AC3 for a little over two months, and I'm about to send it in for repair again. The first one died within a couple days, and this one has only lasted a couple months.

    So, while it's brilliant and immediately becomes indispensable, I can't rely on it. Total bummer.

    Because of the problems I've had with the AC3, I really want to give it one or two stars. But it's such a great idea and, as I said, when it works it's fantastic. At least it's pretty cheap, so maybe I need to buy two and keep a spare...

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    4.0

    Pocket Wizard AC 3 for Canon

    By GRod

    from Miami, Florida

    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

    I ordered my Ac 3 prior to reading some reviews. However, after following the instructions carefully it worked without a hitch. I wasn't sure if it would work the same way as in the Mark Wallace Video but it did. There is one issue, i don't see a dramatic change when you dial down the power 3 stops in manuel. The AC 3 does work. I could be doing something wrong or expecting greater results than what the controller can do.

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    5.0

    Multiple light setup necessity

    By Gameday Photography

    from New Orleans, La

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Low Light
      • Special Events

      Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

      When you have multiple lights setup at distant locations, you wish you had this. Saves time and doesn't leave the client frustrated when you keep adjusting the lights for different looks.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      A must have!!!

      By Danny

      from Oregon

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting
        • Weddings

        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

        Got out of box, works perfect with the mini tt1 and great and simple to use with canon 580exii, u dont have to read the manual to figure this out.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Pocket Wizard Speedlight Controller

        By Jack Vosburgh

        from Las Vegas, Nevada

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Compatability

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Weddings

        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

        Works great! You just have to make sure all of your equipment (i.e. Pocket Wizards Mini TT1 & Flex TT5)have the lastest frimware updates. Very important!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Pricey but works great

        By The Big Kahuna

        from Flat Rock, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

          Used with TT1 transmitter and TT5 tranceiver. Works well but be careful when handling as it is lightweight plastic and could easily break

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          • No

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          5.0

          An Amazing Little Device

          By Joey

          from Dana Point, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting
          • Weddings

          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

          With the AC3 mounted on top of my Pocket Wizard TT1 on my Canon 7D I can control the flash output of my Speedlites mounted in the TT5's without going to the lites. You can adjust up to 3 lites without leaving the camera which is a big time saver, especially if they are tucked away in hidden places (see my previous review of the Pocket Wizard TT1 & TT5). My only regret is that I did not discover them years ago!!!

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          • No

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          5.0

          AC3 Zone Controller.

          By CV

          from New Orleans.

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting
            • Weddings

            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

            Easy way to control those speedlights when attached to TT5's.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            would buy again

            By Jen

            from Jtown, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Weddings

              Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

              it does set my flash off consistently and does allow control of off camera flash power with out walking over to the flash unit. But have not work as well as video show. But I believe I just have to work with the pocket wizards more to get better results

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              • No

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              5.0

              AC3 zone controller

              By Gary Jr

              from Toledo, OH.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                A must have for lighting!

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                • No

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again.

                By Ron

                from Atikokan, Ont. Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                  Working alone this should help me with my pocket wizards and flashes.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  absolutely a must

                  By notsopictureperfect

                  from Hickory, NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                    This little device makes my life so easy! Well worth the investment.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Simplicity wins... EVERY TIME

                    By Dave-dasp

                    from Toledo, OH

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Engagement Sessions
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                      This works AMAZINGLY well with my Canon speed lights. The way it can handle three different flashes on manual or TTL is awesome. AND it doesn't require any batteries! I would recommend this to anyone who is using the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 set-up.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Control your zones!

                      By Keebortz

                      from Richmond, KY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Needs Another Zone

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                      This item works exactly as it's suppose to!
                      With speedlights you'll make an adjustment and it'll instantly be relayed to the light via your Flex TT5.
                      Using a strobe such as AlienBee's and you'll have to make a "calibration" shot then your adjustments will show up. I'm not fond of this feature but it does beat walking over to a light or lowering it in order to make power changes.

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                      5.0

                      Does exactly what it says it will do

                      By Jordan

                      from San Clemente CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting

                        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                        This little controller saves me SOO much time. Instead of dealing with adjustments on the actual flash, or camera i can now just turn a dial and adjust 1 or more flashes in that group, in literally a second. i shoot sports photography(usually Skateboarding or ice hockey)and i have never run into a a situation where i needed more than 3 groups of flashes. this thing does it all

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        need for speed

                        By mixmasters

                        from new jersey

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                          this product works very well when your trying to create studio and family photos and getting control of your lighting set up is a breeze, I recommend this product..

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic addition for pocket wizard

                          By Geoff

                          from Brisbane, Australia

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                            The AC3 controller is great because it's so simple and effective. If you use remote flash it's amazing how much more you can concentrate on your photography when you don't have to walk back and forth to the flashes all the time. Personally I love how simple the controls are. You just have a switch for each flash ( up to 3) to turn them off, on manual or on TTL, and a power dial for each. When you look at how complicated Canon's on camera flash controller is this is so simple and a true joy to use. Really, I can't fault this device at all

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            AC3 Controller

                            By Paulapjmill

                            from West Chester,

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                              I saw Pocket Wizard Controller being used in a Creative Live demonstration and I said to myself I have to Order this. It is so simple to use and I have greater control over my speed lights than ever before. You can control zones with each speed light. If you have pocket wizards you need to purchase the controller. It is not that expensive.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Save Yourself A Trip

                              By JJJJ

                              from Cranston, RI

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action

                                Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                                If you are tired of going to your light stand to adjust your speedlite on manual or your studio strobes, AC3 is for you. You can control the amount of light from the top of your camera hotshot. How cool is that?

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Love it

                                By Freckles

                                from Harrisonburg, va

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                                  At first I couldn't get it to work right on my 1dx, but after I upgraded the firmware on my flex tt5 to the latest beta version, it worked great.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Work like they should

                                  By Rebel With A Camera

                                  from Austin, TX

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

                                      It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but it does the job of TTL or manually controlling the lights even at high speed. A bit disappointed that it was made in China. I expect better from Pocket Wizard.

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