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PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR

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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

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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
UPC: 893577001699
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
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.18 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 4.3 x 1.5"
PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR
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    PocketWizardAC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR
     
    4.7

    (based on 124 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (96)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (52)
    • Attach securely (35)
    • Easy to use (31)
    • Durable (27)
    • Reliable (24)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (6)
    • Poor quality (5)

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (46)
    • Indoors (45)
    • Outdoors (40)
    • General purpose (35)
    • Low light (35)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (60), Pro photographer (50), Photo enthusiast (9), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (117), 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!!!

    VS

    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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    1.0

    Useless with older canon flash units

    By Jim simi pro protrait photographer

    from Seattle

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

          Unless you have a latter 580exII don't buy this unit. It only works with the newer flash units. I guess I should have read that before buying it last year.
          I wish I had all the money I have spent on pocket wizard and radio poppers units, I could easily get a new set of canon flashes with the radios built right in. Oh well!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          AC3 ZoneController

          By 427accobra

          from CT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • None of the above

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Special Events
          • Weddingsevents

          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

          I am pleased with the purchase of the MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and the AC3. They are easy to use and set-up with the PocketWizard software available on line. Within a few hours I had them controlling two different flash units. If you have a Sekonic L-478DR the Flex and Mini worked great with the meter and the flash output can be controlled right from the meter from full power to 1/64 power. Controlling the power from the meter is great for portraits photography. The only thing to be careful of is to make sure that your camera is listed as one that they communicate with. I have a Canon 5D Mark II.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Brilliant device

          By swertz

          from Norfolk, VA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

            This product makes it so unbelievably easy to adjust your light without disturbing your shoot. You can go along with your subject and shoot and keep them loose and comfortable without having to fidget with your lights.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Must have!

            By vinniec

            from Syracuse, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches quickly
            • Easy to Use
            • Intuitive

            Cons

            • It Moves A Little

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

            The AC3 makes adjustments incredibly easy. I can't imagine shooting without it. Just turn the wheel and get right back to shooting. It allows for speed and creativity.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Flash Control

            By therealmccoyphoto

            from South Lake Tahoe

            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

            ++ for remote flash control great for field and studio use.

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            5.0

            perfection

            By klarkphoto

            from Davenport Iowa

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR:

              I love the AC3! My creativity has skyrocketed!

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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.

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                • 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.

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                  • 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.

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                      • 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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                                • No

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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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