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PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5

B&H # WIAC5 Mfr # 804-704
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You Pay: $12.96
Product Highlights
  • For FlexTT5 Transceiver

The PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5 is an enhancement for the FlexTT5 (340-354 MHz FCC models) radio transceiver when used with the Canon 430EX, 580EX and 580EX II Speedlites--the AC5 reduces radio frequency interference which can limit the performance of the FlexTT5. The AC5 provides a simple, elegant solution this situation.

For FlexTT5 Transceiver (340-354 MHz FCC models) when used with the Canon 430EX, 580EX or 580EX II Speedlite

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PocketWizardAC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5
 
3.9

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (3)
    • Indoors (3)
    • Outdoors (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is a bandage! but increases range

    After the utter disappointment in the TT5 lack of range with the Canon 580EXII I purchased these separetly (I believe they are now included with the purchase of the TT5) They are well sewn...Read complete review

    After the utter disappointment in the TT5 lack of range with the Canon 580EXII I purchased these separetly (I believe they are now included with the purchase of the TT5) They are well sewn and fit the flash well - not too baggy or tight. They did increase the range but I have not tested extensively yet to find the maximum range.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Didn't need it

    I made the mistake of not reading the Flex TT5 information carefully enough--a Softshield is included in the box so I did not have to buy this seperately (my bad!)--have...Read complete review

    I made the mistake of not reading the Flex TT5 information carefully enough--a Softshield is included in the box so I did not have to buy this seperately (my bad!)--have returned to B&H. That said, my 580EX II worked fine with my PWs both with and without the Softshield, more testing at longer ranges is needed to see if this really makes a difference.

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    3.0

    Works but...

    By Emmett Photography

    from Dublin, OH

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

    • Not Very Usable
    • Runs Hot

    Best Uses

    • In Ettl Mode
    • When Distance Is An Issue

    Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

    I purchased these to solve the infamous problem of the Canon 580EX II and Pocket Wizard problem. Basically they work as described but:

    1. The covers don't do a great job of letting heat out which worries me - but has not ruined any of my units

    2. The covers interfere with making changes to the flash, including tilting the heads.

    The design of this product seems to assume that you will always use the Pocket Wizard in ETTL mode, but this is not always the case.

    I now keep these as a backup when or if I start to encounter serious problems with distance. I'm not sure why the shield can be built into the unit themselves.

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    5.0

    definitely helped my issues

    By dgpd

    from Wanatah Indiana

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

      I am a photographer and mainly shoot weddings and senior portraits. This has helped greatly with getting the 580exII to function properly, just stinks that you have to buy another product to make it work right.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Unnecessary (comes bundled with FlexTT5)

      By Noel

      from Singapore

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Comes Bundled W Flextt5
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

        Bought this because of the complaints some Canon speedlite users have with interference with certain Canon speedlites.

        However, it comes bundled with the Flex TT5 (Canon). So I now have 3 FlexTT5 units, and 6 AC5 shields.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Better than the hard plastic shields

        By Brian the Curmudgeon

        from San Luis Obispo, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

              For a product that is so deeply flawed as the TTL Pocket Wizard products are (when paired with the Canon flash units), the soft shield works OK. Unlike the hard plastic shields, which render the flash almost useless (you can't pivot the head), at least with these, I can use the flash units in a soft box, or on a stand. I have not given up all hope; if Canon will fix the next generation of flash units not to emit RF that disables the Pocket Wizard, then life will be OK. Note to Nikon users... this is not a problem that affects Nikon strobes, you lucky dogs! If I had it all to do again, I would not buy the TTL Pocket Wizards, but continue to use the traditional Pocket Wizards, which always worked fine.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GOOD BY INFRARED INTERFERANCE

              By MANNY

              from ALBANY NEW YORK

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • GOOD VALUE FOR THE MONEY
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

                THIS IS AN AMAIZING PRODUCT IT TOOK CARE OF ALL MY NOT FIRING FLASH PROBLEMS EVEN THOSE PROBLEMS THAT I THOUGHT WERE OF MY OWN DOING.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Was skeptical but it works!

                By Roland

                from Toronto, Ontario

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

                  I've been experiencing severe range issues with my PocketWizard FlexTT5s. Added the RF Soft Shield and those problems disappeared.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A must have if you own 580EX II and TT5

                  By malanis

                  from Lardo, Texas

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Blacks out info panel

                  Best Uses

                  • Remote

                  Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

                  this baby solves all your triggering problems among tt5 and EOS 580EX II

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Didn't need it

                  By Max

                  from Canada

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

                        I made the mistake of not reading the Flex TT5 information carefully enough--a Softshield is included in the box so I did not have to buy this seperately (my bad!)--have returned to B&H. That said, my 580EX II worked fine with my PWs both with and without the Softshield, more testing at longer ranges is needed to see if this really makes a difference.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Gotta have!!

                        By John of Julie G

                        from Westminster, Colorado

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to set up

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

                        We use two Canon 580EX II flash units when shooting outdoors. Before using the soft shield, we use to get inconsistent performance out of the flash units with the TT5 PWs. Now the performance is flawless. Wish we didn't take so long to purchase these babies.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        This is a bandage! but increases range

                        By Brian J

                        from Flagstaff, AZ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about PocketWizard AC5 RF Soft Shield for FlexTT5:

                          After the utter disappointment in the TT5 lack of range with the Canon 580EXII I purchased these separetly (I believe they are now included with the purchase of the TT5) They are well sewn and fit the flash well - not too baggy or tight. They did increase the range but I have not tested extensively yet to find the maximum range.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

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