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PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5

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Product Highlights
  • For FlexTT5 Radio Transceiver
  • Improves Perf. W/Select Canon Flashes
  • Canon 580EX, 580EX II and 430EX Flashes

The PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5 solves the problem of limited performance of the FlexTT5 radio transceiver when operated using the Canon 580EX, 580EX II and 430EX flashes, caused by interference emanating from the flashes.

The AC7 is a hard plastic shield with a special RF coating that effectively blocks RF interference (EMI) from clouding the FlexTT5 antenna.  To block noise traveling through connections in the hot shoe, an electronic filter has been added to a hot shoe built into the AC7. Combined, the AC7 shield allows the FlexTT5 to receive transmissions at distances 300 to 500% farther than before and well within the range of most off-camera lighting needs.  

The AC7 also integrates a ¼-20 mounting device and umbrella mount to aid in positioning your flash where you want it. With two ¼-20 mounting points, the AC7 can be mounted both vertically and horizontally on light stands, clamps, brackets or simply handheld. The back of the flash remains open for complete access to the LCD and flash controls and there is access to the remote power port. The flash head can be rotated when using the AC7 shield due to a small cut-away in the side of the shield. When used with an umbrella, the AC7's lay-flat design places the flash more in the center of the umbrella than usual and produces a symmetrical light shape. Most of the popular diffusers, grids, snoots and reflectors can still be used with the shield in place.

An optional pistol grip makes hand-held flash a breeze. The grip's integrated umbrella holder places the flash in the best position; next to the umbrella post for incredibly even light dispersion and no unusual shadows.

For FlexTT5 radio transceiver
Improves performance with Canon 580EX, 580EX II and 430EX flashes

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PocketWizardAC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5
 
4.1

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Attach securely (4)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (7)
  • General purpose (6)
  • Outdoors (5)
  • Indoors (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

More Than Just An RF Shield

Great solution if you're experiencing radio frequency interference from your Canon flash unit. In my experience this shield works as advertised.

What I didn't see advertised is your ability to mount...Read complete review

Great solution if you're experiencing radio frequency interference from your Canon flash unit. In my experience this shield works as advertised.

What I didn't see advertised is your ability to mount the unit onto a stand, not by the hot shoe, but by supplied threaded mounts on the sides of the shield itself. There are two, one serves as an umbrella attachment!

Nice to see Pocket Wizard offer a solution to a problem not of their design: 3rd party equipment's flaws, such as my Canon flash radio frequency emittance.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Shame on PocketWizard

This RF Shield does what it is supposed to. Makes a product that is dedicated to Canon flashes, work with Canon flashes. This should absolutely NOT be an additional purchase. The 580EXII was...Read complete review

This RF Shield does what it is supposed to. Makes a product that is dedicated to Canon flashes, work with Canon flashes. This should absolutely NOT be an additional purchase. The 580EXII was on the market long before PW created this product. The issues with the 580EX II giving off strong and variable amounts of RF has been part of the 580 since it hit the market.... PW knew this problem existed, yet they still released a product that wouldn't work properly unless we forked out another $30+/- to make it work. This is really silly. If I buy a car, I shouldn't have to now buy an engine to make it work.

Anyway, other issues include problems connecting some power cables, issues connecting any light modifiers to the 580 when it is installed (not enough clearance to connect anything to the snoot of the flash), extra bulky item to add to your gadget bag, cheap cold shoe foot which will absolutely break, and you need to buy mounting hardware since you are not allowed to use the hot shoe attachment. (The hot shoe attachment is available for use, but the instructions clearly state that using the hot shoe will re-introduce RF problems. When you use this RF shied, you are to explicitly use the mounting holes on the side of the unit.... which meant that I needed to fork out another $50 for a mini ballhead and a cold shoe adapter, for EACH of my three RF Shield).

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5.0

Great for centering umbrella flash.

By Mike M

from Austin, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors

    Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

    Bought it for the above purpose. Works great. Haven't used the pocket wizard beyond 30ft, but fired reliably within that range using a 580ex ii. Will probably purchase a couple of more eventually.

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    4.0

    Great product - a few short comings

    By stephen

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Special Events

      Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

      If you are looking at this product, it means you have issues with your pocket wizards firing your 580 EX series flashes. This shield will help improve the distance that you can fire your pocketwizards from. I have had very few misfires in the few weeks that I have been using this shield so overall, I am very happy.

      the only complaint I have is that the flash head is difficult to angle up when the shield is on (it's much easier to take the flash off, angle the flash and then put it on again. Unfortunately, as a wedding photographer, this takes a lot of time which makes it a pain in the neck. Other than that, this shield works great!

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      • No

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      5.0

      AC7 Works Perfectly

      By DLA

      from Virginia Beach, VA, USA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

        Works great. It's also a pretty good protective cover from the occasional bump against another object. The only downside is that you must disconnect it from the flash before replacing flash batteries. It was a little awkward but manageable.

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        3.0

        a should-not-be necessary evil

        By Photodrum

        from Tampa, Fl

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Reduces RF interference

        Cons

        • Another gadget to carry
        • Another link in the chain
        • Another thing to break
        • Shouldn't have to need it
        • Takes up room in the bag
        • Unnecessary cost

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Outdoors
        • Special Events

        Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

        I use it for the reason it came to be: to reduce or eliminate RF interference from Canon's 580 EXII with Pocket Wizards. PW should have designed around the problem, not issued some clumsy and pricy after-thought fix. It's expensive, too big and not well thought out. There is a an alternative, however; one that leaves Pocket Wizard in the dust: Canon's new 600RT strobes. No need for PWs at all! Consider this: a 600 RT costs less than a 580 EXII + AC7 + the PW TT5, does more and does it better.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Shoes become loose and come off easily

        By Ryuji

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Weak

          Best Uses

            Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

            There are a few problems with AC7, but the one others don't talk about is that the screws that hold the flash shoes become loose very easily, and when you try to re-tighten the screw, you'll realize that the thread in the plastic part is worn out so the screws are never tight again. I learned this problem the hard way, and also lost some screws. Unless PocketWizard is willing to send me the repair parts, this piece of plastic is not worth sending back for repair (performed by Mamiya America Corporation - one of the most expensive camera service company in the world!) and so I'll be glueing the thing and be done with it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Neccesary accesory.

            By Maxi76

            from Rosario, Argentina

            About Me Pro Photographer

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

            Work as adviced. I wouldn't like to need it, but is neccesary.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Missing a slot

            By thefrenchguy

            from Hilton Head, SC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Work as advertized

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Event photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

            Makes a big difference in the distance. With the shield I am able to trigger it at over 300 ft - only 20 without.
            Only one issue, need a slot on both side. If you want to tilt the flash to 90 degree, the head must be rotated 180 degree and the push button ends-up on the opposite side of the slot (as manufactured). I have modified mine immediately now it works just fine. Like others mentioned it is a bit tricky to put the flash on the hot shoe.
            On a negative note - realized that Pocket Wizard has no customer service at all. They want you to contact the vendor, not them.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            A must for PW TT / 580EXII

            By 6ixgun

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • TT should work without it

            Best Uses

            • Anywhere TT 580 is used

            Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

            I was about to give up using our 580's with Pocket Wizards when we discovered this shield. Made all the difference in the world. Increased our range and firing accuracy 2 or 3 times from what it was. No more missed flashes, our 580EX II's now work as well as the Profotos or Einsteins we use in the studio.

            If you own 580s and use TT's I'd consider this a MUST HAVE. The TT's are useless without it. Shame on PW for not getting the range right the first time, but I will say the AC7 adds a nice functionality to the mix with its holder that doubles as a pistol grip / umbrella holder.

            Don't leave home without it!

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            4.0

            It works but...

            By John the III

            from Los Angeles, California

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Difficult to Use

            Best Uses

            • Commercial photos

            Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

            580EX has worked without missing a beat. I needed to mount it backward to be able to work the settings...that means that the cutout I needed to tilt the head was on the wrong side and the strobe no longer sits up straight so it takes more space in the camera bag...but at least it works!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Serves it's purpose and then some

            By LRandyB

            from Biloxi MS

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

              I have two of these products and they work great. Not only do they help to decrease the RF interference from the flash, they also allow you to mount an umbrella directly to the shield. This actually allows the flash to point directly into the center of the umbrella rather than the usual configuration which has the flash head off center.

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              • No

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              4.0

              AC7 RF Shield is worth it

              By Red Bean

              from South Africa, UK, Italy

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Difficult to pack

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Strobist
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

              If using Canon 580EX II, this is an absolute must to help extend the range of your PW's.

              Biggest advantage - range! Increased the range on my 4 lights from 10ft to over 50ft - no probs! The umbrella holder is also nice, but I don't use umbrellas that much (see below).

              Disadvantages - it is a bit of a mission getting the flash in and out, connecting external power needs some balancing acts and attaching my softboxes to 580's required some engineering... (this is what my assistants tell me :) )

              It is a nuisance to buy yet another accessory with the PW's, but that's life...

              Overall - for what I use them I am satisfied. Well worth the extra dosh if you need the extra range.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Functionally ok, but poorly made

              By Ryuji @ Silvergrain

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor build quality
                • Weak Construction

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

                I think the product concept is good. However, as soon as I received this product, I realized some details could be better.

                * It's somewhat awkward to mount or unmount Speedlite in this shield case.
                * It's hard to adjust the flash head angle once mounted in this case.
                * There's an extra, unnecessary thumbscrew knob (which holds the umbrella attachment part in place) that interferes with lightstand / angle bracket knob. They should've included a low profile regular machine screw.

                Now, after using it for a couple of shoots, I have a bigger complaints. Screws that hold the flash shoe connectors to the shield case itself become loose and some are already lost when I realized. The flash becomes wobbly and not very secure in the shield case. When a screw is loose and halfway out, the screw head interferes with the hot shoe locking ring (you can't turn it). This is very annoying.

                So, if you purchase this product, I urge you to get a small bottle of Loctite to glue the screws, and also a short machine screw to replace with the unnecessarily big screw (which you'll never have to unscrew). Other than that, I think it's an essential product for those who use 580EXII on Flex TT5. (It's so essential that it should be sold as a kit. But let's not criticize them for actually offering a solution.)

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                5.0

                Perfect!

                By Norman Allen

                from St. Thomas, VI

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Reliable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

                  I was having trouble with my 580EX II, especially outdoors. TheAC7 RF Shield solved this problem!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  AC& help out

                  By Junbug

                  from Temperance, MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

                    When I putt the shield on my flash the range of my pocket wizard was increased!

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works

                    By Joe

                    from Boise, iD

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Reliable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

                      I like the built-in umbrella holder which allows the flesh head to point at the center of the umbrella.

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                      2.0

                      Shame on PocketWizard

                      By Mabou2

                      from Darien, CT

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy
                        • No room for attachments
                        • Should be free

                        Best Uses

                        • Lightening your wallet

                        Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

                        This RF Shield does what it is supposed to. Makes a product that is dedicated to Canon flashes, work with Canon flashes. This should absolutely NOT be an additional purchase. The 580EXII was on the market long before PW created this product. The issues with the 580EX II giving off strong and variable amounts of RF has been part of the 580 since it hit the market.... PW knew this problem existed, yet they still released a product that wouldn't work properly unless we forked out another $30+/- to make it work. This is really silly. If I buy a car, I shouldn't have to now buy an engine to make it work.

                        Anyway, other issues include problems connecting some power cables, issues connecting any light modifiers to the 580 when it is installed (not enough clearance to connect anything to the snoot of the flash), extra bulky item to add to your gadget bag, cheap cold shoe foot which will absolutely break, and you need to buy mounting hardware since you are not allowed to use the hot shoe attachment. (The hot shoe attachment is available for use, but the instructions clearly state that using the hot shoe will re-introduce RF problems. When you use this RF shied, you are to explicitly use the mounting holes on the side of the unit.... which meant that I needed to fork out another $50 for a mini ballhead and a cold shoe adapter, for EACH of my three RF Shield).

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                        5.0

                        No misfires for my 580EX II & Range+

                        By Brian

                        from South Jersey

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

                            I uses this for weddings. I tried it without the shield and I was having a ton of issues and too many misfires. The range is now more than I need and no misfires. It's shameful the pocket wizard doesn't include this with their Flex TT5. The sock they include with the TT5 is best used as a bag to protect the TT5 while not in use. If you use an external battery pack be sure to look for a AC57 by pocket wizard. [...]

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                            4.0

                            Great for attaching an umbrella to

                            By HYO

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Night Time

                              Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

                              This product is great when you want to attach an umbrella to it. The lightsource will go pretty straight to the center of the umbrella. But overall it is not very versatile as the sock which comes free with the flex because you can not bend the flash to any other direction, besides the straight up position, inside of the shield.

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                              5.0

                              this fix my problem

                              By CASTILLOMIAMI

                              from MIAMI

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Night Time
                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

                                it work great whit the flex TT5 i use a canon
                                580 EXII IN UMBRELLA

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Well Bult, Solid Construction

                                By Mryouthgroupman

                                from Deltaville, VA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value

                                Cons

                                • Tight spacing

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light

                                Comments about PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield for FlexTT5:

                                Using the shields with my 580ex II and 430ex II Speedlites and the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 units.

                                If you are planning on using a battery pack with these, some of the aftermarket plugs don't fit between shield and flash unit.

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