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PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon

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Product Highlights
  • For AlienBees & White Lightning
  • Also Compatible with Zeus Power Packs

The PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon allows remote control of AlienBees and White Lightening flash heads as well as Zeus power packs when used with a PocketWizard MiniTT1 transmitter or FlexTT5 transceiver. This version is dedicated for use with Canon cameras only.

ControlTL
PocketWizard's firmware platform taps into the full potential of your Canon camera and flash system enabling an entirely new level of remote flash capability through our proven radio communications. ControlTL firmware is configurable and upgradeable for "future-proof" continuous improvement.
Manual Power Control
When the AC9 is used with a FlexTT5 transceiver and paired with either an on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5, you can adjust the power settings of your AlienBees/White Lightning flashes directly from the camera's position. This can be done with either the Flash Exposure Compensation dial or add the AC3 ZoneController for three zones of power control.
Optional ZoneControl
Use either the AC3 ZoneController or a MultiMAX radio to control up to three zones of light with as many lights in each zone as you want. Use the A-B-C zone switch on the AC9-paired FlexTT5 to assign the zone.
Optional PowerTracking
In Auto Mode, change ISO, aperture, or FEC and the lights automatically adjust their compensating power setting with PocketWizard PowerTracking. Set your AC3 ZoneController to manual and PowerTracking is turned off for absolute manual control. PowerTracking can be customized via the PocketWizard Utility.
HyperSync
HyperSync allows photographers to achieve faster X-sync speeds, all the way up to 1/8000 second*, will full power flash. Now you can cut the ambient light and use wide-open apertures, outdoors in bright sunlight. That extra speed can also freeze action, whether shooting models or athletes in motion. (*camera and flash model dependent).
Low-Profile Design
The AC9 is tiny and simply slides onto the FlexTT5 hot shoe and plugs into the remote socket on the flash using the supplied cord.
No Batteries Required
The AC9 gets its power from the paired FlexTT5.
Mounting Hot shoe
Voltage 3.3 VDC (all pins) - safe for all cameras
Operating Conditions Above 22° F (-30° C) and below 185° F (85° C)
Construction High impact plastic
Power Receives power from the FlexTT5 transceiver
Requirements Must be used on a FlexTT5 transceiver in conjunction with an on-camera MiniTT1 transmitter or FlexTT5 transceiver for power control capability.
Certification RoHS compliant
Compatibility Canon DSLR cameras with:
AlienBees: B400, B800, B1600
Zeus Power Packs: Z1250, Z2500
White Lightning X-series, UltraZAP or Ultra flashes: X800, X1600, X2400, X3200, UZ800, UZ1600, Ultra60, Ultra1200, Ultra1800
Dimensions 1.9 x 1.6 x 1" (4.7 x 4.0 x 2.5 cm)
Weight 0.81 ounces (22.96 g)
PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon
  • AC9 Adapter
  • RJ-14 Connector Cord
  • Sync Adapter Plug for Disabling Optical Slave
  • Lanyard
  • Touch-fastener
  • Quick Guide
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PocketWizardAC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon
     
    4.7

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (11)
    • Attaches securely (9)
    • Durable (9)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Attach securely (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (9)
      • Outdoors (8)
      • Indoors (7)
      • Outdoor events / games (7)
      • Portraits (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (19)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for outdoors

      I use the AC9 along with the AC 3 Zone Controller on a Mini TT1. A PW Flex TT5 is mounted on one of my Alien Bs with AC9 plugged into both. One of...Read complete review

      I use the AC9 along with the AC 3 Zone Controller on a Mini TT1. A PW Flex TT5 is mounted on one of my Alien Bs with AC9 plugged into both. One of my Canon cameras has the Mini TT1 on the hot shoe with the AC3 zone controller on top. My flash bracket has a Flex TT5 with a Canon 580 EXII or 430 EX II. I set the AC3 to Auto (TTL) for the Canon Flash and dial down the exposure 1 to 2 stops. This is used for fill, only as needed. The Alien Bs output is also controlled by the AC3 through the Flex TT5 through the AC9, usually set to manual, even though there are some neat features in Auto mode that maintain flash output when the F stop changes. The Alien Bs are powerful enough to to overcome direct sunlight even when shooting through soft boxes or umbrellas. I meter the Alien B output and use the on camera flash for a fill as needed. The AC3 makes it really easy to adjust the power for both. I have found the combination extremely reliable and consistent, far more than using TTL on remote, off camera, Canon flashes.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Stung by the Alien Bee AC9

      Zero instructions
      Poor performance with ALL my Alien Bee units
      Does not connect with the Flex TT5 (Canon)
      Zero support
      Simply put, very bad product

      Zero instructions
      Poor performance with ALL my Alien Bee units
      Does not connect with the Flex TT5 (Canon)
      Zero support
      Simply put, very bad product

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      5.0

      It works

      By mlofoto

      from USA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Outdoors

        Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

        Works great with AB's

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        • No

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        5.0

        Must Have ...

        By Joe

        from Mickleton, NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Does Not Need Batteries
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

          If you want your AlienBee lights to work with your Pocketwizard this is the way to go. It is simple plug and shoot. You will need a Flex TT5 or Flex Mini TT1. This will give you control of the light and allow you to use your TTL. It will not work with the Plus X or Plus III or PLus II. It would be nice if the bottom plate was not made of plastic

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          5.0

          Little Magical Beings

          By LensLord

          from San Diego

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Usefull

          Cons

          • Small - Could Get Lost

          Best Uses

          • Unification Of Tools

          Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

          I bought these AC9s with my own money.

          I have these Flash Units. …
          Three Alien Bee AB1600
          One Alien Bee AB800
          One Alien Nee AB800 Ring Flash

          Three Canon 580 EX II
          Two Canon 580 EX
          One Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash

          I shot a Prom a couple days ago. They wanted a straight up shoot, with a backdrop.

          Done.

          I used Two AB1600s, One AB800, one AB800 Ring Flash, and Two 580 EX II. flashes all together.

          It was so cool! I had a great time.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great controller for AB800

          By GCPHOTOG

          from NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

            Setup was quick and easy. Need to remember to turn on the AB first then the Flex unit to make the proper connection. The control over the AB is great, specially when the AB is inside my Apollo Orb.

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            5.0

            PocketWizard did it again

            By preacherman

            from Lancaster, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                Greta produst just like my Mini TT1 and TT5.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works great!

                By SMP_Homer

                from London, Ontario, Canada

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                    You can use an Alien Bee with a TT5 and not use this thing - but it makes a difference. The best thing is not being limited by the 1/200 flash sync limitations on my 5D2 - I can easily shoot at 1/2000 w/o getting a shutter blade in the way and at 1/4000 that blade is only a sliver!
                    Works best if you also have the AC3 on your camera-mounted TT1 or TT5

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                    5.0

                    love this Lil thing

                    By khjphotography

                    from Detroit Mi

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                      This makes my job run smooth and easy. No more running to the lights

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Start in the right order, no problems

                      By Timothy

                      from Lexington, KY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                        The only thing with this adapter is that you must start everything in the right series or it does not want to connect. Outside of that it's solid and works like a charm.
                        Only a 4 star because I have to do a "calibration" shot in order to set the changes from my zone controller to the strobe.

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                        4.0

                        Works wonderfully!

                        By Andrewknowles

                        from Wichita, KS

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                          I use the product along with a TT1 and Flex TT5 and an Alienbee along with beautydish. I love not having to have at sync cables and I love how securely they fit into the bee (just like a telephone jack). I was sick of crawling up my stepping stool or lowering the boom to adjust power. This fixes that when using the AC3!!! Very happy with it, the only reason I have it a 4 is because it is a little pricey for what it is. Also, I've had issues with the hypersync but I don't blame the AC9 for that.

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                          5.0

                          Love it!!

                          By tararochelle

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                            I am loving this guy!! So nice to be able to control everything right from my camera!! Awesome!!

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                            5.0

                            It works

                            By jlambkin

                            from East TX

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                              A fried loaned me a couple of WhiteLighting Ultra 600 strobes. They are not even produced anymore but work perfectly. I use MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 with my 580EX Canon lights. This unit slips on the FlexTT5 and plugs into the strobe with a common telephone cable.

                              It was as simple to control the light with the AC3 atop my camera. and worked without a hitch. With this setup you can use high speed sync as well.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect for Location OCF

                              By WJM

                              from Atlanta, GA.

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Excellent inferface
                              • Plug-n-play

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                                The AC9 coupled to my TT5 gives me the flexibility to control my light source when shooting OCF on location. Next step will be to add an AC3 for studio work.

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                                5.0

                                Makes life easier

                                By Jazzz

                                from NE PA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                                    The AC9 works like a charm, but pair it up with the AC3 for the complete package; it really works.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Does as asked

                                    By Max Headroom

                                    from Canada

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Pack
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                                      This little number, while grossly overpriced, serves its purpose perfectly. At a wedding reception I set up my two AB 800s on either side of the hall, connect each to a Flex TT5 with an AC9 attached, and then shoot away with plenty of light.

                                      Do note that you need to plug a mini jack cord or adaptor into the sync hole on the back of your Alien Bee in order to turn off the flash sync. Otherwise, even with the AC9 and a Flex TT5 plugged in, your Alien Bee will be triggered by other flashes in the room (annoying at a wedding reception where flashes are going off all over).

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                                      (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      Stung by the Alien Bee AC9

                                      By Houston Photog

                                      from Houston, TX

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult to Use
                                        • Horrible support
                                        • Poor connectivity
                                        • Poor instructions
                                        • Simply does not work
                                        • Unreliable

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Conversation piece

                                        Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                                        Zero instructions
                                        Poor performance with ALL my Alien Bee units
                                        Does not connect with the Flex TT5 (Canon)
                                        Zero support
                                        Simply put, very bad product

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        AC9... Flexible, Time Saver

                                        By eddie

                                        from Illinois

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attach Securely
                                        • Compact
                                        • Good Color Value
                                        • inexpensive

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors
                                          • Outdoors
                                          • Special Events

                                          Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                                          Great addition to the MiniTT1, FlexTT5, AC3 system. The AC9 and the AC3 ZoneController breath new life and flexibility for on-location work with my X3200 strobes. Neat system, small, low price, and functions great.

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent Product.. I love It

                                          By Eric Gabriel

                                          from Arecibo, PR

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attach Securely
                                          • Compact
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy assembly
                                          • Easy to set up
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Good Color Value
                                          • Long-Lasting
                                          • Powerful

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                                            Is perform as expected. Really excellent control of the Alien Bee. As a pro photographer really make fast my work.

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                                            • Yes

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                                            5.0

                                            Great Pair-Up with White Lightning

                                            By [@]

                                            from San Diego, Ca.

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Pocket Wizard Brand
                                            • Wireless Control

                                            Cons

                                            • Doesn't work alone
                                            • Need PW FlexxTT5 to use

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Wireless Control Lighting

                                            Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                                            Now I'm able to control my White Lightning Strobes wirelessly. A very smart product, and will purchase a couple more in the future.

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                                            • No

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                                            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Great for outdoors

                                            By King

                                            from Upland, CA

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • inexpensive
                                            • Long-Lasting

                                            Cons

                                            • Metering requires camera

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Indoors
                                            • Low Light
                                            • Night Time
                                            • Outdoor portraits
                                            • Outdoors
                                            • Wedding formals

                                            Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                                            I use the AC9 along with the AC 3 Zone Controller on a Mini TT1. A PW Flex TT5 is mounted on one of my Alien Bs with AC9 plugged into both. One of my Canon cameras has the Mini TT1 on the hot shoe with the AC3 zone controller on top. My flash bracket has a Flex TT5 with a Canon 580 EXII or 430 EX II. I set the AC3 to Auto (TTL) for the Canon Flash and dial down the exposure 1 to 2 stops. This is used for fill, only as needed. The Alien Bs output is also controlled by the AC3 through the Flex TT5 through the AC9, usually set to manual, even though there are some neat features in Auto mode that maintain flash output when the F stop changes. The Alien Bs are powerful enough to to overcome direct sunlight even when shooting through soft boxes or umbrellas. I meter the Alien B output and use the on camera flash for a fill as needed. The AC3 makes it really easy to adjust the power for both. I have found the combination extremely reliable and consistent, far more than using TTL on remote, off camera, Canon flashes.

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                                            • No

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                                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Works great!

                                            By 5D Mike

                                            from Los Angeles, CA

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attach Securely
                                            • Easy to set up
                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Simple

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • With AC3 zone controller

                                              Comments about PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon:

                                              Combine this with the AC3 and you've got yourself a winning combo! I love it. You can easily change the settings in the PocketWizard Utility to have the unit do different things with modeling light. As it comes, the modeling light changes value as you change the power of the strobe. I already had the AC3 that I use with speedlites. I purchased a couple Alienbees and AC9s just because they were meant to work with my existing equipment. Now, I can use my speedlites in combination with the Alienbees and change the power of three different groups (any number of lights) from the top of my camera! Very cool. I was originally looking at the Bowens monolights, but the AC9 sealed the deal for me and I went with the Alienbees. I'm happy I did. Being able to control monolights and speedlites from one simple on camera controller is great!

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