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PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon

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Product Highlights
  • Fingertip Power Control
  • 3 Independent Zones of Flash Control
  • 6 Stops of Flash Control in 1/3rd Stops
  • PowerTracking / CLS/i-TTL & Manual
  • Turn Zones On and Off Remotely

When you add the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon to your on-camera MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver, you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether in CLS/i-TTL 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 / CLS/i-TTL) or OFF. Best of all, with its intuitive interface, the design is simple to use. When matched with the PowerST4 or AC9 AlienBees Adapter, you can now control Elinchrom RX, White Lightning and AlienBees flashes right from the camera's position.

All the PocketWizard radios in your system should be using the same firmware version for proper functionality. The AC3 for Nikon is compatible with any firmware version used on the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon.

ControlTL
PocketWizard's new firmware platform taps into the full potential of your 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.
CLS/i-TTL Compatibility
Designed to work seamlessly with Nikon's CLS/i-TTL systems, the AC3 ZoneController removes operating complexity with its easy-to-use design.
Manual Power Control
With three simple dials, you can quickly adjust the power settings for three independent zones in 1/3rd stop increments with a six stop range.
ZoneControl
Control up to three zones of light, each with one or more flashes, right from the camera's position. Set them all on manual, auto, or mix the settings between zones. Need to turn a zone off? Just slide a switch and it's off.
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.
Studio Flash Compatibility
When used in conjunction with a PowerST4 Receiver for Elinchrom RX, or a FlexTT5 paired with an AC9 AlienBees Adapter, you have remote power control over Elinchrom RX, AlienBees and White Lightning studio flash. You can also mix these Nikon CLS/i-TTL or any other PocketWizard triggered flash.
Simple Design
The AC3 weighs almost nothing and slips into the top-shoe of your on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5. There are three dials and three switches, one for each zone.
Auto-Manual Switch
This switch allows you to set each zone to either Manual Power Control, Auto (PowerTracking CLS/i-TTL) or OFF. Set it to OFF and that zone will not fire.
Easy to Read Dials
Clearly labeled from +3 to -3 in 1/3 stop increments. In Auto mode, the dials act as flash exposure compensation. In manual mode, +3 on the dial is your flashes maximum power level. Adjust the dial down to control your power in 1/3 stop increments for up to six stops of control.
Compatibility Nikon CLS/i-TTL, Elinchrom RX, AlienBees, White Lightning
Mounting Hot shoe
Adjustments Auto = +/- 3 stops, 1/3 stop increments
Selector switch: Off, Manual, Auto (PowerTracking, CLS/i-TTL)
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 (23.25g)
Requirements MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver with firmware version 2.100
PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon
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    PocketWizardAC3 ZoneController for Nikon
     
    4.8

    (based on 107 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (89)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (64)
    • Easy to use (33)
    • Reliable (32)
    • Attaches securely (27)
    • Packs small / compresses (19)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (4)
    • Poor quality (4)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (34)
    • Outdoors (32)
    • Weddings (31)
    • Portraits (30)
    • General purpose (28)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (32), Semi-pro photographer (31), Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (86)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent product

    This product does what it advertises and does it well. Now I don't need to worry about line of sight (as I did with my SU800) and about shooting in broad daylight. The...Read complete review

    This product does what it advertises and does it well. Now I don't need to worry about line of sight (as I did with my SU800) and about shooting in broad daylight. The AC3 coupled with the mini tt1/ flex tt5 make for a complete remote solution. I have had no misfires so far - it simply delivers! And at [$] it is a third the price of the SU800. Finally I love the fact that it does not need a battery to operate. Excellent product!

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    simplistic, great, easy, control

    I use this product to trigger my nikon speedlights and paul buff a.k.a alienbees studio lights. The only reason I gave it 3stars is becuase it won't allow you to control paul buff einstein...Read complete review

    I use this product to trigger my nikon speedlights and paul buff a.k.a alienbees studio lights. The only reason I gave it 3stars is becuase it won't allow you to control paul buff einstein down all the way to 1/128th power, and if your not paying attention feels like you may break it
    Great product ability to trigger studio and speed lights at the same time. no more walking back and forth to change powerlevels on flash can all be achieved from the top of your camera. also gives you the ability to control three sets of light so now you can have a key back and fill light have comeplete ratio control

    Not so great: well it seems kinda flimsy feeling when your turning or forget and try to overturn the command dial. It could use another stop on the command dial as it wont let you choose any power level under 1/64th power which the paull buff and nikon speed lights go under to 1/128 power

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    5.0

    Solid review

    By NCP

    from Harrisburg, PA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

        Solid lighting control that saves you a ton of time in the field.

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        4.0

        Works good but previous unit failed

        By James Pratt

        from Edmond, OK

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

              This new unit works fine as advertised. I had purchase an AC3 zone controller 2-3 years ago and it failed for what seems no reason. It is a very simple device so I don't understand why it quit working. I thought it was a problem with my pocket wizards for a long time. Finally I did a lot of testing and narrowed it down to the AC3 failure. Ordered a new one from B&H and everything working again.

              I wish they allowed me to control more zones than just 3 but it works as advertised - until it fails. By the time it failed it was long out of warranty. At least I can now use my FlexTT5's now.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Excellent Product

              By TWPhotos

              from Coudersport, Pennsylvania

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Control Multiple Lights
                • Easy Power Adjustment
                • Outdoors
                • Weddings

                Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                This is simply amazing.

                I keep this on top of each PW Mini TT1 unit for each of my cameras.

                I use these units for general portraiture, and shooting weddings. While at a wedding I tend to stick remote flash units all about the reception area to fill the room with light, and match the ambient light. The zone controller gives me full control and ease of use. Dialing in the best exposure in manual takes seconds, and the TTL mode is also very good.

                I've never had a problem with any of my Pocketwizard units.

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                4.0

                Everything I had hoped for

                By GeoNikon

                from Albany, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Reliable Easy Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                  I've been looking at the AC3 for use with my PW Flex and Mini system (Nikon). I run two cameras, each with a TT1/AC3 combo and three lights around the room with TT5's. With very few exceptions, exposures are accurate. All flashes fire reliably, even throughout a five hour reception. Subracting one star as the exposure compensation/control dials sometimes get changed when the cameras are hanging at my side.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By Refurb

                  from SoCal

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Outdoors
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                    Small and portable - easy to use and it will really simplify life. So much easier than messing with manual adjustments or camera menus. Once you have two Flex-5s it's a no-brainer. For the price why not get one?

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great for Full Manual Control

                    By MTI Photography LLC

                    from Deptford, NJ

                    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 Nikon:

                      The PocketWizard AC3 Zone controller does exactly what it says it does. It will control the output of your different flash units in each group. It supports 3 groups with multiple flashes. You can have as many flashes in 1 group as you'd like. The unit can be used in Full Manual or Automatic TTL mode, but in both modes, you can adjust the power output of the flash itself remotely.

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                      5.0

                      This works GREAT with my 3 flashes

                      By Billy Ball

                      from L.A.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                      • Inconsistent Output

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography

                      Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                      On portraits in and out from the sun

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great tool!

                      By Juls

                      from Jubail Saudi Arabia

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                        I'm using it for my strobist shoot, it's easy to control nikon ttl flash with pocketwizard flextt5 on it.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Time after time after time...

                        By JackRack

                        from Annapolis, MD

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                          I use this AC3 Zone controller as it was intended. It takes the place of the sometimes temperamental IR system built into Nikon and, with the PW Mini TT1 and the Flex 5 Transceivers, enables me to control the Speedlights remotely and individually. Works every time!

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                          5.0

                          Perfect addition to the flash triggers

                          By Crawford Outdoors

                          from Prairieville, LA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Pl
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                            Although I would love to have this functionality built into the PocketWizard MiniTT1, the ZoneController worked seamlessly. Very easy to use: Just slip it into the flash shoe on the MiniTT1 and turn on the zone needed. Flash adjustments can then be made on the fly with the turn of the dials.

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                            5.0

                            Necessary, great tool

                            By houghton foto

                            from So Cal

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fashion

                              Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                              Adjust strobe output for three different groups from the camera. Great if you like precise control and not losing good energy.

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                              5.0

                              THE AC3 LIGHT CONTROLLER by POCKET WIZAR

                              By G.SANDY

                              from DALLAS, TX

                              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 Nikon:

                                IF YOU ORDERED THE MINI TT1 AND TT5 RADIO UNITS FOR YOUR SPEEDLIGHTS, THEN THE AC3 CONTROLLER IS A MUST-HAVE FOR AN EXTRA $! I HAVE 3 SPEEDLIGHTS AND I CAN CONTROL AND TWEAK THE BRIGHTNESS OF EACH FLASH INDIVIDUALLY NOW, RIGHT FROM MY CAMERA! SIMPLE TO USE! G. SANDY EBEIER, DALLAS

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                                5.0

                                AC3 Controller for Nikon

                                By Don

                                from West Bend, WI

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Lightweight
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Low Light
                                  • Night Time
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                  A must if you don't own a "Commander" capable speed flash. A nice add on even if you do! Allows you to fully control 3 speed lights off camera. Note: You sacrifice the on-camera flash position, so you may want an extra stand.

                                  Unleashes the full power of Nikon's CLS, ecen with cameras with limited CLS capabilities (i,e, D3100). This device really unlocked my creativity with lighting. Use it on both my D300 and D3100 as the situation demands. No more line-of-sight issues (esp. outdoors) as with Nikon's IR system.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Product

                                  By Jason

                                  from Rock Hill, SC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • NONE

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                  Excellent product. It is much easier to use than having another flash on top of the Flex TT1. Settings can easily be changed with the click of a button!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  GREAT FOR PORTRAITS!

                                  By Nubmber1dp

                                  from Central Oregon Coast

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                    Bought the Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 along with the Mini-TT1 and the AC3 controller. They all comunicate with one another and with the Nikon System. These are great for complete wireless control of one or more Nikon flashes. They worked great right out of the box. I used them with my Nikon D700 and D4 to control my Nikon SB900 flashes with umbrellas. Every exposure was perfect!

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                                    4.0

                                    Worth It

                                    By Brad in Delaware

                                    from Wilmington, DE

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                      Easy to use
                                      Great help in controlling off camera remote flash output.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      I love it

                                      By Marine

                                      from Sicily, Italy

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Low Light
                                        • Night Time
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                        It is easy to operate and very well made.ilove this AC3.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        A must have

                                        By AJC

                                        from Greenwich, CT.

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Indoors
                                          • Low Light
                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                          I use pocket wizards to control 3 speedlights. The AC3 makes controlling the output of each very simple.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Exellent

                                          By Michael

                                          from New york

                                          About Me Semi-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 Nikon:

                                            I love the ac 3 it will save you a lot of time.

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            i like it

                                            By Baz Is

                                            from OC, Cali

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attaches Securely
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                                so easy to control ur TT5, very simple unit

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