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PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black)

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PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Combination Transmitter and Receiver
  • Long Range of 1640'
  • Frequency: 340-354 MHz (FCC/IC)
  • 32 Channels and Quad-Zone Triggering
  • Auto-Sensing and Auto-Relay
  • Up to 14.5 fps Shooting
  • Side-View Design and LCD Monitor
  • Full Compatibility with Previous Models
  • Runs on Two AA Batteries
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The black PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver is a highly versatile and robust radio trigger that is compatible with all prior FCC-version PocketWizards, as well as most flash and camera systems. Featuring 32 channels to choose from, this transceiver is simple to use in even the busiest of situations. Wireless remote control is possible through the use of Quad-Zone Triggering, which allows you to manage up to 4 zones of remote PocketWizard-enabled cameras or flashes from one position. Without having to leave camera position, you can activate and deactivate groups of flashes quickly and easily. This transceiver also employ's PocketWizard's Auto-Sensing technology, which instantly allows your device to fluctuate from transmitter to receiver. This technology works directly in line with the Auto-Relay function for a completely remote workflow.

The efficiency of this transceiver is further extended by allowing up to 1640' transmissions in normal mode, and nearly double with Long Range mode. High speed, continuous shooting is made possible with the High Speed Receive mode, permitting up to 14.5 fps firing at up to 1/250 sec. for focal plane shutter and 1/500 sec. for leaf shutters.

The design of the Plus III incorporates a side-view LCD screen and touch pad interface for switching between modes, zones, and settings. It connects to any camera featuring a hot shoe and is also compatible with a variety of cables for linking to lighting and other remote systems.

32 Channels
Featuring 16 standard and 16 Quad-Zone Triggering channels, finding an open channel to use is simplified and efficient. Switching between channels is accomplished with one-touch operation.
Quad-Zone Triggering
You can program up to 4 working zones for remote control of flashes. This allows you the ability to wirelessly activate and deactivate your flashes, enabling you to remain in camera position without having to manually adjust lighting setups. This is ideal for using multiple lighting setups and managing remote cameras as needed.
Auto-Sensing Transceiver
When set in TxRx mode, the transceiver is able to instantly switch between transmitter and receiver modes for the greatest amount of flexibility. You can also manually override this and choose to have it act as a dedicated transmitter or receiver.
Auto-Relay Mode
When using 3 PocketWizard radios; you can remotely trigger a camera to fire and trigger a flash simultaneously. Utilizing the Auto-Sensing technology, the transceiver mounted to the camera can instantly receive a signal from an auxiliary transceiver, and then instantly convey the transmission to a remote flash. This provides a simplistic and highly efficient remote workflow.
Long Range Capability
When used in ideal conditions, this transceiver is capable of producing and receiving a signal up to 1640' / 500m away. When conditions are not ideal for a long range transmission, Long Range mode can be used to nearly double the effective range of the signal. There is also Repeater mode, which will repeat the signal several times, increasing the possibility of a successful transmission at long range.
High Speed Capability
When in High Speed Receive mode, this transceiver is capable of triggering cameras or flashes up to 14.5 fps. Normal performance also permits triggering up to 12 fps. It is also capable of sync speeds up to 1/250 sec. for focal plane shutters and 1/500 sec. for leaf shutters.
Simplified User Interface and Design
Clearly displayed on a 1" / 2.5cm backlit LCD, all of the channels, zones, and modes can be configured using a soft-touch keypad. The design of the transceiver also incorporates a side-view LCD for easier viewing and an internal antenna for a less obtrusive appearance.
Wide Compatibility and Connectability
The transceiver is easily attached to most cameras through the hot shoe, with no extraneous cables required. For attaching to remotes and lights, there is an all-in-one sync port for wide compatibility. Cables are included for attaching from miniphone to miniphone, miniphone to phono, and miniphone to PC sync for cameras without a hot shoe. It is also compatible with all PocketWizard transmitters and receivers (of the same frequency) as well as PocketWizard-enabled lighting and metering equipment. The Plus III is powered by 2 x AA batteries and can be kept up to date with firmware updates utilizing the USB port.
Important Information
  • Units sold in USA use 344.0 MHz for channels 1-16, and 346.5-354.0 MHz for channels 17-32
  • Units sold in Europe use 433.62 MHz for channels 1-16, and 434.22 for channels 17-32
  • USA and Euro models cannot converse with each other
  • USA models may interfere with devices in Europe
  • Frequency 340-354 MHz (FCC/IC)
    Channels 16 standard channels
    16 selective Quad Zone Triggering channels
    Zones A/B/C/D
    Antenna Precision tuned internal coil
    Display Backlit 1" / 2.5 cm LCD
    Range 1640' / 500 m
    Max Sync Speed Up to 1/250 sec. for focal plane shutters
    Up to 1/500 sec. for leaf shutters
    Triggering Speed Up to 14.5 fps
    Contact Time 62 milliseconds in normal
    2 milliseconds in High Speed Receive mode
    Output Power <0.001 W
    Power Supply 2 x AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH, NiCAD, NiZn, Li-ion)
    USB (with optional adapter)
    Battery Life Up to 50 hours
    Max Port Sync Voltage 300 V
    Max Current Handling 1.0 A peak, 0.2 A continuous current limited
    Voltage Present 3 V
    Operating Temperature 5-120°F / -15-50°C
    Storage Temperature -22-185°F / -30-85°C
    Input/Output 3.5 mm stereo miniphone jack
    Hot shoe
    Dimensions 5.25 x 2 x 1" / 13.3 x 5.1 x 3.2 cm
    Weight 4 oz /120 g
    PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black)
  • Quick Guide
  • Stereo 3.5mm Miniphone to Miniphone Cable
  • Mono 3.5mm Miniphone to Locking PC Cable
  • Stereo 3.5mm Miniphone to 1/4" Adapter
  • Lanyard
  • Operation Reference Sticker
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    PocketWizardPlus III Transceiver (Black)
     
    4.8

    (based on 369 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (294)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (63)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (279)
    • Reliable (266)
    • Lightweight (254)
    • Durable (188)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (9)
    • Poor design (9)
    • Not durable (7)
    • Difficult to use (6)
    • Not functional (4)

    Best Uses

    • Studio (251)
    • Portraits (241)
    • Travel (106)
    • Everyday (97)
    • Home (58)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (156), Semi-professional (104), Enthusiast (43)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (293), Yes (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great - Absolutely, but not perfect.

    I am a semi-pro wannabe who shoots about 4-6 weddings per year as well as a few portrait sessions. I wanted this for two primary purposes:

    1) To...Read complete review

    I am a semi-pro wannabe who shoots about 4-6 weddings per year as well as a few portrait sessions. I wanted this for two primary purposes:

    1) To free me up in the studio. I have some Hensel flashes which work great with the optical slave, but I don't like using my flash gun on the camera to trigger them because of the stray light. The cable trigger is just too long and clunky. So I wanted these to trigger my studio flashes. For this, they work swell.

    2) To allow me to more easily use off-camera fill flash for weddings. When I'm outside, I need a softbox and flash to compete with the grey skies and bright sun that we get here sometimes in Sweden. Here the Hensels with a portable power supply are troublesome as the optical trigger goes byserk outdoors. Again, the cable is too cumbersome. But the Hensels themselves are also an issue as they're too heavy for my 11 year old daughter/assistant to handle, so enter Lastolite Hot Shoe EZYBOX Softbox Kit or the Interfit Strobies Folding Softbox (24 x 24") (both sold by BH). With the EZYBOX, you have the option of using 4 flashes simultaneously, which should give one about 320 w/s (assuming 4x SB-800 or 900). Granted, this isn't to the level of the Hensels which deliver 500 w/s, but it should be enough to give the sun a run for it's money and be more portable. You can use 2 pocketwizards (one on the camera and 1 to a speedlight) and then use the optical trigger function in manual mode on the other 3 speedlights in the box to synch the flash. Voila - a solution. Of course, you need the optical trigger which is available on the SB-26, SB-800, and SB-900/910 model flashes to make this work.

    Now, these pocketWizards don't support high-speed synch, which is a major bummer for me. To get this, you need to purchase the TT1 or TT5 models (also available from B&H), so to get the apertures to open up a bit at my highest available synch speed for my set-up, I need some neutral density filters. Having investigated some on the subject, I will probably go for the 3 or 4 stop multicoated B+W filters. For those of you who haven't tried them, the multi-coated B+W filters are about 10 times easier to keep clean than the Hoya filters. A tangent here, but I've dropped one lens and my wife has dropped one over the years. On the one with the Hoya filter, the filter shattered and very slightly scratched my lens - not something you want with a 135mm F2 DC Nikkor... On the second one with the B+W filter, the filter ring bent to the point that I could not remove the filter (a tougher drop), but the glass stayed intact. B+W has amazing filters...

    Grumble 2: The speedlights go to sleep after a bit. I believe that one can set the timing on this on the speedlights themselves. In any case, the first picture which I take after a pause awakens the speedlight and the flash actually functions on the 2nd or later. I think that if you push the test button, this will wake up the flash, it's just a matter of remembering to do this. Not an issue with the pocketwizard per se, just me learning to use them...

    Grumble 3: When you ding the side of these with your finger, you hear the antenna twang. I design antennas for a living, so I'm pretty sure that they have a simple coil stub in the slightly elevated area in the corner. This is the correct design choice due to the frequencies that they're covering and to keep costs down. A coil antenna costs about 20 cents to manufacture in volume, is very efficient and has decent bandwidth. It was the right design choice, but you could put a little foam or something around it to keep it from twanging - it simply sounds cheap.

    Summary with a little rambling: Great product. Works great as in all the reviews. At 1/250s flash synch, if you're using this outdoors, you need some neutral density filters and powerful flashes to make things work right.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Still needs some work

    I like another poster am looking to use these units with Elinchrom Strobe and found they lock up if you are above channel 17 and even trouble on 17, 14 worked fine. I tried...Read complete review

    I like another poster am looking to use these units with Elinchrom Strobe and found they lock up if you are above channel 17 and even trouble on 17, 14 worked fine. I tried putting each into deicated mode of TX and RX respectively with no change. One thing I noticed is that the cord Pocket wizard provides is actually a stereo jack (three separate connections, tip and two coller connection) and you only need mono (two tip and collar). I am curious if extra conector is cause signaling problems. I have bought mono jacks from Radio Shack and plan to make a cord and do to some testing. If find out something more I will post here. I have also hook up pocket Wizard to my Canon 580 with the PC connection and found that both cords the center pin was off center. Nothing insurmountable just not a pain. With 580 both high (new Channels) and old (channel 17 and below) do work. I am not ready to give up yet on the units because of the price and capability. I would also have to say I do not like the side orientation and it additionally worse the button face floor in portrate mode. I have not used other radio trigers and I am hoping that Pocket Wizard will get the enhanced functionality working. I got the Pocket Wizard III because I did not have a radio trigger and this unit does do all the function of the 2+ at a cheaper price. If you have a trigger works for you then I would not upgrade, but if you are just starting like me then I say go for it.

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    4.0

    Worked as expected.

    By Wado

    from Chattanooga, TN

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Studio

      Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

      This PocketWizard was a replacement for an older 4 channel Wizard transmitter that bit the dust. Having already been familiar with the general usage and setup, this one was a breeze. We previously used channel 4 so we set the new digital readout to Channel 4 and it just started working. We hope to get a long life out of this one. The last one gave up after 8 years of deditcated service.

      Only negative is that the unit is still kinda big. Would love to see it shrink with an internal lithium battery.

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      5.0

      Reliable, easy to use

      By JM

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

          Intuitive and easy to use; it just works. Using this with a D810 and SB-910; everything worked perfectly out of the box. If you need it, get it.

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          5.0

          best trigger

          By dave

          from santa monica, ca

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

            I use pocket wizard to trigger my varied flash brands and models in unison. I also use pocket wizard as a remote shutter release

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Upgrade From My Old PocketWizard

            By Zelo Photography

            from Escondido, CA

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Improved Design
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Difficult Battery Removal

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling
            • Weddings

            Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

            Our old PocketWizards were pretty beat up, so we decided to buckle down and get some new ones.

            I love the built-in antennae...no more bent antennae in my gear bag! I also love ABCD Zones feature. It's so convenient to be able to more easily control which flashes I fire at any given time. This model also feels a little more sturdy/rugged than my older model.

            I also love being able to switch the different modes...TxRx...Tx Only...Rx Only, etc.

            My only complaint is that it's a little difficult to get the batteries out. It's a snug fit for the batteries, which is good, but it's very difficult to get them out...even trying to pry them out with my fingernail. It would have been nice if they incorporated a small ribbon to help pop the batteries out (like what I've seen in a lot of 9v battery products).

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            5.0

            lives up to it's reputation

            By Wideyes

            from LBC

            Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

            User Friendly and well worth the price!

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            5.0

            It Works...and that matters.

            By Carl the Photo User.

            from Jamaica Queens

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Over The Looks
            • Reliable
            • Take Functionality

            Cons

            • Besides Not Being Ttl
            • Everything Else Was Okay

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

            Needed something to stop other cameras flashes overriding my previous remotes. It got quiet crazy at one point, where someone's else camera made my speed lights strobe 7 times in a few seconds.

            It was time, to upgrade.

            I was very happy after I tested them out in the field, no more interference from other cameras. Plus I am using the direct connections via the PC ports to the speed lite flashes.

            The price might be a turnoff, but it is well worth...especially buying in bulk.

            And yes, they do have the means to adapt to almost any flashes.

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            • No

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            5.0

            The cadillac of triggers

            By Ben M

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

              I used radiopoppers for a while, and before that some cheapie chinese triggers. do yourself a favor and just buy these instead. completely and utterly reliable, no special CR batteries, and built very solid. works great with the hotshoe adaptors as well.

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              4.0

              WORKS!

              By MF Studio

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Failed After 35 Years
              • Failed After 3 Years

              Best Uses

                Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                It works great when it works. Had 2 of them transmiters (previous model) fail after 3 years, it would not start?... bought this again cause I invested much in recievers. Very good range though, hopefully this last model will last longer. :)

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                4.0

                Great Product

                By Matt

                from KY

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                    Works very well, wish device was a little slimmer but still fits in the palm of my hand

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Work great for basic triggering

                    By Kevin@AP

                    from Arizona

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                        These are great for basic triggering. I also have the Flex units for HSS. Have used these along with the Flex TT1, Mini TT1, and Sekonic Meters with PW modules. When the Plus III is used with the Flex and Mini your limited to 1/250s.

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                        5.0

                        Great Buy...!

                        By First Time Learner

                        from Birmingham, AL

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                          What a good value for first time user. Good Price for your equipment bag smooth operation.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Incredible Quality and Reliability

                          By Scooter

                          from Memphis

                          Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                          This makes my fourth Pocket Wizard Plus III - spot on with no issues - never missed a shot - great reliability and range. I shoot action sports and use them to fire remote cameras and flashes.

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                          5.0

                          Works great !

                          By Terrance

                          from Aberdeen, SD

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Studio
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                            Use it on location and in studio, very reliable.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great way to get flash off camera!

                            By Joe

                            from Evanston, IL

                            Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                            Love this device. I needed a way to get my flash off my camera for better lighting effects in portraits. This is the device. For all the starting photographers, make sure you buy two. I thought that my flash would receive the transceivers signal but I needed one to transmit in top of my camers and one to receive the signal attached to my external flash. I'd recommend to any photographer looking to take their photography to the next level.

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                            5.0

                            The Standard

                            By EiNY

                            from NYC

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                                Chinese triggers may be cheaper but these are bullet-proof. I love the build quality and I need the reliability. They also work with the last of the Plus IIs I still have

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Pocket wizard plus III

                                By Joaco

                                from 29palms

                                Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                                I love this item. I used it a couple times and loved how easy it is to use and how good it works with all my flashes and strobes.

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                                5.0

                                PocketWizard III

                                By L-Boogie

                                from Glendale

                                Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                                Great product with all the necessary features!

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                                5.0

                                Plus III pretty cool

                                By JenR

                                from Texas

                                Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                                I'm still learning how to use them, but so far this are working very well and seem reliable.

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                                5.0

                                Easy to use.

                                By Musicos

                                from 90710

                                Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                                Nice quality materials in the building of it. I really liked the ease of use.

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                                5.0

                                Works Great

                                By BTP

                                from VIRGINIA

                                Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                                Great piece of equipment. Works perfectly with my Pocket Wizard II transceivers.

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