PocketWizard Announces the Easy-to-Use Plus X Transceiver

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PocketWizard has just announced a new addition to their formidable lineup of radio transceivers: the Plus X. The Plus X is poised to be their simplest transceiver yet, due to its minimal design and straightforward operability. With few controls on the unit itself, there is little to modify aside from the basic channel selections.This pared-down concept does not limit its functionality, however, as it retains full backward compatibility with previous PocketWizards and excels in performing its dedicated task in a highly efficient manner that is easy for the operator to intuit.

Design

The Plus X Transceiver is designed for simple and intuitive operation, yet still maintains the general performance abilities of other PocketWizards. This transceiver supports the use of 10 different channels in order to better facilitate working amongst other photographers, or for more selective control over different lighting groups. The standard 10 channels are compatible with all previous PocketWizard iterations, and channel selection is easily controlled by simply rotating the main dial on the Plus X. The manual selection ensures a simplified means for changing channels—requiring no menu navigation—and the dial is backlit when turned on, for greater visibility while working. A tri-color LED indicator is also integrated into the design to provide a simple visual indication of the remaining battery life, and when a transmission is occurring. The transceiver is also designed with an internal antenna, similar to the Plus III transceiver, to lessen the likelihood of damage and to provide a more streamlined appearance.

Connectivity

Echoing the simplicity in design is a similar approach to connectivity. Like all PocketWizards, the unit can attach to the camera simply, by slipping into the camera’s hot shoe, with no cables required. For attaching to external strobes and remotes, the Plus X has a 3.5mm miniphone sync port for extensive compatibility across devices. A miniphone-to-miniphone cable, stereo miniphone-to-phono (1/4”) adapter, and a miniphone-to-locking PC cable are all included with the transceiver, and other optional dedicated cables are also available for further compatibility with most lighting, camera and remote systems.

As regards connectivity between the PocketWizards themselves, it, too, is a straightforward affair due to the Auto-Sensing technology that provides an intelligent connection between radios. This technology can instantly detect and determine whether or not to function as a transmitter or receiver, depending on whether or not it is sending or receiving a signal. If desired, though, you can also set the Plus X to function in “transmit only” mode, to eliminate a camera-mounted flash from firing when working among other photographers who are also using PocketWizards. The Auto-Sensing technology also enables an auto-relay mode, which provides the ability to remotely trigger both a camera and wireless flash setup by using only three radios. The radio that is connected to the camera, which requires a motor drive cable for remote use, will both receive the signal from the handheld trigger, and then relay that signal to the third radio that is connected to the flash system.

Reliability

As with other PocketWizards, the Plus X shares the same reliability and assured use in regard to overall performance. A 1600’ working range gives plenty of reach to suit demanding distant location shoots and a 1/250 second sync speed with focal plane shutters, or 1/500 second with leaf shutters, provides the ability to keep up to the pace of the fastest camera and lighting systems. Additionally, the Plus X has a triggering rate of up to 14.5 fps for working with fast-moving subject matter in continuous shooting modes. As previously mentioned, the Plus X is fully backward compatible with all PocketWizard radios for easy integration into an already existing remote setup. This compatibility is extended to all other PocketWizard-enabled equipment, too, including strobe packs, monolights and light meters.

For more information, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.

Frequency 344.04MHz
Channels 10 standard channels (compatible with all PocketWizard radios using standard channels on same frequency)
Zones Single zone
Antenna Precision tuned internal coil
Channel Setting Backlit rotating dial
Range Approx. 1600' / 487.7m
Sync Speed Up to 1/250 sec. (focal plane shutter); up to 1/500 sec. (leaf shutter)
Triggering Speed Up to 14.5fps
Contact Time 62ms (in normal operation)
Status Indicator LED: Green, amber, red status indicators
Transmit Output Power <1mW
Power Source 2x AA (LR6) 1.5V alkaline, NiMH, NiCAD, NiZn, or lithium batteries
Battery Life Up to 100 hours (with alkaline batteries)
Max. Port Sync Voltage 300V (camera/flash port)
Max. Current Handling 1.0A peak, 0.2A continuous current limited
Voltage Present 3V
Housing High impact plastic with captive battery door
Mounting Hot shoe, D-ring loop, 1/4"-20 threaded socket
Input/Output 3.5mm stereo miniphone jack, hot shoe
Operating Temperature 5-120°F / -15-50°C
Storage Temperature -22-185°F / -30-85°C
Dimensions 4.2 x 2.1 x 1.2" / 10.7 x 5.3 x 3cm
Weight 3.9oz / 110g with batteries installed

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Price

The PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver is currently in stock, available for purchase, and is currently listed at $99.00 on our website.

So what's the price? That is half the necessary information!

The price per unit is $99.00. Currently there is a 1-2 week pre-order time frame on them. See the link below for details.

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I recently was inquiring about the Pocket Wizard 3, what is the difference besides price point...

The main differences will be the PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver is more economical and has twice the battery life, up to 100 approximately hours. The benefit with the PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver is it has 32 channels (1-16 Standard; 17-32 selective Quad-Zone Triggering) with Quad Zone Triggering (zones A, B, C, or D); the PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver only uses 10 channels and has single-zone triggering. Also the PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver has an LCD Display for viewing settings whereas the PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver uses a rotary dial for settings.

will the pocketwizard plus X work with the canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Yes, but the PocketWizard Plus X must be connected to the Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash via the PC sync terminal on the flash to work as an off-camera receiver, and you need a second unit connected to the hot shoe of your camera as a transmitter. It is NOT compatible with Canon's built-in radio transmitter/receiver, as Canon's radio transmitter/receiver are only compatible with Canon products (i.e., you need either a Canon ST-E3-RT or a 600EX-RT on-camera as a transmitter to communicate with the off-camera 600EX-RT's built-in radio transmitter/recceiver).

Does it support "Two-Stage Remote Camera Triggering"?

I don't see it mentioned in the product description.

While the PocketWizard X will trigger a camera using the test button, it does not have the same Two-State Remote Camera Triggering feature as does the Plus III Remote.

does it support sony hot shoe?

Unfortunately, the PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver uses a standard ISO hot shoe; it would not be compatible with the Sony Alpha ADI hot shoe. You would need to use an adapter like the Sony FA-HS1AM Hot Shoe Adapter (B&H # SOFAHS1AM), the Sony Auto-Lock Shoe Adapter (B&H # SOADPAMA), or the Vello Hot Shoe Adapter (B&H # VEHSACSC).

Unfortunately, the PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver uses a standard ISO hot shoe; it would not be compatible with the Sony Alpha ADI hot shoe. You would need to use an adapter like the Sony FA-HS1AM Hot Shoe Adapter (B&H # SOFAHS1AM), the Sony Auto-Lock Shoe Adapter (B&H # SOADPAMA), or the Vello Hot Shoe Adapter (B&H # VEHSACSC).

Manzell L wrote:

Unfortunately, the PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver uses a standard ISO hot shoe; it would not be compatible with the Sony Alpha ADI hot shoe. You would need to use an adapter like the Sony FA-HS1AM Hot Shoe Adapter (B&H # SOFAHS1AM), the Sony Auto-Lock Shoe Adapter (B&H # SOADPAMA), or the Vello Hot Shoe Adapter (B&H # VEHSACSC).

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Hi Manzell,

The answer you gave above is not entirely true. The Alpha-SLTA99V uses the new Multi-interface shoe which allows connection to devices with a standard hot shoe connection. If I am mistaken please let me know.

Best Regards,

George

Yes, you are correct.  Manzell only took into account the previous Sony/Minolta ADI type shoe.  Since this article,  the A7/A7r and NEX 6 model cameras have helped create much greater buzz about the newer multi-interface shoe that was introduced by the A99.  Had the topic been more focused at the time I believe Manzell would have included that information also.

Will the PW module in my Sekonic L-358 trigger this unit?

Hello,

Yes it will.

what's in the box? two pocket wizards? (transmitter and receiver) or just one?...

Hello,

A single (1) PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver which can be used as either a transmitter or receiver.

The PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver is a transceiver (can both transmit and receive wireless signals); there is no seperate Plus X transmitter and/or receiver. Only one PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver is included in the box. If you need two units, you must purchase two units.

The following is listed in the "What's In The Box" section on our website:

What's In The Box:

PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver

Stereo 3.5mm Miniphone-to-Miniphone Cable

Mono 3.5mm Miniphone-to-Locking PC Cable

Stereo 3.5mm Miniphone-to-1/4" Adapter

Lanyard Limited

1-Year Warranty

Will the Pocket Wizard Plus X work with my Canon Speedlites High Speed sync? I currently use a 20d and a 60d with 430ex slave units.

While the PocketWizard Plus X Radio Transceiver can be used with both the Canon EOS 20D DSLR Camera and with the Canon 430EX Speedlite Flashes (using either a hot shoe to PC adapter or a hot shoe to miniphone adapter, as the 430EX does not have its own PC sync terminal), PocketWizard Plus X units are not compatible with High Speed Sync.

If I buy 2 Plus X's (one to transmit, one to receive) will the cable be included to connect with a Nikon SB800 or do I have to order a new one?

Also, which cable do I need to remote trigger a D700 or D600 (please tell me it's the same one).

I'm sending back these Radio Poppers because I couldn't use the JrX kit(which is advertised as being so simple) without purchasing different cables or RP cube to fire my flash. Also, couldn't find a clear cut way to fire remote trigger (using the on/off button? or another camera?)and that little PLusX test button looks pretty simple.

Thanks,

Eric

The Mono 3.5mm Miniphone-to-Locking PC Cable to connect to the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight Flash is included with the PocketWizard Plus X Radio Transceiver.

The PocketWizard N90M-ACC-ND Pre-Trigger Motor Drive Cable for Nikon 10-Pin Cameras, B&H # WIN90MACND, is required to trigger the Nikon D700 DSLR camera; the N-MCDC2-ACC Pre-Trigger Cable for Nikon DC2 Connection, B&H # WICFTT5ND90, is required to trigger the Nikon D600 DSLR camera. They are two different cables, as the cameras have two different remote connections.

Which cord would I need for this to remote fire a Nikon d7000?

You would need to purchase the Pocket Wizard N-MCDC2-ACC Pre-Trigger Cable, B&H # WICFTT5ND90, to trigger the Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera wirelessly with a PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver Radio Remote.

Will this work with Alien Bee flashes or is any additional cabling required

As the PocketWizard MM1 Stereo 3.5mm Miniphone-to-Miniphone Cable (B&H # WICMM16) is included with the PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver, it would connect to the miniphone 1/8" (3.5mm) sync terminal used on your AlienBees lighting equipment.

Is there a way to have an on camera flash turned off but have the plusx hooked to my camera so it will trigger the two off camera flashes?

As long as your camera has a PC sync port, you could hook up the Plus X to your camera with the included PC cable instead of using Plus X on the hot shoe. This would allow you to still have a flash on camera while using the Plus X to trigger other flashes hooked up to receivers off camera. If your camera doesn’t have a PC sync port, you would need to purchase a hot shoe adapter with a PC connection in order to do this.

What can I do to get the pocketwizard plus x to work with my D 3200 nikon? I cannot get it to trigger the Shitter on the camera?

You would need to purchase the PocketWizard N-MCDC2-ACC 3' Nikon Remote Camera Cable for Nikon, B&H # WICFTT5ND90, connected to the PocketWizard Plus X connected to your camera, and a second PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver in your hand to wirelessly trigger the Nikon D3200 DSLR camera.

HI    Is the Pocket Wizard MiniTTi andTT5 compatible with theP W   PlusX 10 ,To use as a reciever .? Meny  Thanks.Ralph

The PocketWizard Plus X can be triggered by both the MiniTT1 and the FlexTT5, yes.  Though, keep in mind, TTL would not be possible with the Plus X.