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PocketWizardPowerMC2 Receiver Module
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (7)
  • Attaches securely (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (7)
    • Portraits (7)
    • General purpose (5)
    • Outdoors (5)
    • Low light (4)
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent trigger.

    The PW PowerMC2 turns the PCB E640 into the easiest-to-use strobe I've ever handled. The manuals and PW Wiki can be a bit overwhelming, but this trigger is actually quite intuitive after experimenting with...Read complete review

    The PW PowerMC2 turns the PCB E640 into the easiest-to-use strobe I've ever handled. The manuals and PW Wiki can be a bit overwhelming, but this trigger is actually quite intuitive after experimenting with it for a little while.

    Channels (ControTL or standard) and groups are selected from the E640's display. The E640 will automatically switch to second/rear curtain sync at the shutter speed set via the PW Utility. HyperSync works at full power, but not below.

    The best feature is the wireless manual power adjustment. With tricky subjects or rapidly-changing exposures, like fire performers with burning props, you can keep up with the situation fairly easily. The AC3 Controller gives you 6 stops of control, the flash has a 9-stop range. This controller will shift the flash power away from the set point, so you can max out the AC3, then turn the flash up or down via the rear controls to establish the necessary maximum. With the maximum set, the AC3 will let you go 6 stops down in 1/3-stop increments. If you need to go lower, use the control panel on the E640 to reduce the maximum in 1/10-stop increments. This means you can hit the flash's full power range when combining the AC3 and E640 controls, but only 6 stops at a time via the AC3 alone. I have yet to run into a situation where I need more than 6 stops of wireless control, so as long as your initial setup is in the ballpark, this isn't a problem.

    Hard to write about, but fairly intuitive to use. Only downside is that the flash's connection isn't terribly solid, mechanically speaking. A bit of a concern, but not a deal-breaker when you're talking about this level of control.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    it works as it should

    I'm portrait and wedding photographer, I use the MC2 with both Flex/Mini for Canon as well as Plus III as a "dumb" trigger. Hyper-Sync is more marketing for this item...Read complete review

    I'm portrait and wedding photographer, I use the MC2 with both Flex/Mini for Canon as well as Plus III as a "dumb" trigger. Hyper-Sync is more marketing for this item than truth. Yes I can get it to sync at 1/8000th of a second but only at full power. Anything less than full power and you get regular banding. Great if you only need full power, no so good if you want to actually shoot at a wide aperture with a large, close in light source. Yes you can make your aperture smaller but then that defeats the purpose of hyper-syncing.
    I love the fact that it sits on top of the Einstein and has potential for less interference or point of failure. Point of failure, meaning loose cable or low battery. You have neither in to worry about in this case. That being said in true PocketWizard fashion in the middle of my first shoot with it the Plus III in my hot shoe decided it didn't want to work half way through the shoot. Battery was fine, channel, etc. were all fine but after about 150 frames the connection died. I swapped out the Plus III with another one and it was fine. Fine but frustrating, to pay gobs of $$$ for top gear and still have something always seems to go wrong with one of the PW's. To be fair in this particular case the MC2 was not the issue but I can't give 4 stars for overall spotty performance and unfortunately that's been PW's record over the last 5 years as a location photographer.

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    4.0

    Excellent trigger.

    By Lex

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Flexible
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Action
      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Night Time
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

      The PW PowerMC2 turns the PCB E640 into the easiest-to-use strobe I've ever handled. The manuals and PW Wiki can be a bit overwhelming, but this trigger is actually quite intuitive after experimenting with it for a little while.

      Channels (ControTL or standard) and groups are selected from the E640's display. The E640 will automatically switch to second/rear curtain sync at the shutter speed set via the PW Utility. HyperSync works at full power, but not below.

      The best feature is the wireless manual power adjustment. With tricky subjects or rapidly-changing exposures, like fire performers with burning props, you can keep up with the situation fairly easily. The AC3 Controller gives you 6 stops of control, the flash has a 9-stop range. This controller will shift the flash power away from the set point, so you can max out the AC3, then turn the flash up or down via the rear controls to establish the necessary maximum. With the maximum set, the AC3 will let you go 6 stops down in 1/3-stop increments. If you need to go lower, use the control panel on the E640 to reduce the maximum in 1/10-stop increments. This means you can hit the flash's full power range when combining the AC3 and E640 controls, but only 6 stops at a time via the AC3 alone. I have yet to run into a situation where I need more than 6 stops of wireless control, so as long as your initial setup is in the ballpark, this isn't a problem.

      Hard to write about, but fairly intuitive to use. Only downside is that the flash's connection isn't terribly solid, mechanically speaking. A bit of a concern, but not a deal-breaker when you're talking about this level of control.

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      4.0

      Works perfectly

      By Ulcerdoc

      from New Hope

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

        Finally back on the market after an overblown "safety concern" Does what it is supposed to do. Controls an Einstein 640 with a PW. It's massively overpriced and subject to all the limitations of the PW, but if you have already invested in that platform you will want this to go with your Einsteins. Works well with Sekonic 458 DR. 4 Stars because it is a "dumb product", i.e., can only trigger and is overpriced.

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        1.0

        Nice Concept ... Not Reliable To Use

        By Brian

        from Aurora, Colorado

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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              Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

              I thought these things were supposed to be plug in and fire. Not so. I set up my Einsteins for a big photo shoot and I was using the Pocketwizard Plus III to try and remote trigger. I had all the correct settings according to the manuals and documentation. Nothing. Would not fire. Tried every troubleshooting technique I could think of, nothing. Thank God I had sense enough to take my Cybersync Trigger and Receivers with me that day or I would have been TOTALLY SCREWED!!! Am going to continue to try and figure out what went wrong, but when you're at a BIG photo shoot like I was, with two VERY WELL KNOWN celebrities, you really want the equipment to work properly right from the get-go. Not so this time. Sorry Pocketwizard, YOU FAILED ME and so I can only give you a 1-Star.IF I figure out what happened, I may come back and re-update this review, but only if I can figure out what happened.Thank you.

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              5.0

              Does exactly what its supposed to do.

              By Geo

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                Bought it here since Paul Buff no longer carries it. This new version comes with a rubber usb cover and a warning label.

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                5.0

                Does exactly what its supposed to do

                By Geo

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                  It triggers my Einstein with problems. I like that this new unit came with the usb cover, unlike the previous versions sold by Paul Buff.

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                  3.0

                  it works as it should

                  By Austin Photog

                  from Austin, TX

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Less Points Of Failure

                  Cons

                  • Not Great On Location
                  • Still Spotty Performance

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                  I'm portrait and wedding photographer, I use the MC2 with both Flex/Mini for Canon as well as Plus III as a "dumb" trigger. Hyper-Sync is more marketing for this item than truth. Yes I can get it to sync at 1/8000th of a second but only at full power. Anything less than full power and you get regular banding. Great if you only need full power, no so good if you want to actually shoot at a wide aperture with a large, close in light source. Yes you can make your aperture smaller but then that defeats the purpose of hyper-syncing.
                  I love the fact that it sits on top of the Einstein and has potential for less interference or point of failure. Point of failure, meaning loose cable or low battery. You have neither in to worry about in this case. That being said in true PocketWizard fashion in the middle of my first shoot with it the Plus III in my hot shoe decided it didn't want to work half way through the shoot. Battery was fine, channel, etc. were all fine but after about 150 frames the connection died. I swapped out the Plus III with another one and it was fine. Fine but frustrating, to pay gobs of $$$ for top gear and still have something always seems to go wrong with one of the PW's. To be fair in this particular case the MC2 was not the issue but I can't give 4 stars for overall spotty performance and unfortunately that's been PW's record over the last 5 years as a location photographer.

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                  5.0

                  So far so good.

                  By Tony B.

                  from Louisville, KY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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                        Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                        Got this for the Einstein and couldn't be happier. It's nice to be able to adjust the power from the camera.

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                        5.0

                        Easy to use

                        By gary

                        from Atlanta

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

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                              Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                              This receiver is simple to set up and use. It just works! Ease of use is a big help.

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                              4.0

                              excellent

                              By JK

                              from Jackson, WY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                If you own an Einstein 640 this is a compact, convenient and affordable way to fire them with any other Pocket Wizard products. Works seamlessly.

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                                5.0

                                These are AWESOME!!!

                                By Matteo's Photography

                                from Myrtle Beach, SC

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                  These saved me a lot of money because I didnt have to buy the normal pocket wizard transmitters. They are made for my lights and are light, small and easy to use. Great Purchase

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                                  5.0

                                  Works great!

                                  By Big Bruno

                                  from Maryland

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                    I use the PowerMC2 with my Einstein strobes and Sekonic light meter. It pops the strobes with a touch of a button...all wireless. Very cool!

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                                    5.0

                                    PowerMC2

                                    By icemanx62

                                    from NYC, NY

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use

                                      Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                      Amazing when combined with AC3 Zone Contorller and Paul C. Buff's Einstein flash units.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great product

                                      By Kevin

                                      from Katy, TX

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

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                                            Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                                            This is a great product when combined with a PocketWizard MiniTTL and AC3 Zone Contorller and Paul C. Buff's Einstein flash units. It gives you easy and total control of your lights.

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