REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
PocketWizardPowerMC2 Receiver Module
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (14)
  • Attaches securely (12)
  • Durable (3)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Long-lasting (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (16)
    • Portraits (16)
    • General purpose (11)
    • Low light (11)
    • Outdoor events / games (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23)

    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.

    VS

    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.

    Reviewed by 25 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-20

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

     
    5.0

    Flawless

    By John P.

    from Minnesota

    Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

    After purchasing PW PowerMC2 I've used on my Alien Bees Einstein strobe without missing a beat. Probably one of the best purchases in terms of reliability and function when it comes to wirelessly using strobes for my photo sessions.

    Share this review

     
    5.0

    Great Einstein Controller

    By John

    from Conover, NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

      Paul C. Buff's Cyber Commander and CyberSync units are well rated, but having a PocketWizard Nikon MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 controllers, I wanted a compatible system to work with the Einstein E640 Flash unit. The PowerMC2 works very well with the E640. I also purchased the PocketWizard AC3 controller, which allows for independent control of each flash unit.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      5.0

      Pocket Wizard, need I say more!

      By 1DProphet

      from USA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy
      • Pw Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Single Purpose Eq

        Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

        Worked just as advertised, own standard through flex & mini PW's but wanted dedicated equipment to kit with, FEC and tracking control make it so easy.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        Works fine.

        By PhotoSavannah

        from Savannah GA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

          I use it with Einstein. Works fine, not troubles to communicate to AC5. I would add small plastic box to keep it somewhere on a flash body. Contacts are easy to damage, but it a problem of flash construction.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Love these things

          By Carm

          from Canada

          Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

          Work great on my Einstein 640 don't know what I would do without them

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          PowerMC2 is just that!!

          By ibjc

          from Tennessee

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

            It just works with my Einstein every time!! Love it!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            Great addition to the Einstein flash

            By David the underwater and surf photo guy

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            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:

              Really like my new pocket wizard PowerMC2 to use on the Einstein. I have been using the alien bees for years and needed 1 new flash so thought I would get it for the extra features. Just remember to do a firmware update on any of your pocket wizard transmitters before using. Its easy to do and will possibly save you some headaches. Have fun.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              Excellent works great

              By Ephcto

              from Sherman Oaks California

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                if you are looking for hyper sync with the Einstein Alien bees this is the way to go, with the Flex TT5 it is really good easy setup and works awesome now i can eve shoot with my DSLRup to 1250/s really good for sport photography with strobes!!!! better than using speedlites!

                and i can get more dynamic range in one photo thanks that i can compensate with speed! it is awesome that i can not be limited just to 1/200s in a super bright sunny day

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                4.0

                Does What I Need it to Do

                By Jesse

                from Westchester, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                  The PowerMC2 allows me to control the power on the Einstein E640 right from my camera using the AC3 and Mini TT1. There are a ton of options which are configurable if you go as far as connect the unit to your laptop and connect in with the software. Lots of options to suit your needs.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Very

                  By Jared - Identity Crisis Studio

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                    I have three of these, and they work great.The only thing I don't like about them is how the pins are subject to damage if you're not careful. But that's a result of the Einstein design, so there's no way around that. I've had my others for a few years, and no accidents yet.This is taller (sticks up more) than the Paul C Buff version. I know, because I have both systems. I do worry about it getting hit, because it sticks out so far from the monolight. Again, this is an Einstein design issue, and PocketWizard could only work with what's available.I love being able to get 'hypersync' with these, and have shot at 1/1000 second outside. I also love being able to control the output of each Einstein with the PocketWizard Zone Controller. Saves lots of time.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Sleek and simple

                    By jrash168

                    from Nebraska

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    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:

                      Plugs directly into your Einstein lights without additional cables. Works great with the Pocketwizard Mini TT1 or Flex 5 for Hypersync (shooting above flash sync speeds). For location shoots, this works fantastic.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Attach and start shooting

                      By GeoNikon

                      from Albany, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module:

                        I purchased the PowerMC2 for use with an Einstein 640 light. I plugged it into the unit, set it up using the menu on the Einstein and went to work. I connected seamlessly with the TT1/CC3 combo. I could easily adjust output from my camera in both indoor and outdoor settings. Works great.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                           
                          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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Nice Concept ... Not Reliable To Use

                            By Brian

                            from Aurora, Colorado

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  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.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                   
                                  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.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    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.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

                                      Share this review

                                       
                                      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.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

                                      Share this review

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      So far so good.

                                      By Tony B.

                                      from Louisville, KY

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            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.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

                                            Share this review

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Easy to use

                                            By gary

                                            from Atlanta

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  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.

                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

                                                  Share this review

                                                  Displaying reviews 1-20

                                                  Back to top

                                                  Previous | Next »