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PocketWizardMiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems
 
4.3

(based on 189 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (160)
  • Easy to use (143)
  • Reliable (114)
  • Packs small / compresses (86)
  • Strong construction (44)

Cons

  • Not durable (13)
  • Not functional (9)
  • Unreliable (8)
  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Poor quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (95)
  • Family photos (77)
  • Portraits (56)
  • Travel (53)
  • Sports/action (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (52), Pro photographer (42), Professional (34), Semi-professional (26), Photo enthusiast (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

So Close... but, not there yet.

First, let me start off by saying that I do really like this system but it does have it's limitations.Before purchasing (3) FlexTT5, (1) MiniTT1 and (1) AC3 Zone Controller,...Read complete review

First, let me start off by saying that I do really like this system but it does have it's limitations.Before purchasing (3) FlexTT5, (1) MiniTT1 and (1) AC3 Zone Controller, I did lots of research on wireless TTL triggers and of course like many of us, the main comparison was between PocketWizard and RadioPoppers. I literally spent a good month of weighing the pros and cons of both system and concluded that BOTH were really good systems. Ideally, if you could just merge the two you would have the ultimate solution. Of course, this is merely a fantasy. So after a weighing the pros and cons I went with the PocketWizards. As we all know (or should know) the Flex and Mini system have an issue with the radio noise of a few popular Canon Speedlites (580EX, 580EX II and 480EX). Of course I only own 580EX II's so I was at a disadvantage from the start. However, the interference issues are only at distances over 30 feet. Since I shoot mostly portrait and product stuff, 30ft is a fair distance... especially since I was already using a 32ft ETTL cord. Well, I put the system to the test and sure enough, 30ft was maximum distance I could get. With the system setup in my house, once I exceeded 30 feet the system was very erratic and misfired a lot. BUT... then I installed the AC5 soft shield (which is included with the FlexTT5). Well, my house was too small to fully test the system as I easily exceeded 30ft, so I moved my test outside to a wide open field in a local park. Low and behold, I easily exceeded the 30ft limitation and was able to trigger the system as far away as 200ft! Now I do understand that the RadioPoppers are good for about 1500ft, which is amazing, but who shoots that far? that's 5 football fields! I'll never need that range. You may... but I certainly do not. Now, throw in the AC3 Zone Controller and the system becomes VERY versatile. The ability to control 3 zones in ANY combination of ETTL or Manual... right from the top of the camera is a fair trade off for the distance thing. Sure you can do sort of the same thing with RadioPopper PX system, via a camera mounted master flash and the Canon A:B:C method. But, it's not nearly as versatile as the AC3 and not as easy to access as the AC3. Another great advantage over the RadioPopper system is that you can easily update the firmware and software via the USB port on each unit. Hopefully the will develop some update that will rectify the interference issue.THE BOTTOM LINE: The PocketWizard Flex and Mini system is quite versatile, but does lack a bit on the reliability end. Having to add the AC5 soft shield can be a bit annoying by limiting your access to the flash controls, but you should not need access if you are using the AC3 Zone Controller. The system can be affected by ambient radio noise and occasionally misfires. For the money, this system should work flawlessly. The truth is... it works ALMOST flawlessly. I can live with it's limitations, because the trade-off is flexibility.The best article that I've read about the Flex system and it's distance limitations is here: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-10050-10598

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

I really, really wanted to like the new Pocket Wizards, because I have used the PW PlusII for several years, and I thought I researched these new units extensively enough. I chose these...Read complete review

I really, really wanted to like the new Pocket Wizards, because I have used the PW PlusII for several years, and I thought I researched these new units extensively enough. I chose these units because of their lower profile design when trying to trigger off camera flashes while also using an on camera flash (instead of strapping a PW on top of my on camera flash). The appearance of the design is great, especially the Mini. I tested them ahead of a shoot, but testing doesn't completely prepair you for all the circumstances of real under pressure use. I used a pair of Mini/Flex units at a wedding with both eTTL off camera flashes and other AC powered units (which of course is one of this products' main target markets i.e. wedding/candid events). I ultimated chose to return both the Mini and the Flex, and B&H gave me a very prompt refund.

Here are some my biggest frustrations with the Mini & the Flex: 1. Recalibration way too often --When the camera or flash goes to sleep, you have do another calibration shot (which means you need to calibrate every few minutes at a wedding, and frequently miss important shots). So even if you just use the mini or Flex as a triggering device (with flash attached) for use with conventional PocketWizards, your on camera flash won't fire frequently, because the unit needs to so frequently recalibrate. 2. Off camera eTTL flashes often won't fire at all, or won't fire accurately --- The frequency that these units use is heavily effected by the same frequency of the RF "noise" produced by the popular Canon flashes (yes I've read the new version of the 430 is less prone to this RF). Because of this the recieving flash with FlexTT5 attached is too unpredictable if hand-held and often won't fire, or will fire at full power, because the unit needs to be positioned "just so", and often needs to be rediculously close to work at all.

Unfortuanately the engineers blew it on this product. Fixes/Designs they "should have done": 1. They should have allowed the unit to calibrate only once and not needing to have the calibration continually refreshed (maaaaaybe this will be fixed in a firmware update). 2. They could/should have designed the unit to send out 2 signals simultanously-- one to trigger legacy PocketWizard units, and one on a more reliable frequency for the Canon eTTL units (I don't see this happening without them bring out a newer version)

These units are almost contenders, but because of these and other major design flaws, I'm guessing the vast majority of them will be returned.

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4.0

It works!!

By ibjc

from Tennessee

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Pack
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Weak Construction

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

I'm only giving 4 stars in that I had this a total of 10 minutes and the flimsy cover for the computer connection broke off. It's not made well and I fear that it will happen again on the new one. As for the unit, love it....it just works!!! I wish the covers were made for rugged use then I would never fear it breaking again because I am not rough on my gear.

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5.0

Game changer

By KlarkPhoto

from Davenport Iowa

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Pack
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

    My portraits opportunities just increased greatly.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Very Reliable

    By Katie

    from Excelsior Springs, MO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Pack
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

      A great little transmitter. Easy to set up with the USB Cable and the Pocket Wizard Utility. Take your flash off sleep mode and the very first shot is the calibration shot. The rest of your shots are perfect.

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      5.0

      Great product, great design

      By ckbknyc

      from Brooklyn NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

        Gone are the days of velcro-ing your transmuter to your on-board flash. Works great, although the pairing process with other Pocket Wizard transceivers was new to me but easy enough.

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        4.0

        Good system

        By Stuart B.

        from Greenwich, CT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Difficult to Use

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Portraits
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

        I use the PocketWizard system: an AC3 / Mini on the camera and FlexTT5 together with PlusIII. The Flex triggers are used with 580 EXII and 430 EXII Canon speedlites. The PlusIII is used on a 580 EX (not the EX II) because the EX is incompatible with the FlexTT5.

        I like many aspects of the system. However, I wish the manual was better written.

        I changed from King Pixel Pro flash triggers to PocketWizards for versatility and to take advantage of the radio connection with the Sekonic L-478DR light meter. I think this light meter/radio trigger system working together is terrific.

        I gave 4 stars and not 5 because I didn't like (i) the PocketWizard sensitivity to the order in which one turns on the equipment and (ii) the documentation should be better.

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        5.0

        MiniTT1 Transmitter - Canon Systems

        By Gene

        from Conway, SC

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

          Transmitting my camera's flash signals wirelessly to Flex TT5 Transceivers is very easy, almost too easy!

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          5.0

          Just what I need to facilitate my work

          By 3Dguy

          from Ottawa Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

            Excellent accessory for my two canon speedlight flash to use with my sekonic light meter.

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            4.0

            Works like a charm

            By Wedding photographer Ernest Smith

            from Hampton VA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

              Does what it is suppose to do. Cant wait to use it on a job. Having control over my lights helps me be more creative. My lighting scenarios are limitless now.

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              5.0

              Best thing

              By Danny

              from Oregon

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                Works really well out of the box, and great with a set of three flextt5, and a ac3 controller. had no problem and they are just really amazing,

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                5.0

                Pricy but works great

                By The Big Kahuna

                from Flat Rock, MI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                  Used for off camera flash photography

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                  • No

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                  1.0

                  onyl time will tell

                  By r

                  from usa

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                        I got the TT1 and TT5 to start with some in home studio work. I assumed since the CTL function worked with the t4i that it would also work with the t5i. I guess that's my fault for assuming. So far it is just annoying. I hope to get a 5d mark ii soon so hopefully it will work better with that. Only time will tell.

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                        5.0

                        Love this product

                        By TRS Images

                        from Grand Junction Coloradou

                        Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                        Love this product!

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                        4.0

                        PocketWizard TT1

                        By CV

                        from New Orleans

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                          A must have for off camera flash shooting. Relatively easy to set up use, although on occasion have been known to be a tad temperamental!

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                          5.0

                          Great Wireless Controller

                          By John A. Photographer

                          from Las Vegas

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Weak Construction

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                          I use this with my Profoto lights, and it works great.

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                          4.0

                          Easy to use but a bit pricey

                          By cbell7153

                          from Mechanicsville va

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Pricey

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                          Bought a set of these, and they were very easy to set up and begin to use. They were pricey, so am hoping they pay off so I can use these instead of cables.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent!

                          By bblight

                          from W-B, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                            Perfect. solved all my flash sync issues.

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                            4.0

                            Love it

                            By Nick - skate photog

                            from Los Angeles

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Pack
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                              I picked up this transmitter so I could shoot with flash at higher shutter speeds. I mostly shoot skateboarding with flash, and I would still get some motion blur at 1/250th (my 7ds flash sync speed). The Mini TT1 allows me to shoot at 1/400 with no banding, and up to 1/800 with flash in certain compositions. Its great for shooting action with flash.

                              I didnt rate it 5 stars because I still have yet to find the best flash/shutter speed combo to achieve the best results.

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                              5.0

                              don't leave home without it.

                              By artmeripol.com

                              from Birmingham, Al

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Pack
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                                Simple to use righto out of the box. Need more complex adjustments? Easy to do via USB. Rugged, simple, outstanding.

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                                5.0

                                Very happy!!!

                                By MANCON

                                from SLC, UT

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Pack
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                                  I have owned the tt5's for quite some time and never really considered buying the tt1 until I had a wedding and I had some issues with my tt5 units and comes to find out, I needed other stuff for it to work properly. Along with that I did a bit of research and the tt1 does have its purpose in telling what to do and directs the information without any confusion. With this in mind its best to get a whole kit to work its wonders.

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                                  5.0

                                  User Friendly

                                  By Jarvis

                                  from Nyack, NY

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Pack
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                                    Inserted batteries, downloaded PocketWizard Utility, updated firmware, configured my channels, and I'm all set. Love this thing!

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