REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
PocketWizardFlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System
 
4.1

(based on 376 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (194)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (116)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (31)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (289)
  • Easy to use (270)
  • Reliable (225)
  • Packs small / compresses (168)
  • Strong construction (84)

Cons

  • Unreliable (30)
  • Poor quality (27)
  • Not functional (21)
  • Difficult to use (19)
  • Not durable (17)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (176)
  • Family photos (157)
  • Portraits (103)
  • Travel (90)
  • Sports/action (85)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (110), Semi-pro photographer (109), Professional (52), Semi-professional (44), Photo enthusiast (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (244), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It fires >= 6fps through a solid wall

I opened up the boxes, put in the batteries, placed one on my 40D, and the other mounted under a 580II. You need to turn on the tt5 FIRST (I used channel...Read complete review

I opened up the boxes, put in the batteries, placed one on my 40D, and the other mounted under a 580II. You need to turn on the tt5 FIRST (I used channel C1), then turn on the connected gear. Extend each antenna out of it's closed mode. I put the flash in my bedroom which is separated by a thick wall, so it fired out the door at the wall in the hall. I went into my living room, still able to see the wall in the hall and fired the 40D on High Speed FPS. The 580 fired EVERY SINGLE TIME. It is truly awesome. I tried hiding it all over the place, as far as I could behind things to purposely obstruct line of sight. It just fires every single time right out of the box. The literature that came with this version had a list of bug fixes noted on it which could have accounted for the other issues mentioned in the other reviews.On my own I made two mistakes. One was that I didn't realize that the order in which you turn on the gear mattered, but it does. "Flex First" (which is how I remember it), then everything else. Two was that I forgot to extend the tt5's antenna on my camera and got intermittent results, but as soon as I extended it it fired every time. I'm not sure who else will use the tt5 as a transmitter, but it is pretty much obvious now to just flip it up. The mini doesn't have an antenna, so it's an extra step. I plan to do a distance test using the tt5 as a transmitter so I will edit this post soon.[...]

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not there yet

I hate to give an item a less than stellar review but so far these need more testing. I'm holding out for the promised firmware updates but I am getting very impatient. Out of...Read complete review

I hate to give an item a less than stellar review but so far these need more testing. I'm holding out for the promised firmware updates but I am getting very impatient. Out of the box they worked for 2 minutes. Once I got them out at a shoot I had to embarrassingly play with them for 5 minutes just to get them to fire a few times then they stopped again. I've since worked them out but they definitely do not work right out of the box every time.

The design is brilliant and they look, feel, and connect way better than any other wireless system especially those that promise TTL. If PW gets the firmware updates out these will be the triggers to have!

My experience is that they only work reliably after you configure them with the included software and forget about using channel 1. Channel 2 is the only channel I can get to reliably work on all 3 of my TT5's.

Reviewed by 376 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Reliable and easy to use

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 FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

    A great transceiver slave unit. It mounts to the Rapid Box bracket and all of my other light stands very well. It also mounts to a mono-pod easily. Very easy to set up with the Pocket Wizard Utility. Take you flash off sleep mode and the very first shot is the calibration shot. The rest of your shots are perfect. Very easy to mount your flash to light weight and portable.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    5.0

    Perfect for Hyper Sync!

    By JDrago

    from Nederland, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

      I bought this product for hypersyncing my studio strobes at higher shutter speeds. After a bit of reading up on the PW site, I got it to work perfectly with some of my older strobes. If you have a need for hypersync, this is a great addition to your equipment.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      4.0

      Love the system

      By Stuart B.

      from Greenwich, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Difficult to Use

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Portrait
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

      I use the PocketWizard system: an AC3 / Mini on the camera and FlexTT5 together 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) which is incompatible with the FlexTT5. I like many aspects of the system. 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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      5.0

      FlexTT5 Transceiver-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 FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

        Using these with my EX 580 II Speedlites & my Sekonic L478DR light meter makes things a whole lot simpler!
        Triggering the flash units with the meter completes the system with seamless perfection!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        Works as it should

        By ClickSully

        from michigan

        Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

        I have 3 of these and they work very well. Glad I bought these first

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        Staple - Trusted item

        By Emmett425

        from Seattle

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

            Many companies have their propriatory triggering systems. PW's always work and play with others. Simple, customizable.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            Essential

            By RPhoto

            from Reno

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Works Consistently

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                I use these mostly as backup transmitter to the TT1. Recently I used it to fire 3, 580ex speedlites on a boom. Worked like a charm.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                1.0

                Disappointed

                By Planosteve

                from Plano, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Use
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                    Did not meet my expectations based on the promotional material provided by PW. For example, they advertise this product as being fully compatible with ETTL, yet you cannot use the camera menus to make the same adjustments that are available when the flash is mounted on-camera. The only adjustment you can make is power compensation in ETTL mode. In my opinion, this severely limits the utility of these units.

                    Secondly, the radios don't trigger the off-camera flash on the first try after powering the radios on. That is explained on the PW Wiki page, but not in the promotional material.

                    Thirdly, the radios did not trigger my flashes 100% of the time (not counting the initial triggering as explained above).

                    Finally, you can't select the trigger channel in the field. It must be performed in the PW utility program.

                    Overall, the utility of these radios is not sufficiently better than the manual-only Plus X's, and they're more than twice the cost.

                    Kudos to B&H, though, for listening to my complaints and allowing me to return them.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                     
                    5.0

                    EZ Communicators

                    By Dan D.

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                      I use this pocket wizard along with the Mini TT1 on my 5D3 and speedlite 580EXII. A bit pricey but I trust the radio waves capability more than the infra red technology cause I can't afford to misfire shots during weddings.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Was scared to by at first.

                      By Danny

                      from Oregon

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                        Ive read a lot of bad reviews and on how you need the shield cover to work with the flashes, but it ended up that i didnt need the shield. I bought it for my canon t2i and i use canon 580exii flashes. and their is no problem, they work straight out of the box and setup is a snap.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        1.0

                        Very poor performance

                        By Tiger

                        from New York

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Unreliable
                          • Weak Construction

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos

                          Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                          I tried it with 580EXII and 430EXII. The flash sitting on top of this thing does not fire most of the times. In ETTL mode does not fire at all. Same is true if I try to use it remotely with flash on top and on the lightstand. It is upgradable to work with PW PlusII model and as such works well when I use as a simple trigger on top of the camera with no flash on it. But then it is not worth the $[$].The rotating antenna is annoying and prone to misfire for vertical shots . The plastic hot shoe is sub-standart. The mini-TT1 I tried before this one had same issues.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 System

                          By Pat

                          from West Seneca, NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • There Are No Cons'thusfar

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Portraiture
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                          I purchased the Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 "system", which included the MiniTT1 transmitter and the AC3 controller, for portrait Photography.
                          The system has been for all intent and purpose a real treat to work with on my 7D camera and 580exll Flash group, it gives me complete control of the scene from behind the camera.

                          With this system I no longer have to stop the creative flow to adjust light output as it is all done from behind the camera.
                          Performance has been rock steady, never a missed flash. This is why I bought the system.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                           
                          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 FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                            Used for "off camera" flash and works every time

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                             
                            1.0

                            only time will tell

                            By R

                            from usa

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

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

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Works great!

                                  By Arnel

                                  from Mid Atlantic

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                                    Use this with Einstein and Canon 600EX-rt. It communicates with the receiver well. It is easy to set up, and easy to use.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Flex TT5 Works Like a Champ

                                    By Joey Lee

                                    from Dana Point, CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • None so far
                                    • Nonr So Far

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                                    Using the Pocket Wizard Flex TT1 on my Canon 7D & TT5's on my Speedlites I can finally get those special lighting shots I have wanted to do for years. No line-of-sight needed, I can hide the lights behind trees, objects, in engine compartments of cars, you name it and they work every time!!!

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    I would buy this product again and again

                                    By yesid

                                    from Medellin Colombia SA

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Pack
                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos

                                      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                                      ...

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

                                      Share this review

                                       
                                      2.0

                                      Doesn't work as well as promoted

                                      By Rick

                                      from Indianapolis, IN

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Not As Good As Advertised
                                        • Pricey At 229
                                        • Unreliable

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                                          I used a Canon 60D and a Canon 430ex II flash set up with two Flex TT5. After extensive reading of every technical note, watching online Pocket Wizard videos, and chats with the Pocket Wizard tech support group, I was not able to achieve the performance as suggested by the Pocket Wizard advertisements. I really wanted this to work as promoted, but PW tech support told me that hyper sync does not work with speed lights unless you use f22 and full power which defeats the main reason I bought the Flex tt5s (I wanted wide open apertures in bright sunlight, shallow depth of field). I also hoped the tt5 high speed sync would be better than the in-camera HSS. Using the tt5, I had significant light light loss at 1/500 and lots more light loss at 1/1000. No where near the 1/8000 HSS suggested by PW. It is an advantage to be able to do HSS off camera, but the light loss is still too great to be of much benefit. If tt5 worked better with my setup, I could live with the requirement to be connected to a PC to make adjustments, but unfortunately, it doesn't work well for my setup. So, I will continue to use my PW3 at the camera x-sync speed of 1/250

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

                                          Share this review

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Pocket Wizard Flex TT5

                                          By Magoo

                                          from Pennsylvania

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to setup
                                          • Easy to Use

                                          Cons

                                          • None

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Weddings/Events

                                          Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                                          Works as advertised. Flash fires everytime. I plan to purchased additional TT5's for other speedlights.

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

                                          Share this review

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Easy to set up and use, a bit expensive

                                          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 FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                                          I purchased these for portraiture and headshots and they work very easily. They are pricey so I am hoping the off camera experience is worth it.

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

                                          Share this review

                                          Displaying reviews 1-20

                                          Back to top

                                          Previous | Next »