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PocketWizardFlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System
 
4.2

(based on 385 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (201)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (118)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (31)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (293)
  • Easy to use (276)
  • Reliable (230)
  • Packs small / compresses (172)
  • Strong construction (87)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (182)
  • Family photos (162)
  • Portraits (104)
  • Travel (92)
  • Sports/action (88)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (113), Semi-pro photographer (111), Professional (52), Semi-professional (44), Photo enthusiast (30)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (251), 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.[...]

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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.

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5.0

I love my PW

By annbhiking

from Virginia

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

This was bought to add to my collection. I mostly shoot equine stuff and getting my flash off camera offers so many great opportunities. Love it.

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5.0

As easy as they come

By Mr. Stubbs

from Conroe, Tx

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Pack
  • 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:

    This is a great product from PocketWizard. Very easy to setup, update and make changes in the settings. I originally bought 2 FlexTT5's and a MiniTT1. The only advantage the MiniTT1 has as a transmitter is the smaller size. The drawbacks to the MiniTT1 is that it only transmits, where the FlexTT5 is a transceiver...it can transmit and receive. Also the Mini takes a CR2450 battery (watch style) where the FlexTT5 takes 2 AA batteries. I have a bunch of rechargeable eneloop batteries and find this is a more desirable option. So, I bought another FlexTT5 to put on my camera. I have two Elinchrome Monolights, so I bout the PowerST4 to trigger them with the FlexTT5...works perfect...plug and play basically. Also the FlexTT5 allows you to shoot in hypersync. I also use the AC3 to control my light outputs.

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    5.0

    Pocket Wizards

    By Mike C.

    from Reno, NV

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Weak Construction

    Best Uses

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

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

    what can you say, pocket wizards rock!

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    • No

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    4.0

    A Must Have

    By troutstalker

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • Weak Construction

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I bought two of these to control by Canon 430s off camera. Best gear purchase this year. Pros: simple to use, simple to install. Cons: a bit flimsy feeling.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Reliable, but fragile

    By zerovision

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Lots Of Aa Batteries
    • Lots Of Batteries
    • Weak Construction
    • With Lots Of Tt5s

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

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

    I bought this FlexTT5 for three reasons.

    1, Its cheaper than a 600EX
    2, To replace another FlexTT5 that broke when it fell out of the Tri-mount shoe on my mono-pod.
    3, To allow more off camera flash for additional speedlites I own.

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    • No

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    5.0

    An essential piece of equipment

    By Dnel

    from Eau Claire, WI

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • They Are Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Location portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

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

    As a senior photographer the pocket wizards give me the freedom to creatively light my subjects and their reliability is exceptional and their durability was a pleasant surprise, I've dropped one in a river, had another fall off a light stand from 10 feet onto a sidewalk and they continued to work. Do not try this at home.

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    • No

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    5.0

    The Flex TT5 is the right tool!

    By Keith Bennett Photography

    from Washington Sate

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Amazing Product And Worth

    Cons

    • Made Me Want Three Flash

    Best Uses

    • Off camera flash

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

    I have two of these now and I have two cannon 430EX second generation flashes and I love being able two control my flashes off camera as if they were on camera! I have the the AC3 zone control now so I can quickly change the flash level from on top off my Mini TT1 transmitter on top of my Canon 5dMarkIII. If you are not getting your flash off camera I would recommend trying this out as soon as possible. They are available for both Nikon and Canon and they will let you use TTL exposure compensation. The first shot test the exposure and the next shot you have perfect exposure with your flash. It will take a little training but I found amazing videos online on the Pocket Wizard so I knew how to use it before I even got my first set in the mail.

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    5.0

    amazing product

    By cobos10

    from ny, ny

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

    it works great with directional light

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    5.0

    Very Pleased

    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
      • Weddings/Events

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

      My outdoor portrait photography now has more creativity and opportunities.

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      • No

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      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.

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        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.

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          • No

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          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.

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          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!

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            • No

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            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

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            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.

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                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.

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                    • No

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                    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.

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                        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.

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                          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.

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                            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.

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