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PocketWizardAC3 ZoneController for Nikon
 
4.8

(based on 111 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (66)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Reliable (32)
  • Attaches securely (29)
  • Durable (19)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)
  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (35)
  • Outdoors (32)
  • Portraits (31)
  • Weddings (31)
  • General purpose (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (32), Semi-pro photographer (32), Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (88)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent product

This product does what it advertises and does it well. Now I don't need to worry about line of sight (as I did with my SU800) and about shooting in broad daylight. The...Read complete review

This product does what it advertises and does it well. Now I don't need to worry about line of sight (as I did with my SU800) and about shooting in broad daylight. The AC3 coupled with the mini tt1/ flex tt5 make for a complete remote solution. I have had no misfires so far - it simply delivers! And at [$] it is a third the price of the SU800. Finally I love the fact that it does not need a battery to operate. Excellent product!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

simplistic, great, easy, control

I use this product to trigger my nikon speedlights and paul buff a.k.a alienbees studio lights. The only reason I gave it 3stars is becuase it won't allow you to control paul buff einstein...Read complete review

I use this product to trigger my nikon speedlights and paul buff a.k.a alienbees studio lights. The only reason I gave it 3stars is becuase it won't allow you to control paul buff einstein down all the way to 1/128th power, and if your not paying attention feels like you may break it
Great product ability to trigger studio and speed lights at the same time. no more walking back and forth to change powerlevels on flash can all be achieved from the top of your camera. also gives you the ability to control three sets of light so now you can have a key back and fill light have comeplete ratio control

Not so great: well it seems kinda flimsy feeling when your turning or forget and try to overturn the command dial. It could use another stop on the command dial as it wont let you choose any power level under 1/64th power which the paull buff and nikon speed lights go under to 1/128 power

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5.0

Very Versatile 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 AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

    I use the AC# with my MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and PowerMC2 units to control the light output for each zone. From my camera I can control the light outputs from each zone without having to individually change their settings. Power Tracking is also very useful to keep the correct exposure when changing the aperture or ISO settings.

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    5.0

    Fast control

    By Photog25

    from NJ

    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

    I love this zone control cause it's easy to use and let's you adjust settings fast.

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    4.0

    Small size but does the job

    By Bob

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

        I really expected this to be closer in size to the FlexTT5, but it's dimensions are about all about half. Making it a little bigger than the hot shoe.

        But it does what it advertises. I actually wish it were a little bigger to make turning the dials a bit easier.

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        3.0

        Good deal

        By Gdh

        from Va

        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

        I bought this to go with my radio and speed lites and nikon d800 works well

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        5.0

        Solid review

        By NCP

        from Harrisburg, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

            Solid lighting control that saves you a ton of time in the field.

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            4.0

            Works good but previous unit failed

            By James Pratt

            from Edmond, OK

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                  This new unit works fine as advertised. I had purchase an AC3 zone controller 2-3 years ago and it failed for what seems no reason. It is a very simple device so I don't understand why it quit working. I thought it was a problem with my pocket wizards for a long time. Finally I did a lot of testing and narrowed it down to the AC3 failure. Ordered a new one from B&H and everything working again.

                  I wish they allowed me to control more zones than just 3 but it works as advertised - until it fails. By the time it failed it was long out of warranty. At least I can now use my FlexTT5's now.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Product

                  By TWPhotos

                  from Coudersport, Pennsylvania

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Control Multiple Lights
                    • Easy Power Adjustment
                    • Outdoors
                    • Weddings

                    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                    This is simply amazing.

                    I keep this on top of each PW Mini TT1 unit for each of my cameras.

                    I use these units for general portraiture, and shooting weddings. While at a wedding I tend to stick remote flash units all about the reception area to fill the room with light, and match the ambient light. The zone controller gives me full control and ease of use. Dialing in the best exposure in manual takes seconds, and the TTL mode is also very good.

                    I've never had a problem with any of my Pocketwizard units.

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                    4.0

                    Everything I had hoped for

                    By GeoNikon

                    from Albany, NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable Easy Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                      I've been looking at the AC3 for use with my PW Flex and Mini system (Nikon). I run two cameras, each with a TT1/AC3 combo and three lights around the room with TT5's. With very few exceptions, exposures are accurate. All flashes fire reliably, even throughout a five hour reception. Subracting one star as the exposure compensation/control dials sometimes get changed when the cameras are hanging at my side.

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                      5.0

                      Great product

                      By Refurb

                      from SoCal

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Outdoors
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                        Small and portable - easy to use and it will really simplify life. So much easier than messing with manual adjustments or camera menus. Once you have two Flex-5s it's a no-brainer. For the price why not get one?

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                        5.0

                        Great for Full Manual Control

                        By MTI Photography LLC

                        from Deptford, NJ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                          The PocketWizard AC3 Zone controller does exactly what it says it does. It will control the output of your different flash units in each group. It supports 3 groups with multiple flashes. You can have as many flashes in 1 group as you'd like. The unit can be used in Full Manual or Automatic TTL mode, but in both modes, you can adjust the power output of the flash itself remotely.

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                          5.0

                          This works GREAT with my 3 flashes

                          By Billy Ball

                          from L.A.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                          • Inconsistent Output

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography

                          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                          On portraits in and out from the sun

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great tool!

                          By Juls

                          from Jubail Saudi Arabia

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                            I'm using it for my strobist shoot, it's easy to control nikon ttl flash with pocketwizard flextt5 on it.

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                            5.0

                            Time after time after time...

                            By JackRack

                            from Annapolis, MD

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                              I use this AC3 Zone controller as it was intended. It takes the place of the sometimes temperamental IR system built into Nikon and, with the PW Mini TT1 and the Flex 5 Transceivers, enables me to control the Speedlights remotely and individually. Works every time!

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                              5.0

                              Perfect addition to the flash triggers

                              By Crawford Outdoors

                              from Prairieville, LA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Pl
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                Although I would love to have this functionality built into the PocketWizard MiniTT1, the ZoneController worked seamlessly. Very easy to use: Just slip it into the flash shoe on the MiniTT1 and turn on the zone needed. Flash adjustments can then be made on the fly with the turn of the dials.

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                                5.0

                                Necessary, great tool

                                By houghton foto

                                from So Cal

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fashion

                                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                  Adjust strobe output for three different groups from the camera. Great if you like precise control and not losing good energy.

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                                  5.0

                                  THE AC3 LIGHT CONTROLLER by POCKET WIZAR

                                  By G.SANDY

                                  from DALLAS, TX

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                    IF YOU ORDERED THE MINI TT1 AND TT5 RADIO UNITS FOR YOUR SPEEDLIGHTS, THEN THE AC3 CONTROLLER IS A MUST-HAVE FOR AN EXTRA $! I HAVE 3 SPEEDLIGHTS AND I CAN CONTROL AND TWEAK THE BRIGHTNESS OF EACH FLASH INDIVIDUALLY NOW, RIGHT FROM MY CAMERA! SIMPLE TO USE! G. SANDY EBEIER, DALLAS

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                                    5.0

                                    AC3 Controller for Nikon

                                    By Don

                                    from West Bend, WI

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Low Light
                                      • Night Time
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                      A must if you don't own a "Commander" capable speed flash. A nice add on even if you do! Allows you to fully control 3 speed lights off camera. Note: You sacrifice the on-camera flash position, so you may want an extra stand.

                                      Unleashes the full power of Nikon's CLS, ecen with cameras with limited CLS capabilities (i,e, D3100). This device really unlocked my creativity with lighting. Use it on both my D300 and D3100 as the situation demands. No more line-of-sight issues (esp. outdoors) as with Nikon's IR system.

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                                      5.0

                                      Excellent Product

                                      By Jason

                                      from Rock Hill, SC

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • NONE

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                      Excellent product. It is much easier to use than having another flash on top of the Flex TT1. Settings can easily be changed with the click of a button!

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                                      5.0

                                      GREAT FOR PORTRAITS!

                                      By Nubmber1dp

                                      from Central Oregon Coast

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                        Bought the Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 along with the Mini-TT1 and the AC3 controller. They all comunicate with one another and with the Nikon System. These are great for complete wireless control of one or more Nikon flashes. They worked great right out of the box. I used them with my Nikon D700 and D4 to control my Nikon SB900 flashes with umbrellas. Every exposure was perfect!

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                                        4.0

                                        Worth It

                                        By Brad in Delaware

                                        from Wilmington, DE

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                          Easy to use
                                          Great help in controlling off camera remote flash output.

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